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Product Details

  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (April 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468560581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468560589
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,452,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Bruce Kimmel announced his plans to write this book, I was a bit terrified. I was around for many of the events that occur within its pages, and when things got tense in the studio, as they often do in moments of pressure, it wasn't always pretty for either of us. Though I consider Bruce Kimmel one of my dearest friends, I had no idea how any of us who worked with him would come off since I find Kimmel an honest scribe. So, it was with some trepidation that I began this new memoir, which begins where his wonderful and moving "There's Mel, There's Woody, and There's You" ends.

When I finished "Album Produced By," I was moved to tears by its generosity of spirit and enormous heart, mourning with Bruce the passing of friends and colleagues (Donald Johnson with whom I worked at Goodspeed in 1988 on a Gershwin show, composer Claibe Richardson, and the radiant Laurie Beechman) and loathing the ugliness and lies of several petty, vicious individuals and their attempts to destroy or control. Yes, Virginia, there are monsters in this book.

Although these horrible and tragic events occur during the course of this wonderful memoir, the book's tone is neither one of loss nor being a victim, but rather that of a scrappy optimist, picking himself up, dusting himself off, and starting again. Kimmel's humor, ingenuity, and affection for his colleagues doesn't allow him much time to feel sorry for himself. And, amazingly, as he is told several times in the book, he does land on his feet. And he continues to work.

I contacted Bruce about possible work after I had been one of several victims in a power trip around 1990. I would guess my initial contact was during the period when Bay Cities was on its last legs.
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I love musicals. I especially love musical cast recordings...not just of stage shows, but everything from concept albums to solo recordings of Broadway performers. For 15 years, I actually was host of a weekly program on a local community (non-commercial) radio station where I played all sorts of cast recordings, solo recordings, concept albums, etc., even foreign language cast recordings. If it was musical theater-related, I'd play it.

And a lot of what I played turned out to have been produced by Bruce Kimmel. For me, his career in the recording industry during that time was pretty much the modern golden age of musical theater recordings. Probably in no other time has anyone produced as many recordings of such variety and quality as during Bruce Kimmel's era.

Reading "Album Produced By" brought back so many wonderful memories. On almost every page I was thinking, I remember/love/have that CD! I never would've guessed that that sort of thing happened! I just HAVE to listen to that again! I love [fill in the name of just about any performer]! Reading about the history of all those recordings makes me appreciate them even more.

Of course, it wasn't all fun and games. Bruce didn't hold back when writing about the good times nor did he when writing about the bum times, but he wrote it matter-of-factly and there's not a trace of "oh, woe is me." I really enjoy Bruce's writing style. Starting with "Benjamin Kritzer," all the way to "There's Mel, There's Woody, and There's You" to this, it's like you're just sitting down with him and he's just telling his stories.

There never will be another time like that. I feel lucky that I got to experience it and I'm really glad that Bruce chose to tell his stories, which he does quite well. Thanks, Bruce.
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I actually picked up Bruce Kimmel's book because I felt I owed him something for all the wonderful music he has given to me through his shows and albums. When I needed something to pass the time on a long flight, I decided to take a flutter on his newest book. I had read his liner-notes, so I knew he was articulate, intelligent and witty, but there's quite a different between a three page essay about the Sherman Brothers, and a book. And this is quite a book! Full of the drama, personalities and challenges involved with producing music. I learned so much about that business from this wonderful book, but also there is a Quixotic inspirational feeling to the book. Bruce pursued (and continues to pursues) his dreams, and for anyone with a dream, I think the book is a wonderful explanation of what it really takes-what you may have to go through-to make your dreams come true. Entertaining, revealing and thoughtful, with more than a few chuckes along the way (I particularly liked his encounters with Carol Channing), I recommend this book for theatre-lovers, folks interested in going into the music business, or anyone who has the determination to keep going when things are rough. Thanks, Mr. Kimmel for allowing us to share your adventure!
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at some point, i discovered that many of my favorite cds that i had purchased over the past 20 years had something in common: the words "produced by bruce kimmel." i don't recall exactly when i noticed this, or which cd i was listening to at the time, but those words became something i looked for with every new cd purchase, for i knew it was a guarantee that the songs contained on that disc were assembled with joy, love, creativity and respect. these are the discs i frequently return to when searching my collection for something fun and satisfying to listen to: the stellar sondheim collections, extraordinary terry trotter jazz compilations, glorious soundtracks and cast recordings, and the varied and wonderful solo artist endeavors. liz callaway's "my heart is so full of you" from her loesser tribute cd remains one of the most moving and gorgeous tracks i have ever heard in my life, and can still reduce me to blubbery tears as soon as it starts (many thanks also to alex rybeck for that stunning arrangement, and, of course, to miss callaway for her killer vocal). as a singer myself, these are the songs and the arrangements that i would choose to perform.

i have recently discovered some of the books that mr. kimmel has written, starting with the "kritzerland" trilogy. i was just finishing his fun and fabulous memoir "there's mel, there's woody, and there's you" (about his impressive career in film and television) when i found out about his latest: "album produced by . . . " which details his two decades as a music producer. i was thrilled and excited, and ordered a copy right away. for someone like me, reading this book was kind of like being asked "where were you when kennedy was shot?" . . .
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