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Marlene Dietrich Sings Berlin

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1. SOLANG noch unter'n LINDEN (As Long as Trees Bloom on 'Uter den Linden')
2. DU hast ja keine AHNUNG, wie schon du bist, BERLIN (You Have No Idea (of the Beauty of Berlin)
3. DURCH BERLIN fliesst immer noch die SPREE (The Spree Flows on Through Berlin)
4. MIT dir, mit dir, da mocht ich sonntags angeln geh'n (The Fishing Song)
5. NACH meine BEENE ist ja ganz BERLIN verruckt (All Berlin Is Crazy About My Legs!)
6. JA, das haben die MADCHEN so gerne (Yes, That's What the Girls Love)
7. Wenn ein MADEL einen HERRN hat (If a Girl Has a Man)
8. LIEBER LEIERKASTENMANN (Dear Organ-grinder)
9. DAS WAR in SCHoNEBERG (It Happened in Schoeneberg)
10. Unter'n LINDEN-unter'n LINDEN (On 'Unter den Linden')
11. DAS ZILLE-LIED (That Was His World (Song about Zille, the great painter))
12. WENN du einmal eine BRAUT hast (If You Ever Have a Girl (let her go if you see her with another man))
13. ES gibt im LEBEN manchesmal Momente (There Are Moments In Life (when one could do thikngs one shouldn't do))
14. WO hast du nur die schonen blauen AUGEN her (Where Did You Get Those Beautiful Blue Eyes)
15. BERLIN-BERLIN (Berlin, Berlin!)
16. SOLANG noch unter'n LINDEN (As Long as Trees Bloom on 'Unter den Linden')

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B000EHQK5I
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ktrmes on December 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
A great collection of songs not of die Dietrich's usual standards, rather a collection that speaks, or sings, to another aspect of that highly complex phenomenon, Marlene. In fact, some commentators have claimed that this was Dietrich's own favorite album. And one can hear real joy and delight in Dietrich's voice in these songs of her hometown. That joy is apparent for example in "Nach Meine Beene Ist Ganz Berlin Verrückt," a song that could be a real candidate for a Dietrich theme song. After all, not just Berlin, but the entire world was quite crazy about her legs -- and rightly so. And she, the Urberlinerin, sings all this in her distinctive Berlin Dialekt -- "ick" for "ich"; "janz" for "ganz"; and, of course, "Beene" for "Beinen," etc. -- adding another layer of references to the song. It is interesting that Dietrich's friend, Claire Waldoff with whom the song was associated, complete with Dialekt, was not originally from Berlin (and whose legs were not so commented upon as Dietrich's).

There are other songs on this CD that sound as though Dietrich is singing about her own childhood complete with a palpable sense of fondness. She sings such classics as "Untern Linden" with such fine rapid phrasing and energy that is sounds almost like Gilbert & Sullivan "Model of a Modern Major General" like or for a more contemporary and also urban reference, early rap, or Madonnas rap-like sections of "Vogue", but happier, livelier and better.

The recording is clear and clean. The only things missing are lyrics and more photographs of the woman to whom Hemingway wrote: "What do you really want to do for a life work? Break everybody's heart for a dime?" "You could always break mine for a nickel and I'd bring the nickel."
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Socrates on October 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
'Berlin' by Marlene Dietrich

This is one of Dietrich's most sublime recordings. All of the best old songs from her early years in Berlin are here - and one can sense her own nostalgia for the country which she had to leave. It is pretty unique as far as Dietrich's recordings go. I don't think she ever did another Berlin album, although I know she made a great propaganda album during the 2nd world war, of very famous American songs sung in German.
Anyone who loves Marlene's recordings would do themselves a favor by getting this. You won't regret it.
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