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Mandy Patinkin is one of the most talented performers of our age. There is no doubt about that. Is this is best album? Probably not. Is this Mandy Patinkin's beautiful voice in its purest form? Most certainly not. But when I got the amazing opportunity of meeting Mr. Patinkin, I could only have him sign two of my CDs, as to not look like a fool. The one I picked up immediately was the original cast recording of Evita, with Mandy as Che, and what I would recommend to anyone reading this. That has an incredible mix of Mandy's soaring highnotes (High Flying Adored), and his booming angry lows (Oh What a Circus) and so many amazing songs of his and Patti Lu Pone's. But this writeup is about Oscar and Steve. That was the second CD i grabbed, because it goes beyond the amazing.
While too great a portion of the soundtrack is taken up by Mr. Patinkin's lilting soaring tenor, there are some true gems, generally the ones that take advantage of his beautiful lower range. Pleasant Little Kingdoms is frantic and Poems is perfectly pretty, both really good duets with nameless entities (maybe I'm just too lazy to look). BUT! The best songs of the album are the loud and angry ones like Bali' Hai, and the ending with the two best songs, Not a Day Goes and the Children Will Listen Mix. This is where Mandy Patinkin really takes off, and where we see the true feeling of his art.
For anyone who likes deep songs, and for those who likes those songs to be materfully sung, I highly suggest Oscar and Steve (and get Evita while you are at it).
Anyway, turning to the cd in question - it's my favourite of all of Mandy's output and singing Steve and Oscar's songs how could it fail. Clearly he is not a smooth controlled cabaret singer - he is after all primarily an actor who sings, but the dramatic content of these songs needs an actor to convey their meanings when they are removed from the context of the show from which they are taken. If you want pure crooning then stick to thel ikes of Mel Torme and Jack Jones.
I saw Mandy at the Almeida Theatre in London a couple of years ago in his debut performance - he was just wonderful and absolutley ignited the audience at what was one of the hottest tickets in town at that time. He is long overdue for a return visit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
cd's should be played in a insane asylum- modern equivalent to nurse ratchet of "one flew over the cuckoo's nest"
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Bought it for my Mom who is a huge Mandy fan and she played it for two days straight before loading it into her MP3 player. He has a beautiful voice. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kimberly M Wetzsteon
What wonderful interpretation of great songs/He brings a unique style to the music..The arrangements too are magicPublished on August 12, 2014 by Liz Slessor
One of my mom's favorite people. Got her ALL his CD's on Amazon for Christmas for such a great price. She loves them all.Published on February 1, 2013 by lou
Afraid I have to echo the sentiments of the dissenters here. Praise first: the arrangements are rather nice, as they have been for the rest of MP's albums. Read morePublished on February 4, 2005 by Operaman!