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Men's Barbershop Quartet Recordings

Four men singing barbershop╦ć 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 ╦ć 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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Friendly Advice : For The Heart

Review: Tenor Dan, Lead Wes, Baritone Bill and Bass Forrest bring a combination of over 150 years of Barbershop Singing to their quartet, 2003 Evergreen District Champions. What is clear on these 13 tunes, however, is the group's love of singing and entertaining people. Some of our favorites are here, "Allegheny Moon," "In The Still of the Night," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Stormy Weather," "That's An Irish Lullaby," "Easy Street," "Here's that Rainy Day," "Creole Cutie" and "Time After Time." Rich, smooth harmonies, heartfelt lyrics, ringing, effortless chords - these are what we've always loved about Barbershop!

Songlist: Allegheny Moon, Nevertheless, In The Still Of The Night, It's Only A Paper Moon, Stormy Weather, What'll I Do, Don't Blame Me, Where Is Love?, That's An Irish Lullaby, Easy Street, Here's That Rainy Day, Creole Cutie, Time After Time

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5822c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella || Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs


Gas House Gang : A Little Night Music

Review: The Gang appeared on the International Medalist road to supremacy in 1991 with a third place medal. In 1992 they were second which rather prepared the world for their Calgary appearance in 1993, at which they were awarded the grand accolade. These wonderful singers also have a broad sense of humor which will send any classical music aficionado into guffaws as they parody Mozart in "Eine Kleine Not Musik." This reviewer has played that tune on a radio show several times and always received more calls for information about it than any other single piece of music! This is not, however, just a comedic group but recognized as one of the best singing groups in the world.

Songlist: Wonderful Day Medley, The Moment I Saw Your Eyes, I Still Can't Say Goodbye, O.C.Cash/The Flat Foot Four, Shine, The Music Of The Night, Sit Down, You're Rockin' The Boat, No More Sorrow, Bright Was The Night, Eine Kleine NOT Musik, Love-Eyes Medley, Sometimes

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5060c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella || Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs


Gas House Gang : Face the Music

Review: It isn't just perfect vowel matching or ringing chords that set these Champions apart. They pick joyous arrangements which make for fascinating listening and always seem to have some completely unusual element added into their non competition repertoire. For example, when David Wright arranged Muskrat Ramble for The Gang he came back with the lyric score with some sections written for a Dixieland band. The Gas House Gang ran with it, imitating a trumpet, a trombone, a clarinet and an upright bass, with some percussion thrown in. You must hear the wonderful arrangement of "Above My Head, I Hear Music In The Air" for it moves the spirit just as much as the Southern Sons' version does. We haven't time to describe each of the fourteen tunes on this recording but you should hear them.

Songlist: Strike Up the Band Medley, Wedding Bells, Brother, Can You Spare a Dime, Muskrat Ramble, Where the Southern Roses Grow, Above My Head, I Hear Music In The Air, Erie Canal, All Aboard For Dixie Land, Don't Be A Baby, Baby, This Is Some Lucky Day, Old Hymns Medley, Alleluia

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Gas House Gang : Our Rough & Tumble Best

Review: Just before beginning their ascension to international acclaim the Gang released this recording of twelve songs which are of a great variety. You keep running into unexpected little embellishments on the pure barbershop songs such as the brief intimation of calliope or the bell-like chord inthe "Bowery Medley." Then there is the ringing traditional close harmony of "So Long, Mother," the sweet beauty of "When I Look In Your Eyes," the humorous "My Old Man" (of Smothers Brothers fame) and the fabulous enunciation on "The Chemical Elements." There's gospel, a popular sound on "Sixteen Tons" and the "William Tell Overture" is in the spirit of their later Mozart spoof. Great!

Songlist: Bowery Medley, Sixteen Tons, So Long, Mother, K.P., When I Look In Your Eyes, Pass The Apples Medley, Liar Medley, Old St. Louie, My Old Man, The Chemical Elements, Sweet Hour of Prayer, William Tell Overture

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Gas House Gang : The Gas House Gang's 5th

Review: In 1987 a St. Louis, MO municipal band was looking for a barbershop group to sing "Lida Rose" for the "Music Man" section of their Broadway tribute. When no local groups were available, Rob Henry found three friends to sing with him. The four loved the sound, came up with a name, and the group is still together sixteen years, thirteen countries, forty nine states, five recordings and an international championship later. Sadly, Rob contracted cancer and died this year after recording this fifth CD with the group, it is dedicated with love to him. The GHG sings with a lot of feeling, humor, and ringing harmonies that take our breath away. Beethoven 5.1, the opening cut, is a seven-minute tour-de-force with wonderful, funny, personal lyrics that go on for four pages. eleven more songs: the 70's summer anthem "Lazy Day," Lennon/McCartney's "Blackbird/I Will" and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," "Goodbye,World, Goodbye," "My Coloring Book," "We're Little But Were Loud," "Great Day," Carole King's "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?", "Ezekiel Saw The Wheel," Billy Joel's "Lullabye" and the inspirational "Hold On." The GHG is our best-selling barbershop group, and with good reason. Highly recommended!

Songlist: Beethoven 5.1, Lazy Day, Blackbird/I Will, Goodbye, World, Goodbye, My Coloring Book, We're Little But We're Loud, Great Day, Will You Love Me Tomorrow?, Ezekiel Saw The Wheel, Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Hold On

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Gentlemen's Agreement : Gentlemen's Agreement

Review: Though each of the singers who made up the quartet had prior contest singing experience, it is a fact they went from a brand new group to International Champions in just nineteen months. One week after winning they spent three weeks in Viet Nam entertaining the troops for the USO. Part of their vocal appeal, for this reviewer, is the fact that the lead singer, Drayton Justus, had a higher voice than most barbershop leads and the mix of voices has a sweet bell like quality when they hit those ringing chords. They used the finest arrangers of the day such as Renee Craig, Al Rehkop (the tenor of the group), Mo Rector, Greg Backwell, Joni Bescos and Jarmela Speta to whom they pay tribute in song. You'll find twenty-six songs amassing seventy minutes of marvelous music on this recording.

Songlist: One of Those Songs, Back in the Old Routine, Shenandoah, Basin Street Blues, Irish Mother, Dames, Spiritual Medley, My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose, Try to Remember, Bacharach Medley, Me, She's Making Eyes At Me, Lucky Old Sun, Good Old Days, Just a Cottage Small, Al RehkopMy Wife the Dancer, Love Story, Ring Out the Bells in Dixieland, Hush, If You Love Me, Really Love Me , Everybody Loves a Lover, My Way, Fiddler Medley, How's Every Little Thing in Dixie?, Kansas City Star, I'll Be Seeing You, Big Brass Bed

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Golden Staters : Golden Staters

Review: Tenor Gary Harding, his brother Jack Harding, Baritone, Milt Christensen, lead, and the inimitable Mike Senter, bass, The Golden Staters; won the Gold medal in Atlanta in July, 1972. GS' road to the top included 4th place in Chicago in 1966, fifth in 1967, third in 1968, and a Silver Medal in St. Louis in 1969. An injury to their lead kept them out of competition in 1970, another third in 1971, then finally the gold. 25 classic barbershop songs fill this delightful cd, some of our favorites are, "Jean," "Draft Dodger Rag," "Mary Poppins Medley," "Hello, Dolly," and "Give My Regards To Broadway." All good stuff, and frankly, it's impossible to listen to this CD and be in a bad mood!

Songlist: Barbershop Time, Oh How We Roared In The 20's, Freckles, So Long Mother, It Must Be That Look In Her Eyes, Cinderella, New Songs Medley, Jean, Music Man Medley, Moonlight Medley, Will You Love Me Tomorrow?, Mary Poppins Medley, Mary, You're A Little Bit Old Fashioned, Keep Your Eye On The Girlie You Love, Draft Dodger Rag, Shenandoah, Floatin' Down To Cotton Town, I'd Love To Live In Loveland, A Little Bit Of Happiness, Give My Regards To Broadway, Honey Bun, The Sweetheart Tree, Hello, Dolly!, Gotta Be On My Way, May Each Day

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Gotcha! : At Last

Review: First formed in 1996 by four members of multiple SPEBSQSA Gold-winning chorus the Masters of Harmony, these four young Southern California guys have gained a reputation for hot live performances, ringing chords that last forever and a rainbow palette of loud vests and hankies under matching black suits. First qualifying for the International Quartet contest in 1998 in Atlanta, and placing 20th, the group climbed steadily, placing 12th, 8th, 6th and 2nd in the world before finally capturing Gold medals in Louisville, KY in July of 2004. "At Last" is their 3rd CD winner, following "Again!" and "Right Now!"-all the exclamation points are actually appropriate to describe the energy and spirit of this remarkable group! The songlist includes the inspirational "Pick Yourself Up," "Vict'ry Road" and "Gold," romantic tunes "Somethin' About Ya," "Down By the Old Mill Stream," "More I Cannot Wish You," "Hopelessly In Love" and "I Fall In Love With You Every Day;" and Barbershop standards "I'm Sittin' Pretty In A Pretty Little City," "Luck Be A Lady Tonight" and "Play That Barbershop Chord." This is entertainment, how Barbershop is done by one of the world's finest.

Songlist: Pick Yourself Up, Somethin' About Ya, A Blossom Fell, Vict'ry Road, Down By The Old Mill Steam, I'm Sittin' Pretty In A Pretty Little City, More I Cannot Wish You, Luck Be A Lady Tonight, Hopelessly In Love, I Fall In Love With You Everyday, Play That Barbershop Chord, Sabre Dance, Gold

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Gotcha! : Gotcha Again

Review: Gotcha!, four fresh-faced guys from Southern California, are famous for their live performances, matching suits in colors that even George Zimmer wouldn't guarantee, and the longest ringing barbershop chords in the business. Working their way up from being crowned 1997 Far Western District SoCal East Divisional Champions, placing 12th at the 1999 International Quartet Contest that was held in Anaheim and finally being named 2003 SPEBSQSA International Silver Medalists. "Again" has 14 breathtaking classics, "Hooray for Love," "If I Had My Way," "Honey Medley," "At The Jazz Band Ball," "When It's Night Time in Dixie Land" and the wonderful live cut, from international competition, "What More Can A Soldier Give?" Want to know our prediction for this year's SPEBSQSA Gold? Gotcha!

Songlist: Hooray for Love, Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie, Someone's Waiting for You, If I Had My Way, Honey Medley, Till There Was You, At the Jazz Band Ball, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, P.S. I Love You, Crazy Words, Crazy Tune, I'll Remember You, When It's Night Time in Dixieland, What More Can A Soldier Give? (live), Battle Hymn of the Republic

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Gotcha! : Right Now!

Review: Gotcha represents the next generation of barbershop, placing twelfth in the 1999 Championships in Anaheim. Hailing from Southern California, these fresh-faced lads are known for their intense live performances, galvanizing audiences with their bold and energetic delivery. Their repertoire is strong on barbershop stalwarts such as "For Me and My Gal," "My Honey's Lovin' Arms" and "Jazz Me Blues." The four obviously relish an opportunity for heavy lifting, deploying all their tools of the trade with challenging tags on songs such as "Anytime Medley" and "Hello Mary Lou," the latter arranged by David Wright, musical director and arranger for Ambiance. Indeed, the company that Gotcha is keeping indicates a fine barbershop sensibility, and a connoisseur's taste - listen to their performance of Boston Common's "I'm Sitting On Top Of The World."

Songlist: Jazz Me Blues, Gotta Be on My Way, There Goes My Heart, Anything / I Can't Give You Anything But Love Medley, Hello Mary Lou, Royal Garden BLues, I'll Always Be Mother's Boy, Twelve Days After Christmas, For Me and My Gal, Drifting, My Honey's Loving Arms, I'm Sitting on Top of the World, What'll I Do, Don't Beat the Heart that Loves You, Swing Down Chariot

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Grandma's Boys : When The Toy Soldier Marched On Parade

Review: This is two very big slices of classic Barbershop, a 2-CD set of Grandma's Boys from 1968 to 1986, including songs from their 1979 Gold Medal Year as SPEBSQSA International Quartet Champions. There are 23 songs on Disc 1, which are the remastered lps "Tonight" and "I Had A Dream Dear," and 15 on Disc II, which is the remastered lp, "Grandma's Boys III. There's a large liner notes booklet with photos of the group in costume and with their trophies, interviews and a history of the group. Favorites? "Tonight" from West Side Story, "Before The Parade Passes By," "Firefly," "Fascinatin' Rhythm," "Jazz Baby," "The Way We Were," "You've Gotta Be A Football Hero," "William Tell Overture," "If They String Me Up, I'll Never Live It Down," "A Song For Mary" and the title tune, but we could easily pick a dozen others. These young guys sing prize-winning harmonies with joy and spirit, and they went from an unknown group in college to the pinnacle of Barbershop fame. They're obviously having big fun singing to us, and what we especially love about Barbershop is the fact that it's fun music!

Songlist: Grandma's Boy, When Lindy Comes Home, Moonlight Brings Memories, I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles, Tonight, Shillelagh Stick, Before the Parade Passes By, A Song for Mary, Firefly, When I Fall in Love, Rosie (You Made Me Love You), Grandma's Boy (Reprise), When the Toy Soldiers March On Parade, When the Maple Leaves Were Falling, Facinatin' Rhythm, Jazz Baby, The Way We Were, Jeepers Creepers, I Heard You Singing, Alabama Jazzbo Band, I'm Singing Your Love Songs to Somebody Else, Gospel Medley, I Had A Dream, Dear..., DISC 2:, You've Gotta Be A Football Hero, Collegiate Love, Dayton Ohio, Freddie Feel-Good (And His Funky LIttle Four-Piece Band), Halls of Ivy, William Tell Overture, and more

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Happiness Emporium : Beneath The Cross

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Songlist: There's a Meetin' Here Tonight / Plod Time Religion Medley, Amazing Grace, I Love To Tell the Story, How Great Thou Art, Nearer My God to Thee / I Need Thee Every Hour, What A Friend We Have In Jesus, This Little Light of Mine / Do Lord, Sweet Hour of Prayer, The Lord's Prayer, Beautiful Saviour, Run, Run, Run, Onward Christian Soldiers, Beneath The Cross of Jesus

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Happiness Emporium : Beneath The Cross II

Review: Legends in the Barbershop community, "Beneath The Cross II" was produced in the 32nd year of HE's singing together as a quartet. Enjoying each other's company and the "joy of singing songs of our Lord" has kept Bob, Rod, Rick and Jim blessed with good health. Similar to the singers, these 12 songs are rich in harmony, deep spirituality and just plain good feeling! Some favorites: "Gonna Build A Mountain," "Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown," "The First Baseball Game," "Shall We Gather At The River," "He's Gonna See You Through," the rousing "An Old Convention Song," and the final cut, "This Train/Saints Medley." Beautifully sung, inspiring stuff from one of Barbershop's Best!

Songlist: Gonna Build A Mountain, In This Very Room, Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown, Here I Am Lord, The First Baseball Game, Shall We Gather At The River, Savior Again To Thy Dear Name We Raise, He's Gonna See You Through, Let Us Break Bread Together, An Old Convention Song, Into His Likeness, This Train/Saints Medley

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Happiness Emporium : Entertainment/Control Yourself

Review: The H.E. were International Champions in 1975. This double CD, comprising "That's Entertainment" and "Control Yourself," contains a smorgasbord of the best Broadway and show tunes, with some traditional barbershop as well. Many of the cuts on "That's Entertainment" are in fact medleys, organized around the original performer that popularized the songs, e.g. Astaire, Jolson and Durante, with a preface by the group themselves discussing the relative merits of each. In general, good-natured banter prevails, and the asides allow the listener to feel as if they were enjoying a live show! Of course, a Championship Group also possesses impeccable technique and originality, displayed through the uniqueness of their arrangements. The Happiness Emporium has much to smile about on that score, and so will you after you hear them!

Songlist: Astaire Medley: I'm Putin' On My Top Hat, When There's A Shine On Your Shoes, I Wont' Dance, Steppin' Out With My Baby, Easter Parade, Jolson Medley: Mammy, Rock-A-Bye Your Baby, Swanee, Durante Medley: Start Off Each Day With A Song, Ink-A-Dink-A Doo, I Can Do Without Broadway, Cohan Medley: Give My Regards To Broadway, Yankee Doodle Dandy, You're A Grand Old Flag, That's Entertainment, Sing/ Together Medley: I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, Together, Lerner & Loewe Medley: On The Street Where You Live, Gigi, I've Grown Accustomed Ot Her Face, Godfrey Medley: Trail Of The Lonesome Pine, Slow Poke, Alice Blue Gown, Thank You World, Ain't She Sweet, When I'm Sixty-Four, I'm Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover, Brothers, Walkin' My Baby Back Home, Minnesnowta, Control Yourself, Dream A Little Dream Of Me, It's A Good Day, Sleeping Child, Firefly, Harmonizin' Medley: Harmonizin', Sweet Lorraine, When My Sugar Walks Down The Street, I'm Just Breezin' Along With The Breeze, Button Up Your Overcoat

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Happiness Emporium : Golden Gospel

Review: First formed as a Barbershop quartet in 1972 from members of other groups, the HE sounded great right away, a fact that became clear to all with their 1975 Gold medals as International Quartet Champions. Performing and recording actively for the next 21 years, they retired in 1993, only to return to the circuit in 1996. "Golden" was recorded in the 34th year of the group's existence, and it is dedicated to songwriter Mosie Lister, now in his 80s, who has been writing classic Gospel tunes for over 50 years. 7 of the 11 songs are Mosie's, and not coincidentally, favorites: "'Til the Storm Passes By," "I'm Feeling Fine," "Where No One Stands Alone," "The King and I," "How Long Has It Been," "Still Feelin' Fine" and "I'm Bound for the Kingdom." Other favorites are the foot-tapper, "God Sits On High" and "Step Into the Water." All songs are fairly heavily accompanied, but the highlight of all of them is the rich, heartfelt harmonies of this legendary group. When that joyous Gospel stuff just keeps on flowing, why retire?

Songlist: I'm Feeling Fine, Step into the Water, 'Til the Storm Passes By, God Sits On High, When God Dips His Love in My Heart, How Long Has it Been, Still Feelin' Fine, The King and I, Yes, He Did, Where No One Stands Alone, I'm Bound for the Kingdom

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Happiness Emporium : Right From The Start / Rise And Shine

Review: Bob Dowma, Rod Johnson, Bob Spong and Jim Foy got together in 1972, and 2 1/2 years later they were Barbershop Champions. Since then they've been dealing in happiness, singing with it and creating it in their audiences. This is a compilation of 2 cds (with a groovy flashing cover), "Right from the Start" and "Rise 'N Shine," and there's a lot of happy nostalgia here. "Bring Back Those Good Old Days" sums it up, but they're all good: "What I Ask For My Little Boy," "Back In 1910," "If I Were A Rich Man," "It's A Good Day." 23 feel-good songs in all - a great deal from four merchants of happiness!

Songlist: My Lady Loves to Dance, Back in 1910, Sleeping Child, What I Ask For My Little Boy, Rock-A-Bye Baby Days, From the First Hello to the Last Goodbye, Run, Run, Run, Bring Back Those Good Old Days, Linda Rose and Will I Ever Tell You?, Have a Happy Day, God Bless America, On a Wonderul Day like Today, Heart of my Heart, All The Things You Are, If I Were A Rich Man, And I Love You So, When I Lost You, It's A Good Day, On the Way to Home Sweet Home, It's Good to Know I'm Welcome In My Old Hometown, Rubber Duckie, Medley: We've Only Just Begun, Dear Hearts and Gentle People, Top Of the World, We'll Be Seeing You

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Happiness Emporium : That's Life

Review: Dedicated to longtime arranger Ed Waesche, who is an integral part of the Emporium's style, "That's Life" delivers a big bang for the buck! Full of "sets," such as the School Days, Camping, and Child, as well as a "Showboat Medley," "Broadway Intro" and many more, these 1975 gold medalists keep it coming! Their sound anticipates the contemporary arranging style that would be popularized by today's luminaries ("Why Do They Take The Night Boat To Albany"), while retaining the comfortable stability of the familiar.

Songlist: Child Set, School Days Set, Camping Set, Why Do They All Take The Night Boat To Albany , Marriage Set, You Made Me Love You, Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast, When I Grow Too Old To Dream, This Old House, That's Life, Broadway Intro, Showboat Medley, Toyland, My Baby Just Cares For Me, Close As Pages In A Book, What I Did For Love , Motherhood March

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Hi-Fidelity : Almost Live

Review: We recently had the pleasure of watching these four guys, in perfect "Adams Family" costume and character, walk away with the '06 Harmony Sweeps Finals in San Rafael, CA, also winning Audience Favorite-alternately making us laugh and breaking our hearts . This barbershop quartet from Los Angeles is having big fun, singing their version of Roto-Rooter's famous jingle dressed as plumbers on a national tv spot, and incredibly cutting a commercial to promote Xbox's "Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus." 13 tight-harmonied songs, our favorites are live cuts "Blackbird Parody" (totally hilarious) and "When I Look In Your Eyes" (which brought down the house at the Finals) and "I'm Gonna Live 'Til I Die," which closed their set and followed the "Adams" theme. Some gospel cuts, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" and "Turn the Radio On," Harry Belafonte's poignant "Turn Around," "If I Were You I'd Fall In Love With Me," and the bonus "Roto Rooter" ad-it's all good stuff from the surprising '06 National Champs!

Songlist: I'll Never Say "Never Again" Again, Sentimental Journal, All The World And It's Gold, I'm Beginning To Like It, Turn Around, Jazz Baby, Take My Hand, Precious Lord, Turn Your Radio On, Blackbird Parody, When I Look In Your Eyes, They Go Wild / Why Do They Always Say "No" medley, If I Were You I'd Fall In Love With Me, I Gonna Live 'til I Die

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Hi-Fidelity : Reach For The Stars

Review: Speaking of really funny, top-drawer Barbershop show quartets, '06 Harmony Sweeps National Champion and Audience Favorite Hi-Fidelity are one of our personal favorites. Having cracked us up and broken our hearts with their perfectly costumed Adams Family set at the Sweeps, they have Reached for the Stars in their new show, and grabbed them! 16 tunes, the first half being more standard Barbershop fare such as "Make 'Em Laugh," "Best Seat In The House," the live, hilarious, chord-cracking "Bright Was The Night Parody," the live, loaded-with-BHS-in-jokes "Second Place Parody," "I Don't Know Medley," the exquisite "Danny Boy," the side-splitting "(Everyone's Kissing My) Fanny," "Heart Of A Clown," and "Unforgettable" (with guest Sweet Adelines quartet SparX) The second half tunes are the true icing on the cake. The first 3 are from HF's live set from the '07 Denver BHS, performed in perfect Trekkie costumes and personas, "Enterprise/Sulu Medley," "Star Trek Dialog" and "Star Trek Girls Medley" (this stuff is as funny as any Barbershop sketch comedy we've heard!). The related, but not live, "Come Fly With Me/Fly Me to the Moon Medley," "Wish Upon a Star/Impossible Dream Medley," "Lost In The Stars" and "Goodbye" finish the album very nicely. Funny, touching, beautiful stuff from one of the best quartets in the business!

Songlist: Make 'Em Laugh, Best Seat In The House, Bright Was The Night Parody, Danny Boy, Second Place Parody, I Don't Know Medley, Fanny, Heart Of A Clown, Unforgettable, Enterprise/ Sulu Medley, Star Trek Girls Medley, Come Fly With Me, Fly Me To The Moon Medley, Wish Upon A Star, Impossible Dream Medley, Lost In The Stars, Good-bye

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Hot Air Buffoons : Will Sing 4 Food

Review: First stepping heavily onto unsuspecting stages in 1996, the Buffoons' blend of Barbershop and humor has digested very well with audiences-and judges! They won the 2001 Buckeye Invitational Comedy Quartet Competition, and are the 2005 Johnny Appleseed District Champions. Internationally they are currently ranked 16th in the world. But, despite these successes, the group point out, "our true love is to entertain," and entertain they do! Dressed in their "fast food server" outfits, the Buffoons deliver 13 of the silliest parodies, take-offs and generally foolish songs we've heard since Moosebutter took 2nd at the Harmony Sweeps Finals! Take(out), for example, "Crash Test Dummies" and "Dummy Mummy," which portray life from the perspective of people with checkered circles stamped on their plastic skulls. "Food Jive" is an ode to food addiction, "Mistakes" is the cure for it, and two hilarious live competition cuts from the '06 Indianapolis BHS contest, "Let's Get a Plate from Them All" and "South Rampart Street Buffet" continue the food theme to great audience response. Stellar parodies of "Last Night Was the End of the World" and "Yes Sir, That's Godzilla" - well, you get the picture. Now get the Buffoons' debut CD - probably not good for you, but then, it doesn't try to be!

Songlist: Sittin' On Top Of The World, Last Night Was The End Of The World, Crash Test Dummies, Dummy Mummy, Food Jive, Mistakes, Yes Sir, That's Godzilla, From The First Hello To The Last Goodbye, Let's Get A Plate From Them All, South Rampart Street Buffet, What'll I Do?, Shine On Me, Chewing Gum

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Hot Shots : Another Bad Idea

Review: The Barbershop Harmony Society's '06-'07 Sunshine District Quartet Champions, South Florida's fast-rising Hot Shots are very talented, funny guys (we could tell by the photo on the back of the CD showing them wearing garish matching suits that would make Bozo blush. "Another" features 12 songs, including favorites "Here's to the Losers," "The Weather Channel Song," "The Hurricane Song," "That's Life," "Scottish Spring," "Scotland the Brave," "Music, Maestro Please," "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" and (the accompanied) "Somebody To Love" (featuring Kat Bowser). Hot Shots are big fun on stage, and big fun in this album. Enjoy!

Songlist: Mic Check, Here's To The Losers, The Weather Channel Song, The Hurricane Song, If I Love Again, That's Life, Ave Maria, Scottish Spring, Scotland The Brave, Music Maestro Please, Lydia, The Tattooed Lady, Somebody To Love

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Ignition! : Gettin' Started onsale

Review: Formed in 2004, Denver-based Ignition! almost immediately stepped onto the competition stage, barely missing a wild-card invitation to the 2004 BHS Internationals, which they qualified for the following year as Rocky Mountain District Champs. They placed 21st at the 2006 Internationals, and the news flash from Denver is the group's 12th place finish at the '07 International contest. Bass Denny "Papa", Baritone Matt "the Mouth", Lead Curtis "Chopper," and Tenor Dan "The Laser" are on the fast track in the Barbershop world, as the 13 tunes on "Gettin' Started" show. Some favorites are group originals "Yo Mama!" and "Be Good to Your Mama" (written by Denny Malone), Billy Joel's "Goodnight My Angel," Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do," "I'll Fly Away," the spiritual "Mary Had A Baby," "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" and "Barbara Ann." Great ringing harmonies and chords, and we always like to see original Barbershop material. An impressive debut!

Songlist: Yo!, Yo Mama!, Slow Boat To China, Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), Feelin' Fine, Be Good To Your Mama, What'll I Do, I'll Fly Away, Ride Red Ride, Mary Had A Baby, Nevertheless, You're Nobody, Barbara Ann

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InDEciSIon : Well--Maybe!

Review: The first release from In DEciSIon? fits their name. The group just couldn't decide on one musical theme to stick to. Therfore, the decided not to make a decision. As a result, the quartet performs a wide range of a cappella selections, including: doo-wop, gospel, swing, and their bread and butter, classic barbershop. At the recent Harmony Sweepstakes in Atlanta, InDEciSIon? won both the Championship, and the coveted "Audience Favorite Award." Their well blended voices, versatility of style and polished delivery are certain to win you over too. 12 great tracks including our favorites, "Undecided?" and "Basin Street Blues".

Songlist: Undecided?, Let's Get Away From It All, Java Jive, Moonglow, On A Slowboat to China, In the Still of the Night, Basin Street Blues, Lullaby in Ragtime, Ain't Misbehavin', Don't Blame Me, The Band Played On, Bluegrass Gospel Medley

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Innsiders : Masterwork Series

Review: As the 1976 SPEBSQSA International Champions, The Innsiders climaxed a storied career which included several top 10 finishes in the competition. This quartet's love of singing and their steadfast devotion to their art along with a strong work ethic and lots of talent took them to greatness. This compilation of their master works has been released under the watchful eyes of former member Brian Beck, so you are sure to hear the best that The Innsiders had to offer. Some of our favorite songs include "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Ghost Riders In The Sky," and "Till We Meet Again." Twenty-five tracks.

Songlist: Show Me Where the Good Times Are, Who'll Dry Your TearsD. Driscoll, South Medley, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, Pal of Mine. Driscoll, Unchained Melody, My Buddy, Exodus, Bring Back Those Days of the Song and Dance Man, Sunshine of Your Smile, Keep Your Sunny Side Up, Mary, You're A Bit Old Fashioned, After the Lovin', Redhead, The Way We Were, Top of the World, Ghost Riders in the Sky, If We Can't Be the Same Old Sweethearts, Danny Boy, True Love, My Way, Till We Meet Again, Little Bit of Happiness, I Feel A Song Coming On

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Instant Classic : Instant Classic

Review: The greatest accomplishment in barbershop is of course to become International Champions and its no surprise that Instant Classic took to honors to become 2015 International Quartet Champions. Hailing from Indianapolis this very talented quartet amply display on this recording how they took the gold medals with their fine voices and tight harmonies. Their arrangements are unique as they arrange most of the songs themselves and by doing so bring a fresh take on these classic songs. Recommended.

Songlist: Is It True What They Say About Dixie?, Spend My Life with You, I Won't Send Roses, Follow Me, It Is Well with My Soul, Change Parts, When She Loved Me, Mills Brothers Medley, The Very Thought of You, Guilty, 'Til I Hear You Sing, Livin' on a Prayer, Come What May, All the Things You Are, Skylark

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Interstate Rivals : It's A Brand New Day

Review: 1987 International Champions, the Rivals placed sixth in 1984, third in '85, and moved to second before topping the charts, so to speak. That they were the second youngest quartet ever to win the championship would seem to imply a lack of experience, but when they won they had 45 years barbershop singing among the four. Each of the Interstate Rivals went on to win another quartet championship, Joe Connelly with Keepsake in l992, Kip Buckner with the Gas House Gang in 1993, while Jay Hawkins and Paul Gilman were half of the 1995 Champions, Marquis. What a history! In their selection of a dozen songs they stick to beautiful barbershop singing only hamming it up a bit on "Cecilia."

Songlist: We'll SIng All We Know Tonight, Mammy O'Mine, The Little Boy, My Baby Just Cares For Me, You Keep Coming Back Like a Song, Applause, Applause, Mistakes, Strike Up the Band, Cecilia, The Little White Cloud That Cried, Baby Medley, What a Wonderful World

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Joker's Wild : Right From The Start

Review: The Jokers followed in the footsteps of the Gas House Gang in achieving the highest award in the barbershop world. In 1992 they were fifth, 1993 second and 1994 International Champions. They did it with perfection of style and beautiful voices. This recording is a fine reminder of their winning repertoire at that time. In true traditional form you'll hear "Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart," "The Original Dixieland One-Step," "Stars Fell On Alabama," "Georgia On My Mind," "My Buddy" and "It Is Well With My Soul." There are modern "traditional" songs such as David Wright's "Right From The Start She Had My Heart." All in all this is a straight ahead extremely high caliber barbershop recording.

Songlist: Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart, If You Had All The World And Its Gold, Holly, That's Life, Blue, Turning Grey Over You, The Original Dixieland One-Step, Stars Fell On Alabama, Right From The Start She Had My Heart, Can't You Hear Me Callin' Caroline, Georgia On My Mind, Sweet Georgia Brown (1925), My Buddy (1922), I Didn't Want To Fall (1986), It Is Well With My Soul (1904)

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Keepsake : Once Upon A Time

Review: The redoubtable Keepsake have consistently impressed with their musical fluency and extensive barbershop vocabulary. The richness of the voices melting into and enveloping the notes, shaping them into the perfect creamy consistency-the satisfaction of a fully-realized barbershop chord! "Once Upon A Time" includes many classic tunes such as "Roses of Picardy," "Sweet Georgia Brown," and a dynamite "Ring Out the Bells in Dixieland," making it their most traditional recording to our ears. However, the melody of "Easy Street," with it's flatted non-diatonic "blue" notes, (heralding the fusion of jazz and blues that would become doo-wop) is fresh, and along with "Chances Are" and "I Only Have Eyes For You," gives an added dimension that is of equal enjoyment.

Songlist: There's A New Gang On The Corner, I'll Be A Song And Dance Man Again, Rain (Medley), Is This Just Another Song About Love, Chances Are, Last Night On The Back Porch, I Loved Her Best Of All, Moonlight Brings Memories, Easy Street, Ring Out The Bells In Dixieland, Roses Of Picardy, Sweet Georgia Brown, I Only Have Eyes For You, How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've Been A Liar All My Life/ It's A Sin To Tell A Lie (Medley), Once Upon a Time

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Keepsake : The Entertainer

Review: Hailing from Florida, the much-acclaimed Keepsake are an exciting addition to our catalog. They have dedicated this recording to Charles "Bub" Thomas of Walt Disney World's "Dapper Dans," and a marvelous tribute it is. Winners of the 1992 Quartet Championships, the group's stellar sound is sublime. The group's use of dynamics, the arrangements (by a who's-who of arranging talent) and their choice of material-most impressive all. Their exquisite "Lost In the Stars" (written by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson) is a fondant of perfect notes. "Blue Velvet" is similarly rendered and has a signature coda; speaking of which, the ending of "How Deep Is the Ocean" is a show-stopper. The traditional barbershop fare, including "Make 'Em Laugh," "I Love a Piano" and "The Entertainer," is of course flawless. Don't miss this one!

Songlist: Make 'Em Laugh, Penthouse Serenade, Eyes Medley, Lost In The Stars, I Love A Piano, (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons, Heather On The Hill, Blue Velvet, Drivin' Me Crazy, My Romance, Royal Garden Blues, Somewhere, The Entertainer, How Deep Is The Ocean

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Keepsake : Without A Song

Review: Florida's mighty Keepsake have received the musical baton from their progenitors the "Suntones" and the "Buffalo Bills." "Without a Song" (the CD) takes its title from the song of the same name, which was performed, first by the Bills, and then the Suntones, as a signature piece in their repetoire. In addition to that aforementioned gem, which closes the CD, thirteen other examples of Keepsake's artistry, including the all-American "When The Saints Go Marchin' In," "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans" and "Down Where the Swanee River Flows" are performed. "I'm Going to Live Till I Die" features one of the many audacious Keepsake tags, where the tenor voice soars in a holding pattern over the remaining three, floating, seemingly without effort, on an endless supply of air. Finally, as the four voices join together in the final glorious chord, the sun breaks through the clouds in all its magnificence. This is barbershop at its best.

Songlist: When the Saints Go Marching In , Sweet, Sweet Roses of Morn, Lullaby In Ragtime, 'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans/ That Aint' Heaven, That's New Orleans, Down Where The Swanee River Flows, My Melancholy Baby, I'm Gonna Live Till I Die, Mona Lisa, Blue Skies, May I Never Love Again, I'll Fly Away, I'll Walk With God, Bass Part, Without a Song

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Management : Menu For Harmony

Review: Barbershop quartet The Management outdid themselves on cleverness with this one! Organized around the menu/restaurant theme, these staples of the barbershop genre are listed as "Appetizers," "Combination Platters" (that would be a medley, folks) and "Manager's Specials" ("you'll only find them here"), and so forth. With arranging input from "chefs' Joe Liles, Walter Latzko and others, this is a light-hearted excursion that will particularly satisfy the traditional listener, though the Management's versions of "And So It Goes" and "Largo Al Factotum" (by classical composer Rossini) are an entertaining change of pace.

Songlist: Overture Medley, Peg O' My Heart, Hushabye Mountain, Floatin' Down To Cotton town, She Is My Slender Small Love, My Extraordinary Gal, And So It Goes, Get Out And Under The Moon, I've Got The World On A String, Blue Skies, After The Lovin', I Guess I Always Will, Dixie Medley, Largo Al Factotum

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Mark IV : Mark IV

Review: Many personnel changes, some of them brought about by Uncle Sam, brought together the talented foursome that won the Gold in St. Louis in 1969. Mo Rector, fine bass of the '58 champs, the Gaynotes, baritone Dale Deiser, lead Alan Koberstein, and tenor Franklin Spears were years ahead of their time in finesse, warm rich sound, and overall musicianship. They only stayed together until 1974, pleasing audiences with their music and gracious personalities; but we are left with this masterpiece cd. Pure entertainment, from "Anything Goes" and "Daddy Sang Bass," to "Every Step Of The Way" and "If You Love Me, Really Love Me." 22 songs in all, a generous helping of the stuff barbershop is made of, the top of the Mark!

Songlist: Anything Goes, Don't Blame Me, (They Long To Be) Close To You, Our Love Is Here To Stay, Struttin' Down The Main Street, It's Magic, That Old Gang Of Mine, This Is My Lucky Day, If You Love Me, Really Love Me, I Wanna Be Around, That Lucky Old Sun, Think Summer, The Nearness of You, Daddy Sang Bass, Alexander's Band Is Back In Dixieland, Her Majesty, My Mother, Every Step Of The Way, So Tell Me Babe, What's New, Thinking Of You, Grand Knowing You, Old Piano Roll Blues, I'd Give A Million Tomorrows

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Marquis : ...In The Wee Small Hours

Review: Should you enjoy a trivial pursuit type fact with which to awe your friends, try this one out on avid barbershoppers. In the SPEBSQSA International Competitions, who has medalled with the most quartets? Well, one of the five singers to date who share the record is Jay Hawkins, the bass singer of Marquis. He has won medals with three different quartets. So when you listen to the ringing chords of this award winning group on such tunes as "Lazy River," "Every Day Of My Life," "I'll Be Seeing You" or the doo-wopish arrangement of "With Plenty Of Money And You," remember that you're listening to one of the best!

Songlist: Lazy River, My Gal Sal, Fit As A Fiddle, Every Day Of My Life, Memories, Lulu's Back In Town, In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, Rock-A-Bye Your Baby , With A Dixie Melody , Who'll Dry Your Tears, I Wonder If We'll Ever Meet Again (Dear Old Gal Of Mine) , With Plenty Of Money And You, What'll I Do, On The Boardwalk In Atlantic City, I'll Be Seeing You

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Marquis : Diamond Cuts

Review: 1995 International Champions, Marquis begins their recording with the final song from their winning competition, "With A Song In My Heart," arranged by Jim Clancy. And so these winners share with us the Nat King Cole hit, "When I Fall In Love," Walter Latzko's arrangement of "Give Me The Simple Life," Bill Mitchell's arrangement of "Never Never Land," their opening tune from the final round of the gold medal pursuit "I Found A Million Dollar Baby In A Five-And-Ten Cent Store" and Greg Volk's jazz arrangement of "Paper Moon." This reviewer thanks Marquis not only for marvelous singing but their willingness to share the credit with coaches and arrangers in great notes!

Songlist: With A Song In My Heart, When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam', When I Fall in Love, Give Me the Simple Life, Never Never Land, I Found a Million Dollar Baby in a Five-And-Ten Cent Store, What Kind of Fool Am I, Taking A Chance On Love, The Sweetheart Tree, It's Only a Paper Moon, Gypsy Love Song, Watch What Happens, I Will Never Pass This Way Again

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Masterpiece : Nice and Easy

Review: Rob, Patrick, Alan and Brett have all enjoyed great success with other Barbershop groups. Tenor Rob Menaker graduated from the UCLA Men's Glee Club to a number of groups, culminating in a 1996 International Championship with Nightlife. He also won 6 chorus championships with The Masters of Harmony. Lead Patrick Haedtler sang with 2007 International Chorus Champs The Westminster Chorus, and with 2009 International semifinalists The Crush. Baritone Alan Gordon also sang with the Masters, which led to his joining Gotcha!, 2004 Quartet Champions. Bass Brett Littlefield anchored Nightlife's 1996 Championship with Rob, and sang with the Masters for 20 years. Brett and Rob are among the few men who have won a Barbershop Quartet and Chorus Championship on the same day! Now singing together as Masterpiece, the new group attracted a lot of attention by placing fourth at this year's Portland Convention, and they celebrated by releasing their debut album, "Nice & Easy." Every one of these 12 songs, including favorites "Nice & Easy," Blood, Sweat & Tears' "Hi-De-Ho," "Deed I Do," "Stormy Weather," "San Fernando Valley," "Tennessee Waltz," "Sweet Pea," "Joyfully I'll Travel On" and "At the Crossroads;" is masterful, if you will--funny, poignant, nostalgic, powerful and filled with unbelievable ringing chords and harmonies. It adds up to great entertainment-don't miss this one!

Songlist: Bang Goes the Drum, Nice & Easy, Deed I Do, The Heather on the Hill, Stormy Weather, Hi-De-Ho, San Ferdando Valley, Tennessee Waltz, Where've You Been?, Sweet Pea, Joyfully I'll Carry On, At The Crossroads

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Masterpiece : Old Friends

Review: Masterpiece, Brett, Rob, Alan and Patrick, won the Barbershop Harmony Society's 75th Anniversary International Quartet Championship in Toronto in 2013, and also won CASA's "Best Barbershop Album, "Nice & Easy," and Best Barbershop Song, "Stormy Weather," that year. Our wait for their second album has finally been rewarded with brand new release "Old Friends!" The secret to their 2013 success, combining three veteran, past-champion singers with a hot young lead, created a winning sound, a rich, powerful blend that still works for Masterpiece and their happy live audiences. Some of our many favorites among these dozen tunes are Sondheim & Styne's "Everything's Coming Up Roses," Learner & Lane's "On a Clear Day," Boyd Atkins' "Heebie Jeebies," Leon & Otis Rene's "Sweet Lucy Brown," Lewis & Wooten's title tune, Hammerstein & Kern's "Old Man River" and Stephen Foster's classic "Oh! Susanna." You'll love the selections, arrangements, leads, harmonies, breathtaking held notes... in short, "Old Friends" is a, well, Masterpiece!

Songlist: Everything's Coming Up Roses, On A Clear Day, I Heard You Singing, Everyone's Wrong But Me, The Wind, Drown In My Own Tears, Heebie Jeebies, Not While I'm Around, Sweet Lucy Brown, Old Friends, Old Man River, Oh! Susanna

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MatriX : MatriX onsale

Review: Since their formation in 2001, combining 3 gold medal-winning veterans, Paul, Dale and Mark, with newcomer bass Brian O'Dell, MatriX began their steady climb up the elite Barbershop Quartet ladder with a 19th place finish at the 2002 convention. 2003 saw the group add another newcomer, lead Jeff Wallace, who led MatriX to a 12th place finish at the Montreal convention, and in the 2006 Indianapolis competition broke into the top 10, placing 9th. Their new self-titled release really shows off the talents of this fast-rising group. 12 songs, beginning with the powerful "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die," "Look Me Up When You're in Dixie," the heart-tugging standards "Georgia On My Mind," "If You Had All The World And Its Gold," "Distant Melody," and Billy Joel's wonderful "Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)." Paul Simon's "59th St. Bridge song (Feelin' Groovy)" has a carefree arrangement, there's a strong live cut from Montreal in 2003, "Black Eyed Susan Brown," the poignant "Garden in the Rain" (which segues into "Over the Rainbow") and the final tune, "Some Lucky Day," are all winners. Great arrangements, ringing harmonies and sheer love of singing add up to a great collection of barbershop and pop from fast-rising MatriX!

Songlist: I'm Gonna Live Till I Die, The Song Is You, Look Me Up When You're In Dixie, Georgia On My Mind, Black Eyed Susan Brown (Live), If You Had All The World And It's Gold, Feelin' Groovy (The 59th Street Bridge Song), Distant Melody, You Took Advantage Of Me, Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), A Garden In The Rain, Some Lucky Day

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Matrix : Virtual Reality

Review: Reminding the locals that SPEBSQSA's International Quartet competitions are in fact International, Matrix are the new kids on the block in the SPEBSQSA world. 2001 British Association of Barbershop Singers quartet champions, and Silver Medalists at the European Barbershop Quartet Championship, "Virtual Reality" shows why. They have the elusive ability, that we've only seen in a veteran group like Acoustix, to take a simple, well-arranged song and make the chords ring in a way that sends thrills up and down the spine. 15 beautifully crafted songs: "Blue Skies," "After The Lovin'," "The Little White Cloud That Cried," "I Love You For Sentimental Reasons," "Today," "Exodus," "Let There Be Love," "My Best To You," "I'm Gonna Live 'Til I Die," "Somewhere," "Duke of Earl," "Smile," "When My Baby Smiles At Me," "Lover Come Back" and "The Irish Blessing." It's all good stuff. The British are coming!

Songlist: Blue Skies, After the Lovin', The LIttle White Clous that Cried, I Love You For Sentimental Reasons, Today (While the Blossoms Still Cling To the Vine), Exodus (The Theme from), Let There Be Love, My Best To You, I'm GOnna LIve Til I Die, Somewhere, Duke of Earl, Smile, When My Baby Smiles At Me, Lover Come Back, The Irish Blessing

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Max Q : Discovery

Review: 'Discovery' is the inaugural CD of Max Q, a newly-formed barbershop quartet, but the subject of considerable SPEBSQSA buzz because of the amazing pedigree of the group's members. Baritone Gary Lewis was a collegiate SPEBS champion prior to winning Gold with Platinum. Tenor Greg Clancy is Associate Director, and 26-year member of the Vocal Majority. Lead Tony De Rosa and bass Jeff Oxley are two of only 13 men who have won SPEBSQSA quartet Gold twice, De Rosa with Keepsake and Platinum, Oxley with Rapscallions and Acoustix. From the first strains of 'Smile Medley,' the opening cut, the sheer vocal and harmonic power of these men is obvious, as is the quality of their arrangements. 13 tunes, some of our favorites are 'If I Had My Way,' a jazzy, blue-note rendition of Van Morrison's 'Moondance,' an intricate 'Shenandoah,' 'When My Sugar Walks Down The Street,' 'Where Is Love,' the spiritual 'Shadrack,' Tony's soaring lead on 'Fare Thee Well, Love.' 'You Tell Me Your Dream,' and a powerful 'Sing, Sing, Sing.' Joe Connelly is the only man ever to have won an amazing 3 quartet Golds, but we wouldn't be at all surprised to see De Rosa and Oxley of the new Supergroup Max Q join him at the next Internationals. Our 'Discovery?' Max Q has a truckload of talent and they know how to use it!

Songlist: Smile Medley (Smile, Darn Ya, Smile / Powder Your Face With Sunshine), Have A Little Talk With Myself, If I Had My Way, Moondance, Shenandoah, When My Sugar Walk Down the Street, Where Is Love?, Shadrack, Fare Thee Well, Love, Honey Medley (My Honey's Lovin Arms / Honey That I Love So Well), You Tell Me Your Dream, Sing, Sing, Sing, Hushabye

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Max Q : For The Children

Review: Barbershop supergroup Max Q, Greg, Tony, Gary and Jeff, are all multiple winners of SPEBSQSA gold, with groups like the Vocal Majority, Keepsake, Platinum, Rapscallions and Acoustix, came together to form a barbershop supergroup. At the recent convention in Indianapolis, the group placed 2nd only to Vocal Spectrum, winning Silver Medals against very tought competition. "For the Children is an ambitious 2-CD set of daytime songs and lullabies, dedicated to Tony's niece Christal, who has been courageously fighting cancer since the age of four, and to the group's own 9 children, who receive letters from Daddy in the liner notes. Disc 1 has some wonderful stuff, Disney songs "You Can Fly," Randy Newman's "You've Got A Friend in Me" from "Toy Story," and "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, "Do-Re-Me" from "The Sound of Music" and "Pure Imagination" from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." "Schoolhouse Rock! Medley," "Sesame Street Theme" and "Sing-Along Medley" are all outstanding. Disc 2 has "Brahms' Lullaby, "Jesus Loves Me Medley," "All the Pretty Little Horses," Newman's "When She Loved Me," "Baby Mine" from "Dumbo," "The Five Pennies Medley," "Stay Awake" from "Mary Poppins" and "Hushaby" are all incredible. Great arrangements, harmonies and kid voices (and some occasional light accompaniment) add up to one of the best CDs to turn kids on to singing that we've ever heard. Bravo, guys!

Songlist: You Can Fly, You've Got A Friend In Me, Old MacDonald, If You're Happy And You Know, Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Do-Re-Mi, Pure Imagination, Schoolhouse Rock, I'm Just A Bill, Conjuction Junction, A Noun Is A Person, Place Or Thing, Interjections, Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here, Electricity, Electricity, Verb! That's What's Happening, Schoolhouse Rock! Theme, Dry Bones, Sesame Street Theme, Sing , Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes, Row Row Row Your Boat, The Oitsy Bitsy Spider, I'm A Little Teapot, The Alphabet Song, I Can Sing A Rainbow, BINGO, Sing - Reprise, Brahms' Lullaby, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Jesus Loves Me Medley, and more

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Max Q : Journey

Review: Dynamic 2007 BHS International Quartet champs Max Q, Greg, Tony, Jeff and Gary bring us their long-awaited new CD, "Journey," and the bottom line is that we can still call them "Supergroup" Max Q! 11 songs, "Put Your Arms Around Me Honey/Them Girls Medley," John Denver's classic "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Somewhere," the joyous "Steppin' Out With My Baby" and "Royal Garden Blues," the lovely "I Heard You Singing," the foot-tapping "Rhythm Medley," the heart-tugging "Little Pal," "Somebody Loves Me" and "Don't Rain On My Parade." Max Q is pure entertainment, and they are sounding better than ever!

Songlist: Put Your Arms Around Me Honey/Them Girls, Take Me Home, Country Roads, Somewhere, Steppin' Out With My Baby, Royal Garden Blues, I Heard You Singing, Rhythm Medley, Little Pal, Somebody Loves Me, The Windmills of Your Mind, Don't Rain on My Parade

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Metropolis : Aural Hygiene

Review: The new generation of barbershop is here as Metropolis, winners of the 1998 Harmony Sweepstakes, deliver their first CD. The group has assembled a collection of familiar songs from different eras, such as "Our Day Will Come," "Love Me Tender" and "Honey's Lovin' Arms," all "Metropolized," the definition of which is as follows: close, rich harmonies, performed with such flawless intonation and dynamics, that the chords surge as if they will take flight and soar right out of the CD player! The arrangements have just enough individuality to keep the proceedings lively, and provide the challenge this group requires without becoming arcane. In other words, this CD will be prized by the traditional barbershop listener, and appreciated by those who typically prefer other styles. Included is "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch," in honor of Christmas season, with its wry spoken interlude, and "Yakko's World," which some may remember from their winning Sweepstakes performance.

Songlist: Alexander's Ragtime Medley, I'm Afraid of the Beautiful Girls, Pure Imagination, Straighten Up & Fly Right, Our Day Will Come, You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, My Honey's Lovin Arms, Don't Blame Me, Floatin' Down to Cotton Town, Stay AwakeBrent Graham, Love Me Tender, I'm In Love Again/ Them There Eyes Medley, Yakko's World, Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing), The Lion Sleeps Tonight

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Michigan Jake : For The Record

Review: Michigan Jake's first recording is a hotly anticipated commodity. Beginning with their debut in 1996 (where they placed tenth at Salt Lake), the quartet, from the Cardinal District, has steadily gained traction, pausing temporarily at the number 2 spot in Kansas City. They are odds-on to go all the way next year. Many of their arrangements are by the group's own Mark Hale, Director of the Masters of Harmony Chorus, which says a lot about the caliber of Michigan Jake. They favor the standards of the great American songwriters Kern, Berlin et al, and their sound evokes that elegant and graceful era in style and flavor. Songs such as "Tea For Two" and "Imagination" have an easy swing feel and unaffected delivery that entrances with subtle charm, basking the ear with bright warmth. "Sweet Lorraine" smiles with courtly delight, emphasizing its point with triplets, and sliding into an exuberant finish. Michigan Jake harkens back to the glory days of barbershop while adding a modern freshness and vitality.

Songlist: Sweet Lorraine, Give Me A Night in June, Always, Louise, Imagination, I'm Beginning to See the Light, You Make Me Feel So Young, My Ideal, Tea For Two, All The Pretty Horses, Dinah, Gershwin Medley

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Michigan Jake : How Rhythm Was Born

Review: Founded in 1995 and taking their name from a Warner Bros. cartoon frog who would maddeningly sing and dance only for the guy who finds him, Michigan Jake rose slowly but surely in the SPEBSQSA world until the year 2000, when they were named International Silver Medalist Quartet. In 2001 they won Gold, and since then this exciting, young male quartet has become one of the most sought after quartets in the country, giving performances around the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia and England, and have been inducted into Pennyslvania's Vocal Group Hall of Fame. "Rhythm" is MJ's 2nd CD, their first the excellent "For The Record." These 13 songs really show off the group's versatility: a brilliantly arranged "Something's Coming" from West Side Story, "Too Marvelous For Words," "Twilight Time," "The Old Piano Roll Blues," a jazzy, bluenote "Tangerine," Hank Williams' deathless, upbeat hit "Hey, Good Looking'," "Time Was," "Look Me Up When You're In Dixie," "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams," "Somebody Knows," "Once In A Lifetime," "That's How Rhythm Was Born" and a brilliant "Bill Bailey Montage" that takes us on a musical odyssey from the 1930's to the 1960s, 70s and 80s, coming to a very funny finish in 18th century Germany. And we'll bet that Bill Bailey never once crossed your mind while listening to the Beach Boys' "Surfer Girl." In any case, "Rhythm" is top-drawer (a) ringing barbershop harmony, (b) entertainment and (c) big fun. Enjoy!

Songlist: Something's Coming, Too Marvelous for Words, Twilight Time, The Old Piano Roll Blues, Tangerine, Hey, Good Lookin', Time Was, Look Me Up When You're in Dixie, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, Somebody Knows, Once in a Lifetime, That's How Rhythm Was Born, Bill Bailey Montage

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Mid States Four : Reminiscing With The Mid States Four

Review: Stepping into the time machine, we travel back to 1949, when the Mid States Four brand of zany, frequently accompanied barbershop was charming audiences everywhere! Culled from old reel-to-reels, cassettes and albums, this reminiscence is authentic, with many live performances and peals of laughter in evidence, typical of which is "Ayuh, Ayuh," a quasi Polynesian number! Original arrangements ("I Want A Full Time Job") and comic delivery make this CD one of the most entertaining choices, though they were fine singers too.

Songlist: You'll Never Go Wrong With A Song, Limestone Quarry, Tenderly, Rockin' Mockin' Bird, Let's Harmonize, Together/ Oh, How I Miss You Tonight, I'm A Fool To Care, Ayuh, Ayuh, I Want A Full Time Job, Fingerprints Upon The Window Pane, Josephine, I Love You So Much/ Drifting And Dreaming, Swanee, (The Torch) The Gang's All Gone, Frog Kissin', Allegheny Moon, Tiger Rag

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Most Happy Fellows : Masterworks Series

Review: Celebrating their 25th Anniversary at the 2002 Portland SPEBSQSA convention, longtime favorites Most Happy Fellows show us why with this generous collection of 23 all-time favorites, released by the Masterworks Series. "Anybody Here From Out Of Town," "Frog Kissin'," "Alice Blue Gown," "One Red Rose," "In The Naughty, Naughty 90s," "Turn Your Radio On," "Puttin' On The Ritz," "It's Not Easy Being Green," "Through The Years"...the nostalgic hits just keep on coming. The original four Most Happy Fellows, surprise winners of the SPEBSQSA quartet gold in 1977 have recorded with a couple of replacement basses over the years, but the trademark sweet blend of harmonies remains. Great stuff!

Songlist: Anybody Here from Out of Town, Slippery Sal, When Your Hair Has Turned to Silver, Frog Kissin', If He Could Fight Like He Can Love, I'm In Love With A Beautiful Nurse, Alice Blue Gown, When I Look in Your Eyes, London by Night, Head Over Heels in Love with Sweet Adeline, One Red Rose, This is All I Ask, The Lord's Prayer, When the World was Young, In the Naughty, Naughty 90's, Turn Your Radio On, I'm Sorry I Made You Cry, I'll Follow the Sun, In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, Puttin' on the Ritz, Don't Leave Me Dear Old Mammy, It's Not Easy Being Green, Through the Years

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Musical Island Boys : Musical Island Boys

Review: From the other "down under" here is an excellent recording from the Wellington, New Zealand based quartet Musical Island Boys who are a certifiable barbershop boy band phenomenon. Winners of many N.Z. awards the quartet won top honors and gold medals in Indianapolis (06) in the Barbershop Society International College Championship, the first non US quartet to win in the history of the competition. And it's easy to see why these lads have done so well when you hear their excellent renditions of the arrangements of Ed Waesche, David Wright and Joe Liles. All four singers are of Pacific Islander heritage including Samoan and Maori and perhaps it's the great tradition of singing in their cultures that give them the special touch they so clearly demonstrate. Recommended

Songlist: Hello My Baby, When I Lift My Head, If You Were The Only Girl In The World, Tele L'a O Le Sami, Darktown Strutters Ball, Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home, It Is With My Soul, Hush, Barbara Ann, Pokarekare Ana, God Defend New Zealand, My Cup Runneth Over With Love

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Musical Island Boys : Once Upon A Time

Review: "Once Upon A Time" is the debut album of the four young sons of the Pacific, the sweet-harmonizing Barbershop group from New Zealand, the Musical Island Boys! Inspired by the late Les Nation, and his unwavering support of the youth Barbershop movement in New Zealand, the Boys have a powerful, sweet, engaging sound and can stretch and ring a chord with the best of them. "Once" features 12 songs, some well-chosen standards like "Tonight, Tonight" from "West Side Story," "Come Fly with Me," "Strike Up the Band," the sweet lament "What'll I Do?," the title tune, "Lullaby in Ragtime," the spiritual "No More Sorrow," "Fly Me to the Moon" and a lovely rendition of "In the Still of the Night." Appropriately, there are a pair of New Zealand songs included, the national anthem "New Zealand Treasure" and the beautiful, guitar-accompanied native song "E Reve, Te Manu." Wonderful harmonies, soaring falsetto leads, well-chosen material-the Musical Island Boys are a treat for the ears from the first song to the last!

Songlist: Tonight, Tonight, Come Fly With Me, Strike Up the Band, Love Me, New Zealand Treasure, What'll I Do, Once Upon a Time, Lullaby in Ragtime, No More Sorrows, Fly Me To The Moon, In the Still of the Night, E Rere, Te Manu

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My Three Sons : New Gang On The Corner onsale

Review: This unique quartet has been making history for many years now. As members of the well-known Ditchfield Family Singers this father - Stephen Ditchfield - and his sons also perform as a barbershop quartet. Even when the boys were very young they started winning singing competitions and this recording marks their comeback as grown men who still retain their love of close harmony singing. Lots a great music here including some barbershop classics along with a variety of popular music from the '30's, '40's, and '50's.

Songlist: There's a Brand New Gang on the Corner, Orange Colored Sky, Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie, Little Green Apples, Jeepers Creepers, The Story of the Rose, The River of no Return, I May Be Wrong, Irish Blessing, Singing with my Dad, Where Is Love?, You Rise me up, If Ever I Would Leave You

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New Tradition Quartet : Masterworks Series

Review: Masterworks Series Association of International Champions brings us one of their popular, generous, "best-of" compilations of the work of a Barbershop Harmony Society Gold Medal winner, in this case, 29 songs by 1985 champs The New Tradition. They won the Gold in Marx Brothers costumes, and begin this collection with "Marx Brothers Opener" and "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady," continuing with favorites "Tuxedo Junction," "I Used To Call Her Baby," "Air Medley," "Anti-Marriage Medley," "World War I Medley," "Showbiz Medley," "That Charlie Chaplin Walk," "Star Trek Opener," "Enterprise Medley" and "Barbershoppers Parody." This is all very funny stuff, sung with the ringing harmonies and soaring leads we would expect from Barbershop Harmony Society champions. In short, this album is great entertainment from the first cut to the last, from The New Tradition, one of the most innovative and funniest Barbershop International Champions!

Songlist: Gentlemen, Hello! (intro), Marx Brothers Opener, Carnival Barker (intro), Lydia, The Tattooed Lady, Jeepers Creepers, Tuxedo Junction, I Want You To Be My Sweetheart, I Used To Call Her Baby, Air Medley, Anti-Marriage Medley, Having To Say Goodbye (intro), So Long Mother, World War I Medley, Once in a While, Smile, Parade Medley, I'm So Alone With A Crowd, Trickle Trickle, It Was Almost Like A Song, Hallelujah Barbershop!, Showbiz Medley, That Charlie Chaplin Walk, Heart of a Clown, When I'm Sixty-Four, Be a Clown/ Send in the Clowns, Star Trek Opener, Enterprise Medley, Star Trek (dialogue) , Barbershoppers Parody, Star Trek Opener

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5736c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella || Mens Barbershop Quartets CDs

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