In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Four men singing barbershopˆ it's the quintessential image, what for the general public is frequently the mental picture called up when they hear the word a cappella. That's what happens when tens of thousands of people practice their art for three-quarters of a century. But whether it's a chorus or a quartet, the ringing sounds, those locked-in chords, of men's barbershop have earned the right to be that quintessential image by being evocative, thrilling and exhilarating ˆ some of these tags will send goose bumps down your arms! Whether contestable arrangements or stretching the boundaries of barbershop, these groups will not disappoint.
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Review: Toronto, Canada was the host for the 2013 convention which was also the 75th Anniversary of the event. Masterpiece won gold, Musical Island Boys took silver and A Mighty Wind won bronze. Let's look forward to another 75 years.
Songlist: Oh Susanna, Who's Lovin' You, Up a Lazy River, They All Laughed, Georgia on My Mind, Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love), What Are You Doing New Year's Eve, Do You Really Love Me?, Sunday Kind Of Love, You Don't Know Me, Everybody Wants To Be A Cat, I've Got You Under My Skin, Beautiful Dreamer, Steppin' Out With My Baby, Oh Look At Me Now Medley, Is It True What They Say About Dixie, Why Don't You Fall In Love With Me, Once Upon A Time, River, Stay 'Way From My Door, Let's Just Stay In
Review: After being crowned 2009 Barbershop Harmony Society Quartet Champions, Crossroads has become one of the most sought-after a cappella foursomes in the world, performing in Germany, France, Finland, the U.K., Spain and all over the United States. First coming together as a group in 2007, Tenor Fred, Lead Mike, Bass Jim and Baritone Brandon found that they shared a genuine friendship rooted in faith, family, harmony and a love of great music. And that has given them the opportunity to share their music with audiences all over the world! "The Simple life," their 3rd album, features 11 finely crafted and arranged tunes. Some of our favorites are the Ella Fitzgerald renditions of the title track, "Give Me the Simple Life" and the sultry lament "Angel Eyes;" the Deep River Boys' 1941 version of the 1876 song "My Grandfather's Clock;" Michael Buble's hit single "Hold On," Lerner & Lowe's classic "Gigi," Ron Miller and Orlando Murden's "For Once in My Life," the traditional hymn "Rock My Soul;" Cole Porter's "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" and Robert Lowry and Mrs. A. S. Hawkes' deeply moving "I Need Thee Every Hour." "The Simple life" is a powerful collection from one of Barbershop's most talented and beloved champions, Crossroads.
Songlist: Give Me The Simple Life, Angel Eyes, My Grandfather's Clock, Hold On, Children, Go Where I Send Thee, Gigi, A Word On My Ear (I'm Tone Deaf), For Once In My L1fe, Rock My Soul (In The Bosom of Abraham), Someone Like You, Blow, Gabriel, Blow, I Need Thee Every Hour
Review: First formed in August of 2009, Forefront has quickly become one of the Barbershop Harmony Society's most sought-after quartets, placing 13th in International competitions in 2010, 6th in 2011, and 7th in 2012. Most recently they won a 5th place bronze medal at the Toronto convention this past July! Multi-talented Drew, Brian, Kevin and Aaron are all BHS veterans as singers and directors, and "Forefront" is their debut CD. Favorites among these 14 cuts are "Sweet Heaven Medley," Eubie Blake's "Sweet Memories of You," Smokey Robinson's Motown classic "My Girl," Randy Newman's "When She Loved Me," the live cut from the 2012 BHS convention "Georgia on My Mind," "Come Go With Me," Steve Young's "Seven Bridges Road" and the Citations' anthem "What a Wonderful World."This powerful quartet started in the forefront and just kept rising in the hugely competitive barbershop world-listen to this very impressive collection and see why!
Songlist: Fit As A Fiddle, Sweet Heaven, Memories of You, My Girl, The More I See You, Georgia On My Mind , When She Loved Me , Baby, It's You Come, Go With Me, Alleluia, When I Lift Up My Head , Easy Street, Seven Bridges Road, What A Wonderful World
Beyond The Sea
Review: Pride of Orange County, CA, Lead Sean Devine, formerly of the much-beloved Alley Cats, Tenor Shawn York, Baritone Patrick Claypool and Bass Cory Hunt of OC Times rose quickly in the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Quartet standings, placing 18th in 2004, 5th in 2005, 2nd in 2007 and finally winning Gold in 2008! Since then the group has been touring nationally and internationally extensively, finally pausing long enough in LA's The Greene Room for Marc Greene to work his magic on their aptly-titled third album, "The Road." There are 13 classic, feel-good tunes here, some of our favorites are Fats Domino's soulful hit "I'm Walkin'," Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm," Brian Wilson's poignant anthem "In My Room," The Tune Weavers' "Happy Happy Birthday Baby," Bobby Darin's hit "Beyond The Sea," Josh Turner's "Why Don't We Just Dance," Lennon & McCartney's "If I Fell," a sweet "Just My Imagination/My Girl" Medley, and Bob Dylan's "Wagon Wheel." Top-drawer arrangements, pitch-perfect harmonies, unbelievably soaring closing chords - the Times has it all. Want to listen to one of Barbershop's all time best do their stuff? Hit "The Road!"
Songlist: I'm Walkin', Good Luck Charm, What's Your Name?, All I Do Is Dream Of You, In My Room, Happy Happy Birthday Baby, Beyond The Sea, What Don't We Just Dance?, If I Fell, Just My Imagination /My Girl, Wagon Wheel, From The First Hello, One More Chance
If You Were The Only Girl
Review: After two decades of being out of print, this legendary recording by the 1989 BHS International Quartet Champions, The Second Edition is once again available, and it sounds better than before! Digitally remastered from the original reels, this groundbreaking recording is a must have for every barbershop enthusiast. If you have one of the original pressings, you're gonna want to have this new release because the sound is clearer and better than you could have imagined! It was in the fall of 1987, that the quartet began this recording, and finished and released "Second Edition 1" in the spring of 1988. They were the first barbershop quartet to offer a recording in the digital CD format. Enjoy The Second Edition classics such as The Darktown Strutters' Ball, Mistakes, Just ACottage Small (By A Waterfall), The Longest Time featuring Doug Harrington, Hello My Baby, Brahms' Lullaby and more.
Songlist: The Darktown Strutters' Ball, I'm Sitting On Top Of The World, Mistakes, Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?, Just A Cottage Small (By A Waterfall), Doin' The Raccoon, The Longest Time, If You Were The Only Girl, Hello My Baby, What'll I Do?, Almost Like Being In Love, Brahms'
Review: The Best of Two Worlds is the epitome of the stars literally aligning. In spring 1989 both The Second Edition and Growing Girls began planning a joint concert called The Best Of Two Worlds. To each group's thrill, The Second Edition won the 1989 BHS International Quartet Championship in July, and the Growing Girls were crowned the 1989 SAI Queens of Harmony in October, less than two weeks prior to the debut concert. Shortly after the premiere concert, The Second Edition and Growing Girls recorded The Best Of Two Worlds. This recording was only ever released on cassette tape... until now! Digitally remastered from the original reels, and for the first time available on CD! Enjoy Growing Girls favorites; Kungstradgarden Blues (Royal Garden Blues), Goody Goodbye and Sommarpsalm (Hymn to Summer), and The Second Edition favorites; Lullaby In Ragtime, Rain Medley, My Old Kentucky Home and more! Also features both groups singing together on songs like Let There Be Peace On Earth! And, Included for the first time, a never before released bonus track featuring two singers from each group!
Songlist: Hello My Baby, Kungstradgarden Blues (Royal Garden Blues), The Church Bells Are Ringing For Mary, Lullaby In Ragtime, Sweet Georgia Brown, Goody Goodbye, Misty, Rain Medley, Sommarpsalm (Hymn To Summer), My Old Kentucky Home , Let There Be Peace On Earth, A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Review: From the first strains of the opening cut, "When I Lift Up My Head," we know that this Kansas-based all-male Gospel Barbershop quartet is something very special. 10 beautifully-crafted, inspirational songs, from "Sabbath Prayer," the touching "Joseph's Song," "Great Getting' Up Mornin'/Good News Medley," "Let There Be Peace On Earth" (sung with Sweet Adelines group "Zing"), and "Sweet Hour of Prayer" up to the final cut "May There Be Peace On Earth This Christmas." "Rejoice" is a feel-good, deeply spiritual winner for soulful 12th Street Rag.
Songlist: When I Lift Up My Head, Amazing Grace, Sabbath Prayer, Joseph's Song, Great Gettin' Up Mornin' / Good News Medley, Let There Be Peace on Earth, Sweet Hour of Prayer, The Lord's Prayer, My Life, My Love, My Song, May There Be Peace on Earth
Review: The four members of "12th Street" love to sing barbershop, and it shows! Here are 13 songs from the street: "Four Brothers," "Someday Down In Carolin," "What If I Do," "In Your Eyes," "And The Angels Sing," "A Tree In The Meadow," "Let's Get Away From It All," "I Called You My Sweetheart," "I Am A Child Of God," "Celebrate The Child," "Little Altar Boy," the title tune, and "Irish Blessing." Beautiful harmonies and a lot of feeling come through this rising, talented quartet!
Songlist: Four Brothers, Someday Down in Carolin', What'll I Do?, In Your Eyes, And the Angels Sing, A Tree in the Meadow, Let's Get Away from it All, I Called You My Sweetheart, I Am A Child of God, Celebrate the Child, Little Altar Boy, 12th Street Rag, Irish Blessing
Theme Song From "Cheers"
Review: One of the prize Barbershop compilations of all time by the legendary 139th Street Quartet, "Collection" is a winner for lovers of the finest Barbershop Harmony in the history of SPEBSQSA. The quartet was formed in 1975, and got its name from the address of Pete Neushul's factory building in LA, deciding to let the group make the name, instead of the name making the group. Four different lead singers, Jim Meehan (1975-78), Larry Wright (1978-88), John Sherburn (1988-91) and Dan Jordan(1991-present) contribute at least 10 songs to the grand total of 64 songs on this 3-disc set (which are, oddly, numbered 1, 3 and 9). Within 2 years of its founding, the 139th won a silver medal at the SPEBSQSA Internationals in Philadelphia, and regularly did well in competition, for instance scoring bronze medals in 1989, silver in 1990, and bronze again in 1991. Appearing on TV for the first time in 1985 on the first of several episodes of "Cheers," this was quickly followed by an episode of "Night Court." They were also very fortunate to record with the legendary Neil Diamond, who sang lead with the group on a song for each of his Christmas recordings, both of which went multi-platinum, "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" on disc 3 is one of these tunes. The group wrote several of its own tunes, including "Best Times I Ever Had," "Now Here You Are Back Again," "My Dear Old Irish Mammy," as well as original words, intros and bridges to many other songs. Anyway, the liner notes are thick with Barbershop history and comments by the guys, and the music is all a cappella except for a couple of tunes like "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do." It's very hard to pick a favorite with so much great material, so we're going to go with the "Theme Song From Cheers." Sit back and enjoy about 3 hours of tunes by one of the great Barbershop quartets of all time!
Songlist: Bowery Medley, Wait 'Til The sun Shines, Nellie, Bach's Fugue (In D Minor), Down By The Old Mill Stream, 1927, Don't Put A Tax On The Beautiful Girls, Jean , I'm Just Wild About Harry, A Girlfriend Of A Boyfriend, Lulu's Back In Town, My Mother's Eyes, My Dear Old Irish Mammy, Good Old Zenith, Blackbird, I Get Around, It's Better To Leave Them Alone, Didn't We, I Got Rhythm, Kid's Song (Coney Island), My Alabama, French Medley, Daddy, You've Been A Mother To Me, We're Shovin' Right Off For Home, Sing An Old Barbershop Song, Jump Into My Mammy's Arms, I've Got The World On A String, Crazy Worlds, Crazy Tune, The Best Times I Ever Had, Money Makes The World Go 'Round, My Romance, Seaside Medley, I Wish I Was Eighteen Again, Don't Take Me Home, The Wild, Wild Women, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Now Here You Are, Back Again, Maple Leaf Rag, Bill Bailey Fugue, Grandpa's Spells, Chops, A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, Swanee Intro with Hal Purdy, Swanee, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Parade- Medley, Can You Tame Wild Women?, Where Did You Get That Girl?, I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face, Ivory Rag, Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway, Kid's Song (Inch Worm), You Tell Her, I Stutter, Old Folks, Take Her Down To Coney Island, Puttin' On The Ritz, A Portrait Of My Love - Medley, A Cup Of Coffee, A Sandwich & You, Moscow Nights, If I Were You (I'd Fall In Love With Me), I'd Rather Be A Booster Than A Wise Guy, Through The Years, One Note Samba, Theme Song From "Cheers", A Salute To The 20th Century, Rigoletto Quartette
Review: Ranked among the top Barbershop Quartets in the world, 3 Men have a strong and diverse musical background ranging from classical to contemporary to Doo-Wop, as evidenced by their varied repertoire on "Edge." 12 songs beginning with the Swing tunes "Hit That Jive Jack" and "Crazy Rhythm;" Big Band tunes "Sentimental Reasons" and "I Got You Under My Skin;" Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria," the Rock tune "What I Like About You;" Broadway hit "Someone Like You" from "Jekyll and Hyde;" and Kurt Bestor's touching "Prayer of the Children." There's tight harmonies and top-drawer entertainment from this impressive debut CD by versatile 3 Men & A Melody.
Songlist: Hit That Jive Jack, Wink and a Smile, Sing Me To Heaven, I Got You Under My Skin, For Sentimental Reasons, Ave Maria, What I Like About You, Someone Like You, Don't Worry, Be Happy, I Can Only Imagine, Prayer of the Children, Crazy Rhythm
Review: With the 1998 Central States District Championship and some international competition successes under their belts, the 4 young men who are 3 Men & A Melody have decided to bring their powerful, intricate harmonies into the recording studio. 12 songs, some of our favorites: "Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy," ""In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning," "Send In the Clowns," "Route 66," "Zombie Jamboree" and Harry Connick, Jr.'s "Recipe For Making Love." "Strictly" is a fun, energetic CD, very much like 3MAAM's live show, we would guess, and we're expecting big things of these guys.
Songlist: Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy, R.O.C.K in the U.S.A, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, Happy Together, I Can't Get Next To You, Send in the Clowns, Route 66, There Goes My Heart, Galileo, The Way You Look Tonight, Zombie Jamboree (Back to Back), Recipe for Making Love
Rejoice, Ye Pure of Heart
Review: From New Jersey, 4 His Glory are a Christian quartet with roots in barbershop. Member Roger Blackburn is known for his 1973 'Barbershopping in Brass' recording, and has been principal trumpet for several professional symphonies (no trumpet on this recording though). The group's harmonic identity is vertically dominant, but they also embrace the spiritual and hymn within their stylistic convergence. Songs such as 'If We Ever Needed the Lord Before' are echoes to the rousing gospel style popularized by Thomas Dorsey, 'A Shelter In The Time of Storm' to its precursor, the evangelicals written by Ira Sankey. 'I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now, ' is arranged by Warren Haeger, and 'A Wonderful Time Up There,' is arranged by Earl Moon. 'You Better Get You Ready,' author unknown, is a mournful plea of hope for a better day, and 4 His Glory render it simply and powerfully.
Songlist: Rejoice, Ye Pure of Heart, It is Well with My Soul, If We Ever Needed the Lord Before, Were You There?, Let's Go On Together to the Promised Land, Illumine Me, Lord, Give Me Oil in My Lamp, A Shelter in the Time of Storm, The Breaking of the Bread, I Wouldn't Take Nothin' for My Journey Now, You Better Get You Ready, A Wonderful Time Up There, The Lord is Coming, Are You Ready?
Jesus Is My Lord
Review: This is the 3rd recording of Gospel/Barbershop quartet Four His Glory, and they bring us 12 uplifting, tight-harmonied old and new hymns to Jesus. In the title track, the 4 tell us, 'But if all I've done in the time we've shared, is to turn your eyes on me, then I've failed... there's someone else I want you to see.' Their message is clear and consistent throughout, as endearing and sweet as their old-time Barbershop harmonies!
Songlist: Since Jesus came Into My Heart, Beneath The Cross of Jesus, Watch and Pray, Saved By Grace, Ivory Palaces, The Lord God Be Praised Above The Heavens, Story Of Jesus Medley, Victory in Jesus / Wonderful Grace of Jesus, Will You Love Jesus More?, Jesus, Hold My Hand, There is Power in the Blood, Jesus Is My Lord
I'm Feeling Fine
Review: Tenor Paul, Lead Tim, Baritone Clay and Bass Drew are highly decorated BHS veterans, and it's no surprise that A Mighty Wind (great name, by the way) is the current BHS 3rd Place International Medalist quartet. "Something In The Air" is their hot-off-the-presses debut recording and it contains 12 winners, some that particularly caught our ear are Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin," Sam Cooke's "Cupid," Roger Miller's crossover hit "King of the Road," Sol Weinstein's "The Curtain Falls," Robert Wells and David Holt's "Mobile," Mosie Lister's "I'm Feeling Fine," and Irving Berlin's "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep." These guys are funny, the arrangements (several by the talented Clay Hine, who won 1991 Gold with FRED) are top-drawer, and they can entertain and harmonize like angels. The Wind is rising!
Songlist: Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue, I've Got You Under My Skin, Cupid, You Must Come In at the Bottom, My Gal Sal, King of the Road, The Curtain Falls, Mobile, Bill Grogan's Goat, I'm Feeling Fine, Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, Watch What Happens
O Worship the King
Review: Songs of inspiration and faith from one of America's most favorite quartets. The versatile, Gold Medal-winning quartet is best known as a barbershop group, but "Jazz, Jazz , Jazz" proved they could do jazz with the best of them, and now we have "O Worship," a state of the art gospel CD, filled with Acoustix' trademark rich, perfectly blended harmonies. The group is joined by The Toronto Northern Lights Chorus and the arrangements are by legends Gene Puerling, Kirby Shaw, Jim Clancy, Jay Giallombardo plus Acoustix' own Joel T. Rutherford. 12 songs: the title tune, "My Lord and I," "You'll Never Walk Alone," "Fear Not, My Child," "I'll Fly Away Medley," "Hymns of the Cross Medley," " Breathe on Me, Breath of God," " Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," "My Tribute," "What Wondrous Love is This/O Sacred Head, Now Wounded," "The Lord's Prayer" and "Anthems/Ode to Joy." These cover a wide range of musical styles with the common theme of voices in praise. Another winner from Acoustix!
Songlist: O Worship the King, My Lord and I, You'll Never Walk Alone, Fear Not, My Child, I'll Fly Away Medley, Hymns of the Cross Medley, Breathe on Me, Breath of God, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, My Tribute, What Wondrous Love This Is / O Sacred Head, Now Wounded, The Lord's Prayer, Anthems / Ode to Joy
The Star Spangled Banner
Review: It is only two years after the first album which was pure classical barbershop. On Stars & Stripes the same perfectly pitched close harmonies are in full bloom but the repertoire is expanded considerably. There is a rousing selection of patriotic songs, "The Stars and Stripes Forever," "The Star Spangled Banner," "God Bless The USA" and more! In the middle of the lineup we find a touch of jazz and then barberwop on "Unchained Melody." Acoustix is joined by Panache, the 1990 Queens of Harmony, for two songs on which they sing quartet duets. They do a chills up the back rendition of "This Is The Moment" just before closing with "So Many Voices Sing America's Song" on which they are joined by The American Pops Orchestra and The Vocal Majority. Stunning!
Songlist: The Stars and Stripes Forever, The Star Spangled Banner, God Bless The USA, A Song Like Daddy Used To Play, Blackbird Medley, Unchained MedleyWarren "Buzz" Haeger, And So To Sleep Again, If There's Anybody Here From Out Of Town, God Bless America, This Is The Moment, So Many Voices Sing America's Song
Review: Dallas, Texas is the home of the Vocal Majority. From this exalted platform lept three of the four Acoustix members Jeff, Todd and Jason. Rick joined them from the Town North Chorus, an across town rival. Collectively they performed a one-in-a-million feat by sweeping their four state preliminary competition to go to San Francisco for the SPEBSQSA International Quartet Championship where they won the gold medal in their first attempt at the competition! Let the perfect harmonies and dynamics, which won the hearts and ears of that crowd of 9,000 in 1990, move you right now. Listen to barbershop's finest whom the judges felt were the best in the world!
Songlist: When it Comes To Lovin' The Girls/They're All Sweeties , Medley So Long Mother, World War 1 Medley, River Of No Return, I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover, That's An Irish Lullaby, Tonight, Tonight, If I Loved You, After Today, Irish Blessing, I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over
Review: Pride (and 2003 Champions) of SPEBSQSA's Illinois District, Alchemy has been rising steadily through the Barbershop competition in their quest for the Gold. These 15 songs show us how much this group has polished and refined their sound in the process. "Old St. Louie," "Birth of the Blues," "I Only Have Eyes for You," the very apt "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans," "Dayton, Ohio-1903," the very funny "Mississippi Squirrel Revival," the deathless "Lida Rose" in medley with "Will I Ever Tell You," "Gospel Medley" and "Stars Fell On Alabama" are pure Barbershop entertainment, that play on our heartstrings and nostalgia strings with the best of them. Sweet harmonies, pure ringing chords-this is the good stuff. Enjoy!
Songlist: Old St. Louie, Birth Of The Blues, I Only Have Eyes For You, I Love A Piano, Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans, I Tried To Forget You In Vain, Basin Street Blues, Dayton, Ohio - 1903, Mississippi Squirrel Revival, To-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's An Irish Lullaby), Naturally, Lida Rose / Will I Ever Tell You, Love Letters, Gospel Medley, Stars Fell On Alabama
Review: This is one snazzy quartet - the Auto Towners had definitely calculated the entertainment quotient, and one look at them in their costumes on the back cover will tell you that; their win at the 1966 Chicago Convention made quite an impression! Though they only continued quartetting until '69, songs such as "My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose" (with a solo by Clint Bostick, baritone) and "Everything's Coming Up Roses" evoke all of the romance and nostalgia of this classic American form, and are impossible to resist. Truly awesome versions of "I Wish You Love," "Dancing On The Ceiling" and "Through The Years" show that the Auto Towners actual forte were tender, achingly lovely ballads - the harmonic resonance of these four voices would stop traffic!
Songlist: in my brand new automobile, white cliffs of dover, if we can't be the same old sweethearts, margie, cuddle up a little closer, sonny boy, lida rose / dream of now (Bobbie Bostick, solo), pal of my cradle days, lorabelle lee, sweet dreams will ever take you home, you can't see the sun when you're crying, mame, charleston, i walk alone (al rebkop solo), my love is like a red, red rose (clint bostick, solo), a fellow needs a girl (carl Dablke, solo), everything's coming up roses, try to remember, can't help lovin' that gal of mine, georgie girl, for me and my gal, once upon a time, i wish you love, On the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, dancing on the ceiling, through the years
Review: Similar to fine wine each year at the Barbershop Society is like a harvest of the season's best. And 2011 was a particularly good vintage with gold going to Old School, silver to the Musical Island Boys and bronze to Masterpiece. Lots of wonderful harmony here.
Songlist: Ma! She's Makin' Eyes At Me, Once Upon A Time, Deed I Do, Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue, I'll Be With You, I Only Wanna Laugh, That's Life, Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long, My Romance, That Old Feeling, Love Me and the World Is Mine, New York State Of Mind, Mr Success, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Baby of Mine, What Don't You Fall in Love With Me?, I Must Be Coming Down With The Blues, Over The Rainbow, Skylark, Honey /Little Lize,
Review: Other year, another great contest! Showing how this wonderful musical form is spreading across the world this year both the gold winners (Ringmasters - Germany) and silver Musical Island Boys (New Zealand) were from overseas. Bronze went to A Mighty Wind.
Songlist: So In Love (From Kiss Me Kate), If I Can Dream, The Curtain Falls, This Can't Be Love, Old Fashioned Girl/Sweet And Lovely (Medley), Between You And The Birds And The Bees And Cupid, Fit As A Fiddle, What Do I Need With Love? (From Thoroughly Modern Millie), Born To Be Blue, Medley: When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again/Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree, Little Pal, Nothing Can Change This Love, Hard Hearted Hannah (The Vamp Of Savannah), The Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Play That Barbershop Chord, The Very Thought Of You, Ride Red Ride, Love Me, Seventy-Six Trombones
Review: This three-CD collection by the Bluegrass Student Union, with its stellar harmonies and faultless execution, is a must-have for any fan of barbershop and will earn many new devotees. BSU, a celebrated quartet formed in 1974 and winners of the 1978 SPEBSQSA Championship, has produced a treasure. A retrospective of their entire career, the collection includes barbershop favorites such as "Coney Island Baby" and "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm." the songs from Broadway's "The Music Man" that comprised their third recording, Gershwin classics such as "Our Love is Here to Stay" and "I've Got a Crush on You," and so much more! In addition, BSU has provided extensive liner notes that explain the group history and philosophy, and reveal the musical intelligence and knowledge that is evident in their work. Another bonus is the superior quality of the recording itself, which adds to the enjoyment. Highly recommended.
Songlist: I Told Them All About You Dear (Medley), I've Found My Sweetheart Sally, When It's Darkness On The Delta, Meet Me In Rosetime Rose, Midnight Rose, Girls Medley, The Auctioneer, Eyes Medley, It Was Just One of Those Things, This Little Piggy, Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone, It's Not Where You Start/ Rose Colored Glasses Medley, Hi Neighbor, The Old Songs Medley, Biff The Friendly Purple Bear, Java Jive, The Chordbusters' March, I'm Confessin' That I Love You, Sixteen Tons, Here's To The Winners, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, The Bluegrass Gospel Medley, The Wells Fargo Wagon, Iowa Stubborn, Ya Got Trouble, Good Night My Someone, Marian The Librarian, Pick-A-Little-Talk-Little and Good Night Ladies , Shipoopi, The Sadder but Wiser Girl, The Buffalo Bills Music Man Medley, Gary Indiana, Till There Was You, Ya Got Trouble (Reprise), Jukebox Saturday Night Medley, Stardust, Minnie the Moocher, Sugar Medley, All the Things You Are, Peg O' My Heart, I Got Rhythm, I Can Dream Can't I, Mills Brothers Medley, Slap That Bass, A Foggy Day, Liza, I've Got a Crush on You, They All Laughed, Swanee, Porgy and Bess Overture, Love Is Here to Stay, As Time Goes By, Coney Island Baby, Lollipops and Roses, In My Brand New Automobile, River of No Return, How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down On the Farm, Erie Canal, Lulu's Back In Town, 1987 Birmingham, There Will Always Be a Place For You
What'll I Do?
Review: This beautifully packaged double CD truly conveys the Boston Common aesthetic, which earned them not only the 1980 Championship, but also a exalted reputation that became the stuff of legend. Though they had no full-time coach, big band arranger Lou Perry frequently wrote arrangements for them (a point of principle, explained further in the liner notes, that apparently resulted in some political fallout), and the big band influence can be easily discerned ("Melancholy Baby"). "We Three," co-arranged by Perry and the group themselves, sounds like the early vocal harmony that became doo wop, whereas "Chatanooga Shoe Shine Boy" is a blues/barbershop amalgam that definitely isn't typical (arranger's credit to the Four Rascals, a quartet to whom the Boston Common pay repeated tribute). In general, the group's reverence for barbershop as not merely entertainment but as art radiates throughout.
Songlist: It's A Good Day, If All My Dreams Were Made Of gold, Dancing At The Moving Picture Ball, Little Girl, Imagination, Don't Tell Me The Same Things Over Again, Lida Rose/ Till There Was You, Ten Feet Off The Ground, Sentimental Journey, In The Heart Of The City, There's Something I Like About Broadway, I Wonder What's Become Of Sally, Old Songs Medley, Caroline, There'll Be No New Tunes On This Old Piano, I'm Alone Because I Love You, From The First Hello (To The Last Goodbye), We Kinda Miss The Good Old Songs, What'll I Do, Many Happy Returns Of The Day, So Long Dearie, Am I Wasting My Time, I Don't Know Why, Barbershop Strut, My Melancholy Baby, Good Old Days, Who Told You, We Three, Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven, Back In Dad And Mother's Day, If There'd Never Been An Ireland, Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy, Smilin' Through, Every Christmas Morning, Happy Birthday Uncle Sam, Dear Hearts And Gentle People , Roses Of Picardy, Sweet Adeline (You're The Flower Of My Heart), I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter, Walkin' My Baby Back Home, Anytime, Don't Blame Me, I'll Be A Song And Dance Man Again, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby, Tha Old Quartet Of Mine
I Want A Girl
Review: The Bills bubbled to the top of the public consciousness during their star turn in the "Music Man," as the members of the River City School Board who sing "Lida Rose" (a moment in barbershop history that would introduce many of us novices to the style). In fact, though, they continued to live long and prosper way beyond that. As Columbia recording artists, they produced many albums (some with accompaniment), the highlights of which are compiled on these two CD's produced by Brian Beck. Digitally re-mastered to bring the quality to modern standards (though several tracks from their very earliest recording efforts couldn't be repaired 100%, but heck, it's part of the charm), the Bills' sound is startlingly robust for a group that won 50 years ago! Significant credit for this must be given to the arrangements of Walter Latzko, who began an eight-album association with the quartet in 1951; his impact on barbershop singing in general can hardly be overstated. The Bills brought those arrangements to life, embodying yearning and romance ("I'd Love To Live In Loveland," "Your Eyes Have Told Me So," "If You Were The Only Girl"), as well as broad tomfoolery and brisk cheer, during romps such as "Toot Toot Tootsie," "Dardanella" and "With Plenty Of Money And You." The longevity of their success may also be due in part to the smooth musicality of their approach and the warmth of their tone; though not breaking any sound barriers technically by today's standards, they don't need to. Released as part of the AIC Masterworks series to coincide with the 50th Annual Society Convention in Kansas City, this CD set is a great value.
Songlist: Hard Hearted Hannah, Birth Of The Blues, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Dardanella, Toot Toot Tootsie, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, Your Eyes Have Told Me So, If You Were The Only Girl, Rose of The Rio Grande, My Baby Just Cares For Me, A Cup of Coffee, A Sandwhich and You, I'd Love to Live in Loveland, Emaline, The Girl That I Marry, If I Could Be With You, With Plenty of Money and You, Goofus, They Didn't Believe Me, As Time Goes By, Walkin' With My Honey, Fit As A Fiddle , Bye Bye Blackbird, Why Do I Love You, Happy Days Are Here Again, Shut The Door, I'm A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas, Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long, Josephine, Please Don't Lean On The Bell, I Love A Piano, The Preacher and The Bear, Wait Till The Sunshines Nellie, Ramona, I Wonder What's Become of Sally, Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, Beautiful Dreamer, I Want A Girl, My Blue Heaven, Tea For Two, Home, Blue Room, Miss You, When We're Alone (Penthouse Serenade)
Review: Here's history for you. The Buffalo Bills were International Champions in 1951 and are well remembered today for their appearance as a barbershop quartet in the 1962 movie 'The Music Man.' That appearance along with their winning harmonies leave an inspired heritage for today. The Chordettes were a Wisconsin group who shifted their focus from folk music to close harmony in the late '40s. After winning Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scout Show they became regulars on the show, which is why you'll hear them singing "Down By The Old Mill Stream" with Arthur on this recording. From 1954-1961 The Chordettes had thirteen songs on the top hundred charts including the 1954 hit "Mr. Sandman." This is a must-have for anyone interested in the history of great barbershop groups!
Songlist: Time They Say It's Wonderful - Chordettes, If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight - Buffalo Bills, Angry - Chordettes, Down By The Old Mill Stream - Chordettes, Why Do I Love You - Buffalo Bills, Down Among The Sheltering Palms - Chordettes, As Time Goes By - Buffalo Bills, Fit As A Fiddle - Buffalo Bills, I Believe - Chordettes, Your Eyes Have Told Me So - Buffalo Bills
Review: 1988 winners from Illinois, who have a solidly vertical approach and fold some adult contemporary pop into their mix. While we have no specific knowledge that they were an influence, we detect similarities to Dealer's Choice in terms of overall sound and style. Their tone has a suffused brightness, but is never strident. Ornamentation and solo passages add texture ("Memory" is particularly noteworthy), crescendos ("I've Gotta Be Me") when used, add impact. Though uncredited, instrumental tracks can be heard on a couple of the arrangements ("When Will I Be Loved," "With Plenty Of Money and You").
Songlist: Hey Look Me Over, Memory, I've Gotta Be Me, With Plenty Of Money And You, When Will I Be Loved, The Song Is Ended, Back In The Old Routine, Miss You, Don't Fence Me In, Gospel Medley
Review: There's a nice close-up photo of one of the gold medals won in 1988 by this quartet from Des Plaines, IL on the back of "Solid Gold," and it's a beautiful thing-an apt match for the beauty of the performance that it takes to win one of them! There's also some great pix of the guys in Irish green outfits, in WWI military uniforms and in a nice group picture. 12 songs, some favorites: "Looking at the World Through Rose Colored Glasses," "What Kind Of Fool Am I," the very funny "I Used To Call Her Baby/Baby Face/I Want A Girl Medley," "It's A Great Day for the Irish/It's A Long Way to Tipperary/MacNamara's Band Medley," "They Were All Out Of Step But Jim," "Lonesome, That's All," Ricky Nelson's "Mary Lou" and "Kiss Me One More Time." "Solid Gold" is a finely-crafted, spirited collection from a hugely talented quartet who were named 1988's International Champs!
Songlist: Looking at the World Through Rose Colored Glasses, Every Tear Is A Smile In An Irishman's Heart, What Kind of Fool Am I, I Used to Call Her Baby / Baby Face / I Want a Girl (Medley), Old Cape Cod, It's A Great Day for the Irish / It's A Long Long Way to Tipperary /, Macnamara's Band (Medley), I Never Knew / You Were Meant for Me (Medley), I May Be Gone For A Long Long Time, They Were All Out of Step But Jim, Lonesome - That's All, Mary Lou, Kiss Me One More Time
Review: Des Plaines, IL's Chiefs of Staff pay "Tribute" on this CD to coaches, wives, families and fans that helped them along in their quest for 1988 SPEBSQSA quartet Gold. But in their song selection they also tip their hats to many legendary SPEBSQSA groups who inspired them, from the Night Hawks' immortal "Buddy, Can You Spare A Dime," to the Mark IV's "Piano Roll Blues" and "Million Tomorrows." A nod to Detroit's Gentlemen's Agreement's "Ma, She's Making Eyes," Chicago's Elastic Four's "Mood Indigo," and foursomes such as the Suntones, Chicago News, Four Statesmen, and the Easternaires. 11 tunes, some other favorites are "Sam the Old Accordion Man," "They Wrote 'Em in the Good Old Days," "Wonderful One" and "Keep Your Eye On the Girlie You Love/Somebody Stole My Gal Medley." Beautifully arranged, flawlessly, expressively harmonized-"Tribute" is a gem!
Songlist: Sam the Old Accordion Man, Little Town in the Old County Down, They Wrote 'Em in the Good Old Days, Mood Indigo, When I Look in Your Eyes, Old Piano Roll Blues, Ma, Wonderful One, I'd Give A Million Tomorrows (for Just One Yesterday), Keep Your Eye on the Girlie You Love / Somebody Stole My Gal (Medley), Brother, Can You Spare A Dime
Review: In January of l987, just for the fun of it, Dick Johnson and Lymm Hauldren decided to start a new group just to sing in the District Prelims. Instead of the one night stand they expected, they qualified for the International, made both cuts, placed ninth and even got a standing ovation! This live album is such great schtick and the gags so funny that the quality of singing is too easily taken for granted. It is also true it's great to share the laughter with a most appreciative audience. Typical of the gags are "Nothin' Could Be Finah'"(...than a little old angina in the morning...). It's amazing how many of their original jokes you will have heard in the world of medicine without ever knowing from whence they came.
Songlist: We Do Make a Barrel of Money, Ben Casey, Please Come Home, Nothin' Could Be Finah', I See Bones, (Hospital Small Talk), In My Neat Little Hospital Gown, I Didn't Mean to Make You Die, Part of My Heart, The Richer They Are..., What Takes the Place of My Heart, Huggin' and Chalkin', I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Darkness on a Delta, Five-Oh-Two, Where Are You?
Review: After a most successful ten years of performance and competition appearances, Chordiac Arrest decided that it was time for an anniversary album. During their first ten years they finished four times in the International Finals top ten, twice at number five. Their targets of humorous opportunity have widened to include airline travel, terrible food ("That's The Worst Jello I've Had Since Last July"), morticians, plumbers, transvestites, and music ("Lady of Spain I Abhor You") in addition the medical/doctor gags for which they are renown. Several of the tunes were recorded directly from the International Contest stage when the audience isn't merely enthusiastic, they go nuts!
Songlist: California, Here We Come, That's the Worst Jello I've Had Since Last July, Eat an Apple Every Day, They'll Be Seeing You, We Can't Find His Kidney, After He's Gone, Makin' the Old Long Green, Hug Your Plumber Today, How's Every Little Thing in Dickie?, Dickie's on a Diet, Lady of Spain I Adore You, Anna form Indiana, We'll Blow our Nose Together, Doin' the Barbershop Squat
The Last Waltz
Review: Tenor Curt Hutchison, Lead Larry Wilson, Baritone George Davidson and booming Bass Terry Heltne won the SPEBSQSA Central States District Championship in 1975. Moving to Denver in 1977, they won that District as well. And in 1982 they won the International Quartet Championship by the largest winning margin (296 points) up to that point. These same four men have been singing together for 31 years, and Masterworks series brings us a 27-tune "best-of" recording of one of Barbershop's all time greatest groups. Classic Collection specialized in nostalgic, romantic heart-tuggers, and from "I've Seen My Baby," "When You Look In the Heart of a Rose," "In the Land Where Shamrocks Grow" and "Little Silver Lady" to "Oh, You Beautiful Doll," "Paper Doll," "Moonlight Becomes You," "My Blue Heaven," "Makin' Whoopee," and the final cut "Jezebel," every one of these cuts is sweet, harmonic and true. If you love Classic Barbershop, this wonderful, entertaining collection is for you-enjoy!
Songlist: I've Seen My Baby (and It Won't Be Long Now), When You Look in the Heart of a Rose, Lil From Daffodil Hill, It's the Same Old Shillelagh, In the Land Where the Shamrocks Grow, Little Silver lady, Put Me to Sleep with an Old Fashioned Melody, Nobody Knows What a Red Head Mama Can Do, Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, Oh, You Beautiful Doll, All the World Will Be Jealous of Me, Can't You Hear Me Callin' Caroline, Paper Doll, Seems like Old Times, Baby Won't You Please Come Home, I Don't Believe In 'If' Anymore, The Last Waltz, Portrait of my Love Medley, Moonlight Becomes You, With Plenty of Money and You, Miss You, If You Were the Only Girl in the World, If I Could Be with You, My Blue Heaven, Makin' Whoopee, Finian's Rainbow Medley, Jezebel
Review: The Classic Collection has honed its skills even more since they were named SPEBSQSA Quartet Gold medalists on a hot summer night in Pittsburgh in 1982. The Denver quartet has steadily expanded its repertoire by keeping alive the memories of outstanding past champions, as well as including new arrangements in "Signature," their 5th excellent album. They lend their own distinctive interpretations to such Suntones' (1961) standbys as the "West Side Story" and "Finian's Rainbow" medleys, "Jezebel" and "Sweet Georgia Brown;" the Four Renegades' (1965) "Makin' Whoopee," the Buffalo Bills' (1950) "Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long" and "Waitin' For The Evenin' Train." Also included in the 9 songs are some of their own winners, "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Hard Hearted Hannah." Rich harmonies and great material, sung with feeling and personality by four great champions. What could be better?
Songlist: West Side Story Medley, Waitin' for the Evenin' Train, Hard Hearted Hannah, I'll Be Seeing You, Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long, Makin' Whoopee, Sweet Georgia Brown, Finian's Rainbow Medley, Jezebel
I'm Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover
Review: The Confederates, two born-and-bred Rebels teamed with two Yankees, placed 31st in International Competition in 1954, 2nd in Miami in 1955, and in 1956 became International Champions at Minneapolis. Featuring the pure Tenor of George Evans, the mellow Baritone of "Buzz" Busby, the Rich Bass of Wally Singleton and the sweet lead of Dave LaBonte, the Confederates were pure professionals, exulting in the joy and power of their voices. From the heart-tugging: "Chloe," "Boy of Mine," "Down Where The South Begins," "Pal of My Cradle Days," "A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square," and "Just In Case You Change Your Mind;" to the pure fun: "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover," "Twelfth Street Rag," "Creole Cutie," "Red Head," these guys' singing is anything but, ah, uniform! 12 great songs.
Songlist: Chloe, I'm Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover, Boy Of Mine, Twelfth Street Rag, Down Where The South Begins, Creole Cutie, Red Head, Mammy O'Mine, Just In Case You Change Your Mind, Pal Of My Cradle Days, A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, The Lord's Prayer
Review: This enhanced CD receives udos for excellent entertainment value. Countdown, from the Far Western District, have exercised their imaginations to the fullest, providing not only a baker's dozen of enjoyable barbershop tunes, but a veritable extravaganza of amusement. Take the Countdown quiz, watch a video, or play our personal favorite, "Whack A Barbershopper!" This is not to discount the quartet's vocal abilities, whether playing it straight ("Roses of Picardy," "There Used To Be A Ballpark," "Turn Around"), or light-hearted ("Mobile," "18 Wheels On A Big Rig"). Ingenious.
Songlist: South Rampart Street ParadeKen Potter, Roses of Picardy, There Used to Be a Ballpark, Jeepers Creepers, Turn Around, River Stay 'Way From My Door, Mobile, I'm Gonna Lock My Heart, Time After Time, So Long Sally, Sixteen Tons, Old St Louis, 18 Wheels On A Big Rig
Back in Business
Review: Crossroads is the new "superquartet" on the Barbershop Block, formed of four singers who are former BHS International Gold medalists in their own right, tenor Fred Farrell, lead Mike Slamka, bass Jim Henry and baritone Brandon Guyton. Henry won Gold in 1993 as a founding member and arranger of the legendary Gas House Gang, and is currently musical and artistic director of the 160-voice Ambassadors of Harmony. Guyton pocketed Gold in 2002 with Four Voices, Slamka sang his way to Gold with 2003 champs Power Play, and Farrell wore Gold with 1989 Quartet champs Second Edition. With this much vocal and arranging talent and experience, it came as no great surprise that newly-formed Crossroads struck Gold again in Anaheim, CA in 2009! Their new CD just arrived in our hands hot off the presses: 12 tunes plus a bonus track, "Lydia." "You Don't! You Won't!," "Georgia May," Roy Orbison's "Crying," the nostalgic "Little Patch of Heaven" and "Daddy's Little Girl," the Simon & Garfunkel anthem "59th Street Bridge Song" (Feelin' Groovy), the upbeat "Back In Business," "Roll, Jordan, Roll," "Mean To Me," "Mobile," "Better Than I" and "Country Dances" all feature butter-smooth harmonies, sweet leads, ringing, effortless held chords, deep bass parts, perfect arrangements and the shear joy of singing of these four new/old champions. Listen to "Crossroads," officially, and actually, Barbershop's best!
Songlist: You Don't! You Won't!, Georgia May, Crying, Little Patch Of Heaven, 59th Street Bridge Song, Back in Business, Daddy's Little Girl, Roll Jordan, Roll, Mean to Me, Mobile, Better Than I, Country Dances, ...And Lydia
Your First Day in Heaven
Review: International Barbershop Harmony Society Quartet Champions Crossroads brings us their second album. The quartet won Gold at the BHS's 2009 international convention in Anaheim, CA, where Bass singer Jim Henry also directed the Ambassadors of Harmony chorus to their own international championship with the highest score ever obtained. All four members had previously won Gold in other quartets; Henry with 1993 champs Gas House Gang, baritone Brandon Guyton with 2002 champs Four Voices, lead Mike Slamka with 2003 champs Power Play, and tenor Fred Farrell with 1989 champs Second Edition. There are 13 songs here, favorites are Barbershop chestnuts such as "Sweet Adeline," "Hey There," the title tune and "Bread and Gravy;" Gospel tunes like "Your First Day in Heaven," "All People That On Earth Do Dwell," "Via Dolorosa" and "Guard Me, Oh Lord;" a very funny short parody of a missing hairpiece that "Blew By You," Swing-era hits like Cab Calloway's "The Jumpin' Jive," Irving Berlin's "Let Yourself Go" and Sammy Davis Jr.'s "Too Close for Comfort;" and a sweetly harmonic take on Lennon and McCartney's "Can't Buy Me Love." Crossroads is a so-called Barbershop "Super Group," formed of gold medal winners, the BHS's highest honor. Listen to "That Lucky Old Sun" to see why!
Songlist: The Jumpin' Jive, Let Yourself Go, Sweet Adeline, Too Close For Comfort, Hey There, Bread and Gravy, Your First Day in Heaven, Blew By You, That Old Lucky Sun, Can't Buy Me Love, All People That on Earth do Dwell, Guard Me, Oh Lord, Via Dolorosa
Review: 1973 International Quartet Champions Dealer's Choice recorded this CD just prior to their appearance at the British Association of Barbershoppers Convention in 1978. Featuring a nice mix of traditional barbershop and pop tunes, such as a Simon & Garfunkel medley and the quintessential hankie-wringing movie theme, "The Way We Were," the group also includes the tongue-in-cheek "Ain't She Sweet," and "Chloe," which begins subtly and then gradually swells into a broad chorus, followed by its apogee, the tag-the defining moment for any manly barbershop contingent!
Songlist: Have A Little Talk With Myself, Chloe, Simon & Garfunkel Medley, Shenandoah, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, The Way We Were, Yes Indeed!, Contest Up-Tune Medley, Together , Ain't She Sweet?, This Is All I Ask
Review: A different line-up than that of the previous recording-Brian Beck and Greg Clancy assuming the positions of Al Kvanli and Greg Lyne-Volume Four nonetheless reflects the same fine close harmony that made Dealer's Choice consistently popular, even today. Leading off with a crowd-pleasing Beach Boys medley, the Dealers segue into "If You Could Read My Mind," the 'seventies pop hit, the arrangement of which is entirely original and a barbershop how-to manual of stylistic conversion. A recommended selection for any fan of the genre, but Dealer's Choice enthusiasts will want all four volumes.
Songlist: Beach Boys Medley, If You Could Read My Mind, Hello Mary Lou, Brian's Song, I'm Looking At The World Through Rose Colored Glasses, Where Is Love?, I Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do, You'll Never Know, Mr. Piano Man, Like The First Tme
If You Could Read My Mind
Review: Dealer's Choice were SPEBSQSA Champions in 1973, and maintained their following and reputation through a long and prodigious career. This four-CD "Anthology" traces their evolution as barbershoppers supreme. The first CD's focus is on the traditional, with "At The Jazz Band Ball," "Who'll Take My Place When I'm Gone" and "Old Fashioned Mother of Mine" some examples. Subsequent recordings featured more vocal jazz and pop, such as "What'll I Do" and "Didn't We," along with the Beach Boys and Simon and Garfunkel medleys. The Dealer's Choice arrangement of the "Lord's Prayer," from the second CD, is especially grand. This group combined exceptional tone, state-of-the-art arrangements and performance flair - legendary!
Songlist: Songs Like Daddy Used To Play, Choice II, The Last Session, Like The First Time
Review: Excalibur's third CD and we think, their best. Considered to be a contemporary barbershop group, they have placed consistently in the top ten in competition. With arrangements by Greg Volk, whose distinctive style has been in demand by countless quartets of late (including Acoustix), the showpiece of this recording has to be the "Sound Of Music" medley. Featuring a series of amazing and inventive transitions, it's inspired, particularly "Edelweiss" and "My Favorite Things." The title track illustrates the group's forte, interpreting standards; however, they also include competition-friendly arrangements of songs such as "Ida," "Ain't She Sweet" and "Atlanta's Jumpin'." Finally, the "America" medley ends on a stirring note - is there some kind of award for "most challenging tag"? Salute!
Songlist: You'll Never Go Wrong With a Son, Sound of Music Medley, You Made Me Love You, Alley Cat, Unforgettable, Your Mother Should Know Medley, Atlanta's Jumpin' (This Jount Is Jumpin'), There Goes My Heart, Ida / Ain't She Sweet Medley, Nice Work if You can Get It, America Medley
Review: At the Mid-Winter Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, Fatherly Advice (Tenor Dan Tangarone, Lead Dick Bek, Baritone Bill Thurman and Bass Burt Staffen) won the gold and became the 1996 SPEBSQSA International Senior Champions. FA takes a firm grip on the heartstrings at song one, "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down..." and the gentle tugging goes on until song 27, "We All Fall," is over. There Never was a Gang like theirs, all Dear Hearts and Gentle People with a Shine on Their Shoes, who sang "Heart of My Heart." And they sing it with such sweet harmony, you know it was true. A real feel-good CD!
Songlist: I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, A Shine On Your Shoes, Little Street Where Old Friends Meet ( It's Just A), Walkin' With My Honey (I'll Be), If, Turn Your Radio On, In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, There Never Was A Gang Like Mine, The Story Of The Rose (Heart of My Heart), The Gang That Sang "Heart Of My Heart", Peg O'My Heart, Old Songs Are Just Like Old Friends, The Very Thought of You, I Don't Know Why ( I Just Do), Dear Hearts and Gentle People, When I Take My Sugar to Tea, Dream a Little Dream Of Me, Lida Rose, Mood Indigo, Lullaby in Ragtime, Hello Mary Lou, It Had to Be You, Sleepy Time Gal, Radio, Remember Radio, What'll I Do, Coney Island Baby / We All Fall
Review: Formed in 1956, the Four Renegades slowly rose in International competitions until winning it all by 450 points in Boston, 1965. At that point they were: Bass, Tom Felger, Baritone, Jim Foley, Lead, Ben Williams and Tenor Buzz Haeger. There are 30 songs, and it's hard to tell who's having more fun, the group or the audience. Want funny? Listen to "Mr. Bassman." Poignant? "The Little Boy." Rousing? "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee." Spiritual? "The Lord's Prayer." The Renegades were funny, they sang great, they had class, and they were tremendous barbershop ambassadors. It adds up to a CD that's big fun!
Songlist: Nervous Quartet Intro, When The World Was Young, Mr Bassman, George M Cohan Medley, Lili Marlene, Save a Little Sunbeam, I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Daddy's Little Girl, Heart Hearted Hanna, Wait Till The Sun Shines Nelly, When I Leave The World Behind, Because, Send The Girls Over There, Old Folks, The Lord's Prayer, I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles, Please Don't Talk About Me, This Is All I Ask, This Could Be The Start Of Something Big, Lost In The Stars, When The Midnight Choo Choo, The Little Boy, My Gal Sal, Waiting For The Robert E Lee, There Never Was A Gang Like Mine, That's A-Plenty, Last Night Was The End Of The World, Cabaret, Yesteryear, The New Franky And Johnny
Review: Members of the Four Statesmen began quartet singing as early as 1945. The first International appearance was in 1964, where they placed twelfth. Following their win in 1967, they kept singing, with appearances on the Mike Douglas TV show and tours that took them as far abroad as England, France and Italy. The 27 songs on this recording include the sentimental - "Try To Remember," "Climb Every Mountain" and " I Miss You Most Of All" are just a few - as well as the lighthearted: "I've Got The Time, I've Got The Place, But It's Hard To Get The Girl" and "Crazy Bones Skeleton Ball." Our favorite: "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head," with a beautifully-harmonized refrain.
Songlist: My Gal she has some wonderful ways, rose on your cheek, try to remember, my wonderful one, crazy bones skeleton ball, bonna build a montain, climb every montain , once in love with amy, west of the great divide, i've got the time, i've got the place, but it's hard to get the girl, story of the three bells, one of those songs, when the blue of the night meets the gold of the day, i've got rhythm, by the timeI get to phoenix, there's something about a soldier, in the wee small hours of the morning , the old songs medley, a fellow needs a girl, maggie blues, you'll never wald alone, Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head, from the first hello to the last goodbye, roll on, mississipi, roll on, a song and dance man, dixieland medley, preacher and the bear, you only want me when you're lonesome, i miss you most of all
This Little Light Of Mine
Review: Having won the 1996 Collegiate and 1999 Dixie District Championships, the clamor for a recorded set has been strong. Seeing the Four live at National, it seemed certain they would place top ten. Well, there's always next year. Their robust and hearty delivery is matched by the fullness of their tone. "Bright Was The Night" begins delicately, before swelling into a dramatic coda; "It Is Well" follows a similar strategy. The gentle sway of "Barbershop Style," "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "After You're Gone" are good-natured remembrances of another era. The most stirring arrangement is the gospel flavored "This Little Light Of Mine."
Songlist: Brand New Day, Ain't Misbehavin', After You've Gone, This Little Light Of Mine, My Father, My Friend, Ballgame, Bright Was the Night, It Is Well, Barbershop Style, Didn't Want To Fall, I'll Fly Away, Bonus Song: All Rise
Yes Sir That's My Baby
Review: The four Christian young men who are Cleveland, Tennessee-based Barbershop group Four Voices won the Gold at SPEBSQSA's 2002 convention in Portland, and "II" shows us all the faith, charisma, humor and rock-solid harmonies that caught the ear of the judges. 12 songs, "No No Nora," "The One I Love," "You Made Me Love You," "Charleston," "Lazybones," "After You've Gone," "My Mother's Eyes," "Muppet Show," "If I Only Had a Brain," "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" and "Lamb of God." You know the kind of barbershop chord that goes on longer than it's possible to hold your breath, and rises to a chord so high and sweet, the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? Four Voices sings those kind of chords--simply the best!
Songlist: No No Nora, The One I Love, You Made Me Love You, Charleston, Lazybones, After You've Gone (Live), My Mother's Eyes, Muppet Show, If I Only Had A Brain, Yes Sir, That's My Baby, Lamb of God
All The Glory
Review: Four sweet-harmonizing young Christian men - Brandon Guyton, his brother Chad, Lester Rector and Jayson VanHook, otherwise known as Four Voices, have put their hometown of Cleveland, TN on the Barbershop map. First singing together in Lee University's acclaimed Voices of Lee, the newly-formed quartet turned quite a few heads by winning SPEBSQSA's 1996 Collegiate and 1999 Dixie District Championships and singing well at the Nationals, their first step into the International top ten was winning the Gold at the 2002 convention in Portland! Since then the popular group has toured extensively, taking their distinctive, smoothly blended sound, passionate delivery and exciting arrangements to delighted audiences in concert halls, corporate venues and churches across the globe. "III" follows "Four Voices" and "Four Voices II" not just in order, but in feeling, quality and pure musicality. Favorites among these 12 tunes could easily include them all, but we'll arbitrarily pick the soulful "I Believe," poignant "Nearer My God to Thee," triumphant "How Great Thou Art," Lennon/McCartney's "Oh Darlin'," a light-hearted "Sesame Street" and, in further tribute to their 16-member Collegiate group, "For God So Loved the World," sung with Voices of Lee (lightly guitar accompanied). "III" is simply a beautiful, inspirational album - don't miss this one!
Songlist: I'll Live in Glory, Oh Darlin', Nearer My God to Thee, South, How Great Thou Art, Sesame Street, Great Day, Bless This House, All That Jazz, All The Glory, I Believe, For God So Loved the World
What A Wonderful World
Review: Barbershop Comedy specialists and 1999 SPEBSQSA International Quartet champs Fred have 3 excellent CDs and one DVD under their belts, and "The FreDinci Code" is another winner! Cool graphics on the liner notes include the boys as "Claytino," "Joseppi," "Regetonni" and "Stupido" Fredinci, and have them performing in togas before an amazed, heavily Photoshopped version of DaVinci's "Last Supper." The "FreDinci Code," or songlist, includes 11 straight, or altered, tunes, "Zippitty DooDah," "Me and My Shadow," "What a Wonderful World," "Little Brown Jug," the totally silly Italian lesson "Amore," and "I Gotta Be E," the manic "Can Can," "Sweet Embraceable You," the crazed impersonations of "Fred Vegas Medley" and "Where Did the Time Go." Where indeed? The FreDinci Code needs to be listened to carefully again and again to pick up the jokes, or clues as the case may be. Good, funny stuff.
Songlist: Zippitty DooDah, Me And My Shadow, What A Wonderful World, Little Brown Jug, Amazing Grace, Amore, I Gotta Be E, Can Can, Sweet Embraceable You, Fred Vegas Medley, Where Did The Time Go
Review: They're Back! Get the wimmin and chillun off the streets. Gather them by the old CD player and enjoy! They alternate between simply beautiful songs and humor which frequently takes one by surprise because the singing is so good just before they go off the deep end. There are a couple of updated old Smothers Brothers gags, "Streets of Laredo" and "I Never Will Marry." There are a couple of wacky intros to otherwise wonderful songs. They spooflicate Steven Foster unmercifully in an verbal introduction and then sing a beautiful "Old Folks At Home." A melodic "I Don't Know Why" starts so beautifully and then...the vocal horns...
Songlist: I've Got Rhythm , Just the Way YouLook Tonight, Streets of Laredo, Muskrat Ramble, Ya Gotta Know How to Dance Medley, Love's Old Sweet Song, I Never Will Marry, I Can't GiveYou Anything But Love/ LOVE Medley, I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, Old Folks at Home, Please Kind Sir, I Don't Know Why, Jungle Book Medley, Get Happy
Review: These four gentlemen from Georgia, known otherwise as the "Clown Princes" of barbershop, have once again captured the hearts and funny bones of entertainment lovers everywhere with their newest collection of songs. "Putting the Ha in HArmony" is a double length recording, containing over 20 of Fred's most memorable live performances. The recording chronicles the past ten years of contests and shows, climaxing with their winning the SPEBSQSA's international quartet championship. It is crammed full of brilliant parodies, impeccable timing and pure blended harmonies. These songs are not available on any other recording. It is the ultimate Fredology.
Songlist: Keep Your Eye On The Girlie You Love, Someone Stole My Gal, Ballin' The Jack, Harmony Lanes / Bowling Shoes, Four Girl Medley, I Wish That We Could Someday Make Top Ten, Love's All Sweet Song, I've Got Rhythm, Fit As A Fiddle, You Are My Sunshine, Sweet Adeline, AIC Parody, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, The Meaning of FRED, All By Myself, Top Ten Parody, Name The Champs, We'd Like To Trade Our Silver, Connelly's Back In Town, Nincompoopie, If You can't Tell The World She's a Good Little Girl, Judge's Parody, Who'll Take Fourth Place?
Review: Just how good do you have to be before you can be a barbershop comedy group? Really, really, good! Winning medalists at the International Finals in 1996 (fourth place), 1997 (second place) and 1998 (fourth place again) are some of their triumphs but their greatest triumph will be the pure enjoyment you will have each time you hear this cross between wonderful singers and class clowns! For pure goofiness try "Herman and Sally," Harmony Lanes/Bowling Shoes," "Big Time Gutter Ball" or the atrocious "Hindustan," a live recording. Then there is "This Little Light of Mine" with its ballistic ending or the beautiful "Someone's Rockin' My Dreamboat." Where does it all end? ...at the last song, of course!
Songlist: Hello, Hello, Hello, Church Bells, Fit As A Fiddle, When I Fall In Love, Let's Get Away From It All, Herman And Sally, This Little Light Of Mine, The Song Has Ended, Blue Skies, Write Myself A Letter, Ballin' The Jack, Harmony Lanes/ Bowling Shoes, Big Time Gutter Ball, Hindustan, Someone's Rockin' My Dreamboat, Tiger Rag