In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Formed in February of 1994, Metropolis has come to the attention of national television audiences within the past few years, beginning with their appearance on the pilot episode of Four Floor Show on E! Entertainment Television in June 1995 and the filming of a national Dr. Pepper commercial later that same year. They continue to make appearances in various media, most recently singing jingles for radio commercials and having appeared in the limited release film entitled "Pacino is Missing." The members of Metropolis have performed in a cappella groups on national and local television, film, radio, and in 28 different states and provinces including Florida, Michigan Minnesota, Hawaii, Alberta, Ontario, California, Arizona, and Nevada. They have competed in numerous different vocal styles encompassing Jazz, Doo-Wop, Broadway, R&B, Dixieland, Madrigal, and Opera.
Group Members: Mike McGee, James Sabina, Bob Hartley, Brian Philbin
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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