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STU'S TOP CD PICKS FROM 2003 ANNOUNCED

Finally! I chipped away and pruned and re-listened and thought it all over, and finally settled on my favorite CDs from 2003. Now, I am not saying they are the best cabaret CDs produced for last year, since I know that I didn't listen to every one made - just the 150 CDs or so I actually received for the year. And many of those 150 did not fit into my definition of cabaret CDs. My original plan was to choose just 10, but it was impossible. If there is one thing I learned from the "judging" was that the quality of cabaret CDs has improved tremendously over the past few years.

My method in making the choices was to first pick the CDs I really liked and put them in a "Favorite" file on my iPod. Then I listened to all the favorites completely, for a second time, now judging on the basis of technical and production quality. I even looked over the packaging and art design of the album stuffer. Removing the ones that didn't meet those tests brought the count down to just 25. Then I did one more listen-through and made the final cut to leave the 18 CDs listed below. They are separated into 3 groups, and listed alphabetically by album title.

FULL FLEDGED REVUES


LISTEN TO MY HEART: The Songs of David Friedman - Midder Music (with Alison Briner, Joe Cassidy, David Friedman, Michael Hunsaker, Alix Korey and Anne Runolfsson)

REEL ONE - AT THE MOVIES (with Will McMillan, Michael Ricca, Nina Vansuch & Brian Patton) - www.atamusic.biz

 

SOLO FEMALE VOCALISTS


ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE - Stevie Holland - 150 Music

THE DELICATE HOUR - Patty Morabito - LML Music

IMAGINE ... If We Only Have Love - Marieann Meringolo - Golden Chords Music

IN TIMES LIKE THESE - Jane Scheckter - Doxie Records

LIFE IS BUT A DREAM - Linda Kosut - Linda Kosut

MAKING LIGHT - Joanne Tatham - UE3 Records

REVEILLE - Carolyn Montgomery -

SEPTEMBER SONGS - Wesla Whitfield - High Note Records

SOMETHING WONDERFUL - Pam Tate - Left Field Records

WATERLOO SUNSET - Barb Jungr - Linn Records

WIDE AWAKE AND DREAMING - Rebecca Spencer - LML Music

 

SOLO MALE VOCALISTS



ANYWHERE WITH YOU - Nathan Martin - LML Music

HAYDEN TEE - Hayden Tee - Lambert House

WHO KNOWS?
- Tom Andersen - Other Music, Inc.

WRITTEN IN THE STARS - Tom Michael - LML Music

SHAWN RYAN - Shawn Ryan - Shawn Ryan Productions

 

SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE


I know that I don't have all the CDs in the BROADWAY BY THE YEAR series released by BAYVIEW RECORDING CO. (http://www.bayviewrecords.com/ ), but I have a small stack of them, and every one received is on my iPod - and they have given me hours of delightful entertainment. These CDs are all recorded live at TOWN HALL, in the series presented by Town Hall and created, written and hosted by Scott Siegel. If you have not been able to attend the actual performances, this is the second best thing to being there. I have a special folder on my iPod for the ones I have - and just received a new one yesterday. Well done!

 

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