In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
The women may not have been singing barbershop as long as the men, but they've definitely made the art form their own. They push the limits, they ring the chords, they deliver tags that hang in the air so long you'd think they've grown wings. Barbershop may have its roots in American music, but there are terrific Sweet Adelines quartets and choruses all over the world, and we carry many of their albums. If you haven't discovered women's barbershop yet, what are you waiting for?
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High Society : Celebrating High Society - A Musical Journey
Review: Legendary foursome High Society's (Connie Noble, Kim Hulbert, Sandy Shelver and Pat Vozza) being named Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions in 1976 led to a long, wonderful career, with concerts all over North America, a USO Tour and four top-selling albums, "High Society," "On the Road Again," "By Design" and "Fascinatin'." For all their loyal fans over the years, and for those who have never had the chance to savor the buttery harmonies, sweet leads and ringing, hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck-tingling held chords of one of Sweet Adelines' all-time great champions, we would highly recommend "Celebrating High Society." A 2-CD collection of 51 tunes, "Celebrating" leaves none of the good stuff out, including every song on their four best-selling albums! All of our favorites, "Take Me to the Land of Jazz," "Get Happy," "Top Hat Medley," "Jump Shout Boogie," "Tin Roof Boogie," "Java Jive," "In My Life," "Crazy," "Fred Astaire Medley," "Lazy River," "Lullaby of Birdland"... they're all here. Treat yourself to a tasty banquet of very Sweet Adelines!
Songlist: Tree In The Meadow, Take Me To The Land Of Jazz, Jazz Baby, As Time Goes By, Jazz Came Up The River, I'll Always Be In Love With You, Someone To Watch Over Me, There's No Business Like Show Business, Didn't We, Get Happy, That Old Feeling, 42nd Street, Top Hat Medley, On the Road Again, How Could You Believe Me Medley, Everything Old Is New Again, Thank You World, Weekend In New England, I Don't Want To Walk Without You, Jump Shout Boogie, God Bless America, Here's To The Winners, I Got Rhythm Medley, Church Bells Are Ringing For Mary, Tin Roof Blues, London By Night, The Secret Of Christmas, Joshua Medley, On The Road Again, A Little Bit Of Happiness, and more
4-Star Collection : Cool N' Crazy
Review: Four women on a journey, tirelessly braving the road to excellence, bring you "Cool 'n' Crazy". Rich with attitude and sass is this 4-Star release of jazz and bop-pop barbershop! Finger-snapping tunes like "Crazy 'Bout You Baby" and "Bop 'til You Drop" energize your ears from the minute you push play. The perfectly blended voices and polished dynamic expression can only prove the power and musicianship of 4-Star Collection. From "The Wee Small Hours of the Morning" to the "Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening", when the CD is over one only wonders "Where Does the Time Go"? Push play again!
Songlist: Crazy 'Bout You Baby, If I Were You I'd Fall In Love With Me, In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning, Bop 'Til You Drop, Imagination, In The Cool, Cool of the Evening, Smile, I Found a Million Dollar Baby, Toorah Loorah Loorah, Coffee In A Carboard Cup, Old Cape Cod, Where Does The Time Go?, Slap That Bass
4-Star Collection : Never Stop Dreaming
Review: Officially, 4 Star Collection registered their quartethood with Sweet Adelines International in 1987. In 1988 and again in 1989 they won their regional competitions. Since then they were 10th in the Internationals in 1989, 5th in '90, 8th in '91, 2nd in '92, 5th in '93, 3rd in '94, 2nd in '95 and in l996 swept the field of 47 other quartets to become the 1997 Queens Of Harmony. Their winning performance that magic evening was "(When It's) Darkness On The Delta," "I'd Give The World To Hear Alexander's Band Again," "Here I Am, Broken Hearted" and, just for yucks, Weird Al's parody of "La Bamba" entitled "Lasagna." As their chords rang out into the hall holding 7,000 enthusiasts, the judges awarded the maximum number of discretionary bonus points possible. Now you can enjoy the same winning perfection that swept the judges and audience that evening.
Songlist: Darktown Strutter's Ball, I'm Dancing This Dance In the Wrong Romance, Tuxedo Junction, Here Am I, Broken-Hearted, (When It's) Darkness On the Delta, Lasagna, When I Look In Your Eyes, I'd Give the World To Hear Alexander's Band Again, Pal of My Cradle Days, Oh, You Beautiful Doll, The Impossible Dream
A Cappella Gold : Harmony Gone Wild
Review: Nashville's 2000 Sweet Adelines Convention saw appropriately-named A Cappella Gold named Queens of Harmony, and since then they've released "As Good As Gold," "Pure Gold" and now "Harmony Gone Wild" to prove how right the judges were! Included here are 13 songs, from beautifully-arranged old favorites like "Here's That Rainy Day," "These Foolish Things," "Glow Worm," "Something's Gotta Give," "Red River Valley" and "Row, Row, Rosie," to new songs we haven't heard like "Somethin' About Ya," "Why Haven't I Heard From You" and the funny live cut "Generic Uptempo Barbershop Song." Elton John's "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" is beautifully sung and arranged, as is the surprising jazz tune made famous by Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, "Sermonette." The gals finish strong with a ringing Limelighters tune, "Harmony." Smiling on the cover dressed in Zebra-stripe overkill, ACG is not shy, and can belt, ring chords and harmonize with the best of them and have big fun doing it!
Songlist: Generic Uptempo Barbershop Song, Somethin' About Ya, Here's That Rainy Day, Why Haven't I Heard from You, These Foolish Things, That Song Is Driving Me Crazy, Something's Gotta Give, Red River Valley, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Sermonette, Row, Row, Rosie, Harmony, Glow Worm
A Cappella Gold : Pure Gold
Review: The 2000 Sweet Adelines Convention in Nashville witnessed the crowning of four new Queens of Harmony: A Cappella Gold! And if you want to hear the harmonies that caught the ears of the judges, we have here ACG's latest. Bette Gordon, tenor, Kim Hulbert, lead, Tomi McEvoy, baritone, and Susan Lamb, bass, bring us 12 beautifully arranged gems: "Nobody Knows What A Red Head Mama Can Do," "Play That Barbershop Chord," "If I Had You," "Love Potion #9," "The Nearness Of You," "Runnin' Wild," "Since You Been Gone," "Every Time We Say Goodbye," "Bald Headed Men," "Grapefruit Diet (Zoot Suit Riot)," "How Many Hearts Have You Broken/Them There Eyes Medley," and "It's A Pity To Say Goodnight." 24-carat stuff!
Songlist: Nobody Knows What A Red Head Mama Can Do, Play That Barbershop Carol, If I Had You, Love Potion #9, The Nearness of You, Runnin, Wild, Since You've Been Gone, Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Bald-Headed Men, Grapefruit Diet, How Many Hearts Have You Broken, It's A Pity To Say Goodbye
Ambiance : Ain't Misbehavin'
Review: "Ain't Misbehavin'" was recorded in 1986, just after Ambiance won the Sweet Adelines championship, and features many of arrangements that were part of their repertoire at that time. Vintage material, including several Fats Waller compositions from the era of jump and stride, dominate, recognizing the stylistic contributions of jazz and blues to barbershop. Whether the old-fashioned sentimentality of "No One Loves You Better Than Your M-A-DOUBLE M-Y," "I Never Knew - I Could Love Anyone Like I'm Loving You" and "Handful of Keys" - sung with lightening bolt energy - or the slower ballads, "I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling," and "All By Myself," which are conjugated with laserlike focus, Ambiance combines passion with incredible chops.
Songlist: Ain't Misbehavin', Lookin' Good But Feelin' Bad, 'Taint Nobody's Bizness If I Do, It's a Sin To Tell a Lie, I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling, Handful of Keys, (Oh Suzanna) Dust off That Old Pianna, The Joint Is Jumpin', I Never Knew - I Could Love Anyone Like I'm Loving You, You Were Meant For Me, Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans, All by Myself, No One Loves You Better Than Your M-a-double-m-y, Kiss Me One More Time
Ambiance : Jazz Ladies
Review: Their last recording. The Ambiance sound, which must be credited to David Wright, their musical coordinator and arranger, as well as the group themselves, is fully developed. The interpretation of their material is as important a component as the songs themselves, and their expert showmanship is evident, translating effectively even on CD. This a quartet of high-wire walkers, and songs such as "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" and its opposite, "Steal Away," show their versatility and fearlessness. "Love Of My Life," popularized by the rock group Queen, is a modern aria, requiring maximum range and control. Sondheim's "More" and Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" (with lyrics by David Wright), are accompanied by percussion and piano, respectively.
Songlist: Jazz Ladies Ride, Lounging at the Waldorf, A Bundle of Old Love Letters, Find Out What They Like and How They Like It, Love-Eyes Medley: I'm In Love Again, Them There Eyes, Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Steal Away, Angel of Music / Phantom of the Opera, Love of My Life, More, Never Let No One Man Worry Your Mind, Moonlight Sonata
Big 4 Quartette : Big 4 Quartette
Review: Billing themselves as "800 pounds of harmony," Chillicothe, Illinois' Big Four became Sweet Adelines Quartette Champs in 1953. Fine singers and entertainers, they appeared on tv with Jack Paar, Steve Allen, Arthur Godfrey and Dave Garraway of the "Today Show" to name just a few. This CD is a remastered album they recorded in 1958, plus several cuts gleaned from live shows. The Big Four are Bertha Bradley, bass, Sarah LeMaster, baritone, Inez "Junior" Thompson, lead, and Lucille Miller and Mary Waters sharing the tenor duties. There are 14 studio recordings and 7 electrifying live performances here. By the pound or by any other measure, this is Entertainment!
Songlist: Coney Island Washboard, Nevertheless, All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart, Mobile, What Happened To My Home Town, Mister Sandman, You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby, If I Had My life To Live Over, Hello My Baby , Huggin' And A Chalkin', Pale Potomac Moon, Alexanders's Ragtime Band, It's A Sin To Tell A Lie, A Good Man Is Hard To Find, LIVE PERFORMANCES, Texas Home , Cotten Fields , Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor, My Baby And A Ragtime Band , Lida Rose, We Must Have Been Beautiful Babies, Waiting For The Robert E. Lee
Bling : Bling it ON
Review: Bling! began their Sweet Adelines adventure in 2009 as four friends, Dayve, Angie, Deanna and Kim, that love to ring those barbershop chords. They've earned many Regional and International titles including 2011 International 8th place and novice quartet winners, 2012 7th place quartet and finally 2012 2nd place quartet in the world! "Bling! It On!," their glittering debut CD of 12 tunes, has many favorites of ours, but we'll mention the title tune, "I've Got The World on a String," "Some Lucky Day," "Witchcraft," "Gonna Build A Mountain," "Feeling Good," and bonus live tracks from Denver 2012 "If I Give My Heart To You" and "Shanghai." Great stuff from this fast-rising, hugely talented quartet!
Songlist: Bling! It On, I've Got The World on a String, Seasons of Love, Some Lucky Day, Time After Time, How Many Hearts Have You Broken?, Witchcraft, Gonna Build A Mountain, Feeling Good, Hallelujah, If I Give My Heart To You, Shanghai
Brava! : Tickled Pink
Review: Spirited, fun Sweet Adelines quartet Brava!, formed in 1989 in Vancouver, BC, almost immediately became the highest-ranking Canadian quartet ever, placing in the top 10 at International 6 times, grabbing Silver in Portland, Oregon in 2001, and finally winning the coveted Gold in Phoenix in September of 2003. Since then Sandy, Lynn, Elaine and Shannon have been having big fun in concert and recording this excellent studio album (Made in Canada), "Tickled Pink," also an apt description of their feelings about singing together. This vibrant, talented foursome brings us 12 songs, some belters like "All Aboard For Dixieland," "Fly Me to the Moon/East of the Sun" and "Toot, Toot, Tootsie;" and some romantic heart-tuggers like "I Will Love You 'Til the End of Time," "La Vie en Rose," "Sweet Adeline" and "I've Got You Under My Skin." There's some rampant silliness on two Weird Al Yankovic covers, "You Don't Want Me Anymore" and "One More Minute" (called "One More Contest" here), both songs with very funny parody lyrics about group annoyances and getting dumped. We particularly liked the classics, "Without A Song," arranged by our good friend Kirby Shaw, and Billy Joel's timeless "And So It Goes." Well-chosen, beautifully performed stuff by Canada's, and now Sweet Adelines', finest!
Songlist: All Aboard for Dixieland , Fly Me to the Moon/East of the Sun, I Will Love You Till the End of Time, You Don't Want Me Anymore, La Vie en Rose , How Do I Love Thee? , Without a Song, Toot, Toot, Tootsie , One More Contest , Sweet Adeline , I've Got You Under My Skin, And So It Goes
Buzz : Buzzapalooza
Review: As quite possibly the most highly regarded Sweet Adeline quartet performing today we had high expectations for this new release and are pleased to report that the CD perhaps even surpasses those hopes. This is a very talented quartet of singers who has chosen a most eclectic and interesting repertoire for this recording. They are also singing the arrangements of a veritable who's who of the great barbershop arrangers including Latzko, Wright, Briner, Waeche, Clancy and Rene Craig. Barbershop gurus Joe Connelly and Tony DeRosa also helped with the recording adding further to the feel of barbershop royalty and to the impeccable sound of the CD. This Buzzapalooza has plenty of razzmatazz and is highly recommended to all fans of barbershop singing.
Songlist: Give Me The Simple Life, How Deep Is The Ocean, Back In Business, Blues In The Night, My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose, Until The Real Thing Comes Along, Because Of You, He Broke My Heart In Three PlaceJim Clancy, Sweet Hour Of PrayerDavid Wright, Midnight Serenade, Lucky To Be Me, Here And Now
Buzz : Have You Heard The Buzz?
Review: The Buzz are a Sweet Adeline supergroup! Comprised of Nancy Fuhrman and bass Jeannie Froelich from City Lights along with baritone Karen Breidert of Jubilation and lead Debbie Connelly of Showtime they were crowned again in Indianapolis as the 2004 International Quartet Champions! These four former Queens of Harmony have come together to create a powerhouse of sound. Their debut CD "Have You Heard" includes "You Turned the Tables on Me" and "No, No, Norman," two of the songs that led them to victory; as well as a "Goodbye Medley" arranged by Tom Gentry with "Bye, Bye Blackbird," "So Long Dearie," "Toot, Toot Tootsie," and "Goodnight Ladies." The rumor mill, Sweet Adelines judges and your friendly reviewers at PAC agree, four Queens, and their great debut CD, are winners every time!
Songlist: Gee, But it's Good to be Here, You Turned the Tables On Me, It's My Song, One Fine Day, Mary, Did You Know?, Hey Mister, You Make Me Feel So Young, Turn Around, No, No Norman, Once Upon a Time, Cheek to Cheek, Goodbye Medley
Buzz : Jingle Buzz
Review: How do you create a Sweet Adelines Supergroup? Take Nancy and Jeannine from Gold medalists City Lights, Karen of Gold winner Jubilation and Debbie, wearing her Showtime Gold, add a cool motto: "Four Parts, One Voice," pick an ultra-cool name, stir vigorously and turn up the heat in top-drawer competition in Indianapolis in 2004. Wow judges, who name you 2005 Queens of Harmony, then continue to stir audiences and make hot recordings! "Jingle BUZZ" is a 12-song Christmas Album, some of our favorites would include standards "Jingle Bells," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Mary Did You Know," "I Wonder As I Wander" (featuring a wonderful guest lead from Jim Henry), "Merry Christmas, Darling," "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," and "What Child Is This." Surprise winners are the rarely recorded Swing tune, "Everybody's Waiting for the Man with the Bag" and the very funny "Diddly Squat," in which a "naughty" girl bemoans her letter's response from Santa. Classic leads and harmonies, well-chosen tunes, ringing, angelic chords-this is holiday cheer from the first cut to the last. "Jingle BUZZ" is great entertainment by one of Sweet Adelines' true Supergroups, sure to bring a welcome buzz to your house!
Songlist: Jingle Bells, I'll Be Home For Christmas, A Quartet Christmas, Mary, Did You Know?, Fa-La-La, I Wonder As I Wander, Everybody's Waiting For The Man With The Bag, Mary Had A Baby, Diddly Squat, Merry Christmas Darling, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa, What Child Is This?
Buzz : So Happy Together
Review: Already well-medaled individually before they got together as a true supergroup, Nancy, Debbie, Karen and Jeannie and The Buzz won Sweet Adelines International Quartet Gold in 2005, and have been delighting audiences and happily living their "Four Parts, One Voice" motto ever since. Their two previous albums, "Buzzapalooza" and "Have You Heard The Buzz" are popular choices on Singers.com, and the joyous "So Happy Together" should be no exception! There are 11 winners here, "After Today," "Gospel Medley," "Time Waits For No One," "Undecided," "Got A Lot Of Living To Do," "With These Hands," the delightful "Girl in 14G," "A Whole New World," "First Day In Heaven," "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," "Something Tells Me I'm Into Something Good/Happy Together" and Bonus Track "The Lord Bless You and Keep You." The harmonies, leads and ringing chords here are wonderful and fun, and the arranging (by Jay Giallombardo, David Wright, Joey Minshall, Aaron Dale and Debbie Cleveland, some of the best in the business) is top-drawer. "So Happy" is exactly that, so stop wondering what "The Buzz" is all about and enjoy one of Sweet Adelines' most entertaining groups!
Songlist: After Today, Gospel Medley - Invisible Hands, Gospel Medley - Every Day I Pray, Gospel Medley - Jesus is Coming Soon, Gospel Medley - Sea of Life, Time Waits for No One, Undecided, Got A Lot of Living to Do, With These Hands, Girl in 14G , A Whole New World, First Day In Heaven, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, Something Tells Me I'm Into Something Good/Happy Together, The Lord Bless You and Keep You
Chordettes : Born To Be With You
Review: Anyone who appreciates fine harmony singing will find pleasure and treasure in this new budget priced collection by the Chordettes, America's top female group of the 50s. With their imaginative vocal arrangements, their pure a cappella barbershop versions of standards and their surprisingly effective teen-orientated rock'n'roll, the Chordettes' often breath-taking harmonies lines still have the power to entrance.
Songlist: Born To Be With You, Lollipop, Mister Sandman, Eddie My Love, True Love Goes On And On, Just Between You And Me, Lonely Lips, Photographs, In The Deep Blue Sea, No Wheels, Lay Down Your Arms, A Girls Work Is Never Done, Humming Bird, Lonely Boy, Tall Paul, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Baby Come A Back A, No Other Arms, No Other Lips, Love Is A Two Way Street, Teenage Goodnight
Chordettes : Close Harmony
Review: The Chordettes were a very popular Wisconsin-based barbershop-style quartet of female singers, who placed 13 songs in the top 100 from 1954 to 1961. Formed in Sheboygan, WI in the late 40s, the group was originally folk-oriented on the lines of the popular The Weavers. Original members Janet, Carol, Dorothy and Jinny had a sweet sound and got away from folk and into harmonizing. Here's a collection that includes some of their hits along with some lesser known gems.
Songlist: Hello! Ma Baby, Floatin' Down To Cotton Town, The Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi, For Me And My Girl, Down Aong The Sheltering Palms, Moonlight And The Ganges, Alice Blue Gown, Mr Sandman, Lonely Lips, Hummingbird, The Wedding, A Good Man Is Hard To Find , Oh Baby Mine (I Get So Lonely), Makin' Love Ukelele Style, San, We Three
Chordettes : Fabulous Chordettes
Review: The Chordettes were one of the most successful female groups of the vintage era. After their selection, in 1949, for the Arthur Godfrey talent program, they recorded a series of albums, first for Columbia, and then for Cadence. "The Fabulous Chordettes" is a selection from this later period ('54-'61), and includes their first big hit, "Mr. Sandman,", "Lollipops," "Just Between You And Me," and nine others (accompanied, but reticently). Their vocal style and arrangements, though not strictly vertical, were definitely influenced by barbershop theory. Many of the cuts are mono - the digital master was transferred from the original analog recordings.
Songlist: Lollipop, Born To Be With You, Eddie My Love, The Wedding, Mister Sandman, Teenage Goodnight, Just Between You And Me, Soft Sands, Zorro, No Other Arms, No Other Lips, Lay Down Your Arms, Never On Sunday
Chordettes : Greatest Hits
Review: All the big hits at a budget price.
Songlist: Mr Sandman, Lollipop, Born To Be With You, Just Between You and Me, Never On Sunday, Eddie My Love, Lay Down Your Arms, Zorro, No Other Arms, No Other Lips, Teenage Goodnight
Chordettes : Harmony Encores / Your Requests
Review: As this is another two-LPs for the price of one CD, we can hear you say, "Let me guess, they'll love this one too." Bingo! The Chordettes, who we think of as the first great Sweet Adelines group, pioneered women's barbershop singing when there was no such thing, and they did it with class, professionalism and style. "Harmony Encores" was released by Columbia in 1952, and "Sing Your Requests" in 1954, and they contain 23 classics of harmony and arrangement. While finding the original LPs in any kind of condition to play is unlikely, here you get the original master recordings on a CD with pictures of the four women, the original album covers and the original liner notes. From the opening cut, "Carolina Moon," to "Drifting and Dreaming," "Kentucky Babe," "The Anniversary Waltz," "Wait 'Til the Sun Shines, Nellie," "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now," "Hello! Ma Baby" and the final cut "Darkness On The Delta," this is Entertainment!
Songlist: Carolina Moon, Basin Street Blues, Floatin' Down To Cotton Town, Drifting And Dreaming , Garden In The Rain, S'posin', The Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi, Kentucky Babe, In The Sweet Long Ago, I'm Drifting Back To Dreamland, Angry, A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet, The Anniversary Waltz, Sentimental Journey, Wait 'Till The Sun Shines, Nellie, They Say It's Wonderful, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, For Me And My Gal, I Believe, Down Among The Sheltering Palms, Hello! Ma Baby, Wonderful One, (When It's) Darkness On The Delta
Chordettes : Harmony Time Vol 1 & 2
Review: "Harmony Time, Vol. I & II" is a very generous slice of pre-Sweet Adelines history. By generous we mean two LPs (16 cuts) of the Chordettes by themselves, plus 8 songs with Arthur Godfrey and one with Bill Lawrence. It was 1946 in Sheboygan, WI, and four young women were singing together, working out some intricate harmonies that sounded pretty good. They named themselves the Chordettes. Encouraged by an early SPEBSQSA, they appeared in an all-male Sheboygan barbershop parade, then auditioned for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, which they won easily. After that they joined the talented Godfrey troupe. We can't call them Sweet Adelines Champs, as SA hadn't been formed yet, so how about pre-Champs? The pioneering intricate, soaring harmonies the Chordettes worked out themselves are a revelation for lovers of pure barbershop of any gender. Favorites? "Moonlight Bay," "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny," "Ballin' The Jack," "Shine on Harvest Moon," "Moonlight on the Ganges," "Love's Old Sweet Song" and "Alice Blue Gown." We also liked the Godfrey tunes, but they are accompanied (sometimes by Godfrey on piano), and feature Godfrey more than the Chordettes, who frankly could sing rings around him. In any case, this CD is a joy on many levels!
Songlist: When You Were Sweet Sixteen, Moonlight Bay, Carry Me Back To Old Virginny, Ballin' The Jack, Shine On Harvest Moon, Tell Me Why, I'd Love To Live In Loveland (With A Girl Like You), When Day Is Done, Runnin' Wild , Love Me And The World Is Mine, Moonlight On The Ganges, The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise, Love's Old Sweet Song, Let The Rest Of The World Go By, Lonesome- That's All, Alice Blue Gown, Candy And Cake, If It Wasn't For Your Father, Hawaii, O Joe, Down By The Old Mill Stream, Time Out For Tears, Can't Be Seem To Laugh Anymore, Love Is The Reason, Dance Me Loose
City Lights : With A Wink And A Smile
Review: The star-spangled "City Lights," from the Garden State, 1992 Sweet Adelines International Champions, have returned with their third CD. Whether it's a plaintive ballad, such as "Little Girl Blue," originally done by the 1957 champion Cracker Jills, and arranged by the legendary Renee Craig, or Gershwin's "Someone To Watch Over Me," the sassy "Hit That Jive, Jack," with it's horn fills and athletic bass line (arranged by Greg Volk), or even City Lights' version of the Aretha classic, "Respect," each song is approached with the same concentration of musicality, originality and elegance.
Songlist: Cornet Man, Jazzman's Serenade, The Colour of My Love, A Wink And a Smile, Little Girl Blue, Hit That Jive Jack, Dayton, Ohio - 1903, All Dressed Up With a Broken Heart, Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams, Respect, Someone to Watch Over Me, Thank You World
Classic Edition : Something Hot
Review: Classic fare from the Sweet Adelines' current Queens of Harmony, who wear their crown with assurance on this album. "The Way He Makes Me Feel" is a tour de force, a clear shimmering vocal with just the right amount of vibrato, poignantly rendered. "Hit Me With a Hot Note" is a belter, all sizzle. These ladies understand that less is more, and don't clutter their arrangements with unnecessary embellishments; the overall effect is tight and powerful. "Something Hot" is a wise selection for those stalwart Sweet Adelines aficionados and those who are new to the genre.
Songlist: When the Red, Red, Robin' Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along , Why Did I Choose You?, Jazz Me Blues, For Sale, Orange Colored Sky, The Way He Makes Me Feel, Who's Sorry Now?, All by Myself, Could I Have this Dance?, Hard Hearted Hannah, Sing Me a Song About Ireland, Hit Me With a Hot Note!
Club Cabaret : Happy Hour
Review: Cabaret Quartet was born when Pam, Holly and Donna performed together as part of two special public relations tours to China in 2002 and 2003. Returning home, they contacted Patty, a world-renowned Sweet Adelines tenor, and Cabaret was born. Recently the group placed 8th at the 2007 Internationals in Calgary. "Happy Hour" is a strong collection of mostly romance-related tunes like "Cornet Man," "Don't Take Your Love From Me," "Mr. Hooper's Fin-It-In-A-Minute Book," "The Man That Got Away," "Meet Me Where They Play the Blues," "You Turned the Tables on Me," "Young and Foolish," "As Long As You're Not In Love With Anyone Else/Undecided" and "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens." With their beautiful, spirited harmonies and lyrics that can as easily lift up your heart or break it, Cabaret has broken into the top ten in the Sweet Adelines world, so we raise our glasses to these rising stars!
Songlist: Intro, Cornet Man, Don't Take Your Love From Me, Mr. Hopper's Find-It-In-A-Minute Book, I'll Always Be In Love With You, Some Lucky Day, The Man That Got Away, Meet Me Where They Play The Blues, Sophisticated Lady, You Turned The Tables On Me, Young and Foolish, As Long As You're Not In Love With Anyone Else/ Undecided, Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
Coastline Show Chorus : Imagine
Review: Founded in Rhode Island in 1995 with a dozen new, enthusiastic singers, the Coastline Show Chorus has added over 100 experienced singers from ages 13 to 70ish. It has also climbed up into the heady air of elite Sweet Adelines choruses. Led by Master Director Gail Jencik to a 4th place finish in 2007, and a 7th place finish in 2009, it's clear from the photos in the liner notes and on Coastline's website how much fun this group is having on stage, and how much they are into cool costumes! There are 13 songs here, some favorites are "Witchcraft, "Imagine," "I Will Survive," "Makin' Whoopee" (sung with the Narragansett Boys Chorus), the brilliant "Hooked on the Classics," "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm," "Name in Lights" and the hilarious live cut from International competition, "Ed Sullivan Medley." Lots of great harmonies and big fun stuff here!
Songlist: I Love a Piano, Witchcraft, Imagine, I Wish You Love, I Will Survive, Good Bye World, Makin Whoopee, Hooked on the Classics, America the Beautiful/Let Freedom Ring, How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm, If the Rest of the World Don't Want You, Name in Lights, Ed Sullivan Medley
Cracker Jills : Cracker Jills
Review: The Cracker Jills were superstars! There, we've said it. There have been a few others in the Sweet Adelines of similar stature but since they won the Sweet Adeline International Championship in 1957 (now the winners are called Queens of Harmony) and went on to sing together for another twenty years they have been considered the most influential group in defining the world of women in barbershop singing. Most prominent in this influence is their arranger and lead singer, Renee Craig whose name you will see in the arranger's credits on almost every Sweet Adeline album. She has also been the director of the Ramapo Valley Sweet Adeline Chorus which won four Championships and now is the director of the Westchester Chordsmen. But, you ask, how about the music? Here are historic recordings of 26 of the best tunes you'll ever hear!
Songlist: Narration, This Could Be the Start of Something Big, That Tumbled Down Shack in Athlone, Baby, Oh Where Can You Be, The Masquerade Is Over, You Can't Take Dixie From Me, Lover, Come Back to Me, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, That Lonesome Road, The Trolley Song, Scarlet Ribbons, Royal Garden Blues, When You Wish Upon a Star, Judy at the Palace, South, In San Francisco, I Stayed Too Long at the Fair, Where the Black-Eyed Susans Grow, Till There Was You, My Coloring Book, I'll Never Say 'Never Again' Again, Goodbye, My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose, Kerry Dance, Floatin' Down to Cotton Town, I'll Be Seeing You
Crystal Clear : Lucky Day
Review: To say that Chris DeRosa, Tabby Miller, Milissa Carmack and Susie Bonds are Crystal Clear would be an understatement! These ladies can flat out sing a Sweet Adelines tune and bend, stretch, blend or belt a barbershop note with the best of them. The element often missing in Sweet Adelines groups, powerful bass, is here, and especially evident on "Our God, He Is Alive," performed with Showtime & Legacy. Great arrangements of classic tunes, most by the mysterious "Volk," create a wonderful structure for Crystal Clear to let their voices soar. "Ain't Misbehavin', "Chances Are," "Original Dixieland Love Song," "Just Another Song About Love," "Orange Colored Sky," our personal favorite, "I'm Gonna Live 'Til I Die," "For the Sake of Old Lang Syne," "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You," the moody "Misty," sung with Riptide-15 songs, all excellent. This is Crystal Clear's, and our, "Lucky Day!"
Songlist: Ain't Misbehavin', Chances Are, Original Dixieland One Step, Just Another Song About Love, Orange Colored Sky, I'm Gonna Live 'Til I Die, Our God, He Is Alive (with Showtime and Legacy), For the Sake of Auld Lang Syne, I'd Rather Be Blue Over You, Oh How I Miss You Tonight / When I Lost You Medley, You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You, I'll Never Pass This Way Again, When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin' Along, Misty (with Riptide), Some Lucky Day
Fanatix : Slam Dunk
Review: Formed in 1998, Fanatix won 4th place in their first regional, and a wild card entry to their first international competition in Atlanta, where they placed fourth. Then came 5th in Orlando in 2000, then after much work and preparation, in October, 2001 Connie Noble, Tenor, Darcy Newell, Lead, Sandy Shelver, Baritone and Gerry Papageorge, Bass, were named 2002 Sweet Adelines International Queens of Harmony! After that came an invitation to be the first to perform barbershop music at the Smithsonian Institution, the release of "Slam Dunk Barbershop" and all kinds of fun. Included are: "Two Tickets To Georgia Medley," "Little Lady Make Believe," Irving Berlin's "I Got The Sun in the Morning," Rodgers & Hammerstein's "I Have Dreamed," "I've Got the World On a String," "Why Did I Choose You," "This Is Some Lucky Day," "Toot Toot Tootsie," "If I Were the Only Girl in the World," "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover," "Love Me and the World is Mine," "I Love to Hear That Good Old Barbershop Style," "Straighten Up and Fly Right" and "Golden Earrings." Tight, sweet harmonies and an upbeat style -Fanatix is a stone winner and "Slam" shows why!
Songlist: Two Tickets to Georgia Medley, Little Lady Make Believe, I Got the Sun in the Morning, I Have Dreamed, I've Got the World on a String, Why Did I Choose You?, This Is Some Lucky Day, Toot Toot Tootsie, If I Were the Only Girl in the World, I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover, Love Me, and the World is Mine, I Love To Hear That Good Old Barbershop Jo LundStyle, Straighten Up and Fly Right, Golden Earrings
Fanatix : Up A Tree
Review: Always very entertaining the 2002 Queens of Harmony are clearly enjoying themselves on this latest release and the listener will most certainly join in the fun. Why this release is called "Up A Tree" we are not quite sure but going by the photos on the CD they seem to be having a fine old time well - up a tree.. We really enjoyed this recording with voices fit for royalty and arrangements by all of the greats including Brian Beck, Greg Volk and Clay Hine.
Songlist: Make 'Em Laugh, They Didn't Believe Me , Somethin' Gotta Give, Anything Can Happen, Roll On Mississippi, Royal Garden Blues, I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good), Country Girls, I'm Glad There Is You, Move Me, O Wondrous Music, When The Saints Go Marchin' In, A House Is Not A Home, I Wish You Love, If I Had My Way, There's No Business Like Show Business, I Wish I Love You Reprise
Footnotes : Best Foot Forward
Review: From Sylvania, Ohio this talented young quartet is certainly one to watch. Coached by multi-medaled barbershop champion Gary Lewis these young ladies are the 2006 winners of the Sweet Adeline Rising Star Quartet Contest and certainly show the ability to go on to perhaps be the youngest ever quartet to ever win the Queen of Harmony title. This recording was also mixed and produced by Gary Lewis whose expert touch really does allow the wonderful young voices to really shine and makes for a highly enjoyable listen for fans of female barbershop music.
Songlist: Steppin Out With My Baby, Deed I Do, Candle On The Water, Ev'ry Street's A Boulevard In Old New York, The Churchbells Are Ringing For Mary, Goody GoodbyeGeorge Avener, The Star Spangled Banner, Bye Bye Blues, What Would I Do Without My Music, One Fine Day, Cause I'm A Blonde, I Got Rhythm / Crazy Rhythm, Shenandoah
Four Bettys : Betty Holidays
Review: Bettys tenor Joan, lead Lynda, baritone Heather and bass Cori placed 7th at the 2004 Sweet Adelines Internationals in Indianapolis, 3rd in Detroit in 2005, 2nd in Las Vegas in 2006 and finally won Gold in 2007 in Alberta, Canada! "Betty Holidays" is a generous Christmas collection of 17 tunes, including three nice Hanukkah songs, "Eight Candles," "Hanukkah Medley" and "Chanukah, O Chanukah." There's a lot of favorite carols here, "Joy to the World," "Coventry Carol," "Carol of the Bells," "Carol Medley," "Pat-a-pan" and "Go Tell it on the Mountain." Pop favorites include "Winter Wonderland," "Do You Hear What I Hear," "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Peace on Earth/Drummer Boy Medley." The Bettys are all about sweet harmonies and great entertainment, and there's something on "Betty Holidays" for everyone - enjoy!
Songlist: Joy To The World / O Come All Ye Faithful, Winter Wonderland, Coventry Carol, Eight Candles, Carol of The Bells, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Merry Christmas Darling, Jingle Bell Rock, Veni, Veni Emmanuel, Hanukkah Medley, Carol Medley, Chanukah, O Chanukah, Peace on Earth / Drummer Boy, Pat-a-pan, CHRISTmas, Christmas Chopsticks, Go Tell It On The Mountain
Four Bettys : Betty or Not, Here We Come
Review: With a combined 80+ years singing, Four Bettys has paid their dues bigtime. In 2004 they placed 7th in the world at the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Indianapolis, and, like cream, rose steadily to the top: 3rd Place in 2005, 2nd Place in 2006 and not surprisingly, at the 2007 Calgary Convention they were named 2008 Queens of Harmony! "Betty or Not, Here We Come" is a "Best of" collection, so it's hard to pick favorites among these 13 cuts. The Motown standard "Get Ready," the traditional favorite "Danny Boy," the sweet, nostalgic "Pooh Corner," the a cappella chestnut "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," the pop hits "Here's That Rainy Day," "So Much in Love" and "Don't Rain on My Parade;" and Barbershop winners "I Told Them all about You/You Dear Medley" and "I Love You Truly;" and the Spiritual medley "Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone." Four Bettys is all about sweet harmonies, lovely leads, strong arrangements-in short, great entertainment!
Songlist: Get Ready, The Pleasure is All Mine, Danny Boy, Return to Pooh Corner, Canticle of the Sun, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Here's That Rainy Day, So Much in Love, From the First Hello, I Told Them All About You/You Dear Medley, I Love You Truly, Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone, Don't Rain on My Parade
Four Bettys : Four Bettys
Review: Third in 2005, second in 2006 surely this fabulous quartet are the next heirs apparent to the Queens of Harmony crowns. And how worthy they are is clearly demonstrated on this fine recording as the ladies are in top form as they sing some classic barbershop songs along with some vintage jazz gems. Made up of members of the Melodeers and the Choral-Aires Sweet Adeline choruses the quartet members Lynda, Joan, Heather and Cori fine individual voices blend in great harmony with a spirit that shows why we love female barbershop singing so much. This recording should be in all fans collections.
Songlist: Put Your Arms Around Me Honey, In My Life, Happy Together, Sentimental Gentlemen / Two Tickets To Georgia, I'm Alone Because I Love, Good Old A Capella, If I Love Again, Original Dixieland One Step, Love Me Tender, One Voice, Kiss Me One More Time, One Fine Day, Great Day
Four Bettys : Good Queen Fun
Review: Chicago-based Four Bettys' first step onto the Sweet Adelines International Stage in 2004 in Indianapolis turned quite a few heads when they placed 7th. In Detroit in 2005 they took 3rd, in Las Vegas in 2006 they won 2nd, and in Alberta, Canada in 2008 they were crowned SAI Champions! The 13 songs on "Good Queen Fun" show us why. The Bettys, with a passion for performing and a combined 40+ years singing, are a joy to listen to! Some favorites are "Wonderful Day/Zip a Dee Do Dah Medley," "Come Fly with Me," "Spreadin' Rhythm Around," "Dr. Jazz/Land of Jazz Medley," Chicago's "Saturday In The Park," "My Melancholy Baby," "Gospel Medley," "This Is Some Lucky Day" and "Who I Am." With their solid harmonies and leads, the Bettys are all about great entertainment, and we're sure you'll enjoy this strong collection from one of Sweet Adelines' elite groups!
Songlist: Wonderful Day / Zip A Dee Doo Dah Medley, Come Fly With Me, Oh How I Miss You Tonight, Spreadin' Rhythm Around, Dr. Jazz / Land of Jazz Medley, Saturday In The Park, Didn't We, How Many Hearts Have You Broken, Vaya Con Dios, My Melancholy Baby, Gospel Medley, This Is Some Lucky Day, Who I Am
Gem City Chorus : 30th Anniverary Celebration
Review: Longtime Sweet Adelines fans, new fans and fans-to-be, are in for a treat here. 5-time Gold Medal Champs The Gem City Chorus has compiled this wonderful collection of songs from their cds Double Exposure (1975), Reflections (1981), and Gem City Live! (1991), under Master Director Jean Barford. Seeing them perform live must be amazing, because it's clear from listening to this cd that these women really let it all hang out musically! Some of our favorites are Blues In The Night, Swing Down Chariot, Get Happy, My Man, If I Were a Rich Man, Second Hand Man, and Try A Little Kindness. It's hard to pick, because the quality and feeling of all the songs is so consistently high. Great stuff from a hard-working, talented group!
Songlist: Showtime, Purlie, Heartaches, Blues in the Night, Swing Down Chariot, One of Those Songs, Get Happy, I Got Lost in His Arms, Lord, You Made the Night Too Long, Songs, My Man, If I Were a Rich Man, That Old Quartet of Mine, Alabam' Medley, End of the Road, Second Hand Man, Try a Little Kindness, Applause
Gem City Chorus : From The Heart
Review: Gem City won the Sweet Adelines Internationals in the Chorus Category an unprecedented five times! How did they do it? Great material, enthusiastically performed and dynamically arranged! Makes it sound simple, doesn't it? Directed by Jean Barford, this Dayton Ohio aggregate's sound is as unified as can be, its articulation crisp, timing right on the money. "As Time Goes By" is swung a little faster than average, "How's Every Little Thing In Dixie" exaggerates the phrasing effectively, hurrying through the tune like the March Hare. Other great songs: "Mississippi Medley," "The Joint Is Jumpin'," and "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing Medley."
Songlist: This Is The Moment, Showtime, Sentimental Journey, Runnin' Wild, End Of The Road, Billy-A-Dick, As Time Goes By, How's Every Little Thing In Dixie, God Bless America, Battle Hymn Of The Republic, Blow, Gabriel, Blow, The Joint Is Jumpin', Heartaches, Alabama Jubilee Bound Medley, That's What God Made Mothers For, One Of Those Songs, Mississippi Medley, Wild Beneath My Wings, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Growing Girls : All Grown Up
Review: The popularity of these four charming Swedish ladies remains unabated, though it's been over a decade since they won the Sweet Adelines crown. "All Grown Up" opens with a snippet from their first rehearsal, in 1979, when the four first began singing together. They were girls then, as the picture on the CD will prove, and that auspicious occasion led to a lifetime engagement! The interpretive skills, range and timbre that characterize their sound are partly learned, but also due in part to lucky happenstance - the kind that occurs when four voices complement each other, resulting in a lusciously full representation of the audio palette! This rainbow is at its most dazzling on "The Man I Love," "Deed I Do" and "Where Is Love," combining talent with arrangements tailor-made to show it at its best.
Songlist: Do Lord, This Could Be The Start Of Something Big, If You Had All The World And It's Gold, Anything Goes, I Only Have Eyes For You, Goodbye Goodbye, The Man I Love, For Once in My Life, The Churchbells Are Ringing For Mary, Deed I Do, Where Is Love, 60's Medley, Anthem
Growing Girls : Thank You For The Music
Review: The Growing Girls, 1989 Queens of Harmony, are from Ronninge, Sweden. First competing in International in 1988, where they placed sixth, they bounced into the top spot the following year! This 1999 release (though the songs were recorded in 1991 and 1995), takes a swipe at the pop oldies chart with Abba's "Dancing Queen," and the Beatles "With A Little Help From My Friends." Two arrangements are in their native tongue, with the balance divided between SAI stalwarts such as "Birth Of The Blues" and "That Old Quartet Of Mine," and standards such as an Andrew Sisters medley. Their blend is polished and warm, and their delivery is natural and unfazed. "Undecided" is a particularly engaging arrangement with all the "bells and whistles"!
Songlist: They Didn't Believe Me, Andrew Sisters Medley, Arvid, Birth of the Blues, Undecided, Jag nu den Parlan Funnit Har, Dancing Queen, That Old Quartet Of Mine, Let's Call The Whole Thing Off, Thank You For The Music, With A Little Help From My Friends
Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus : Unexpected Songs
Review: Ably led by master director and arranger Michael Gellart, this energized ensemble from Brooklyn, Maryland, brings us an entertaining mixture of 12 songs from the '40's to the '90's including pop, blues, jazz, show tunes and classics. HCMC recently won first place, mid-size chorus at the Sweet Adelines International Regional Competition in Ocean City. Favorites are Gellert-arranged "Fly Me to the Moon," a powerful "Shenandoah," Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Unexpected Song," Lennon/McCartney's "Baby, You Can Drive My Car," The Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreaming" and a heart-tugging "Jimmy Webb Medley." Not unexpectedly, very good stuff!
Songlist: That's Life, Fly Me to the Moon, Shenandoah, Big and Loud, Unexpected Song, When I Look In Your Eyes, Drive My Car, All I Care About, California Dreaming, Jimmy Web Medley, Na Na hey hey Kiss Her Goodbye, Make Your Own Kid of Music
Harborlites : Something's Coming
Review: Based in Anaheim, California, the Harborlites Chorus was founded in 1960 and since 1993 has been under the direction of Pam Pieson, the 1990 queen of harmony of the highly regarded Panache quartet. The chorus are winners of numerous regional and international medals and this is their first ever CD recording. Plenty of great Sweet Adeline singing here with particular favorites being the Jay Giallombardo arrangement of Sondheim's "Tonight", the David Wright arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's' "Something's Coming (from West Side Story) and the entertaining opening medley of "Ain't Misbehavin'/Ain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do."
Songlist: Ain't Misbehavin / Ani't Nobody's Bizness If I Do, It's Sand Man, When Day Is Done, The Joint Is Jumpin', With One Look, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, Roses Of Yesterday, You Gotta Have Heart, It's Time, Once Upon A Time, Tonight, Something's Coming
Jackpot! : Can You Hear Me Now?
Review: Kay, Gina, Joanie and Jan-Winter Park, Florida's Jackpot! Quartet, has been together for over 6 years now and are the 2009 Sweet Adelines International 2nd place finalists. These 12 rock-solid Sweet Adelines standards show us what was clear to the judges - this quartet has big voices, big harmonies and the kind of wonderful, ringing chords rarely heard in a Sweet Adelines group. Favorites are "Taking a Chance on Love," "Unforgettable," "For Once in My Life," "Almost Like Being in Love," "Easy Street," "Money Medley," "I'll Take Romance" and "How Deep is the Ocean." The debut CD "Can You Hear Me Now" has the good stuff, certainly one of the best Sweet Adelines recordings we've heard in a long time, by one of Sweet Adelines' top quartets!
Songlist: Blue Skies, I've Got The World On A String, Taking A Chance On Love, That's Life!, Unforgettable , For Once in My Life, Almost Like Being In Love, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Easy Street, Money Medley, I'll Take Romance, How Deep Is The Ocean?
Kansas City Chorus : Have Yourself a Kansas City Christmas
Review: This fun-loving group of over 130 women, the oldest active competing chorus in Sweet Adelines, who have ranked in the top ten each time they have competed in International competition, bring us a lovely Christmas album. There several well-known carols and popular songs among these 12 songs, like "White Christmas," a funny shopping-related parody of "Jingle Bells" appropriately called "Jingle All The Way," "Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas," "Carol Of The Bells," "Pretty Little Jesus," "Go Tell It On The Mountain," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Mary Did You Know." The KCC joins with the Children's Chorus to sing a very fine "Peace, Peace/Silent Night" medley. There are also some very nice songs that are new to us, a narrated song that tells the story of the "Little Gray Donkey," the beautiful "When a Child is Born" and "Christmas Was Meant for Children." "Have Yourself A Kansas City Christmas" is a fun, spirited Christmas Winner from the KCC!
Songlist: White Christmas, Jingle All The Way, Have A Holly Jolly Christmas, Carol of the Bells, Little Gray Donkey, Pretty Little Jesus, When A Child is Born, Mary Did You Know?, Christmas Was Meant for Children, Peace, Peace/Silent Night, Go Tell It On The Mountain, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Ladies First : 1st
Review: When "Ladies First" was founded in 1991, they didn't know that their name would also become a testimony of our success. Since the first German Barbershop Competition in 1992, Ladies First has taken first place every time. They won three provincial choral competitions and were the first German Chorus to qualify and be invited to the Sweet Adelines Internationals in Atlanta in 1999. Their director, experienced German "Barbershopper" Manfred Adams, brings the best out of his "Ladies," whether it be in music, choreography or simply entertainment. "1st" is all sung in English, and is an impressive, finely-crafted tour-de-force of a CD. The powerful harmonies, the innovative arrangements and the sheer, infectious spirit of these four women show why they have won so many awards in the growing European Barbershop movement. 15 cuts, "This is Some Lucky Day," "Original Dixieland One Step," "Stars Fell on Alabama," "It Don't Mean A Thing," an amazing arranged "Drunken Sailor," a "Good Old Acappella" that warms our hearts, a smoky "Hit Me With A Hot Note," a randy "Gimme, Gimme, Gimme," Elvis' "Love Me Tender," and a swinging "Royal Garden Blues" are favorites. Sweet Adelines has taken strong root in Europe, and Ladies First has the kind of sound and pizzazz that we have only seen from groups wearing International medals and posing in front of large trophies-give 'em a listen!
Songlist: This Is Some Lucky Day, Love Is Here To Stay, Original Dixiland One Step, Stars Fell On Alabama, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), The Rose, Drunken Sailor, One Alone, Good Old A Cappella, Their Hearts Were Full of Spring, Hit Me With A Hot Note, When October Goes, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, Love Me Tender, Royal Garden Blues
Love Notes : All You Need is Love
Review: Brittany, Mia, Caitlin and Stephanie, the artists formerly known as UnderAge, have been working, competing and performing together for six years. As UnderAge they became 2005 International quartet champions for the Sweet Adelines Young Women in Harmony division, which led to guest performances all over the country, sharing the stage with the Kingston Trio, participating in America's Got Talent in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and were guest performers in Germany for the Barbershop in Germany festival. They also won the 2009 Harmony Sweeps Bay Area Regional, and took Audience Favorite and 2nd Place at the Sweeps National Finals in San Rafael. Whew! "All You Need is (Love, actually, on the cover, it's a heart symbol)" is their 2nd CD, 12 of the tunes that have been gaining the group a huge following in web portals such as YouTube and Facebook, including our favorites "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Angel of Music" from Phantom of the Opera, which they totally nailed at the Finals. Other favorites are "Come Fly With Me," the very funny "Angry Bill Bailey," "Straighten Up And Fly Right," "Hooked On A Feeling," "No, No, Norman" and "My Foolish Heart." The Notes are beautiful to look at, with wonderful, powerful leads and harmonies, perfect timing and a great sense of humor-what's not to love?
Songlist: Come Fly With Me, Angry Bill Bailey, Once Upon A Time, Straighten Up and Fly Right, Yesterday, Hooked on A Feelin', Angel of Music, Fit as A Fiddle, I've Got You Under My Skin, No, No, Norman, My Foolish Heart, Bohemian Rhapsody
Love Notes : From The Heart
Review: Ah, yes, we remember Sweet Adelines quartet The LoveNotes, Britanny, Mia, Caitlin and Stephanie from 2009 when they easily won the Bay Area Regional. We had previously seen them in the Regional as UnderAge, after they won the 2005 Sweet Adelines quartet championship for Young Women in Harmony. Now over 18 and calling themselves The LoveNotes, their 12 minute set, featuring a killer rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," won them Audience Favorite and Second Place only to more experienced Sweet Adelines contenders Maxx Factor. The Notes kept rising, and today they're wearing the crowns and gold medals of the 2014 Sweet Adelines International Quartet Champions! Their debut CD "From the Heart" has 13 cuts, some favorites are "No, No Norman," "Hooked On This Skype Thing," "I Used to Call Him Baby," the moody Bond and Adele classic "Skyfall," "Something's Coming," "Danny Boy" and "If We Hold On Together," but every cut is a polished winner. Our girls next door have grown up, and they're the best in the world!
Songlist: No No Noman, I Will Love You 'Til The End Of Time, Hooked On This Skype Thing, Poker Face, I Used To Call Him Baby, More Than You Know, Hooked On The Classics, Skyfall, Something's Coming, Danny Boy, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, If We Hold On Together, Time To Say Goodbye
Lustre : Let's Sing
Review: Lustre, Tenor Kate, Lead Lori Crouter, Baritone Lori Dreyer, and Bass Jenny started their musical adventure in 2005 with Baltimore's Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus, receiving several Sweet Adelines Regional and International awards, most recently being named 2013 SAI 7th Place International Finalists. In Feb. of 2013 they won the Mid Atlantic Harmony Sweeps Regional and blew us away at the National Finals in San Rafael, placing 2nd in an incredibly strong field! "Let's Sing!" is their debut album, quickly funded on Kickstarter, and it captures the vocal entertainment power and big fun of these remarkable 4 ladies. Some favorite among the 13 winners are the Disney standard "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," "Flirty Eyes," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Let's Sing Again,""Nobody Does It Like Me," "What Kind of Fool Am I?" "South Rampart Street Parade" and the very funny "I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas." The Harmony Sweeps Finals attracts the best in the world in vocal harmony--these gals almost won it all, and rightly so. Don't miss this one!
Songlist: Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, Flirty Eyes, The Bandstand in Central Park, The Way You Look Tonight, Let's Sing Again, I Look At You, The Moment I Saw Your Eyes, Lovely Way To Spend An Evening, Nobody Does It Like Me, What Kind Of Fool Am I?, South Rampart Street Parade, Let the Words, I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
Martini Quartet : It's Martini Time
Review: "It's Martini Time!", recorded in January 2010, features the original mix of Martini Quartet - Sandy Marron (tenor), Lisa Myers (lead), Shannon Harris (bass) and DeAnne Haugen (bari). Several of these tunes were performed on stage at the Sweet Adelines International Finals. 13 songs, some of our favorites are the title tune, 'All the Way,' 'Puttin' On The Ritz,' the live cut 'How Are Things in Glocca Mora,' 'Love Me,' Annie Lennox's iconic 80s anthem 'Sweet Dreams,' 'The Nearness of You,' 'Don't Break the Heart that Loves You,' 'Nighttime in Dixieland/One Step Dixieland Medley' and Leonard Cohen's deathless hit 'Hallelujah.' Wonderful harmonies, strong leads, great arrangements. This Martini is definitely shaken and stirred!!
Songlist: It's Martini Time, All The Way, Puttin' On The Ritz, How Are Things in Glocca Morra?, Love Me, My Baby Just Cares For Me, Sweet Dreams, The Nearness of You, Don't Break the Heart That Loves You, Lover Come Back to Me, My Immortal, Nightime in Dixieland, Hallelujah
Martini Quartet : Shaken, Stirred and Crowned
Review: Sweet Adelines 2012 International Quartet Champions, also known as "Queens of Harmony" Martini is actually an international voices across the border phenomenon, with Bass Shannon Harris and tenor Corinna Garriock hailing from Canada, and lead Michelle Shoemaker and baritone DeAnne Haugen from the United States. The group first got together in 2007 with a different tenor and lead, and placed 8th in the world 2008 in Honolulu. Michelle joined the group in early 2010, and Martini placed 5th in Seattle after just a few months of rehearsal. Then in January 2011, Corinna joined the group, and 6 rehearsals later, created magic in Houston, being crowned Queens! "Shaken, Stirred & Crowned" is a 13-song "best-of" collection that celebrates Martini's remarkable rise. Favorites are a pair of live standards, "How Are Things In Glocca Morra" and "My Baby Just Cares For Me" (with some very funny asides); a nice arrangement of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," the Mancini brothers' "Sometimes," M. James' pop hit "Hooked On A Feeling," C. McVie's "Songbird," Lerner & Lowe's "If Ever I Would Leave You," George Gershwin's "Somebody Loves Me," a nice cover of J. Lynne's "Mr. Blue Sky," R. Gaylord's "I Will Never Pass This Way Again" and the lovely traditional tune "The Parting Glass." Martini has the song selection, tight harmonies, sweet leads, powerful stage presence and ringing chords of which champions are made. Don't miss this "best-of" by Sweet Adelines' Best!
Songlist: Mr Blue Sky, Somebody Loves Me, If Ever I Would Leave You, Songbird, Hooked On A Feeling, Sometimes, One By One, Charmed Life, Hallelujah, How Are Things In Glocca Morra?, My Baby Just Cares For Me, I Will Never Pass This Way Again, The Parting Glass
Martini Quartet : Straight Up!
Review: I like my music as I like my drinks - that's straight up with a twist. And that's exactly what the talented ladies of The Martini Quartet serve up on this intoxicating release. These bi-national Queens of Harmony sing songs like they should be sung - beautifully, crisply and with feeling. The harmony is pure, tight and seamless with voices that soar. So make yourself a cocktail, sit back and let the warm glow of the music lift your spirits. Cheers ladies!
Songlist: Let's Live It Up, Sweet Dreams, Bumblebee, Come On Get Happy, I Will Go Sailing No More, Deed I Do, Fix You, Life Is A Highway, The Folks Who Live on the Hill, Defying Gravity, Irish Blessing, Canada's Really Big
MAXX Factor : Maxx Sixx Pack
Review: Baltimore, MD-based quartet Maxx Factor is on a major roll, being named the 2009 Harmony Sweeps National Champs in May, then going on to win the 2010 Third Place Sweet Adelines medals! Formed in 2004, this current foursome has only been singing together since 2007. "Maxx Sixx Pack" is a sampler EP that features six tunes, "It's a Brand New Day," a live cut from International competition "Listen To That Dixie Band," "Don't Break The Heart That Loves You," the live cut "Young And Foolish," "The Loneliest Girl In Town" and "What A Wonderful World." This is all great Sweet Adelines stuff on the highest level. As we recommend this recording, we remember listening to Maxx Factor's set at the Harmony Sweeps Finals. As they would nail one of their trademark unbelieveably sustained closing chords, we swear we would feel the hairs on the back of our neck stand up! Maxx Factor is a very special group, and you should forget about drinking and treat yourself to a Sixx Pack.
Songlist: The Lonesomest Girl in Town, Listen to That Dixie Band, Young and Foolish, What A Wonderful World, It's A Brand New Day, Don't Break the Heart that Loves You
Melodeers : Circle of Fifths
Review: Northbrook, IL's veteran Melodeers Chorus has been the picture of Sweet Adelines consistency, having captured International Chorus Gold in 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004 and, in the fall of 1998 in Honolulu, 2008! Musical Director Jim Arns has contributed his superb arranging, teaching and direction skills to each of these wins, and the Chorus could not be more proud to call him their own. "Circle of Fifths" is a generous helping of Melodeers, 18 sumptuous cuts, including three live recordings, "Time After Time" and "Love Letters Straight From Your Heart," recorded live on the Internationals stage in Honolulu, and "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," recorded live at Las Vegas Arena. Other favorites are "Here and Now," "Sailin' Down the Chesapeake Bay," "Ring Out The Bells in Dixieland/Cross The Mason Dixon Line Medley," "Elmer's Tune," "Wonderful Day Medley," four very funny "Music Theory Geek Parodies Set to the music from the Nutcracker Suite," "The Winner's Song," and "We are Family." Every cut here is beautifully crafted, entertaining and sung with passion and spirit by one of Sweet Adelines' great choruses. "Circle of Fifths" is a stone winner!
Songlist: Here and Now, Sailin' Down the Chesapeake Bay, Why Did I Choose You?, I Wanna Be Around, Time After Time, Ring Out the Bells in Dixieland/ 'Cross the Mason Dixon Line Medley, Elmer's Tune, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, I Told Them All About You/ You Dear Medley, Wonderful Day Medley, Love Letters Straight From Your Heart, Music Theory Lesson on the Circle of 5ths, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, Waltz of the Flowers, Dance of the Reeds, Russian Dance, The Winner's Song, We are Family