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New Beginnings

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Paramount
  • ASIN: B001B8E0JM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,298 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bradly Briggs VINE VOICE on July 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Finally the incomparable Morgana King masterpiece "New Beginnings" out on CD for all "great singer" fans to savor and enjoy...amazing masterwork is so fine and truly a magical musical journey.
Masterfully arranged by Bob James and Torrie Zito (Mr. Zito arranged awesome classic "A Taste Of Honey" for Morgana), tremendous vocal collection is as good as it gets & sure bet price for this rare classic will soar when no longer available! Stevie Wonder exclaimed in original liner notes "Morgana King has done the best version of You Are The Sunshine Of My Life I have heard" and reviews from Rolling Stone to New York Times were ecstatic in praise for Morgana and this incredible masterwork! Timeless contemporary wondrous musical journey would have been a huge success with proper promotion, but memories of a record company with cash flow problems kept this from happening as quality and creativity clearly were not the issue, too bad "Grammy Foundation" sadly didn't rise to this splendid musical occasion and give a much deserved "Grammy Award" this tremendous collection & Morgana King earned...needless to say this timeless masterpiece received zero radio support as programmers thought they were too "cool" to program great singers like Morgana King...how sad!
Now if only some smart reissue label would release that other Morgana King masterpiece "I Know How It Feels To Be Lonely" MGM/Verve from 1968, featuring incredible versions of everything from The Beatles (Tomorrow Never Knows is haunting & mesmerizing), Donavan to other classic contemporaries, then all will be wonderful and fine in the world of blissful and magical vocal music~ Bravo Morgana King, you are the ultimate!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Morris on January 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
New Beginnings is a blazing star in the mostly stellar output of Morgana King, one of the least known but most talented singers to emerge from the world of Jazz. Sometimes it's very challenging to have such eclectic taste; according to some biographers, Morgana King has made over thirty LP's in her recording career, which stretched from the early 1950's to the late 1990's. I have been a fan for 35 years, yet have only managed to acquire 13 of her albums, rendering my collection woefully incomplete, although I have most of her available CD's and all of the rare vinyl releases I could find. I gave up my desperate search for the LP, "Morgana King Sings the Blues" because a bid I had on the Amazon Market Place for nearly two years yielded no results.

I feel compelled to join the debate on whether or not Ms. King is an "acquired taste". Although I must side with those who say she is, let me quickly add that I don't believe that such a tag is necessarily a bad thing. In a world filled with "superstars" of mediocre talent and output, Morgana King is a refreshing and unique choice for music lovers of discriminating taste. She's not for everyone, but I believe truly great singers are seldom universally embraced. One friend of mine, whose taste I admire and trust, finds her "excessively mannered" and another, also well-versed in jazz, likens her voice to "nails on a blackboard". Although I do not share their opinions, I respect their right to voice them, and I can certainly see where they're coming from. Morgana's instrument possesses an amazing range, and nobody - and I mean nobody - can stretch a note the way she can, easily gliding from lower octaves to a glass-shattering high pitch, sometimes in one breath.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Bishop on August 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I had this on vinyl when it first came out. You cannot not like this album. Morgana's covers of the then newer songs are wonderful interpretations. The original "Jennifer Had" is lovingly sad. This is a great intro to anyone who is just now getting to know Morgana. For us old fans, that soft voice is caressing our ears over and over again. Here she moved away from the classic songs and it worked in grand fashion.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. ferguson on August 18, 2007
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i have been looking for this recording for a long long time. when i heard her sing, you are the sunshine of my life it made me cry. man can she sing. get this c-d it is very very good. also check-out her other c-ds. she is one of the top ten singers of all time.you will not be sorry that you did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Len Lovallo on September 29, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Morgana King's "New Beginnings" is one of the best female vocal albums of all time; actually, lets include male also. Her version of Stevie Wonder's "You are the Sunshine of my Life" is stunning. Every time I play it, it amazes me how this interpretation works. Yes, as some have said, she may be an acquired taste, but how to you get people to listen to this album; and for that matter, her many other recordings. Her version of "A Taste of honey, not on this album is amazing. 20 years ago, I lived in Easthampton, NY and met Morgana's daughter. She introduced me to her, and we had many chats about her career and about the music business in general. One was about an artist of her talent and statue and how it gets stiffed over by the record companies. She also had some great stories of her being cast as Mama Corleone in the "Godfather" movies. Listen to this amazing singer.
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