The King's Singers
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In 1987 I was delighted to be invited by The
The album (my first as producer) was duly recorded with eight of my arrangements plus four by others (not included here). Then, between recording and release, the disaster struck. Vox records
The King's Singers on these recordings are Jeremy Jackman, Alastair Hume,
[ 1 ] On Broadway
by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This is the only song included here that wasn't written for a Broadway musical, but it's choice was obvious. Colin sings the main solo.
[ 2 ] One
by Marvin Hamlisch, from A Chorus Line. Al Hume is the soloist, Tony the background riffer. The swells were done by turning the tape over and running it backwards.
[ 3 ] Out Of My Dreams
by Rodgers and Hammerstein, from Oklahoma! Tony is the first soloist, with Bill excelling in a high solo later. The whistler is a certain Wild Ray Snurck, who appears here for the first time in history (but not the last: on The King's Singers Gilbert & Sullivan CD Here's A Howdy-Do he not only whistles but plays piano and cathedral organ too! Luckily his alter ego, Sir Wanky L. Crud – The King's Singers were always good at anagrams – does not show his face, here or anywhere else.)
[ 4 ] Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye
by Cole Porter, from the musical revue Seven Lively Arts.
[ 5 ] A Woman Is a Sometime Thing
by George Gershwin and DuBose Hayward, from Porgy and Bess. Tony solos, multitracked, with interjections by Bill. Brief re-appearance (one long note) by Wild Ray.
[ 6 ] My Ship
by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin, from Lady In The Dark. Jeremy solos, and I hope you'll agree this is the pinacle of the album: you'll never hear anyone sing this or any other song better. Colin's bassline too is exceptional.
[ 7 ] September Song
by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson, from Knickerbocker Holiday. Tony is the soloist. When I played this for the first time to my father, in remission from cancer, I found myself suddenly in tears. Embarrassed, I tried to laugh it off – 'and now I'm crying,' I blustered. 'I love you too,' was his
[ 8 ] It's Alright With Me
by Cole Porter, from Can-Can. Simon sings the lead in this multi-tracked vocal simulation of a big-band arrangement. The 'trumpets' are portrayed by the two altos plus Bill, Al does the 'piano', Bill, Tony and Simon are the 'saxes', and Colin doubles on 'trombones', 'hi-hat cymbal' and 'bass'. Count Basie would be proud.
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