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This album was recorded live at Joe's Pub in New York City, the nightclub personality Miss Prince displays is an intriguingly complex mixture of the demure and the brassy. Track highlights include: "I Do What I Can with What I Got," "If I Were a Bell," "Animal in the Pit," "Sweet Kentucky Ham" and more!

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Declaring herself "a cabaret virgin," Faith Prince presents her first solo show, recorded live at Joe's Pub in New York in January 2000. You'd never know it from this vastly entertaining recording that combines terrific song selection with a lot of fun patter. Best known for her Tony-winning portrayal of the ditzy Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Prince covers that sort of comedy and more in this career retrospective: "On the Other Side of the Tracks" from Little Me, Mary Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim's bossa nova spoof "The Boy From..." from Hey, Love, and On a Clear Day's "What Did I Have That I Don't Have," a less charged but no less effective rendition than Liza Minnelli's recorded a week earlier at the Palace. Other highlights include "The Man with a Horn," which incorporates an anecdote of how Prince met her trumpet-playing husband (who provides a solo here), and a rendition of "Something Wonderful" as Miss Adelaide herself would sing it. When the familiar screwball voice starts to intone the Rodgers and Hammerstein standard, the audience can't help laughing, but the combination of lyric and character soon becomes surprisingly poignant. A Leap of Faith is recommended for Faith Prince fans as well as anyone who wants to become one. --David Horiuchi
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 11, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B00004SBX5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you want to have some pure unadulterated fun, pick up this album. If you want pure tones with the notes electronically altered, buy a studio-based opera album. If you want to hear a wonderful performer in a live setting, get this record. I am usually a tough critic, but I love Faith's choice of songs (especially the little-known Betty Hutton number), and her stories and delivery are charming. Faith-Haters: Lighten up! And can you do such a great impersonation of Elaine Stritch? (Don't answer that question...)
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I happened across Faith Prince while watching the Broadway Ladies DVD - she sang, what I understand now is her "signature" song - "Adelaide's Lament" from Guys and Dolls. I also have the CD from Guys and Dolls and hadn't even realized, when I listened, that it was Faith Prince. This recording is her "virgin" debut in the cabaret mode - and she is just exceptional! I have always been a fan of the musical "On a clear day you can see forever" and Ms. Prince breathes renewed life into one of my favorite Broadway songs from that show, but really from all shows ever "What did I have that I don't have." Her style of singing this song is somwhat reminiscent of Barbara Harris, but she brings to it her wonderfully unique lilt, humor and passion. Her banter with the audience is upbeat, humorous, self effacing, and great fun. I strongly recommend this marvelous CD to all who enjoy live concert music performed by a magnificent professional singer.
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Faith Prince's major claim to fame comes from her Tony-award winning turn as the delightfully ditzy Miss Adelaide in the recent B'way revival of Guys and Dolls. Here, the charmingly squeaky-voiced Prince puts on a cabaret show, going through a highly enjoyable set interspersed with entertaining patter. If none of these songs are remarkably "deep," they are all highly entertaining, which is Prince's motivation from song one, a great lead-in from "Some People" (at a slower-than-usual tempo) to Little Me's "On the Other Side of the Tracks." A hilarious anecdote about life on the touring circuit leads into two beautifully performed songs from "On A Clear Day." Other highlights: Husband Larry Lunetta's trumpet-work on "The Man With A Horn" and "If I Were A Bell," the tounge-twisting "The Boy From..." ..., and the deliciously jazzed-up "Adelaide's Lament" (who's opening line gets a burst of applause from an audience having a great time).
Just fun, fun, fun.
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I've loved Faith since the first day of GUYS AND DOLLS rehearsals and her husband from when we toured together. I'm so happy to sit and listen to them both performing together at Joe's Pub. I laughed a lot at Faith's stories and was warmed by her wonderful interpretation of every song included. I hadn't heard her many moods and vocal artistry before. Just her GUYS AND DOLLS nasalities. She has great scope and variety here. Wonderful.
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This is a live recording of Faith Prince at Joe's Cafe, so there is some talking on it. Most of the people who have reviewed seemed to not like the chatting Faith does. I don't mind at all. The stories and the songs flow well, and even though Faith admits to being a "cabaret virgin", she does very well. Some of the songs are unfamiliar, but are very good, and the new jazzed up Adeline's Lament is a kick. Buy this, you won't be dissapointed.
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Saw her in concert recently which prompted me to buy this CD. She's very entertaining not only as a singer but as a story teller with a wonderful sense of humor. She has a piercing voice, which can become a bit irritating after a while, and not much of a lower regester, but her timing, interpretation of the lyrics, and her impeccabe taste in music compensate for this.
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By A Customer on April 21, 2000
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I used to watch Faith Prince performing and think, "How does she DO that?" With this album it dawned on me...who cares how she does it? It's enough that she DOES. Faith was awarded BackStage's Bistro award for Outstanding Major Cabaret Engagement of the year for this act at Joe's Pub. It's almost as good on disc. Her stories are great, but the way she tells them, each word twisted to perfection in that indescribable voice, make them jewels that can be listened to over and again without losing their punch. The voice is truly one of the great voices, warm and rich and funny, sliding from screwy dame to low and easy, sometimes within the same song. Spiky and hilarous in "The Boy From..." and smooth as velvet in "The Man with the Horn." After years of being endlessly associated with one particular character and song, she's found a way to work that to her glorious advantage, first with a crazy, ingenious scat arrangement of "Adelaide's Lament" that doesn't get any less crazy or ingenious no matter how many times you listen to it, and then by letting us in on the song she used to audition for "Guys and Dolls," which is "Something Wonderful" but AS ADELAIDE. When that wacky character starts into this wistful ballad, you can't help laughing, but by the third line you've been sucked in to the beauty of the song and the heartbreak behind it. Her voice goes from squeaky to golden, and once again you're left wondering...how does she DO that? Give it another listen...maybe this time you'll figure it out.
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