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The good news is that to this listener, nothing of that thrill is lost in this studio recording, which may now stand on its own as a musical celebration of an artist, her history and her time for listeners to hear beyond the confines of one or two live performances.
I've heard and read the commentary about the state of Liza's voice, positive and negative. I hear it as it is, which has become a most revered and unique instrument capable of surprising, moving, and pulling at the heart strings. As a stylist, Liza Minnelli has no contemporary. On the first CD, her renditions of "What Makes a Man a Man" and "I Am My Own Best Friend" are wonderful little musical dramas, and her performance comes through clearly in the vocal renditions. The big band behind her is the BEST, and ultimately complements Liza and does not eclipse her. My 22 year old daughter commented on the the purity of its sound and how it breathes above the synthesized sound her generation. What a gift!
I'm sure Liza Minnelli could easily have released this as a live CD - and who knows, maybe in a few years there will be a "deluxe" version recorded live just for her rabidly loyal fans.Read more ›
Her album in 1999 "Minnelli On Minnelli" had only a few even likable tracks on it. Making it probably Liza's worst album of her career. Her next album in 2002, "Liza's Back" another live performance defiantly making the statement "Liza's Back" true. Providing us with some new tracks, such as "Don't Cry Out Loud", which was a little surprising at how well Liza can handle a modern pop song...And then seven years later came this album "Liza's at The Palace...!"; The best thing since her Radio City Music Hall album in 1991.
Liza's voice is indeed deeper, and much different than it was on her first album "Liza Liza!", but it still provides us with a WOW performance. Which leads me to wonder why even the littlest person interested in Theater would give this album a bad review.
My favorite tracks from this album would probably be "Teach Me Tonight", "I Would Never Leave You", "My Own Best Friend", "Basin' Street Blues", "Jubilee Time" and my favorite of all the songs "I Love a Violin". But basically every song on this album is captivating and unbelievable, not just because of all the stuff she's gone through, but because of her age! I hope I still have pitch at age 63!
Recommended for even the smallest theater fan.
Original Cast albums of Broadway shows are traditionally recorded the day after the show's opening, all in one day, in a studio. Virtually no "Live Recordings" of Broadway Shows are ever released. And virtually none of those albums has all of the music of the show on it.
This album was done in order to have the show documented and available in the Theatre and not long after, in the stores. The decision to have an Original Cast Album in time for Opening Night, precluded recording the show as a Live event. There wasn't time or opportunity. Yes, Liza has been touring the past two years with a version of this show, but the final choice of material, running order and arrangements were not finalized until 2 weeks before the Broadway Opening.
That being said, I think the opportunity to record in a studio, work on balances, try things, make changes and then be able to mix all the elements into a two CD set, is pretty swell.
Nowhere is it being marketed as a live album. If you can show me that somewhere, I'll be the first to retract this sentence. When you see the Cast Album for South Pacific, Spamalot, Billy Elliot, Passing Strange, Young Frankenstein, etc., etc., you know it's a studio version of the show...not a live recording.
I think this is a wonderful account of the talent that is Liza Minnelli as well as the musicians who have traveled with her for many years.
Do we really need another studio version of Cabaret, NY NY , Maybe This Time...Read more ›
I enjoy the new material that is on here the most. It sounds a lot better too than seeing the show live, which I did when I saw Liza in Niagara Falls. The zest is still there. True, her voice isn't as high as it was in the 70's or 80's, but to expect that out of her is unrealistic. She still has the boundless energy to make music come alive, and make millions of people happy. It's a great collector's item that documents her latest extravaganza in the best possible way. The new takes on her classics aren't as fantastic as the originals, but it's Liza now, and that's quite an achievement.I like that the songs are faithful to the original arrangements. Liza didn't redo her classics as dance mixes. I give her a lot of credit for doing a new album for her show, and as ever, keeping on with her tremendous career. Never mind the naysayers I say. This double CD is worthy of owning, and hearing Liza at any time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
She should have recorded this live. As it is, she is competing with the memory of earler, better recordings of the same material. The album released after this one. Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Greg
I love her, but this one is not as great as should be. The Palace was Garland's back Yard. and so that makes the differencePublished on October 2, 2013 by Marco A. Guerra
...we have Liza`s hits on "one" cd - the other being soundtracks and almost all on different labels... Read morePublished on January 14, 2012 by Henning Sebastian Jahre
This award winning show never misses a beat. Yes, Liza has seen better days personally, and it shows on occasion in her vocals. But the story telling is still there. Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by Ross Waghorn
I DIDNT EVEN KNOW WHO LIZA WAS UNTIL I GOT THIS CD TO GET READY TO SEE HER IN CONCERT, LOVE THEM, ITS BEEN ALMOST A YEAR AND IM STILL LISTENING TO THE SONGS EVERY MORNING WHILE IM... Read morePublished on February 2, 2010 by Giovanni
Liza is as much a performer today as she has ever been. She is an authentic loving presence in every lyric and note! I have loved her for years.....this is a must for fans!Published on January 21, 2010 by Doran Brown
I saw the show at its early stages in Copenhagen back in 2007, and I knew that it was going to be something truly fantastic. Read morePublished on December 11, 2009 by Reno Baldomero
LIZA'S AT THE PALACE is truly a unique experience. Picture the combination of a full length concert presented in the controlled atmosphere of a studio and that is what you get with... Read morePublished on October 27, 2009 by R. T. Sion