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Beautiful selection of concert material
on July 28, 2003
I am not a fan of live recordings. In fact even some of my favorite singers have done some terrible concert discs. The reasons vary -- sloppy musicianship, crowd noise mixed too high, and other audio problems to name a few. So, with some trepidation I purchased this live CD by Annie Haslam. What a lovely surprise it turned out to be.
The sound is quite good and the performances are excellent. Some of the old favorites are here like 'Turn of the Cards', 'Northern Lights', and 'Carpet of the Sun' from the Renaissance days. She even includes 'Nature Boy / If I Loved You' from the Roy Wood-produced 'Annie in Wonderland' disc. I think I actually prefer the concert rendition here. It has a cleaner, sparer musical backing that serves to accentuate Haslam's tremendous voice. Dave Biglin does a fantastic job of backing Annie on synthesizers, piano, and other instruments.
Of the new songs 'Brazilian Skies' (written for these shows) is a pleasant surprise. It is a lovely melody and Annie's voice positively caresses each word.
I cannot recommend this recording enough. I have already created a new fan for Annie just by playing this CD once for a friend. He now wants to hear her other recordings. Treat yourself to a lovely listening experience and purchase this disc. Thank you, Annie.