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Lost In The Stars: A Tribute T

Various (Tribute) Audio CD
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1. Mahagonny Songspiel (Intro) - Steve Weisberg
2. 'The Ballad Of Mac The Knife' - Sting/Dominc Muldowney
3. 'The Cannon Song' - The Fowler Brothers
4. 'Ballad Of The Soldier's Wife' - Marianne Faithfull
5. Johnny Johnson Medley - Van Dyke Parks
6. The Great Hall - Henry Threadgill
7. 'Alabama Song' - Ralph Schuckett
8. 'Youkali Tango' - The Armadillo String Quartet
9. 'The Little Lieutenant Of The Loving God' - John Zorn
10. Johnny's Speech - Van Dyke Parks
11. 'September Song' - Lou Reed
12. 'Lost In The Stars' - Carla Bley
13. 'What Keeps Mankind Alive?' - Tom Waits
14. Klops Lied (Meatball Song) - Elliot Sharp
15. 'Surabaya Johnny' - Dagmar Krause
16. Oh Heavenly Salvation': Hurriccane Introduction - Mark Bingham
17. Oh Heavenly Salvation: Oh Heavenly Salvation - Mark Bingham
18. 'Call From The Grave/Ballad In Which Macheath Begs All Men For Forgiveness - Todd Rundgren
19. 'Speak Low' - Charlie Haden
20. 'In No Man's Land' - Van Dyke Parks

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Nearly every track on this CD (which includes material left off the original 1985 release) is a gem--even if some are slightly more precious than others.
Sting's take on "Moritat/Mack the Knife" is deliberately low-key and affectless, a lovely antidote (at the time, and even now) to the jokey, albeit entertaining big-band renderings of Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin.
Lou Reed's "September Song" is an utter delight, as the personification of late 20th-century underworld New York does this set piece from *Knickerbocker Holiday*. Reed's instrumentation echoes John Lennon's last recordings (like the ironically titled "Starting Over") and adds some Stax-Volt-style horns, while his wonderfully world-weary delivery of Maxwell Anderson's cynical *and* sentimental lyrics steals the show.
Other great vocal performances are contributed by Stanard Ridgway from Wall of Voodoo, Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs (a wonderful "Alabama Song/Whiskey Bar"), Marianne Faithful, Tom Waits, Aaron Neville, and a heart-breaking turn by Dagmar Krause on Weill's perfect subversion of the torch song, "Surabaya Johnny."
Fine arrangements are supplied by the Armadillo String Quartet, who ably explores the minor-key sonorities of the "Youkali Tango"; by Van Dyke Parks, whose music-box renderings of selections from "Johnny Johnson" are both oddly fitting and oddly moving; by John Zorn, who applies his distinctive search-and-destroy, acid jazz approach to "The Little Lieutenant of the Loving God"; by Carla Bley, who lets Phil Woods blow incandescent alto sax on the title track; and by Sharon Freeman, who provides a lovely showcase for Charlie Haden on lead bass for "Speak Low.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not too sure what Weill would think . . . June 11 1999
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I checked this out from the local library and it is exactly the same, but in a diferrent order. I thought that the album does have its moments, such as with the beautiful renditions of the "Youkali Tango" and "Lost in the Stars". There were strangely appealing takes on "What Keeps Mankind Alive?", (all of the THREEPENNY songs used my favorite translation), "Ballad of the Soldier's Wife", "Ballad of Mac the Knife", "The Great Hall", "Surabaya Johnny", and "Oh, Heavenly Salvation". The one track that I am shocked that I liked was Todd Rundgen's heavy-metal take on "Call From the Grave/Ballad in Which MacHeath Begs All Men for Forgivness". Tracks that just made me sit back and go "Why?" were "Klops Lied" and "The Hurricane". I enjoyed all of Van Dyke Parks' stuff. Highly skippable is John Zorn's "Little Lieutenants of the Loving God". Mr. Zorn has absolutely NO TALENT as an arranger. Period. That is one messed up track, and it gives you a headache. The liner notes suggest that Lou Reed's rendition of the "September Song" will "raise eye-brows among Kurt Weill purists". It will not only raise eyebrows, but tempertures as well. When I first heard it I laughed at its stupidity, then I got mad that he had butchered its beautiful melody so. But all of the enjoyable tracks make this a highly buyable album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars To each his own May 31 2000
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Totally worthwhile for a Weill fan, a fine treatment of most of the material by a great cast of musicians, assembled by the producer Hal Wilner. Which you like the most would depend, I suppose, on your level of commitment vis-a-vis Weill and the performer.
Most of the pop performers, especially Sting and Lou Reed, are flat and dull on here, but Todd Rundgren's arrangement is great; imaginative, personal and absolutely true to what the song is about. Other great pleasures include the incomparable Dagmar Krause, John Zorn and "Oh Heavenly Salvation." They exemplify the strength of the record, which is the personal and unexpected understanding of most of the musicians. Not all, but enough to make this a keeper.
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