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Is This A Cool World Or What?

Karla DevitoAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 10, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cool World
2. I Can't Stand to Reminisce
3. Heaven Can Wait
4. Midnight Confession
5. Big Idea
6. Almost Saturday Night
7. Boy Talk
8. Just One Smile
9. I'm Just Using You
10. Work
11. Bloody Bess
12. Just Like You
13. Karla DeVito [Interview]

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Great voice for rock. If you like Pat Benetar, you'll like Karla. High energy music, similar style to Meatloaf, Bat Out Of Hell. Great version of Heaven Can Wait and Cool World will get you moving.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is This a Cool Girl, or What? February 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
While Karla was becoming the first female star featured on MTV in the early 80s, I stumbled across this debut album and instantly became a lifelong fan. Karla was appearing at The Bottom Line then, but I wasn't able to go. How I wish I had, because when Columbia signed Cyndi Lauper they decided they didn't need two talented offbeat gals and stopped promoting Karla. Big Mistake. Big. Huge! While Cyndi, who I do like, is a Character, Karla is a Personality - Versatile, Intelligent and fun.

How many pop singers include references to Portable Nietzsche, Freud, Jung and the frontal lobe in their lyrics? I've been lucky enough to meet Karla, and she is, in the best sense of the words, cool and warm at the same time.

Karla is a multifaceted creative talent, with a charming, charismatic personality. She can sing, act, write songs, do character voices (check out Disney's BONKERS series) and give a solo performance that could knock your socks off!

Did you know Karla was director Ken Russell's favorite to play the lead in the movie EVITA when the film was first being discussed back in the 80s? She did a brief stage tour in the role and nailed it, according to the glowing reviews. Years later Russell still referred to Karla, in his book and in person, as "My Evita."

After the coolest of debut albums, (Beware that the CD of Cool World released in 2009 has an awfully reproduced cover) Karla performed the hit song WE ARE NOT ALONE co-written (Karla says mostly written) by Robby Benson, on the BREAKFAST CLUB soundtrack.

A fun song Karla & Robby wrote called NOBODY MAKES ME CRAZY LIKE YOU DO was on her second album, and covered on an album by Diana Ross.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best voice in all of Rock & Roll. June 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Karla DeVito continues to amaze me. Everything she has done, from singing with MeatLoaf to starring on Broadway in Pirates Of Penzance to this amazing album "Cool World" is better than any other female vocalist on this planet. Where can you find a diva like DeVito: funny, powerful, poignant and blessed with the best set of chords Rock & Roll has ever heard. This album should not be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who is this woman with the stunning voice? June 12, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
I have to plead ignorance. Up until a few days ago, I had never heard of Karla DeVito when I was looking up a performance on youtube Meatloaf did on New Year's a few years ago. Well, I didn't find that but I did get some hits about Karla DeVito and a New Year's concert she put on in 1982 for MTV. I started watching the various segments and I was floored. Karla DeVito was supremely talented and it is almost criminal she is not more well known. She did covers of fairly well known songs but she owned those songs with her extraordinary singing and her obvious love of performing. And most of those songs are on this CD. I bought it almost immediately and have listened to it almost exclusively the past few days. I am mesmerized by her singing.

I also liked the 30 minute interview conducted by her husband Robby Benson (who is in my favorite basketball movie One on One, which needs to get a special edition treatment!). They have been married nearly 30 years. Incredible. It's wonderful, too.

So, if you enjoy quality songs with top-notch singing, get this CD, or download it for your MP3 player or just check her out on youtube. I promise you she is one of the best singers we have ever had. (How about a DVD release of that MTV concert? I have been watching that every chance I could get, too)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Debut December 31, 2006
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This is a great debut for such a great singer. Karla put out 2 full length albums- 1981/Epic Label- "IS THIS A COOL WORLD OR WHAT?", and 1986/A&M Label- "WAKE 'EM UP IN TOKYO"- both excellent albums that show off her big powerhouse voice. I just wish a record company would sign her up and get more material out before she gets too old to rock. She'll always be one of my faves. A lot of people only know her for being Meatloaf's back up singer in the 70's (she did not sing on the Meatloaf '77 album Bat Out Of Hell, that was Ellen Foley. She did the Bat Out Of Hell Tour and sang Ellen's parts in concert BUT lip-synced to Ellen's vocals in the BAT OUT OF HELL videos), and she's well-known for being actor Robby Benson's wife. But there's a whole lot more to this woman and hopefully someday she'll get the recognition she deserves- she almost got the lead in the EVITA movie, but lost out to Madonna. Just think where she would be now if she won that movie role....just think how much more spectacular that soundtrack would've been with Karla's vocals? Listen Karla... it's not too late to do your own version of the EVITA soundtrack as your next solo album..... just saying.

Here's a discography list of her work:

1. 1981- Jim Steinman BAD FOR GOOD album: She sang on the song
DANCE IN MY PANTS with Jim and it was released as a 7" 45 single
(this album was released onto cd in 1993).

2. 1981- IS THIS A COOL WORLD OR WHAT? album: A fantastic debut
that has a lot of good rock songs to show off her big voice
(this album was released onto cd in 1996, and contains a bonus
track- a 30 minute interview bewteen her and her husband Robbie.
I wish they had used the 30 min.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool World
New CD, very good just like I remember. Shipping was great .Karla sang on the Meat Loaf albums. What a voice.
Published 1 month ago by skmcrider
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Bought this new as an LP when it came out. Somehow I lost it. Saw her the other day in "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights" with Meat Loaf and had to reorder this CD.
Published 6 months ago by M. Acosta
4.0 out of 5 stars PIPES DREAM
KARLA DEVITO-IS THIS A COOL WORLD OR WHAT?: Talk about a tough act to couldn't have been easy being the chick belter who had to step into ELLEN FOLEY's stiletto-prints... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jukebox Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars I Like Her Better With MeatLoaf
but this is really a nice album and I have been enjoying it. I do wish there were more of her and MeatLoaf.
Published 14 months ago by OldSarge
5.0 out of 5 stars Karla DeVito at her VERY Best
Is this a cool world? You bet, when you have Ms. DeVito belting out the songs on this CD. This lady can sing. This CD showcases Ms. Read more
Published 15 months ago by The Sparkplug
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific version of original album
I bought this album on vinyl in 1982. This CD is a nice way to recapture it. The company shipped quickly, and the price was really good.
Published on December 19, 2009 by Mary Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's a "Cool World" that this great album is in MP3 format!
For those of you who were fortunate enough to have MTV in it's earliest days, here's a must have album from one of their first stars. Read more
Published on March 6, 2009 by J. Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Your price is way to high
$100? My friend, it's available on eBay, from many sellers, from $5 to $21. Don't take people for their money. This is an awesome album and Karla is beautiful. Read more
Published on April 3, 2008 by Elak Swindell
5.0 out of 5 stars Karla shine!
Karla is known as Meat Loaf's backup singer.

Is This a Cool World or What showss that she is a great singer in her own right.
Published on March 14, 2005 by Eric Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars AS good as it gets
To be backup-singer to Meat Loaf instead of Ellen Foley was a great idea This record show that this girk really came delive the stuff.
Published on April 18, 2004 by Jan Gustafsson Kruse
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