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Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill

Kurt Weill, Steve WeisbergAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 6, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A & M Records
  • ASIN: B000002GH2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,072 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mahagonny Songspiel (Intro) - Steve Weisberg
2. 'The Ballad Of Mac The Knife' - Sting/Dominc Muldowney
3. 'The Cannon Song' - The Fowler Brothers
4. 'Ballad Of The Soldier's Wife' - Marianne Faithfull
5. Johnny Johnson Medley - Van Dyke Parks
6. The Great Hall - Henry Threadgill
7. 'Alabama Song' - Ralph Schuckett
8. 'Youkali Tango' - The Armadillo String Quartet
9. 'The Little Lieutenant Of The Loving God' - John Zorn
10. Johnny's Speech - Van Dyke Parks
11. 'September Song' - Lou Reed
12. 'Lost In The Stars' - Carla Bley
13. 'What Keeps Mankind Alive?' - Tom Waits
14. Klops Lied (Meatball Song) - Elliot Sharp
15. 'Surabaya Johnny' - Dagmar Krause
16. Oh Heavenly Salvation': Hurriccane Introduction - Mark Bingham
17. Oh Heavenly Salvation: Oh Heavenly Salvation - Mark Bingham
18. 'Call From The Grave/Ballad In Which Macheath Begs All Men For Forgiveness - Todd Rundgren
19. 'Speak Low' - Charlie Haden
20. 'In No Man's Land' - Van Dyke Parks

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars splendid Weill and a splendid memento of the 1980s March 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Nearly every track on this CD (which includes material left off the original 1985 release) is a gem -- even if some are slightly more precious than others.

Sting's take on "Moritat/Mack the Knife" is deliberately low-key and affectless, a lovely antidote (at the time, and even now) to the jokey, albeit entertaining big-band renderings of Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin.

Lou Reed's "September Song" is an utter delight, as the personification of late 20th-century underworld New York does this set piece from *Knickerbocker Holiday*. Reed's instrumentation echoes John Lennon's last recordings (like the ironically titled "Starting Over") and adds some Stax-Volt-style horns, while his wonderfully world-weary delivery of Maxwell Anderson's cynical *and* sentimental lyrics steals the show.

Other great vocal performances are contributed by Stanard Ridgway from Wall of Voodoo, Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs (a splendid "Alabama Song/Whiskey Bar"), Marianne Faithful, Tom Waits, Aaron Neville, and a heart-breaking turn by Dagmar Krause on Weill's perfect subversion of the torch song, "Surabaya Johnny."

Fine arrangements are supplied by members of the Armadillo String Quartet, who ably explore the minor-key sonorities of the "Youkali Tango"; by Van Dyke Parks, whose music-box renderings of selections from "Johnny Johnson" are both oddly fitting and oddly moving; by John Zorn, who applies his distinctive search-and-destroy, acid jazz approach to "The Little Lieutenant of the Loving God"; by Carla Bley, who lets Phil Woods blow incandescent alto sax on the title track; and by Sharon Freeman, who provides an admirable -- both witty and heartfelt -- showcase for Charlie Haden on lead bass for "Speak Low.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My copy is a little different, but... August 17, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
I own an old tape (remember thoses?) of this recording, evenything is the same, except my copy does not have tracks: 1,10,11,and 16. There are some amazing recording on this collection. The Fowler Brother's 'Cannon Song' does amazing justice to the orginal, with spunk (and a bit of punk). The 'Alabama Song' is similar to that of the one present on September Song, but is distint and still the most amazing style to perform this song. If you have ever liked Todd Rundgren you'll love 'Call from the Grave', and even if not...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Hal Willner project August 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If your idea of Weill is the Doors doing "Alabama Song," this is the perfect place to expand your knowledge. Sting's performance of that song is the weakest performance here. Marianne Faithfull's interpretation of 'Ballad Of The Soldier's Wife' is one of her best performances and really captures the pathos of the song, and Tom Waits is great on 'What Keeps Mankind Alive?' For me, a dream project would be a whole CD of the two of them doing Weill.

Just to prove that Weill has a softer side, Lou Reed does the ballad 'September Song'

That tells you what kind of disc this is! Lou Reed does the 'soft' pretty music.

Because this is a Hal Willner production, and because Willner doesn't want to get too close to the mainstream, this album is more challenging and complex than the later, similar disc from 1997. He produced that one, too, as a soundtrack for a film on Weill's music. That soundtrack is called 'September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill' and as the title says, it features songs. In fact, many of the same songs are found on both albums. 'Lost in the Stars' features more instrumentals and includes both jazz and classical performances. The result is sometimes a little jarring, but that is very much in keeping with Weill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get it if you can afford it! June 15, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Long ago I nearly wore out the original LP release because I played it so much. It was my and many of my friends' introduction to the music of Kurt Weill. High points: the contributions of Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Marianne Faithfull, nd Dagmar Krause . . . but my absolute favorite is the Armadillo String Quartet's recording of "Youkali Tango" (which I later found out has lyrics! in French! -- try the Teresa Stratas album of songs by Weill to hear them).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Weill acceptable for the masses April 10, 2007
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If you're not a theater-phile, you might not be aware of Bertolt Brecht's work; however, his musical muse, Kurt Weill, has inspired musicians from all areas of music - the most recent example is the resurgence of cabaret music led by the Dresden Dolls. This is an amazing compilation produced by the same man who last year brought us the music of pirate shanties called "Rogues Gallery". Sting (before he did his own stage version of Three Penny Opera) singing Mack the Knife, Lou Reed singing September Song, Marianne Faithful, Chris Spedding, Aaron Neville- even Weill's beloved Lotte Lenya, they're all here. Its a great pop-y update of this timeless music. Sometimes difficult to get a hold of, I've gone through the cassette, album and now finally have the cd...enjoy
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great memories! November 13, 2008
Apart from having to admit that I grew up with Kurt Weill and memorized the Three Penny Opera by the age of 5 (OK, I had unusual parents for the time!), this is really one of Hal Willner's (the producer) greatest concept albums ever. He is responsible for turning many stars onto Kurt Weill's music and lyrics-Marianne Faithful, Lou Reed (I think. . .), etc. Can't believe it's not on CD and glad I still have my vinyl and record player. Hal Wilner also produces amazing live shows, in LA I've seen a couple of Halloween Edgar Allan Poe events with great performers, turned me onto Anthony years ago. Follow Hal, study Weill!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing coupled to great artists
A wonderful compilation performance by some of our most gifted artists. The Lou Reed is especially poignant with his recent passing,
Published 6 months ago by Capnblinski
1.0 out of 5 stars IT'S UNBELIEVABLE !
The exhibitor was describing that it is a "Like New".
But I was surprised because the commodity arrived. Read more
Published on January 9, 2010 by CANTIRANDAGI
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the greatest record of all time.
Early last Sunday evening, I was stuck on the FDR when I heard explosions behind me. I spun the rear view mirror to see a gorgeous display of fireworks as I crawled one car length... Read more
Published on October 15, 2009 by Urban Myth
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful CD!!!
Believe in me, ear this cd, the musics and the words are superior! MUST HAVE!!!
Published on October 30, 2008 by Stefano Boscolo Marchi
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and Emotional
This gem amazingly represents my childhood and my father (80's child). Raw emotion, nostalgia, adventurous music, and my first exposure to Tom Waits make this one of my favorite... Read more
Published on January 22, 2005 by MK 98118
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop bashin' Lou!!
Actually I found it to be a great, and a little gruff version of such a normally stiff and formal kind of song. It's not so perfect but the style of it makes it all ok. Read more
Published on January 16, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars To each his own
Totally worthwhile for a Weill fan, a fine treatment of most of the material by a great cast of musicians, assembled by the producer Hal Wilner. Read more
Published on May 31, 2000 by George Grella
4.0 out of 5 stars Took a while, but it grew on me
There are a few standout tracks on this disk; Sting's "Mack the Knife" is suprisingly good- it's become one of my favorite versions. Read more
Published on January 6, 2000 by Michael J. Edelman
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