In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Pull together a group of 100+ men volunteering from all walks of life with varying degrees of musical talent and experience, ask them to sing, and the listener may hear something that resembles beautiful music. But call that group The Vocal Majority Chorus and stand Jim Clancy before them in the role of director, and one is in store for an extraordinary musical experience from a group that has touched literally tens of thousands of listeners around the world. The Vocal Majority Chorus' diverse repertoire encompasses music from barbershop favorites, classics to jazz, patriotic to sacred, rounded out with standards and Broadway pops.
The Chorus counts tens of thousands in its list of VM fans. Relationships with other performers and supporters have been remarkable, but undoubtedly there is a relationship that has stood above the others.
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Review: First founded by 12 men in Dallas, TX in 1971, The Vocal Majority, after a disappointing 3rd place international finish in 1973 convinced member Jim Clancy to take the role of director (and arranger). Since then they have won 11 Gold Medals! There's a classic Wurlitzer jukebox on the cover of "VM Bandstand," and if you love the Doo-Wop and Pop tunes that used to cost a dime or quarter on such a machine, this collection is for you. Although we need to warn a cappella purists that some of these tunes are rock-band accompanied, there is great stuff here-"Bandstand Boogie," "Turn Around, Look at Me," "50s Medley" (with "Lollipop," "Rock Around the Clock," "Sh-Boom" and others), "Blue Moon," "Jersey Boys Medley" ( with "Let's Hang On," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Walk Like a Man"), "All the Way," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and others. Powerful, butter-smooth harmonies, sweet leads, great arrangements and top-drawer songlist-what's not to like?
Songlist: At the Hop, Bandstand Boogie, Turn Around, Look at Me, 50's Medley, Pure Imagination, Blue Moon, Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Jersey Boys Medley, All the Way, Can't Take My Eyes Off of You, He Ain't Heavy... He's My Brother, Bandstand Boogie (Reprise)
Ol' Man River
Review: Founded in 1972 in Dallas, TX, and under the able baton of musical director Jim Clancy, the all-volunteer 140-plus voice male a cappella chorus is known for its mastery of technically demanding close harmony. The Vocal Majority holds an unprecedented eleven Gold Medals in International competitions of the Barbershop Harmony Society, making it the most successful musical organization of its kind in the world, and truly deserving of the title, "America's Premier Pops Chorus." The Chorus's repertoire encompasses music from the classics, jazz, patriotic, sacred, standards, barbershop and Broadway pops. "Something's Coming" is a long-awaited, all new recording from the VMC (which also features 2007 BHS Gold-winning Quartet MAX Q) of 11 Broadway pops hits. Our favorites include the title tune (from "West Side Story"), "What Kind of Fool Am I?" from "Stop the World--I Want to Get Off," "Luck Be A Lady" from "Guys and Dolls," "Aquarius" from "Hair," "Memory" from "Cats," "Somewhere," also from "West Side Story," "Ol' Man River" from "Showboat," and "Circle of Life" from "The Lion King." This veteran touring chorus nails every cut, at once powerful and subtle, with four-part harmonies that we can only describe as "magnificent." Treat yourself to some of the world's best entertainment, from the Vocal Majority!
Songlist: Something's Coming, I'm On My Way, What Kind Of Fool Am I, Luck Be A Lady, Where Is Love?, Aquarius, Memory, Tonight, Somewhere, Ol' Man River, Circle Of Life
Birthday of a King
Review: It's not very often that one can say with certainty in the music business that any particular group is the very best of its type in the world. Yet we can say as much with this barbershop chorus as they have 11 gold medals to prove it - more than any other chorus in history. We therefore always have high hopes of their new recordings and expect something close to perfection. Well once again they surpass themselves on this holiday gem. One of the things that always impress is how such a sweet, sometimes so gentle; sound can come from such a large chorus of male only voices. Director (and arranger of many of the songs) Jim Clancy truly has a talent for coaxing the very purest of sound from a chorus. There is the occasional accompanied Christmas ornamentation and some very strong solosby Jay Dennis, Steve DeCrow and Jeff Oxley but it's the harmony that counts, and this recording has some of the best!
Songlist: Caroling, Caroling, Believe, Mary's Boy Child, What Child is This?, My Grown-Up Christmas List, Christmas Time Is Here, Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells, That's What I Want for Christmas, Christmas Lullaby, Betelehemu, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, Birthday of a King
Review: The 120 men of Dallas' "America's Premier Pops Chorus," founded in 1972, have earned that title time and time again in SPEBSQSA international chorus competitions, bring us an uplifting collection of twelve timeless classics of devotion and faith, in "Your Raise Me Up," their 15th recording. VMC's glorious, rolling harmonies soar on some of our favorite inspirational songs: "You Raise Me Up," "Somewhere Medley," "Hymns of the Cross" medley, "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Deep River," "It Is Well With My Soul," "He/I Believe Medley," "When You Wish Upon A Star," "The Holy City" and "God Be With You Till We Meet Again." Comforting words, given depth and power by one of the all time great choruses, The Vocal Majority.
Songlist: You Raise me Up, Somewhere Medley, Elijah Rock, Hymns of the Cross, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Deep River, It Is Well With My Soul, Deep River, It Is Well With My Soul, Ezekial Saw The Wheel, He/I Believe, When You Wish Upon A Star, The Holy City, God Be With You Till We Meet Again
Review: Let the Vocal Majority Chorus transport you back to those memorable days of the 60s and 70s in this release. America's Premier Pops Chorus sings the favorites: "What a Wonderful World," "Can't Help Falling In Love," "Unchained Melody," "Can't Smile Without You," "There's a Kind of Hush," and "My Special Angel." Added to these great hits, this recording features "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "You Are So Beautiful," "In My Room," "California Dreamin'," "Long and Winding Road," and "Never My Love." With Jim Clancy's incredible choral arrangements sung by America's Premier Pops Chorus with orchestral accompaniment, this is VM at its best.
Songlist: What A Wonderful World, My Special Angel, Long and Winding Road, California Dreamin', You Are So Beautiful, Can't Help Falling In Love, Never My Love, In My Room, Can't Smile Without You, Unchained Melody, There's A Kind of Hush, Bridge Over Troubled Water
Review: The Vocal Majority Chorus celebrates its tenth SPEBSQSA Gold Medal International win in July, 2003 with the release of this generous, comprehensive collection featuring all 10 Gold Medal winning contest sets performed from 1975 through 2003. In the 22 incredible a cappella tracks, we can experience the evolution of this institution of the Barbershop world. Recommended!
Songlist: I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody / You Were Meant for Me Medley 1975, Who'll Take My Place (When I'm Gone) 1975, How Could You Believe Me / It's a Sin to Tell a Lie Medley 1979, For the Sake of Auld Lang Syne 1979, You Can Have Every Light on Broadway 1982, Red Head 1982 , Hey Mister Leader Man / Strike Up the Band Medley 1985, Come Take Your Place in my Heart 1985, Last Night Was the End of the World 1988 Semi-Finals, Who'se Going to Love You / Who'll Take My Place Medley 1988 Semi-Finals, Girl of My Dreams 1988 Finals, Waiting for Robert E Lee 1988 Finals, Who'll Take My Place (When I'm Gone) 1991, Alexander's Ragtime Band 1991, That Wonderful Mother of Mine 1994, Runnin Wild 1994, You'll Never Know / My Buddy Medley 1997, Red Head 1997, The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi 2000, The Mardi Gras March / South rampart Street Parade Medley 2000, You Don't Know Me 2003, Puttin on the Ritz 2003
The Star Spangled Banner
Review: The small type on the cover says "America's Favorite Patriotic Music," and these 11 pieces are definitely that. Take "The Star-Spangled Banner," "Pledge of Allegiance/God Bless the USA" medley, "American Armed Forces Medley," "An American Hymn," "So Many Voices Sing America's Song" (sung with one of our favorite groups, Acoustix)," "George M. Cohan Medley," "A Tribute to World Peace," "America the Beautiful/Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor," "God Bless America" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and add the 160-strong, all-male multiple Gold Medal-winning Vocal Majority, and you've got a very powerful CD. Directed by Jim Clancy, America's Premier Pops Chorus sings with the harmony, heart and love of country that these songs deserve.
Songlist: The Star-Spangled Banner, Pledge of Allegiance/God Bless the USA, My Country 'Tis of Thee, American Armed Forces Medley, An American Hymn, So Many Voices Sing America's Song, George M. Cohan Medley, A Tribute to World Peace, America The Beautiful/Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, God Bless America, Battle Hymn of the Republic
In The Still of the Night
Review: The 160-plus men who form "America's Premier Pops Chorus" are all volunteers, performing purely for the love of music, ably led by acclaimed director and primary arranger Jim Clancy. The VMC has, of course, won numerous SPEBSQSA Chorus Gold Medals since 1975 and has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Great Britain. Here are 15 of the most beautiful love songs ever recorded. We hear the smooth, lush sounds of this legendary chorus in never-before-released cuts of "The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi" and "In The Still of the Night." There are new recordings of "How Deep is the Ocean," "Jimmy Webb Medley" (Didn't We/MacArthur Park), and "For Once in My Life." The others are selections from the VMC's 11 CDs. 4, including "When I Fall in Love," "No Arms Can Ever Hold You," "Antonio Carlos Jobim Medley" and "Moonlight Serenade, are orchestrally accompanied. Perfect phrasing, ringing harmonies, tremendous feeling--the judges are right, these guys are the best! Recommended.
Songlist: When I Fall in Love, If I Give My Heart to You, In the Still of the Night, The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, No Arms Can Ever Hold You (Like These Arms of Mine), For Once in My Life, My Funny Valentine, Antonio Carlos Jobim Medley, How Deep is the Ocean, Moonlight Serenade, Jimmy Webb Medley, How Do You Keep the Music Playing?, I'll Be Seeing You
Review: This celebrated chorus' third Christmas CD - eight time Society Champions, directed by Jim Clancy. Half-accompanied, we have to admit the a cappella tracks are our favorites: "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (The Blenders' arrangement!), "What Child Is This," "Auld Lang Syne" and "Toyland." The Vocal Majority's power is such that they are most affecting as voices only - the tag of "Auld Lang Syne" is proof of that. Guest vocalists Steve and Wendy DeCrow warm up "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and Rumor's tenor, Charla Clare, graces "Ave Maria." Bob Chilcott of the King's Singers' "I Wander As I Wander" has a gorgeous string and woodwind score, and features Jeff Oxley.
Songlist: White Christmas, It's Beginning to look (a lot) Like Christmas / Pine Cones and Holly Berries, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Toyland, Baby, It's Cold Outside, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Ave Maria, I Wonder As I Wander, What Child Is This?, Auld Lang Syne
Review: We love the VM Chorus' a cappella recordings, but, for a change of pace, this romantic CD will soothe even the most implacable soul. Familiar favorites arranged by Jim Clancy such as "I Only Have Eyes For You" and "When I Fall In Love" bask in the smooth vocal blend. Most of the tempos are a slow 4/4, and the orchestral treatments are lush but restrained, allowing the melody to remain center stage.
Songlist: Some of the Songs, Chances Are, I Only Have Eyes for You, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Moonlight Serenade, When I Fall In Love, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, I Don't Want to Walk Without You , Moonglow, September Song, And More
Joshua Fit the Battle at Jericho
Review: The mission of the Vocal Majority is to bring four part a cappella harmony to the ears and hearts of the whole world. As of this recording, in 1997, they had been singing as members of the Dallas Metropolitan Chapter of SPEBSQSA for 25 years. They have won the International Chorus Championship seven times. Just imagine over 150 singers in one location, singing their hearts out! Then find out the reality is greater than the imagination with this recording of spiritual, sacred, and inspirational music. "You'll Never Walk Alone," "I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked" (with pipe organ) and "The Lord's Prayer" are just as full and rich as you would expect. The most unusual arrangement is "A Tribute To World Peace" which features Acoustix and the Dallas Knights in addition to the full chorus.
Songlist: How Sweet the Sound (Medley of Hymns), You'll Never Walk Alone, Walked Today Where Jesus Walked, Bless This House, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, Sweet Hour of Prayer, I'll Walk With God, A Tribute to World Peace, The Lost Chord, The Lord's Prayer
A Beatles Celebration
Review: This CD, from one of our most popular groups, the Vocal Majority chorus from Texas, is unabashedly dedicated to the power and pleasure of music. The tight and refined barbershop chords, the simple yet effective arrangements and classic material result in a consistently enjoyable recording. The selection of songs included are diverse - from the live "That Wonderful Mother of Mine" to a Beatles medley, featuring a particularly moving solo by Steve Haas on "Yesterday." There is also a medley of Nat King Cole favorites, such as "Mona Lisa" and "Too Young," including performances by fellow Texans Acoustix. Several of the songs have understated accompaniment.
Songlist: Harmony, I'm the Music Man!, If I Give My Heart to You, A Beatles Celebration!, That Wonderful Mother of Mine, Runnin' Wild, This Is the Moment, Nat King Cole Medley, How Do You Keep the Music Playing?
Carol Of The Bells
Review: Hall-of-Fame Men's Chorus champions Vocal Majority, who have come to define the best in the business, offer their second Christmas record. Beginning with a Christmas Medley, which wraps up every familiar carol in a glorious bow, and proceeding to the dulcet tones of "Alleluia," the grandeur of these holiday masterpieces is complemented by the virtuosity of the performances, which are of the highest standard. The organ-accompanied "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah" is a stirring finale.
Songlist: Songs of Christmas Medley, Alleluia By Randall Thompson, Carol of the Bells , Sweet Little Jesus Boy, A Christmas Carol, The Little Drummer Boy, Little Altar Boy, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear/ Silent Night Medley, Hallelujah Chorus from the Messiah
Where Is Love
Review: A diverse recording of great forties and fifties pop tunes ("My Funny Valentine," "Stormy Weather," "As Time Goes By"). Features a Puerling arrangement of "Stardust" and a beautiful "Where is Love." Some cuts include jazz band accompaniment; others include quartet cameos (Dealer's Choice, Acoustix) and two include a female soloist.
Songlist: No Arms Can Ever Hold You (Like These Arms Of Mine), My Funny Valentine, Graduation Day/ It's A Blue World Medley, Stormy Weather, You'll Never Know, Where Is Love, As Time Goes By, The Masquerade Is Over, Stardust, Mack The Knife, I'll Be Seeing You
Review: The Vocal Majority, along with the Masters of Harmony, are considered to be the best amongst barbershop choruses. Directed by Jim Clancy, these over one-hundred-fifty Texans' golden voices, complimented by guest vocalists or the occasional guitar or keyboard - such as on "Away In A Manger," or the languid stroll of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" - are perfectly synthesized. Their phrasing, enunciation and dynamics are beyond reproach, and their arrangements, many written by the aforementioned Clancy, emphasize tone color and quality, rather than a panoply of contrasting voice parts or acrobatic feats. Grace and beauty characterize the performance of the Vocal Majority.
Songlist: O Come All Ye Faithful, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Jingle Bells / Sleigh Ride Medley, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Coventry Carol / Away In A Manger, The Lord's Prayer, Silent Night, Blue Christmas, The Christmas Song, I Wonder As I Wander, Cantique De Noel (O Holy Night), The Secret Of Christmas
Review: SPEBSQSA's current International Gold Medalists, their ninth such title since their founding in 1972, The Vocal Majority have the numbers and the talent and aren't afraid to use them! On their brand new "Twelve Days ofChristmas" you may be taken aback to hear what the liner notes call"magnificent orchestral accompaniment" on the first two songs, "WinterWonderland"and "Do You Hear What I Hear."Beautiful, but it's almost likewhipped cream on frosting, because the VM hardly need violins, having already cornered the magnificence market. The proof is in the a cappella numbers, especially "Songs of Christmas Medley," a wonderful "Carol of theBells," "The Christmas Song," an incredible "Jingle Bells/Sleigh RideMedley," the title tune, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," and a "Little Drummer Boy" to remember. Lush and rich as Christmas eggnog withrum and nutmeg, incredibly arranged, effortlessly, perfectly performed, what more could we ask? "Twelve Days" is a treasured gift to yourself or anyone you love at Christmas.
Songlist: Winter Wonderland, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Songs Of Christmas Medley, Carol Of The Bells, The Lights Of Hanukkah, The Christmas Song, Jingle Bells / Sleigh Ride, Twelve Days of Christmas, Have Yourself A Merry Litle Christmas, Little Drummer Boy, O Holy Night
Review: Experience the Vocal Majority Chorus, directed by Jim Clancy and Greg Clancy, in this hour-long DVD produced from live performances of their acclaimed Christmas concerts at the Dallas Convention Center. Acoustix and soloists Steve DeCrow and Jeff Oxley join the Chorus in a program destined to become a holiday favorite. Seventeen songs, some favorites: "Winter Wonderland" (with Jeff Oxley, bass), "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (with Acoustix), "Christmas Time is Here" (with Steve DeCrow, tenor), "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Do You Hear What I Hear?," "Little Drummer Boy," "Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah," and "The Secret of Christmas." Now you can see as well as hear the best barbershop chorus in the world.
Songlist: I'll Be Home For Christmas, Caroling, Caroling, Winter Wonderland (with Jeff Oxley, bass), White Christmas, You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch (performed by Acoustix), Toyland, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Christmas Time Is Here (with Steve DeCrow, tenor), I'll Be Home for Christmas, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Little Drummer Boy, What Child Is This?, O Holy Night, Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah, The Secret of Christmas, I'll Be Home for Christmas (reprise)