In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
It's just not cool to like your parents' music, right? Well, actually, yes, it really is. At least it is if the kind of stuff your parents tried to introduce you to is anything like these terrific vintage vocal harmony groups! The groups you'll find here are the ones who inspired the groups who inspired the ones we love today. Making their music between the Depression and the '50s, these are the greats who made modern, popular harmony, well, popular. This is the music of the golden age of harmony!
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Review: Toronto, Canada was the host for the 2013 convention which was also the 75th Anniversary of the event. The home group Toronto Northern Lights won gold, Westminster Chorus took silver and the Alexandria Harmonizers won bronze. Let's look forward to another 75 years.
Songlist: If I Can Dream, Get Your Happy Days on Medley, Anything Goes, You'll Never Walk Alone, Smile, Love Letters, When You Wish Upon A Star, Somebody Loves Me, The Way, The Joint is Jumpin, Over The Rainbow, Medley of the Singing Monks, Put Your Head on my Shoulder, River Stay 'way From My Door, Maybe This Time, As Long As We're Cookin' Medley, Steppin' Out With My Baby, Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair
King Of the Road
Review: 1982 was a banner year for Northbrook, IL, as it was the year a Barbershop legend, The New Tradition Chorus, was founded, directed by Jay Giallombardo. Varying in size from 95 to 138 men, TNTC won their first SPEBSQSA medal in 1987, which began a remarkable streak of success in international chorus competition. They medaled every year, including a record 5 Silver medals in a row, until they finally grabbed the Gold in 2001! "Bandstand" is generous collection of 13 tunes and medleys that will warm your heart as well as that of your favorite jukebox, some of our favorites are the medleys: "50s Medley," "Jersey Boys Medley" containing the hits "Let's Hang On," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Working My Way Back to You" and "Walk Like a Man" and "Smile Medley;" "Bandstand Boogie," Roger Miller's crossover hit "King of the Road," The Turtles' bubblegum classicHappy Together," John Phillips' sweet Mamas and Papas anthem "Monday, Monday," Len "non/McCartney's "Lady Madonna," Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow" and "Wind Beneath My Wings/You Raise Me Up" by Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar. Director Giallombardo does most of the arrangements for his thoroughbred competition and performance band, and every cut is an entertaining, powerful, richly harmonic winner. Treat yourself to "Bandstand" by the continually amazing New Tradition Chorus!
Songlist: Bandstand Boogie, 50's Medley, King Of the Road, Unchained Melody, Happy Together, Jersey Boys Melody, Daydream, Monday, Monday, Lady Madonna, All The Gold In California, Over The Rainbow, Smile Medley, Wind Beneath My Wings / You Raise Me Up
Review: Founded in Alexandria, VA in 1948, the 200+ male members of this great chorus have a proud tradition, having won the International Chorus Championship Gold four times, and have been finalists 13 times, including 11 silver and bronze medals. Musical Director Scott Werner spent 38 years as a chorus member and almost 30 as their Director. "Wee Small Hours" is a delightful, spirited 17-song collection of live performances, "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" were recorded at the SPEBSQSA International competition in Nashville. Favorites are a very funny rendition of "Kiss the Girl" from The Little Mermaid, Irving Berlin's "Puttin' on the Ritz/Slummin' on Park Ave" and "Steppin' Out Medley," "Old St. Louie," "Blue Velvet" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic." The guys are having great fun performing their richly harmonied, perfectly arranged nostalgic hits for us, and we get to let this wall of exquisite sound wash over us, and applaud!
Songlist: Alexandria Harmonizers Welcome Song, Gospel Medley, Blue Velvet, Kiss the girl, I'll Walk With God, Putting on the Ritz / Slumming on Park Ave, If you Were the Only Girl in the World, Alexander's Rag Time Band, Moments to Remember Medley, Hooked on Classics Medley, When You Wish Upon a Star, Old st. Louie, Battle Hymn of the republic, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning / Always, Stepping Out Medley
Review: This is the AOH's third spirited recording, and the fun, excitement and feelings of love and nostalgia that come though it are part of the group's tradition. Included is the "Toy Set" that wowed the audience at the 2001 international competition in Nashville. The centerfold of the liner notes is a full-color shot of the 115-strong group on stage in complete "Toyland" costumes, from clowns and roman soldiers to pandas, cats, sailors, space cadets, Spiderman - you name it. It all says "fun," loud and clear, and that's how the group sings. 12 songs are here: "Applause," "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Through the Years," "My Honey's Lovin' Arms," the Turtles' "Happy Together," "The Music of the Night," "Toy Song," "Toyland," "Short People," "One Alone," "Tonight" and "Friends." That must have been an unforgettable performance at SPEBSQSA Nashville, and this is an unforgettable CD on many levels - most of all the pure, sweet barbershop harmony that flows throughout.
Songlist: Applause, I'm Beginning To See The Light, Through The Years, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, Happy Together, The Music Of The Night, Toy Song, Short People, One Alone, Tonight, Friends
Friend Like Me
Review: Founded way back in 1963 in St. Charles, MO, The 160-strong Ambassadors of Harmony are one of the best, most entertaining men's Barbershop choruses in the world, and they have the Gold necklaces to prove it: SPEBSQSA (Barbershop Harmony Society) Gold in 2004 and 2009! We can tell by their costumes, expressions and wonderful music that (1) these gentlemen are having big fun up there on stage in international competition, and (2) they can sing their collective tails off! We think we can call "Oh What a Day" a best-of collection, mainly because it includes "Seventy-Six Trombones," the Merideth Willson tune which led off their Gold-winning set in July, 2009, but also because every one of these cuts is a stone winner. "America," the sassy Stephen Sondheim/Leonard Bernstein hit from "West Side Story," "Friend Like Me," Howard Ashman/Alan Menken's song from "Aladdin," a cover of the traditional Scottish Air "Loch Lomond" that could break your heart, the wonderfully dramatic theme song from "Man of La Mancha," Ira and George Gershwin's sweet "Love Walked In," the Spanky and Our Gang hit "Lazy Day," Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows," Merle Kilgore/June Carter's Johnny Cash hit "Ring of Fire," and the Edith Piaf hit "If You Love Me, Really Love Me (Hymne a L'Amour)"-these are some of our favorite songs of all time, and the A of H nail every one of them. That's entertainment!
Songlist: America, Friend Like Me, They Didn't Believe Me, Fit as a Fiddle, Loch Lomond, Man of La Mancha, Love Walked In, Lazy Days, God Only Knows, Ring of Fire, If You Love Me, Seventy Six Trombones
Review: The Ambassadors of Harmony is Barbershop in grand form. Boasting premier talent, great versatility, and proven diligence, they shine as brightly as their medals won from numerous International Chorus competitions. This particular effort titled "Sing Sing Sing", the Louis Prima title track, is seasoned with Traditionals of the Jazz, Americana, English and Folk kind. Upon hearing, it is very easy to detect how much fun these guys are having. Sometimes certain music is best seen live, and it is roaringly apparent that this group is an incredible sight to see. These men sing with so much expression, you might feel you are right there in the audience. "That Old Black Magic," made famous by the Suntones, "The Heather on the Hill" by Loerner and Lowe, "Hard Times Come Again No More", by Stephen Foster are songs included in this new release. Directed by David Wright and Gas House Gang's Jim Henry.
Songlist: That Old Black Magic, Sing, Sing, Sing, The Heather On The Hill, What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor?, Let's Get Away From It All, My Wonderful One, Royal Garden Blues, South Rampart Street Parade, Orange Colored Sky, Mississippi Mud, Hard Times Come Again No More, When I Lift Up My Head, Betelehemu
Review: Review pending
Songlist: Is This Just Another Song About Love, The Key To Success With The Beautiful Girls, Something To Write The Folks About, That Lonesome Road, What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor, Mr. Touchdown, Brother, Can You Spare A Dime, Good Ol' A Cappella, That's A Plenty, The Pirate Song, Ave Maria
Review: To our expectations that the sun will rise, the flowers grow and taxes will be due, we can add the Vocal Majority being named SPEBSQSA's International Chorus Champions again! And it's easy to see why, from their wonderful "Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" and "Mardi Gras/Parade" medley on this cd from the huge 2000 Kansas City convention. But they only need glance over their collective shoulders to see 22 other great groups, and why competition is as good for choruses as it is for phone service. From Silver Medalist New Tradition to the Big Chicken Chorus (6th place), the Senate-Aires (14th), and Men of A-Chord (ouch, 20th), to Whale City Sound (23nd), they all sing their lungs out. So whether or not the Majority is hearing footsteps, we're hearing, once again, great choral music!
Songlist: The Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi, Mardi Gras March / South Rampart Street Parade Medley, Do You Hear the People Sing?, River, Stay 'Way From My Door, There'll Be Some Changes Made, Lover, Come Back To Me, Tie Me To Your Apron Strings Again, One Alone, County Fair, Just Like A Butterfly (That's Caught In the Rain), Steppin' Out With My Baby, How Deep Is the Ocean?, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Coney Island Baby / Please Don't Talk ABout Me When I'm Gone Medley, Strike Up the Band / Raise Your Baton, Mr. Leaderman Medley, Broadway Rose, Stars Fell On Alabama, That's Life, Always, There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder, Who's Sorry Now, I Used To Love You But It's All Over Now, I Didn't Want To Fall, My Honey's Lovin' Arms
Review: The top 20 Chorus finishers in the International SPEBSQSA Finals, held in July of 2003 in Montreal, Quebec! If you're into Barbershop, and especially the large choruses, you've hit the mother lode. The Gold Medal winner, once again, was Vocal Majority, Silver was Toronto Northern Lights, and Bronze was Ambassadors of Harmony. The best choruses in the world, on stage in competition, in beautiful Montreal!
Songlist: You Don't Know Me, Puttin On the Ritz, Song for the LIttle Guy, Shine, South Rampart Street Parade, Gee, I Wish I Was Back in the Army / Dogface Soldier, Auld Lang Syne, Only You, Always, All Alone, With A Song In My Heart, Yes Sir, That's My Baby / Love Is Here To Stay /, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, A Chicken Fairy Tale, All Aboard for Dixieland, Pick Yourself Up, Smilin Through, If You Love Me, Really Love Me, There Used To Be A Ballpark Right Here, Steppin Out With My Baby, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby, Each Time I Fall In Love, The Church Bells Are Ringing For Mary
Review: Louisville KY also, of course, hosted the 2004 SPEBSQSA International Chorus Competition, which in terms of shear vocal power, is unmatched on this planet! The Gold went to St. Charles, Missouri's dynamic Ambassadors of Harmony, who sing Rogers and Hammerstein's "I Have Dreamed" and Frank Loesser's "New Ashmolean Marching Society and Student's Conservatory Band," which must be heard to be believed. 2nd Place went to The Northern Lights, with "Make Them Hear You," 3rd to New Tradition Chorus, who recall the minstrel shows with Stephen Foster's "Medley: Camptown Races/Ring Ring de Banjo/Buffalo Gals," 4th to Alexandria Harmonizers" with Gershwin's bluesy "Summertime," and 5th to The Alliance, who give us "The Sunshine of Your Smile." A powerful, amazing collection!
Songlist: I Have Dreamed, Make Them Hear You, medley: Comptown Raves/Ring Ring de Banjo/Buffalo Gals , Summertime , The Sunshine Of Your Smile , When It's Night Time To Dixieland , My Foolish Heart , Medley: I Used To Love You/There'll Be Some Changes Made/Five Foot Two, Eyes, Of Blue/Yes Sir, That's My Baby, So Long, mother , Blues In The Night , You'll Never Know, Medley: how Do I Get Outta This Chicken Outfit/Charleston/Stormy Weather, Auld Lang Syne , Button up Your Overcoat, How Deep Is The Ocean , Medley: Everybody Step/Alexander's Ragtime Band , Girls Medley: Margie/No No Nora/Ma Blushin' Rosie , Medley: Get Out And Get Under The Moon/Shine on Harvest Moon , Nice Work If You Can Get It , On The Sunny Side of the Street , If We Can't Be The Same Old Sweethearts , You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
Time After Time
Review: The Barbershop Society's collection of Top 20 Choruses from this summer's internationals is here, and Gold medalists Masters of Harmony, from Santa Fe Springs, CA open with "Time After Time" and "Roll On, Mississippi, Roll On" for us. Toronto's Northern Lights show how "Right From The Start She Had My Heart" won Silver, and Northbrook, IL's New Tradition brings us the Bronze medal-winning "If I Loved You" and "Strike Up The Band." The Alexandria Harmonizers, Great Northern Union, The Alliance and Sound of the Rockies follow -the top 20 Choruses in the world, live from the Finals at Salt Lake City - what could be better?
Songlist: Tome After Time, All The World Will Be Jealous Of Me, Strike Up The Band, Crazy-, Mr. Touchdown USA, You Gotta Be A Football Hero Medley (Parody), I Love A Parade, Seventy-six Trombones, When It's Darkness on The Delta, Too Long At The Fair, What Kind Of Fool Am I, Yes Sir, That's My Baby, You Make Me Feel So Young, Bye Bye Blackbird, Side By Side, Because Of You, South Ramport Street Parade, It's You, When you Were Sweet Sixteen, Til Tommorrow, Fortune In Dreams
South Rampart Street Parade
Review: It was a particularly good year for choruses this year and although the incredible Vocal Majority won once again they were very closely followed in 2nd place by the exciting new Westminster Chorus from southern California. With by far the youngest members of any barbershop chorus the Westminster Chorus are a very talented group of men who brings an exciting youthful energy to the contest. In 3rd place was Canada's Northern Lights, New Tradition was fourth and Midwest Vocal Express finished 5th.
Songlist: Marching Along with Time , South Rampart Street Parade, Everything's Coming Up Roses, Oklahoma Medley , Swanee, School Days, After Dark Aquarius Medley , When It's Nighttime In Dixieland, Johnny's Off To War Medley, Young And Foolish , If I Give My Heart To You , Charleston, Mister Cellophane , If I Ruled The World , Auld Lang Syne, Love Me , What Kind Of Fool Am I , Runnin' Wild , Army Medley, Seventy-Six Trombones, Once Upon A Time , Waiting For Robert E. Lee
Review: The Barbershop Harmony Society's International Chorus competition, held in Denver, CO in July of 2007 saw California's Westminster Chorus emerge with the gold, singing gems like "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring" and "Strike Up the Band/Everybody Step" medley, followed by Ambassadors of Harmony, here singing "They Didn't Believe Me," local favorites Sound of the Rockies, singing "Colorado, My Home," and the Northern Lights, singing "'Cross the Mason Dixon Line." But listening to top-20 finishers like Voices in Harmony sing "The Sunshine of Your Smile," The Alliance's "When It's Nighttime in Dixieland," Atlanta Vocal Project's "Shakin' The Blues Away," Vocal FX's "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street," Cambridge Chord Company's "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans," and the Alexandria Harmonizers' "Happy Feet Medley," makes it clear to us what a tough decision the judges had to make!
Songlist: Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring, Strike Up The Band/Everybody Step Medley, They Didn't Believe Me, Colorado, My Home, 'Cross the Mason Dixon Line, Love Songs Medley, The Sunshine of Your Smile, When You Wish Upon a Star, When It's Nighttime in Dixieland, Shakin' The Blues Away, Oh, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie, When My Sugar Walks Down The Street, Do you Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?/Basin Street Blues Medley, Happy Feet Medley, Powder Your Face With Sunshine/Smile, Darn Ya Smile Medley, God Bless the Child, Sailing Down the Chesapeake Bay, You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves you, At the Ball, That's All, Good Luck Charm, Time After Time
Yona From Arizona
Review: Music Capitol of the South Nashville, TN played host to the Barbershop Harmony Society's annual International Chorus competition in 2008, and The Masters of Harmony from Santa Fe Springs, CA, took home the Gold, winning their 7th championship! Here they sing "Wonderful One" and "Yona from Arizona." Ambassadors of Harmony took the Silver, singing "Love Walked In," "Voices of Harmony took 3rd Place Bronze with "In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town," Sound of the Rockies got 4th Place Bronze with "You're from Heaven and You're Mine," and New Tradition won 5th Place Bronze withtheir "This is the Army Mr. Jones"/"Oh How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning" medley. Sixth through twentieth place, The Alliance through Brothers in Harmony, are each represented by one song. These are all live cuts from the stage of the Nashville finals, and you can feel the excitement in the air! "2008 20 Top Choruses" brings us a powerful sampling of Barbershop's best!
Songlist: Wonderful One, Yona From Arizona, Love Walked In, In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town, You're From Heaven And You're Mine, This Is The Army Mr. Jones/Oh How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning Medley, My Foolish Heart, If Ever I Would Leave You, Clap Yo' Hands, Bury Me Not On The Lone Prarie, 'Deed I Do, Yes Sir, That's My Baby, Penguin's Lament, Who Can I Turn To?, Here Comes The Showboat, Hello, My Baby, For All We Know, The Trolley Song, Yesterday I Heard The Rain, When Day Is Done, You Make Me Feel So Young
Review: The Masters of Harmony won gold for the eighth time in Kansas City this year. Silver went to Great Northern Union and bronze to The Northern Lights.
Songlist: Stranger in Paradise, You Keep Coming Back Like A Song, I Got Rhythm, The Greatest Barbershop Chart, What Do I Need With Love?, Since I Don't Have You, Oh! Look At Me Now, How Deep Is The Ocean?, Hard Hearted Hanna, When You Look In The Heart of a Rose, Aladdin Medley, Cross That Mason Dixie Line, Time After Time, Yes Sir, That's My Baby, Just A Kid Named Joe, Cry Me A River, When You've Got A Song in Your Heart, The Little Boy, I Have Dreamed, Goodbye Dixie Goodbye, Come Fly With Me
Review: Many men sang very well! Must of been that Pacific Northwest rain loosening up the vocal chords. Ambassadors of Harmony won top honors, Great Northern Union took silver and Kentucky Vocal Union claimed bronze.
Songlist: No Other Love, I Heard You Cried Last Night, Footloose, You Are So Beautiful , Cavemen #2 Medley, Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey, I Have Dreamed, Peter Pan Medley, Small Fry, There Is Nothin' Like A Dame/Honey Bun Medley, 'Cross That Mason Dixon Line, Runnin' Wild! , Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue, West Side Story Medley, Requiem For A Pal, Just A Kid Named Joe, Fit As A Fiddle, Royal Garden Blues, All The Way, Love Walked In
Review: The Big Chicken Chorus offers top entertainment value, with great songs and medleys such as "It's A Good Day," "Beer Barrel Polka" and "How Do I Get Out Of This Chicken Outfit" medley. Including the members of 1999 Quartet Champs Fred, whose Clay Hine is director of this band of barnyard barbershoppers, the Chorus placed third in Anaheim. Some of the arrangements, such as "I Can't Give You Anything But Love/L-O-V-E" and the "Jungle Book Medley," are a virtual comic revue, with patter, exaggerated phrasing and silly word play; however, when it's time to get serious - read: sentimental - the Chorus knows how to straighten up and fly, well, right. "Georgia," and "Old Folks At Home" are restrained, stately and graceful.
Songlist: It's a Good Day, Beer Barrel Polka, Georgia On My Mind, I Can't Give You Anything But Love / L-O-V-E, You Are My Sunshine, Jungle Book Medley, You Tell Me Your Dream, Steppin' Out Tonight / When Francis Dances With Me, Old Folks at Home, Sh-Boom, Brown Eyes Why Are You Blue, The Apples Medley, I Love You Truly, Chicken Hearted, How Do I Get Out of This Chicken Outfit, The Star Spangled Banner Medley
Review: "Moves" is the second CD by 1999-2000 champion British Barbershop chorus CCC, and it gets off on the right foot with a hilarious "Mother-In-Law Medley" that puts new words and meanings to "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," "Our Love Is Here to Stay" and "Hello Mother, Hello Father." 13 winning tunes follow, some favorites: the classic "Blue Velvet," "Just A Cottage Small," "Here's That Rainy Day," "Sunday Medley," "All the Things You Are," "Blue Shadows on the Trail," the folk hit "Today" (While the Blossoms Still Cling to the Vine), "I Wish You Love," the Motown hit "My Girl," and "Last Laugh Medley." We like to think of CCC as the "Little David" chorus, 40 guys outsinging choruses 2 or 3 times their size. "Moves" is great entertainment by a very special Barbershop chorus from Britain!
Songlist: Mother-In-Law Medley, Blue Velvet, Just A Cottage Small, Here's That Rainy Day, I Only Have Eyes for You, Sunday Medley, All the Things You Are, Blue Shadows on the Trail, Today (While the Blossoms Still Cling to the Vine), Running Scared, I Wish You Love, My Girl, Skye Boat Song, Last Laugh Medley
Review: 40-strong, all male Cambridge Chord Company (CCC), the 1999-2000 champion British Barbershop chorus, has probably won more awards than any other chorus of its kind since it sang its first harmonies 12 years ago. In 1994 CCC became the first small chorus ever to win the Silver Medal at the British Association of Barbershop Singers' (BABS) annual convention. Often competing against choirs four or five times their size, CCC were BABS silver medalists three times, BABS Chorus Champions in 1999 and 2002, Millennium Joint Barbershop Harmony Chorus Champions 2000 and European Champions in 2001. In July 2003 CCC placed 11th in the International Barbershop Competition in Montreal, the highest place a British Chorus has ever achieved! Here are 13 spirited songs from the group's repertoire-some nice medleys, including "Sweet Sixteen Medley," "Button Up Medley" and "Tramp Medley." "Roses of Picardy," "Do I Love You?," an impressive "My Funny Valentine," a very funny "Welsh Rhapsody," "Raining In My Heart," "My Ship," "Ol' Man River," "Shangri-La" and the title tune, "Teddy Bear's Picnic." This is powerful, ringing, funny-the stuff great live performances are made of. British Barbershop is coming!
Songlist: Sweet Sixteen Medley, Roses of Picardy, Button Up Medley, Do I Love You?, My Funny Valentine, Welsh Rhapsody, The Sweetest Story Ever Told, Tramp Medley, Raining In My Heart, My Ship, Ol' Man River, Shangri-la, Teddy Bears' Picnic
Flying Sinatra Medley
Review: The 96-strong EntertainMen added a breath of fresh Swedish air to the 2008 BHS International Chorus competition in Nashville, placing 14th and wowing the crowd with very funny material, marvelous costumes and solid harmonies. "Royal Entertainment" is exactly that, 14 songs with a bonus. Favorites are "Ronja," "Cowboy Hero Medley," "Steed Georgia Brown," "Madrigal (Kom du ljuva hjartevan)," "Flying Sinatra Medley" (sung by in-group quartet Four Cryin' Out Loud), "Standing in the Kitchen," "Meatballs Medley" and "Hooked On A Feeling." Spirited, big fun and funny, these guys have a purpose: "To sing the song with the whole body." They're having a great time up there and so are we!
Songlist: Ronja, Cowboy Hero, Steed Georgia Brown, Madrigal (Kom du ljuva hjartevan), Hello Mary Lou, The Girl Is Mine, Inget Stoppar Oss Nu, Edelweiss, Flying Sinatra Medley, Standing In The Kitchen, Meatballs Medley, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, Hooked on a Feeling, Helan gar, Ronja- Extended Club Dance Afterglow Remix
Review: Twin-Cities-based Great Northern Union, directed since 2002 by Peter Benson, is one of the midwest's most versatile choral groups. Surrounded by musical excellence, the group has a broad repertoire and a beautiful sound, and they add visual presentation to complete the package. "Bound for Glory" is "Gnu's" fourth recording, a special selection of sacred works. 11 songs, "Great Day," Thomas Tallis' "If Ye Love Me," "In This Very Room," "Swing Low/Swing Down Chariot," "God is My Rock," "Nearer My God to Thee/I Need Thee Every Hour," "When I Lift Up My Head," "This Train/When the Saints Go Marching In" and special bonus cut, Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria" are particularly nice. An inspirational, beautifully arranged and sung collection from the talented, dynamic Great Northern Union Chorus
Songlist: Great Day, If Ye Love Me, In This Very Room, Run, Run, Run, Swing Low / Swing Down Chariot, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, God Is My Rock, Nearer My God To Thee / I Need Thee Every Hour, When I Lift Up My Head, This Train / When The Saints Go Marching In, Ave Maria
Review: For 15 years running, the pride of Hilltop, MN has taken the stage at the International Championships at the Barbershop Harmony Society, more appearances than any other chorus. "Evolution" is a live "best-of" CD of 17 songs that traces the group's progress through the years, beginning with brash enthusiasm and a clean, aggressive sound like 1989's "I Was Married Medley," 1991's "Rose Colored Glasses" and the wonderful ballad "Forgive Me" (1990). 1992-94 saw a new director and a bigger sound, highlighted by 1993's "Broadway Star Medley." Comedy was the focus from 1995-96, drawing standing ovations for "Forgive Me Parody," "How Could You Believe Me When You Know I've Been A Lawyer All My Life" (1995) and "Politicians Medley" (1996). 1997-2001 featured soulful ballads, "There Goes My Heart" (2000), driving uptunes, "Changes Medley" (2000), and swing numbers like "Paper Doll" (1999). Most of these favorite performances resulted in medals for the GNUC. A dynamic, powerful collection from one of America's best male chorus, recorded live in International competition!
Songlist: Pal of My Cradle Days, M-A-Double M-Y, Alabamy Bound, I Was Married Medley, Forgive Me, I'm Sorry I Made You Cry, I'm Looking at the World Through Rose-Colored Glasses, Broadway Star Medley, The Masquerade Is Over, Forgive Me Parody, How Could You Believe Me When You Know I've Been A Lawyer All My Life?, Politicians' Medley, You Keep Coming Back Like A Song, Paper Doll, There Goes My Heart, Changes Medley, My Foolish Heart
Review: Since their forming in 1985, Hilltop, MN's male performing chorus has qualified for the Barbershop Harmony Society Internationals 19 years in a row, earning 7 medals. The 14 cuts on "It's A Grand Night for Singing" show off the rich harmonies, innovative arrangements, and pure entertainment of the GNUC, one of the finest mens' choruses in the Midwest. Hard to pick favorites, but Oscar Hammerstein's title tune, Richard Rodgers' "My Funny Valentine," the upbeat Barbershop chestnut "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo," John Denver's "Annie's Song," James Taylor's "That Lonesome Road," Lennon/McCartney's "Ob La Di," the heart-tugging "Young and Foolish," Irving Berlin's "When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam'," the traditional Scottish "Loch Lomond" and the raucous English sea shanty "What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor" will suffice. A fourth powerful, winning collection from one of SPEBSQSA's best!
Songlist: It's a Grand Night for Singing, Pure Imagination, Happy Together, My Funny Valentine, (I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo, Annie's Song, That Lonesome Road, Ob La Di, Beautiful Savior, Goodbye, World, Goodbye, Young and Foolish, When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam', Loch Lomond, What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor
Review: The first song on this recording, "Shenandoah," will tell you that this is a uniquely talented male chorus with some incredible soloists. The Hartsmen, based in Michigan City, Indiana, have given us a real feel-good tape, with soaring leads, rich flowing harmonies, and arrangements that turn a pop song such as "Happy Heart" into something akin to a symphony. Other favorites: "For The Good Times," "She Touched Me," and "Early In The Morning." Give it a listen, you'll probably find that it's Love at..well, First Sound!
Songlist: Shenandoah, Macshla, Happy Heart, Here's That Rainy Day, For The Good Times, Tomorrow Is My Friend, If, Lost In The Stars, She Touched Me, Early In The Morning, A Million Miles Away Behind The Door, The Song Is Ended But The Melody Lingers On
Review: Pride of San Marcos, TX, the 68-strong all-male Heart of Texas Chorus treats us to a fine collection of 14 Cowboy tunes. Some of our favorites are Cole Porter's classic "Don't Fence Me In," Barbershop quartet Sterling singing Garth Brooks' inspiring "The River," hot arranger Jay Giallombardo adds much-needed lyrics to Rossini's "William Tell Overture," Irving Mills and Luchy Millinder's "Ride, Red, Ride," The Sons of the Pioneers' "Cool Water," "If They String Me Up I'll Never Live It Down/Back in the Saddle Again Medley," the traditional folk tune "Home on the Range" and "Texas Medley." The title tune, sung by the Chorus with Sterling, is accompanied by BuffaloGrass and "Texas (When I Die)," sung by Barbershop quartet Four Brothers, has a little violin, and "Cool Water" some guitar-the rest is richly-harmonied a cappella. A big, fun, testosterone-soaked album from the Heart of Texas!
Songlist: Great American Cowboy, Don't Fence Me In, The River, Bury Me Not on the Lone Praire, William Tell Overture, Texas (When I Die), Shenandoah, Ride, Red, Ride, I'm A Wild And Wooly Son of the West, Cool Water, If They String Me Up I'll Never Live It Down/ Back In The Saddle Again Medley, Wahoo, Home On The Range, Texas Medley
Review: Cindy Hansen had been coaching men's and women's choruses and quartets since 1981 when she was a student at Western Michigan University. In 1983 she was asked to coach the West Towns Chorus, who went on to be International Champs. She now has a "who's who" list of gold medal-winning quartets and choruses on her resume. The changes she institutes range from sound and arrangements to creating "visual packages" for the group in performance, and the Heart of Texas Chorus has received many of her "enhansenments." The result is a spirit, a sound, a "juice" that is pure entertainment, but don't take our word for it-listen to the HOTC on these 20 songs: "There's a Meeting Here Tonight," "Operator," Saturday Evening Post's "Gospel Medley," an unbelievable arrangement of "Battle Hymn of the Republic," a dynamic "All Rise," Hot Pursuit's arrangement of "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands," Vanguard's "When There's Love at Home," HOT Lite's "Ain't a That Good News"... we could go on and on, but we trust that excellence rises to the top in the Barbershop world, so just listen to "Inspiration from the Heart," and become a believer in Cindy Hansen and the men of the Heart of Texas Chorus. One more thing, don't miss bonus tracks "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby" and "I'll Be Seeing You!"
Songlist: There's A Meetin' Here Tonight , Operator, Gospel Medley, All Rise, Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Let There Be Peace On Earth, He's Got The Whole World in His Hands, Swing Down Chariot, When There's Love At Home, Ain't A That Good News, Sweet Hour of Prayer, I Woke Up This Mornin' Feelin' Fine, The Lord's Prayer, God Bless The USA, Auld Lang Syne, Armed Forces Medley, Mississippi Squirrel Revival
Review: "The Beginning" is the Heart of Texas Chorus' first recording after their founding in 1994 by 20 men who wanted to form a quality barbershop chorus in the "Central Texas Corridor" from Georgetown to San Antonio. Their members ranged in age from 14 to 64, and they were lucky to have a director of the caliber of seasoned barbershop veteran Eddie Martinez, formerly of the Houston Tidelanders. The 31-strong group (at that time) started winning Barbershop Harmony regional competitions right away, and competing in the Ohio "Buckeye International" Contest. 14 songs, with guest performers Soundtrax, the top-ten Sweet Adelines quartet, who join the Chorus on "And So to Sleep Again," "Oh, You Beautiful Doll," "In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning" and "Orange Colored Sky." Other Barbershop standards show off the HOTC's smooth, dynamic sound: "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella," "Swinging on a Star," "Are You Lonesome Tonight," "In That Great Getting' Up Mornin'," "Smile," "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive" and "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die." Good early stuff from a powerful, dynamic chorus from Texas!
Songlist: Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella, Swinging On A Star , Are You Lonesome tonight , Lulu's Back In Town , Softly As I Leave You , In That Great Getting' Up Mornin' , Smile, Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive , And So To Sleep Again , Oh, You Beautiful Doll , In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, Orange Colored Sky , The Lords Prayer, I'm Gonna Live Till I Die
Review: The HOTC has grown in many ways since its founding in 1994, Ron Black now at the helm as Music Director, growing to 59-strong and recently placing 12th in the Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Competition in Salt Lake City. 17 classic tunes: "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile," "Fly Me to the Moon," "Always," "Goodbye, Dixie, Goodbye," "Oh, You Beautiful Doll," "Dream," "Glow Worm," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Floatin' Down to Cotton Town," "If I Had My Way," "You Make Me Feel So Young," and "With A Song in My Heart." Sophisticated arrangements, smooth, ringing chords, feel-good selections-it adds up to great entertainment from a top-drawer men's chorus deep in the Heart of Texas!
Songlist: Smile, Darn Ya, Smile, Fly Me To The Moon, Old St. Louie, Amor, Always, Goodbye , Dixie, Goodbye, Oh, You Beautiful Doll, Dream, Glow Worm, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Floatin' Down To Cotton Town, Sam, The Accordion Man, If I Had My Way, Orange Colored Sky, You Gotta Have Skin, You Make Me Feel So Young, With A Song In My Heart
Review: On July 6, 1996, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the MOH chorus, under the direction of Dr. Greg Lyne, captured first place gold medals in SPEBSQSA's International Chorus Competition for the third straight time. In addition, Nightlife, a quartet from the ranks of the chorus, won the gold in the International Quartet Contest. The Santa Fe Springs, CA-based group took home all the gold there was to be had, and these 13 great tunes show us why: "All Aboard for Dixie Land," "Brother Can You Spare A Dime," "Whatever Happened to Melody," "Porgy and Bess Medley," "Love Is A Many Spendored Thing," "Ragtime Medley," "Alexander's Band Medley," "Just A Kid Named Joe," "My Romance," "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," "Basin Street Blues," "'Cross The Mason-Dixon Line" and "Love Me And The World Is Mine." Powerful, smooth, prize-winning stuff from the Masters!
Songlist: All Aboard for Dixie Land, Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, Whatever Happened to Melody?, Porgy And Bess Medley, Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, Ragtime Medley, Alexander's Band Medley, Just a Kid Named Joe, My Romance, Precious Lord, Take My Hand, Basin Street Blues, 'Cross the Mason-Dixon Line, Love Me, And the World Is Mine
Review: A masterpiece is a work which proves beyond doubt the mastery of a certain discipline. This recording is no exception for those of us who weren't fortunate to be present when The Masters of Harmony, under the direction of Dr. Greg Lyne, won the gold medal and were acclaimed International Chorus Champions in both l990 and l993. Masterpiece begins with a long fascinating medley of nine Jerome Kern songs with an announcer giving brief historical notes in between the excerpts. This is a great recording. "Puttin' On The Ritz" and "Ya Got Trouble" are likely to become standards by which other choruses measure their progress, in fact this whole album will!
Songlist: Jerome Kern Medley, Puttin' On the Ritz, There Used to Be a Ballpark Right Here, Ya Got Trouble, When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder, Deep River, I Had Someone Else Before I Had You/ Who' s Sorry Now?, You Keep Coming Back Like a Song, How to Build a Chorus, The Joint Is Jumpin' , Make Our Garden Grow, Soliloquy
Stand By Me
Review: "Portrait" is a strong new collection from the dynamic, 7-time BHS International Chorus champions Masters of Harmony. 15 finely-crafted tunes including some of our favorites "Go Down Moses, "I Will Go Sailing No More," "Good Luck Charm" and "Sold" (sung with 2008 BHS Quartet champs OC Times), "Stand By Me," "Nice 'N Easy" (sung with 2008 Far Western District Quartet champs Masterpiece, "Yona From Arizona," "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" and "Portrait of My Love Medley." The Masters, directed by Michigan Jake member Mark Hale, has a wonderful, complex sound that adds new dimensions to these classic songs. Enjoy one of Barbershop's great champion choruses's.
Songlist: Go Down Moses, I Will Go Sailing No More, Blues in the Night, Roll On, Mississippi, Good Luck Charm, For Good, Stand By Me, Bach Fugue in D Minor, Nice 'N' Easy, Wonderful One, Yona From Arizona, Time After Time, Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, Sold, Portrait of My Love Medley
Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Review: All American Barbershop ensemble singing at its finest, this chorus has some sort of compulsion to win gold medals in competition - four golds so far! "Showtime" has a Hollywood film medley and patriotic medley - both arranged by then-director Dr. Greg Lyne - as well as a line-up of barbershop "hits" that don't quit. "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," "Old St Louie," and "Basin St. Blues" (the latter featuring the Masters Of Dixieland Band, who will convert the most cantankerous skeptic to the virtues of the saxophone), are just a few. Though over 140 in number, the Masters nonetheless are as one voice, one breath.
Songlist: Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Floatin' Down to Cotton Town, Miss You, Old St. Louie, Basin Street Blues, The Mardi Gras March, Old Fashioned Girl in a Gingham Gown, Patriotic Medley, When Day Is Done / Mississippi Mud, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, I Believe, Hollywood Film Medley
Review: What a treat! Two gold-medal winning choruses on one CD. As both choruses are based in the LA area they decided to join up and record a CD together so we have The Masters of Harmony and the Westminster Chorus taking turns singing some great barbershop music. These sixteen tracks show exactly why these are two of the top male choruses of the day with a powerful yet refined sound that clearly demonstrate the talent of the singers and the respective directors. The wide variety of songs are bound to please all.
Songlist: Get Happy, Precious Lord, Stand By Me, O Love That Will Not Let Me Go , Stars And Stripes Forever, Hallelujah, No More Sorrow, Mary, Did You Know?, Song Of America, Great Day, For Good, Lux Arumque, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Go Down Moses, Ave Maria, The Dream Is Carried On
Singin' In The Rain Medley
Review: For the 15 years of its existence, The Masters of Harmony has been the toast of the barbershop chorus world, winning the coveted SPEBSQSA gold medal five times-whoops, make that six with their 2005 triumph in Salt Lake City! This, and "The Way We Were" are proof that the best keep getting better. A walk down memory lane from their winning performances under 3 directors, Mark Hale, Jeff Oxley and Brett Littlefield, this collection of 14 winners also includes signature songs from the Masters' four international champion quartets, Nightlife, Revival, Michigan Jake and Gotcha!, all with close ties to the group. Al Jolson's "California, Here I Come" tops the bill and begins like a train getting up to steam, Sammy Cahn's "All the Way" segues into a Southern trilogy, "The Birth of the Blues," "Song of the South" and a wonderful "Here Comes the Showboat;" "Singin' In the Rain Medley," "Make 'Em Laugh," "That's How Rhythm Was Born," the heart-tugging title tune, "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" (surprisingly with orchestra, saxophone and piano)--the hits just keep on coming. The "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever" end this powerful collection on just the right note. Our congrats to the M of H for their recent win at SLC, and for bringing us this "best of the best" CD!
Songlist: California, Here I Come, Witchcraft, All The Way, The Birth Of The Blues (Nightlife), Song Of The South, Here Comes The Showboat, This Ole House (Revival), Singin' In The Rain Medley, Make 'Em Laugh, That's How Rhythm Was Born (Michigan Jake), The Way We Were, What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?, Battle Hymn Of The Republic (Gotcha!), The Stars And Stripes Forever
Review: Pride of Greendale, Wisconsin, the 58-strong men's a cappella chorus Midwest Vocal Express, brings us a nostalgic tribute to New Orleans, with a number of excellent guest quartets, Checkmate, JACKPOT!, Breaking News and Nightwatch, who blew us away more than once at the Harmony Sweepstakes Finals. Some favorites among these 16 songs are "Tin Roof Blues," the title tune (New Orleans Decoupage 'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans"), "Original Dixieland One-Step," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Ja-Da," "Where the Southern Roses Grow," "Calypso Medley," "Alexander's Band is Back in Dixieland," "Zip-A-Dee Dooh-Dah," "Polka Medley," "I'll Fly Away," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Teen Medley" and "Irish Blessing." But there's not a weak cut, dry eye or untagged heartstring here. "New Orleans Decoupage" is a breath of fresh, Southern air from one of the Midwest's finest men's choruses!
Songlist: Tin Roof Blues, New Orleans Decoupage, You'll Never Walk Alone, Ja-Da, Where The Southern Roses Grow, Calypso Medly, Alexander's Band Is Back, One Voice, Zip-A-Dee-Dooh-Dah, Polka Medley, Yes Sir, That's My Baby, Dream A Little Dream Of Me, I'll Fly Away, It's Only A Paper Moon, Teen Medley, Irish Blessing
Review: The 138-strong, white-uniformed New Tradition Chorus was formed in 1982 as a performance and competition chorus, directed by Jay Giallombardo (who also does most of their arrangements), with the goal of becoming the best male chorus in the world. Beginning in 1987, when they placed 4th in SPEBSQSA's International Chorus competition, they medaled every year since then, including winning the gold medal in Nashville in 2001. So here we have the best male chorus in the world, nailing arguably some of the best songs in the world (most recorded live): "The Star-Spangled Banner," "This Is My Country," "America the Beautiful," "God Bless the USA," "There Is Something About a Soldier," "White Cliffs of Dover," "Cities of America Medley" (which includes "Chicago, My Kind of Town," "Meet Me In St. Louis, Louis," "Gary, Indiana," "Mention My Name in Sheboygan," "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans" and "New York, New York"), "God Bless America," "Tribute to World Peace" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic" (piano accompanied and sung with the Northbrook Melodeers women's chorus). "Powerful" can only begin to describe the NTC, their music and this inspiring CD!
Songlist: The Star Spangled Banner, This Is My Country, America The Beautiful, God Bless The USA, There Is Something About A Soldier, White Cliffs Of Dover, Cities Of America Medley, God Bless America, Tribute To World Peace, Battle Hymn of the Republic
Review: In 1981 a new barbershop chorus was formed in the Chicago area to foster the love of barbershop harmony and incidentally to focus on musical excellence as part of the expressed goal of becoming one the best male a cappella chorus in the world. With that goal in mind, New Tradition Chorus began competing in 1982 and became the Illinois District Champions in 1987. That success qualified them for the International Competition. From that year they have never failed to win a medal and have been Silver Medalists for the last five years. From the very beginning, the music director has been the prolific writer and arranger, Jay Giallombardo. Performances in the Chicago area include appearances at conventions, outdoor festivals, banquets and political events, including performing at the Democratic National Committee Media Party, on national TV for Chicago Bears football games, at Chicago White Sox baseball games and in Canada and Ireland (for the St. Patrick's day festivities in 1997.) The annual Spring Show production has 3 performances and presents the chorus and chapter quartets set in a particular theme (e.g. Broadway, Irish, Patriotic, Western). In addition to singing, the members write, produce, direct, and design lighting and scenery for these shows. As a result it was natural to produce a recording of Broadway show tunes. You'll hear music from State Fair, Les Miserables, Carousel, Phantom of the Opera, Paint Your Wagon, Sound of Music, West Side Story, Cats, and more, sung by this chorus who has not achieved their goal to be the best in the world just yet. To date they are 'only' one of the best!
Songlist: It's A Grand Night For Singing, Bring Him Home, Do You Hear the People Sing?, If I Loved You, Phantom of the Opera / Music of the Night, They Call the Wind Maria, Climb Every Mountain, There's No Business Like Show Business / Anoth Op'nin', Another Show Medley, West Side Story Montage (Tonight, America, Maria, Somewhere), Oklahoma!, Memory, There Is Nothing Like A Dame, Tradition / Sunrise Sunset, The Impossible Dream
Review: Northbrook, IL's 95-strong NTC, founded in 1982 as a performance and competition chorus and the intention of becoming one of the best men's choruses in the world, reached that goal in 2001, when, after 8 years of second place medals, they won the coveted gold. Director and arranger Jay Giallombardo, who was a charter member of the group and a member of SPEBSQSA since 1968, has made his devotion to musical quality a guiding light for New Tradition since its inception. That smooth, powerful quality is clear on all of "Sentimental's" 13 classic cuts: "Big Band Days," "Tuxedo Junction," "Taking a Chance on Love," "Skylark," "Everything Old Is New Again," "Do Nothin' 'Till You Hear from Me," "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby," "Java Jive," a stunning "The White Cliffs of Dover" (recorded live at the 2001 SPEBSQSA Chorus Finals), a marvelous "Gershwin Medley," "Imagination," the lovely title tune, and a live bonus track, "dedicated to the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001." "Sentimental" is a nostalgic treat from start to finish by one of the best choruses on the planet.
Songlist: Big Band Days, Tuxedo Junction, Taking A Chance on Love, Skylark, Everything Old Is New Again, Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me, You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, Java Jive, The White Cliffs of Dover, Gershwin Medley, Imagination, Sentimental Journey
Review: The New Tradition Chorus, from the Chicago area of Illinois, have been International Competition Silver Medalists for the last six years (including Anaheim '99). This CD was inspired by the Chorus' trip to Ireland in 1997, and the opening track is an "Irish Montage," evoking their warmly-received performances there. The thirteen-member "Next Generation," a subsidiary group of the Chorus, performs "Ob La Di, Ob La Da" and "Calendar Girl," while the Sweet Adelines Championship Chorus The Melodeers contribute their voices for "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic," recorded live in 1995. The "Cities Of America" medley is an entertaining whistlestop tour; anyone who has seen the New Tradition Chorus live understands that, along with their musical excellence, the show's the thing!
Songlist: Irish Montage, A Little Bit O'Heaven, Sweet Hour Of Prayer, I'm Looking Over A 4-Leaf Clover, Impossible Dream, Calendar Girl, A Tribute To World Peace, Ob La Di Ob La Da, Show Business Medley, This Is My Country Medley, Once Upon A Time, All The Little Toy Soldiers, Toy Soldiers March On Parade, Battle Hymn Of The Republic
The Bare Necessities
Review: Disney is, of course, famous for it's animated movies and a big part of those movies success has been the wonderful songs the studio has always been an expert in commissioning. Barbershop music has always leant itself well to a Disney song so what a treat it is to have a recording by one of the top barbershop choruses in the nation that focuses entirely on Disney movie songs. Old classics like "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" and the wonderful "The Bare Necessities" are included as well as more recent songs such as "Beauty And The Beast" and Elton John's "Can You Feel The Love Tonight". This is already our favorite barbershop chorus recording and think it will soon become yours also.
Songlist: Be Our Guest, The Bare Necessities, When You Wish Upon a Star, A Whale of a Tale, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins Medley, You've Got a Friend in Me, Under the Sea, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Circle of Life
Good Bye World, Good Bye
Review: This five-time International Barbershop Top Ten chorus continues to warm hearts and bring smiles with this wonderful new recording. Your spirits will be lifted by these inspirational songs with arrangements by Greg Lyne, Joe Liles, David Wright, Jay Giallambardo and barbershop luminaries. The collective voices of this fine chorus will delight all aficionados of the genre. Highlights include "Deep River", "Amazing Grace". "Great Day" and "Beautiful Savior."
Songlist: When I Lift Up My Head, I'm Gonna Sing Til The Spirits Moves In My Heart, Deep River, Gospel Medley, Amazing Grace, Beautiful Saviour, Good Bye World, Good Bye, I'll Fly Away, I'm Feeling Fine, America The Beautiful, There's Gonna Be A Devil To Pay, Great Day, Tribute To World Peace
The Pirate Song
Review: Denver-based Chorus Sound of the Rockies, Mile High Chapter, directed by Darin Drown, has an intimacy in their sound, and their arrangers take the kinds of chances that we're only used to hearing in the best barbershop quartets. 12 great songs, "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee," "Brother Can You Spare a Dime," "Great Day," "Ave Maria, "How to Build a Chorus," "There Goes My Heart" medley, "The Pirate Song," "Bring Him Home," "Ya Got Trouble," "America the Beautiful," "Armed Forces Medley," and "Star Spangled Banner. Truly exquisite!
Songlist: Waiting for Robert E. Lee, Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?, Great Day, Ave Maria, How To Build A Chorus, There Goes My Heart / Broken-hearted Medley, The Pirate Song, Bring Him Home, Ya' Got Trouble, America the Beautiful, Armed Forces Medley, Star Spangled Banner
Review: First founded by 12 men in Dallas, TX in 1971, The Vocal Majority, after a disappointing 3rd place international finish in 1973 convinced member Jim Clancy to take the role of director (and arranger). Since then they have won 11 Gold Medals! There's a classic Wurlitzer jukebox on the cover of "VM Bandstand," and if you love the Doo-Wop and Pop tunes that used to cost a dime or quarter on such a machine, this collection is for you. Although we need to warn a cappella purists that some of these tunes are rock-band accompanied, there is great stuff here-"Bandstand Boogie," "Turn Around, Look at Me," "50s Medley" (with "Lollipop," "Rock Around the Clock," "Sh-Boom" and others), "Blue Moon," "Jersey Boys Medley" ( with "Let's Hang On," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Walk Like a Man"), "All the Way," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and others. Powerful, butter-smooth harmonies, sweet leads, great arrangements and top-drawer songlist-what's not to like?
Songlist: At the Hop, Bandstand Boogie, Turn Around, Look at Me, 50's Medley, Pure Imagination, Blue Moon, Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Jersey Boys Medley, All the Way, Can't Take My Eyes Off of You, He Ain't Heavy... He's My Brother, Bandstand Boogie (Reprise)
The Star Spangled Banner
Review: The small type on the cover says "America's Favorite Patriotic Music," and these 11 pieces are definitely that. Take "The Star-Spangled Banner," "Pledge of Allegiance/God Bless the USA" medley, "American Armed Forces Medley," "An American Hymn," "So Many Voices Sing America's Song" (sung with one of our favorite groups, Acoustix)," "George M. Cohan Medley," "A Tribute to World Peace," "America the Beautiful/Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor," "God Bless America" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and add the 160-strong, all-male multiple Gold Medal-winning Vocal Majority, and you've got a very powerful CD. Directed by Jim Clancy, America's Premier Pops Chorus sings with the harmony, heart and love of country that these songs deserve.
Songlist: The Star-Spangled Banner, Pledge of Allegiance/God Bless the USA, My Country 'Tis of Thee, American Armed Forces Medley, An American Hymn, So Many Voices Sing America's Song, George M. Cohan Medley, A Tribute to World Peace, America The Beautiful/Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, God Bless America, Battle Hymn of the Republic
Joshua Fit the Battle at Jericho
Review: The mission of the Vocal Majority is to bring four part a cappella harmony to the ears and hearts of the whole world. As of this recording, in 1997, they had been singing as members of the Dallas Metropolitan Chapter of SPEBSQSA for 25 years. They have won the International Chorus Championship seven times. Just imagine over 150 singers in one location, singing their hearts out! Then find out the reality is greater than the imagination with this recording of spiritual, sacred, and inspirational music. "You'll Never Walk Alone," "I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked" (with pipe organ) and "The Lord's Prayer" are just as full and rich as you would expect. The most unusual arrangement is "A Tribute To World Peace" which features Acoustix and the Dallas Knights in addition to the full chorus.
Songlist: How Sweet the Sound (Medley of Hymns), You'll Never Walk Alone, Walked Today Where Jesus Walked, Bless This House, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, Sweet Hour of Prayer, I'll Walk With God, A Tribute to World Peace, The Lost Chord, The Lord's Prayer
Where Is Love
Review: A diverse recording of great forties and fifties pop tunes ("My Funny Valentine," "Stormy Weather," "As Time Goes By"). Features a Puerling arrangement of "Stardust" and a beautiful "Where is Love." Some cuts include jazz band accompaniment; others include quartet cameos (Dealer's Choice, Acoustix) and two include a female soloist.
Songlist: No Arms Can Ever Hold You (Like These Arms Of Mine), My Funny Valentine, Graduation Day/ It's A Blue World Medley, Stormy Weather, You'll Never Know, Where Is Love, As Time Goes By, The Masquerade Is Over, Stardust, Mack The Knife, I'll Be Seeing You
In The Still of the Night
Review: The 160-plus men who form "America's Premier Pops Chorus" are all volunteers, performing purely for the love of music, ably led by acclaimed director and primary arranger Jim Clancy. The VMC has, of course, won numerous SPEBSQSA Chorus Gold Medals since 1975 and has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain. Here are 15 of the most beautiful love songs ever recorded. We hear the smooth, lush sounds of this legendary chorus in never-before-released cuts of "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" and "In The Still of the Night." There are new recordings of "How Deep is the Ocean," "Jimmy Webb Medley" (Didn't We/MacArthur Park), and "For Once in My Life." The others are selections from the VMC's 11 CDs. 4, including "When I Fall in Love," "No Arms Can Ever Hold You," "Antonio Carlos Jobim Medley" and "Moonlight Serenade, are orchestrally accompanied. Perfect phrasing, ringing harmonies, tremendous feeling--the judges are right, these guys are the best! Recommended.
Songlist: When I Fall in Love, If I Give My Heart to You, In the Still of the Night, The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, No Arms Can Ever Hold You (Like These Arms of Mine), For Once in My Life, My Funny Valentine, Antonio Carlos Jobim Medley, How Deep is the Ocean, Moonlight Serenade, Jimmy Webb Medley, How Do You Keep the Music Playing?, I'll Be Seeing You
Ol' Man River
Review: Founded in 1972 in Dallas, TX, and under the able baton of musical director Jim Clancy, the all-volunteer 140-plus voice male a cappella chorus is known for its mastery of technically demanding close harmony. The Vocal Majority holds an unprecedented eleven Gold Medals in International competitions of the Barbershop Harmony Society, making it the most successful musical organization of its kind in the world, and truly deserving of the title, "America's Premier Pops Chorus." The Chorus's repertoire encompasses music from the classics, jazz, patriotic, sacred, standards, barbershop and Broadway pops. "Something's Coming" is a long-awaited, all new recording from the VMC (which also features 2007 BHS Gold-winning Quartet MAX Q) of 11 Broadway pops hits. Our favorites include the title tune (from "West Side Story"), "What Kind of Fool Am I?" from "Stop the World--I Want to Get Off," "Luck Be A Lady" from "Guys and Dolls," "Aquarius" from "Hair," "Memory" from "Cats," "Somewhere," also from "West Side Story," "Ol' Man River" from "Showboat," and "Circle of Life" from "The Lion King." This veteran touring chorus nails every cut, at once powerful and subtle, with four-part harmonies that we can only describe as "magnificent." Treat yourself to some of the world's best entertainment, from the Vocal Majority!
Songlist: Something's Coming, I'm On My Way, What Kind Of Fool Am I, Luck Be A Lady, Where Is Love?, Aquarius, Memory, Tonight, Somewhere, Ol' Man River, Circle Of Life
A Beatles Celebration
Review: This CD, from one of our most popular groups, the Vocal Majority chorus from Texas, is unabashedly dedicated to the power and pleasure of music. The tight and refined barbershop chords, the simple yet effective arrangements and classic material result in a consistently enjoyable recording. The selection of songs included are diverse - from the live "That Wonderful Mother of Mine" to a Beatles medley, featuring a particularly moving solo by Steve Haas on "Yesterday." There is also a medley of Nat King Cole favorites, such as "Mona Lisa" and "Too Young," including performances by fellow Texans Acoustix. Several of the songs have understated accompaniment.
Songlist: Harmony, I'm the Music Man!, If I Give My Heart to You, A Beatles Celebration!, That Wonderful Mother of Mine, Runnin' Wild, This Is the Moment, Nat King Cole Medley, How Do You Keep the Music Playing?