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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Vocal Majority : With Strings
Review: We love the VM Chorus' a cappella recordings, but, for a change of pace, this romantic CD will soothe even the most implacable soul. Familiar favorites arranged by Jim Clancy such as "I Only Have Eyes For You" and "When I Fall In Love" bask in the smooth vocal blend. Most of the tempos are a slow 4/4, and the orchestral treatments are lush but restrained, allowing the melody to remain center stage.
Songlist: Some of the Songs, Chances Are, I Only Have Eyes for You, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Moonlight Serenade, When I Fall In Love, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, I Don't Want to Walk Without You , Moonglow, September Song, And More
Vocal Majority : With Strings Vol 2
Review: Let the Vocal Majority Chorus transport you back to those memorable days of the 60s and 70s in this release. America's Premier Pops Chorus sings the favorites: "What a Wonderful World," "Can't Help Falling In Love," "Unchained Melody," "Can't Smile Without You," "There's a Kind of Hush," and "My Special Angel." Added to these great hits, this recording features "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "You Are So Beautiful," "In My Room," "California Dreamin'," "Long and Winding Road," and "Never My Love." With Jim Clancy's incredible choral arrangements sung by America's Premier Pops Chorus with orchestral accompaniment, this is VM at its best.
Songlist: What A Wonderful World, My Special Angel, Long and Winding Road, California Dreamin', You Are So Beautiful, Can't Help Falling In Love, Never My Love, In My Room, Can't Smile Without You, Unchained Melody, There's A Kind of Hush, Bridge Over Troubled Water
Vocal Majority : You Raise Me Up
Review: The 120 men of Dallas' "America's Premier Pops Chorus," founded in 1972, have earned that title time and time again in SPEBSQSA international chorus competitions, bring us an uplifting collection of twelve timeless classics of devotion and faith, in "Your Raise Me Up," their 15th recording. VMC's glorious, rolling harmonies soar on some of our favorite inspirational songs: "You Raise Me Up," "Somewhere Medley," "Hymns of the Cross" medley, "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Deep River," "It Is Well With My Soul," "He/I Believe Medley," "When You Wish Upon A Star," "The Holy City" and "God Be With You Till We Meet Again." Comforting words, given depth and power by one of the all time great choruses, The Vocal Majority.
Songlist: You Raise me Up, Somewhere Medley, Elijah Rock, Hymns of the Cross, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Deep River, It Is Well With My Soul, Deep River, It Is Well With My Soul, Ezekial Saw The Wheel, He/I Believe, When You Wish Upon A Star, The Holy City, God Be With You Till We Meet Again
Vocal Majority / Mormon Tabernacle Choir : Voices In Harmony
Review: Two of the world's greatest vocal groups, one traditional and one barbershop, together in a single collection, recorded live in 1986 (don't be concerned about the sound or vocal quality; it's super). Three of the songs, "How Great Thou Art," "Love At Home" and "Nearer My God To Thee," feature both, and the remaining eleven tracks allow each ensemble to showcase their unique talents. As the Tabernacle Choir's director, Dr. Jerold Ottley, explains, the choir sings with "an openness of resonance, and the Majority sings primarily with forward resonance. That is, they sound brighter." Most of the songs are inspirational (and about half are organ accompanied), though "Danny Boy," "Home On The Range," "Windows Of the World" and Barry Manilow's "One Voice" round out the set. Both groups have a rich and full tone that is at the same time transparent and weightless; ensemble singing at its best!
Songlist: How Great Thou Art, Ode To Music, Sweet Hour Of Prayer, The Long Day Closes, I'll Walk With God, Suddenly You're Older, Love At Home, I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked, The Windows Of The World, One Voice, The Lost Chord, Danny Boy, Home On The Range, Nearer My God To Thee
Voices in Harmony : Now & Then
Review: Founded in 2006 by members of the Bay Area Metro Chorus and Garden City Chorus of San Jose CA, VIH is directed by world-renowned conductor Dr. Greg Lynn. "Northern California's Premier Men's A Cappella Chorus" boasts a membership of 131, from ages 16 to 99, and they recently returned from their first international tour, of Russia in August, 2009. Dr. Lynn very quickly turned Voices in Harmony into one of the finest a cappella choruses in the world, winning a 3rd Place Bronze medal at the Barbershop Harmony Society's 2008 International Choral Competition in Nashville, TN. The 14 songs of "Now & Then" are pure, heartstring-tugging oldies, sung by guys who love to harmonize together-in short, the very stuff of which Barbershop was made! Be it The Turtles' "Happy Together" from 1966, the Swing hit "Beyond the Sea" from 1945, the Streisand hit "The Way We Were" from 1974, Hank Williams' classic "Hey Good Lookin'" from 1951, Brian Wilson's anthem "Surfer Girl" from 1963 or Jerome Kern and and Otto Harbach's "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" from 1933-we know and love these songs. How many times have we heard Billy Joel's "And So It Goes," "Little Boy Lost," "There Used To Be a Ballpark Right Here" and "This Is Some Lucky Day"-and how many times would we like to hear them again, nailed by a top-drawer men's chorus? As a special treat, the last three bonus tracks on "Now & Then," "Diane," "Little Pal" and "In A Shanty in Old Shanty Town" are all live cuts from the 2008 BHS competition. Barbershop quartets Late Show and Realtime are special guest performers with VIH. Great stuff from local boys who made very good, very fast in the Barbershop world!
Songlist: Happy Together, Beyond the Sea, The Way We Were, Little Boy Lost, Hey Good Lookin', Surfer Girl - Late Show Quartet, There Used to Be a Ballpark Right Here, This Is Some Lucky Day , And So It Goes, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, With a Little Help from My Friends, Diane, Little Pal, In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town
Westminster Chorus : It Only Takes a Moment
Review: The 57-strong, all-male Los Angeles-based Westminster Chorus is a Barbershop Harmony Society Legend! First formed in the Spring of 2002 of 15 members whose average age was 20, the chorus grew to over 50 members, captured the Far Western District Chorus Championship in 2003 and 2005, then placed an incredible 2nd to The Vocal Majority in 2006. This relatively unknown group, the youngest chorus ever to grace the International stage, went on to win International Gold in 2007 and 2010! "It Only Takes a Moment" is a well-chosen "Best Of" selection of 16 varied songs, from traditional tunes like "Sloop John B," "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel," "Shenandoah" and "Goodbye Dixie, Goodbye;" Swing music like, a wonderful "Nat King Cole Medley," Gershwin's "Let's Burn Up the Town" and "Hit That Jive Jack;" Classical songs like Rachmaninov's "Bogroditse Devo" and Esch and Whitacre's "Lux Aurumque;" heartstring-tuggers like the title tune, "Their Hearts Were Full of Spring," "Still Fighting It" and "O Love That Will Not Let Me Go" and foot-tappers like "Early American Uptempo Medley." Westminster's sound is powerful yet subtle, equally adept at inspiring us with a soaring crescendo and breaking our hearts with a romantic tune about love. This is a marvelously entertaining, beautifully arranged collection from the talented young guns of the Barbershop Harmony Society!
Songlist: Sloop John B, Have A Little Talk With Myself, Early American Uptempo Medley, It Only Takes A Moment, Goodbye Dixie Goodbye, Let's Burn Up the Town, Their Hearts Were Full of Spring, Bogoroditse Devo, Make Our Garden Grow, Lux Aurumque, Nat King Cole Medley, Hit That Jive Jack, Still Fighting It, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?, O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
Westminster Chorus : Westminster Chorus
Review: Formed in the Spring of 2002, all-male Westminster began with 15 members, whose average age was 20. Since then the ensemble has grown to over 50 members and gone on to capture the SPEBSQSA Far Western District Chorus Championship in 2003 and 2005, as well as placing 2nd in the 2006 International Chorus Contest. With an average age in the mid-20s, Westminster is the youngest chorus ever to grace the International Stage. This album is a "best-of" grouping of the group's "Collected Works," including two live cuts from the 2004 Internationals, "Shine" and "So Long Mother;" and "The Way You Look Tonight" and "South Rampart Street Parade" from the 2005 FWD Contest. Also included is a pair of live cuts from the quartet OC Times--"Come Fly with Me" and "Good Luck Charm." Other winners are "Great Day," "My Old Kentucky Home," "Bright Was the Night" and bonus track "Ave Maria." Westminster has a powerful sound, smooth and richly harmonic, and we can tell from this recording and the liner notes photos that they put on a dynamic, fun show. Treat yourself to some great entertainment from these rising SPEBSQSA stars!
Songlist: Great Day, My Old Kentucky Home, No More Sorrow, Bright Was The Night, Come Fly With Me, Shine, So Long Mother, Goodluck Charm, The Way You Look Tonight, South Rampart Street Parade, Ave Maria
Hartsmen : Close Harmony Collection Vol 2
Review: Another collection of standards by this highly acclaimed chorus.
Songlist: Blue Bird, Can't You Hear Me Callin' Caroline, Danny Boy, Ev'ry Time I Hear That Plaintive Melody, I Wonder How the Old Folks Are At Home, If You Should Ever Say Goodbye, My Mother's Old Red Shawl, Silver Bell, Somewhere A Voice Is Calling, Songs of Victor Herbert, Strike Up the Band (Here Comes A Sailor), Sun Bonnet Sue, That Old Girl of Mine, There's A Little Spark of Love Still Burning, When I Lost You, Yesterdays, You Made Me Love You