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Product Details

  • Composer: Kurt Weill
  • Audio CD (March 14, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000029WM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you're looking for an introduction to the music of Kurt Weill you might be better off starting with a Lotte Lenya album. But if you're not a purist this album holds just as many goodies as Hal Wilner's landmark tribute, LOST IN THE STARS. It's a pity you can't combine them for what SEPTEMBER SONGS lacks STARS makes up for and vice versa.
Most notable is Nick Cave's irreverently violent stab at the oft covered "Mack the Knife". True, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin and Sinatra all left their mark but Cave recklessly pulls the rug out from under them. Though he's taken some liberties with the translation of the lyrics, lines like " and the childbride in her nightie/ who's assailant's still at large/ violated in her slumbers/ Mackie how much did you charge" hold the knife right up to the throat. Though the kid gloves are certainly off, he masterfully keeps the song's spirit alive with a tuneless growl. Sting's cutsey version off LOST IN THE STAR'S pales in comparison.
Another highlight is Elvis Costello's charming rendition of LOST IN THE STARS. Betty Carter's stirring take on "Lonely House" also fares well as does Mary Margret O'Hara's weird but intruiging "Furchte Dich Nicht". Lou Reed also makes a welcome return with a stellar re-working "September Song" from the Wilner tribute. He nearly stole the show on that record and this new version is right at home here.
Less successful is the perfuctory "Alabama Song". Next to Lotte Lenya or Jim Morrison's rousing version with THE DOORS, David Johanson's take is somewhat unremarkable. I can't help thinking how great Shane MacGowan of THE POGUES would of been on this one.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Old Hippy on March 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Plenty of Lenya,some Brecht, some Weil...I expected to love those cuts. I was surprised by how effective the Teresa Stratas pieces were. And I was KNOCKED OUT by the Alabama Song, far preferable to me than Morrison's take, which was so unusual for the time that it commanded far more attention than it deserved. The whole album deserves to be listened to front to back as a unified composition. It's far closer to the spirit of the original than any other tributes or prettified performances of Weil/Brecht I've heard elsewhere.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By no longer a customer on May 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Do yourself a favour and get this shining gem of a CD in tribute to the genius of Kurt Weill, (God how he is missed...) Nick Cave does one of the better renditions of "Mack the Knife" in recent memory,(certainly better than Sinatra and -gasp- Bobby Darrin. How Mack the Knife EVER became part of the Rat Pack repertoire is one the Great Mysteries of the Western World, right up there with Bigfoot.) Teresa Stratos gives beautiful performances of "Youkali Tango" and "Surabaya Johnny". The old recording of Lotte Lenya singing "Pirate Jenny" is touching and moving. Elvis Costello gives an amazing performance of "Lost in the Stars". People will either love or hate Lou Reed's interpretation of "September Song", (personally I would pay good money just to hear Reed sing the names from a phone directory). And the Venerable William Burroughs' spoken word rendition of "What Keeps Mankind Alive" is biting satire. But but, if anything else, get this CD to hear Betty Carter sing "Lonely House"...what a classy Lady. Your jaw will drop open at Her supernatural performance. Betty Carter singing Weill...how I picture heaven....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard K. Weems on October 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I like the spirit of this album, which is to let the music of Kurt Weill attach itself to the many worlds it came from. This was classical music that also used elements of popular music at the time, all with a very dark and almost mechanical tone. So it would seem fitting to have exquisite voices like Teresa Stratas rub elbows with darker elements like Nick Cave in this collection. There are also the jazz influences developed by Charlie Haden and Betty Carter.

In all, there are some brilliant interpretations of Weill here. I am a fan of Cave's "Mack the Knife" and David Johansen's "Alabama Song," and how can someone NOT like Lotte Lenya herself on "Pirate Jenny" and the drolling of the immortal William S. Burroughs talking through "What Keeps Mankind Alive?"

But other tracks feel to be just too short of brilliance. I love that Lou Reed tries to turn "September Song" into a kind of rock ballad, almost a VU "It Was a Pretty Good Year," but the rendition seems a little short of energy and falls flat after a while. Elvis Costello, though magnificent as an overall artist, just doesn't bring new life to "Lost in the Stars."

Perhaps the problem in the end that the choices were a little too much of the Top 40 Weill (if there really can be such a term). These are songs that have for a long time been regarded as the best of Weill, and it might have furthered the purpose of his music to find new gems and bring them into the sunlight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Woodbury on August 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a very biased review- I originally had much of Weill's work on cassette tape- way back in the olden days- before CD's- so I am already very partial to many of the tracks on this CD- I would recommend it not only to Kurt Weill fans, and the fans of the various artists featured, but I would also strongly recommend this to anyone who likes artsy, camp, fun burlesque, Bohemian European stuff. The record, even though performed by contemporary artists still retains much of it's zeitgeist, it evokes the era in which Weill was writing and it rounds out any great eclectic record collection. It's a great musical discovery for fans of all sorts of genres, and EVERYONE should own at least one recorded arrangement of "Mack The Knife". (You know, for parties and stuff!)
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