Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill License
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Sting's take on "Moritat/Mack the Knife" is deliberately low-key and affectless, a lovely antidote (at the time, and even now) to the jokey, albeit entertaining big-band renderings of Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin.
Lou Reed's "September Song" is an utter delight, as the personification of late 20th-century underworld New York does this set piece from *Knickerbocker Holiday*. Reed's instrumentation echoes John Lennon's last recordings (like the ironically titled "Starting Over") and adds some Stax-Volt-style horns, while his wonderfully world-weary delivery of Maxwell Anderson's cynical *and* sentimental lyrics steals the show.
Other great vocal performances are contributed by Stanard Ridgway from Wall of Voodoo, Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs (a splendid "Alabama Song/Whiskey Bar"), Marianne Faithful, Tom Waits, Aaron Neville, and a heart-breaking turn by Dagmar Krause on Weill's perfect subversion of the torch song, "Surabaya Johnny."
Fine arrangements are supplied by members of the Armadillo String Quartet, who ably explore the minor-key sonorities of the "Youkali Tango"; by Van Dyke Parks, whose music-box renderings of selections from "Johnny Johnson" are both oddly fitting and oddly moving; by John Zorn, who applies his distinctive search-and-destroy, acid jazz approach to "The Little Lieutenant of the Loving God"; by Carla Bley, who lets Phil Woods blow incandescent alto sax on the title track; and by Sharon Freeman, who provides an admirable -- both witty and heartfelt -- showcase for Charlie Haden on lead bass for "Speak Low.Read more ›
Just to prove that Weill has a softer side, Lou Reed does the ballad 'September Song'
That tells you what kind of disc this is! Lou Reed does the 'soft' pretty music.
Because this is a Hal Willner production, and because Willner doesn't want to get too close to the mainstream, this album is more challenging and complex than the later, similar disc from 1997. He produced that one, too, as a soundtrack for a film on Weill's music. That soundtrack is called 'September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill' and as the title says, it features songs. In fact, many of the same songs are found on both albums. 'Lost in the Stars' features more instrumentals and includes both jazz and classical performances. The result is sometimes a little jarring, but that is very much in keeping with Weill.
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Good interpretations by various artists including Marianne Faithfull, Sting and Lou Reid.Published 9 months ago by WayneN
I loved this when it was first issued. It is still good, but not great.Published 14 months ago by C
A wonderful compilation performance by some of our most gifted artists. The Lou Reed is especially poignant with his recent passing,Published on February 24, 2014 by Capnblinski
The exhibitor was describing that it is a "Like New".
But I was surprised because the commodity arrived. Read more
Apart from having to admit that I grew up with Kurt Weill and memorized the Three Penny Opera by the age of 5 (OK, I had unusual parents for the time! Read morePublished on November 13, 2008 by Anne E. Zimmerman
Believe in me, ear this cd, the musics and the words are superior! MUST HAVE!!!Published on October 30, 2008 by Stefano Boscolo Marchi
This gem amazingly represents my childhood and my father (80's child). Raw emotion, nostalgia, adventurous music, and my first exposure to Tom Waits make this one of my favorite... Read morePublished on January 22, 2005 by MK 98118
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