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  • Vinyl
  • Label: COLUMBIA
  • ASIN: B00414FH4U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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The Singer is another Liza album consisting of cover versions of songs by the contemporaries of the time when the album was recorded. Being hot on the heels of the release of Cabaret, fans were eager to hear more from their new favorite performer, and being as Liza had a brand new record label she was signed to, they were eager to put out an actual album of hers now aside from the Cabaret soundtrack. This wasn't a new concept for a Liza album; there had already been a handful of her last several albums that almost completely consisted of cover versions of songs by contemporary artists. The difference this time is that the combination, for once, actually managed to work. It may not be her strongest ever album, but it's still a good one nonetheless!

A lot of the songs on this album have a very campy feel to them, but that's okay - much of Liza's career is the same way, so this comes as no sort of surprise. Tracks especially fitting of this are "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", "Dancing In The Moonlight", "Where Is The Love?" "Oh Babe, What Would You Say?" and "I Believe In Music". That's not to say they're bad, though. There's even some real diamonds in the rough on this album that seem to have been mostly forgotten to time as far as Liza's career is concerned, such as the title track of the album. The song would have suited her well to have taken that song on the road and kept in in her onstage repertoire for a while, but she didn't. Maybe the lyrics hit a little too close to home, I don't know. The song's lyrics almost read like an autobiography for Liza, so this theory would make sense. And of course, who could forget Liza's cover of "You're So Vain"? Fantastic!

I feel like this particular album captures a lot of the fun, spontaneous energy of 1970's Liza down in song, so if you haven't already, give it a listen!
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Liza Minnelli (born March 12, 1946) practically needs no introduction; she was born into show business royalty! Her mother was Judy Garland and her father was Vincente Minnelli. Liza has proven herself to be an accomplished actress, dancer, vocalist and all around entertainer no matter what the venue; and this CD of cover songs is no exception. The quality of the sound is excellent, too.

"I Believe in Music" by Mac Davis has Liza singing at her very best; I'm impressed by her passionate and energetic rendition of this tune. Liza sings with all her might and you can tell it's true by just how wonderful she sounds. As is the case all through this album, Liza handles complex tempo and key changes like a pro; and this makes her performance even better! "Use Me," a song composed and originally recorded by Bill Withers, gets the royal treatment from Liza; and listen for Liza to do great justice to Lobo's "I'd Love You To Want Me" with that beautiful musical arrangement; her charming treatment of "Oh, Babe, What Would You Say" that Norman "Hurricane" Smith made so famous; Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" that gets a funky beat that works wonders for this number; "Where Is the Love" that is poignant and shiny at once; a song performed by Barbra Streisand entitled "The Singer" which also has quite a bit of meaning especially when Liza delivers it flawlessly; the memorable James Taylor tune "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight;" King Harvest's "Dancing in the Moonlight" which gets a faster tempo than I'm used to hearing although it all holds its own very well; Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" that surely would make Stevie proud; and "baby Don't Get Hooked on Me" which is a number I first heard performed by Mac Davis.

Liza's talent really shows on this album; this is a must-have for her fans. Liza still tours from time to time; catch her in concert if you can!
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Columbia C 32149 Lp, March, 1973

A Clive Davis signing (May 13, 1972 BILLBOARD), Liza Minnelli had three albums for Columbia Records:

LIZA WITH A `Z' - Columbia 31762 (September, 1972)
THE SINGER ("You're So Vain") - Columbia 32149 (March, 1973)
LIVE AT THE WINTER GARDEN - Columbia 32854 (May, 1974)

LIZA WITH A `Z' was the most successful album, reaching #19 in early December, 1972 on Billboard, and a peak of #29 on the Cash Box album chart; however, each of the two albums after did declining business. THE SINGER middle-of-the-road pop/rock covers album debuted on the Cash Box albums chart on 3/24/73 #116, peaked at #39 on 5/19/73, and tailed off three weeks later. LIVE AT THE WINTER GARDEN ran out of steam at #133, up and down for a five week run.

Columbia ran out three 45RPM singles, all of which stiffed:

45715 Ring them Bells/It Was A Good Time (October, 1972)
45746 The Singer/Mr. Emery Won't Be Home (December, 1972)
45846 Mr. Emery Won't Be Home/Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight (May, 1973)

On 45RPM single records, Liza only managed two almost-hits, "Mr. Emery Won't Be Home" on Columbia 45846, which placed five weeks at the extreme bottom of Record World's 150 position charts, too low even for Billboard's "Bubbling Under..." almost-hits chart, and her August, 1977, version of "Theme From `New York, New York'"/"Happy" on United Artists 1014, which was popularized by Frank Sinatra three years later. Liza returned to Columbia for another 45RPM release, Columbia 10178, "All That Jazz"/"My One Best Friend," August, 1975, an uncharted single.
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