Boom! Live at Birdland
Sisters and Tony Award-nominated actresses Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway have delighted and enthralled crowds with BOOM!, their hit concert celebrating the soundtrack of their childhood with unforgettable songs from the 1960s and '70s. Now, this hit show in which, The New York Times raved, the sisters 'lift these songs to expressive heights rarely attained by any singer,' has been recorded during the Callaways' engagement at New York's famed Birdland in May 2011. BOOM! is a joyous, exultant evening -- sometimes zany, often moving, always surprising -- that features tunes made famous by Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Jimmy Webb, Stevie Wonder and others, such as 'A Case of You,' 'Yesterday,' 'You've Got a Friend,' 'Always Something There to Remind Me,' and 'Blowin' in the Wind.' The sisters, who alternate expressive solos with radiant duets, also share heartwarming, humorous stories of their years growing up in Chicago and New York. They are backed by musical director, arranger and pianist Alex Rybeck, bassist Jared Egan, and drummer Ron Tierno, with Rybeck and Egan doubling on background vocals. Their second live CD (following the popular Sibling Revelry), BOOM! brims with a warmth, joy and love that will transport listeners back to a time when the songs on the radio were the soundtrack of life.
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I do agree somewhat with the reviewer who said their banter on this CD isn't quite as fresh as on "SR" since they again put the emphasis on how different they were growing up. I certainly hope that if there is ever a third CD (and I hope there is), they won't go to that well again. Still, the actual examples of their differences are funny and endearing.
I mostly disagree with that reviewer concerning the tunes being overdone or dull. Just how often do you hear Petula Clark's hits covered? Further, the arrangements are, for the most part, quite different from the original cuts, the best example being Ann's gospel-infused version of "Blowing in the Wind." With that said, I do think that there are two songs that have been recorded enough already. The first is "Memories" from "The Way We Were." I would have much rather heard what they would have done with Jim Croce's "Photographs and Memories" from the early 70's, which would have served the same thematic purpose. The second song is "You've Got a Friend" from Carole King's "Tapestry." All of the songs from that CD are memorable and could have well represented why that CD had such an impact. I, for one, would have loved to hear them sing 'Beautiful" or "Where You Lead." Regardless, this is a very entertaining CD which I am very glad to have in my collection.
Their patter is fun, the pace of the show is perfect, and you'll find yourself returning to listen to this project again and again. As a singer songwriter myself--one who is not easily impressed--I highly recommend this CD!
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