|1. Somewhere Over The Rainbow|
|2. The Winner Takes It All|
|3. Send In The Clowns|
|4. The Music Of The Night featuring Michael Crawford|
|5. Bring Him Home|
|7. As Long As He Needs Me|
|8. All I Ask Of You featuring Donny Osmond|
|9. Out Here On My Own|
|10. You'll Never Walk Alone|
|11. This Is The Moment featuring Donny Osmond|
Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs From The Stage
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Standing Ovation sees singing sensation Susan Boyle and world acclaimed producer Biff Stannard join forces to present a stunning album of songs from the golden era of film and stage.
Featuring breathtaking renditions of 'Send in the Clowns' and 'Bring Him Home', Susan fearlessly takes on the iconic song 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' giving it a new identity. 'Standing Ovation' also showcases duets with her lifelong idol Donny Osmond and the "Phantom" himself Michael Crawford. One of the selections, "Memory" from the musical Cats, will be familiar to her fans it's the song Susan sang in the semi-final round of Britain's Got Talent in 2009.
The album heralds a return to an era of much loved music for Susan Boyle, a lifelong fan of musicals. Her favorite songs from the golden age of film and theatre fused with her outstanding vocals from the ethereal to the dramatic, the music showcases the voice the world fell in love with.
Talking about her album Susan said; "I have been a fan of musicals since I was a wee girl. I love them and have enjoyed the drama and the range of emotions they inspire in you. I still remember the first time I saw Les Mis, my all time favorite. I fell in love with it and have seen it now countless times as each time you watch it you draw something different.
Creating this album was a joy and came very naturally as I knew the songs and could identify with the characters in the studio. Recording with Donny on two songs was a dream come true. Working with him was awesome and I learned so much from him as a performer and a person. Being in the studio with him was without doubt the best day ever- it wasn't work!"
Standing Ovation was produced by Biff Stannard in Glasgow and London. Stannard is a highly regarded producer who in the past has worked with Kylie Minogue, U2, Westlife and One Direction to name a few.
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The song listing (plus source of stage show) is as follows:
01 Somewhere Over The Rainbow (from Wizard of Oz)
02 The Winner Takes It All (from stage show ABBA)
03 Send In The Clowns (from Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music)
04 The Music of the Night (featuring Michael Crawford)(from The Phantom Of The Opera)
05 Bring Him Home (from Les Miserables)
06 Memory (from the stage show Cats)
07 As Long As He Needs Me (from Oliver The Musical)
08 All I Ask Of You (featuring Donny Osmond)(from The Phantom Of The Opera)
09 Out Here On My Own (from Fame)
10 You’ll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel)
11 This is the Moment (featuring Donny Osmond)(from musical Jekyll & Hyde)
As you can see, there is a great variety of music. Michael Crawford’s voice is still oh so smooth and he can still hit the high note. As to Donny Osmond, he has come a long way from his “Puppy Love” days. His voice has matured. Being in the musical Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the past really helped with the maturation of his singing voice. But of course the star here is Susan Boyle. Her voice is still oh so pure and powerful. My personal favourite is “You’ll Never Walk Alone”…oh so powerful with so much feelings. The only minor negative aspect of this set is the lyric to each song: hand-written by Susan Boyle herself. Although it was legible, I still prefer the typed-written fonts variety.
The price of this CD has also dropped since its initial release, and at $9.99, it is very reasonable. The entire disc is totally enjoyable, and is highly recommended.
While there are many singers that may be vocally better, she definitely has something special in the way she sings the selections on this album that is hard to describe.
In this album, "Standing Ovation", she does a beautiful arrangement of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" (similar to Eva Cassidy's version)...slow and very melodic. "Winner takes it all" by Abba, "Send in the Clowns"(by Stephen Sondhiem), while the piano arrangement is not quite as pretty as with Streisand or Judy Collins, Susan manages a respectable rendition of this one. "Music of the Night" (Phantom of the Opera), a duet with Michael Crawford is very good, "Bring him home"(Les Miserables). "Memory" from Cats is done very well, "As long as he needs me" (from Oliver), originally sung by Shirley Bassey, "All I ask of you (Phantom of the Opera), duet with Donny Osmond is very nicely done, "Out here on my own" (from Fame) is good, "You'll never walk alone" is one of those inspirational songs that has been done by many, but Susan manages to make it even better especially on the notes in the upper register without showing any effort, and this is a demanding song of any singer. "This is the moment" (from Jekyll and Hyde) is a duet performed by Donny Osmond and Susan.