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Voices for Gilda

Various Artists Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 27, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: n/a
  • ASIN: B00009ZKXA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,949 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Roseanne Roseannadanna - Gilda Radner
2. A Friend In You - Eileen Johnson
3. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John
4. King Tut - Steve Martin
5. Loves Me Like A Rock - Paul Simon
6. To Love You More - Celine Dion
7. The Chopping Broccoli Song - Dana Carvey
8. Smile - Tony Bennett
9. Brown Eyes - The Bacon Brothers
10. Singing in the Bathtub - Mandy Patinkin
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Lisa Loopner Piano Recital - Gilda Radner
2. We’ve Only Just Begun - Eileen Johnson
3. Soul Man - The Blues Brothers
4. For Lena & Lennie - Quincy Jones
5. Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire - David Foster
6. You Look Mahvelous! - Billy Crystal
7. The King of Broadway - Nathan Lane
8. Heroes and Friends - Randy Travis
9. When The Radio Is On - Paul Shaffer
10. Little Fire - Seattle Girls Choir
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

When Gilda Radner died of cancer in 1989, she left behind a rich comedic legacy and millions of fans. Roughly two dozen of those friends contribute one track each to this two-CD tribute. Musically, the discs cover a broad range, featuring studio and concert recordings from big pop stars (Elton John, Paul Simon, Celine Dion, Sarah McLachlan), Broadway heavy hitters (Nathan Lane, Mandy Patinkin), and Saturday Night Live alums (Dana Carvey, Steve Martin, and Billy Crystal). Also included are two comic clips from Radner herself—a Lisa Loopner piano recital of "The Way We Were" and a graduation commencement speech by Roseanne Roseannadanna. But for all the star power contained here, the most touching track by far is the final one. It’s an a cappella version of "Ohio" from the Leonard Bernstein musical Wonderful Town sung by Radner’s husband, Gene Wilder. In his wobbly voice you can hear a world of love and hurt, neither of which has diminished with time. (Proceeds from this CD go to Gilda’s Club, a free non-profit support community for those touched by cancer.) --David Bombeck

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was a friend of Gilda's August 3, 2003
As someone who knew and loved (and wrote for) Gilda, I sometimes view tributes that are done in her honor with a consideration of what she would've thought of the gesture. She would've LOVED this CD. For many reasons. First of all, the artists who are represented and gave of themselves as well as their talents would've touched her heart in an indescribable fashion. Gilda was an artist who knew what it was like to create - so these songs that were donated both in her honor and for the wonderful cause that bears her name (Gilda's Club) are indeed the greatest gifts fellow artists could have given her. Secondly, Gilda knew just about everyone represented on this CD personally. She loved Paul Simon's music. No one made her laugh harder than Steve Martin. Paul Shaffer, Billy Crystal, and Victor Garber were among her oldest friends. And she had a crush on Gene Wilder. Last, but hardly least, Gilda loved being the center of attention. And if she is in a place where she somehow knows what all these wonderful people did in her name and honor, I know she's be smiling. This CD is great.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gilda's totally objective brother's review. July 5, 2003
I knew this double CD was coming, but until I had a chance to play it I did not appreciate what a wonderful collection of great songs and music interspersed with terrific humor and laughs it would be. That so many great artists cared about my sister and wanted to remember her by donating their work to help support Gilda's Club, the free social and emotional cancer support community for men, women and children with all types of cancer, their families and friends. Gilda inspired this with her wish that no one have to face cancer alone. This is a very enjoyable double CD with a wide variety music and humor. It would be both great to have and to give as a gift. That you are supporting a good cause at the same time is a bonus. Of course I'm Gilda's brother and that's just my opinion.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Gilda Radner was an inspiration to so many, not only in her humor, but in how she faced her cancer. And the Gilda's Club legacy is a fitting tribute to such a talent and enduring spirit. Not only is this simply a fantastic compilation of music and humor -- who can resist bopping to Steve Martin's "King Tut" or singing along with Elton John? But it's also a tribute to Eileen Johnson, who survived thyroid cancer as a teenager, and who sings like an angel on two tracks on this double-CD set. But most people don't know that the entire project was her mother's idea...and her mom spent two years contacting artists and taking what started out as a small local project, and turning it into a national smash hit!
And Amazon is donating all the proceeds, except for a small handling fee, to Gilda's Clubs, so this CD set is making even more of a profound impact!
Buy it if you love artists like Mandy Patinkin, Harry Connick Jr., Randy Travis, Quincy Jones. Buy it if you love to laugh to the humor of Gilda, Dana Carvey, or Billy Crystal. Buy it if someone you love has cancer. Buy it if you want to honor thyroid patients!
What a wonderful legacy for Gilda, and a wonderful tribute for Eileen Johnson! And what a wonderful gift for those of us who can enjoy this compilation...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gilda Lives On December 23, 2003
By Alyssa
As a wannabe SNLer, Gilda has inspired me so much-- not just as a comedian and actress, but as a person. This CD has the right balance of comedy and song, featuring tracks by SNL alums such as Dana Carvey and Billy Crystal and beautiful tracks by Celine Dion and Elton John, to name a few. The most touching track of all has to be "Ohio" sung by Gilda's husband Gene Wilder. The profits of this CD benefit Gilda's Club, which is a beautiful organization. Gilda Radner will live on forever not just through her brilliant comedy, but through this inspiring organization that has helped so many. The world lost an amazing person way too soon.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ol' Gilda July 14, 2003
Voices For Gilda is an amazing blend of cherished artists. Beloved classics that we don't want the world to forget are now preserved on this hilarious double CD. The first track, Gilda Radner's stand up comedy act about Columbia University's School of Journalism and their graduation day literally had me laughing so hard I nearly peed my pants. Her thick NY accent and lovable attitude would leave any audience in a state of shaking laughter. Other remarkable tracks include Gene Wilder singing a song he and his wife, (the late Gilda Radner) used to sing together. Emotional, yet witty, this catchy tune sure lingers in your head for a while. Choppin' Broccoli is also hysterically sung by Dana Carvey. Only Mr. Carvey could be blamed for the confused faces that come from hearing this crazy track. Also, perhaps the best tracks of all are performed by a talented young woman by the name of Eileen Johnson. Eileen, like Gilda, faced the long, difficult journey of cancer. Eileen has dreamt of becoming a singer since she was young, but with cancer of the throat, she was told she may never sing again. However, her mother promised her she would, and sure enough, Eileen beat the cancer, and has completely regained her gorgeous voice. On Voices for Gilda, Eileen beautifully belts out A Friend In You, and We've Only Just Begun. So there you have it: Gene Wilder, Eileen Johnson, Dana Carvey, and many, many more devote their songs to Gilda on this amazing CD. Plus, all the benefits go to the most worthy organization on the planet: Gilda's Club Seattle!! (A community for men, women, and children, living with cancer, their families, and friends.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Relive the SNL classics.
Chopping Broccoli is awesome and the reason I bought it. There are a couple other songs that I had forgotten about over the years that I really like too.
Published on March 25, 2011 by M. Tezel
5.0 out of 5 stars Miracles Do Happen!
The story behind the making of this CD grabbed my heart. Then, when I heard Eileen's voice the word "angelic" came to mind. What a treat! Read more
Published on June 25, 2010 by Starlight
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird Mishmash
While I enthusiastically endorse the cause for which this 2-CD set was produced, it has to be one of the strangest assortments of musical novelty songs and pop drivel I have ever... Read more
Published on January 6, 2008 by Thomas E. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful tribute
a lovely album filled with songs of hope, sadness and joy. A very moving tribute for one of the comedic greats. Read more
Published on July 20, 2003 by Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair)
5.0 out of 5 stars Proud husband and father
My wife Mary Kay is the inpiration and driving force behind this CD. She has worked effortlessly for two years to see this come to fruition. Read more
Published on July 18, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Proud husband and father
My wife Mary Kay is the inpiration and driving force behind this CD. She has worked effortlessly for two years to see this come to fruition. Read more
Published on July 18, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs for life and a cause
The songs on this compilation capture the spirit of Gildan Radner in many ways. You'll laugh along with her and her comedy friends, you'll be touched by the songs and when it's all... Read more
Published on July 7, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mothers Wish
I really enjoy listening to Voices for Gilda because it is funny, sentimental, touching and entertaining. Read more
Published on July 4, 2003 by Margie Hakala
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