Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall

Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall

by Rufus Wainwright

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It was daring, nervy, and nearly sacrilegious, but Rufus Wainwright pulled it off. Re-creating, song by song, Judy Garland's famed 1961 Carnegie Hall show -- one of the most legendary of classic showbiz performances -- Wainwright brought his own special magic to the famed stage, reaffirming his status as a contemporary icon while paying loving tribute to his muse. This exuberant and affecting show includes such Garland signature numbers as "The Man That Got Away," "After You've Gone," "Do It Again," and , of course, "Over the Rainbow." Wainwright may not sound anything like Judy, but what matters most is that he's tapped into the heart of her unique and generous performance style. The Carnegie Hall show was then brought to the London Palladium, the site of another monumental Garland appearance, and there Wainwright won over a new audience, as seen on a separately available DVD.

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I was introduced to this CD by a wonderful man with great taste in music. Now I have completely fallen in love with these songs. This musician is outstanding, his persona, the way his voice has many different ranges not to mention his vibratto is impeccable. You listen to this CD and you remember Judy Garland in her movies such as "Meet Me In St.Louis, "A Star is Born" and of course "Oz". His intensity and enthusiasm is overwhelming. Even his storytelling about when he was younger, he felt like he was Dorothy on good days and the Wicked Witch on bad days. The way he invites you into his life, you can almost relate to his own childhood memories. You fall under his spell with his mesmorizing, hypnotic voice. As you listen you can visualize "the man that got away". If you never heard of Rufus Wainwright, this is the CD for you. For "Judy" fans this is the ultimate must have.
ThomasDC More than 1 year ago
For most gay men, Judy Garland at Carneige Hall is the must in any record collection, regarless of your musical taste. She is the corner stone to an entire generation of men who grew up in the 50s and 60s (such as I). It really is an excellent recording, won the Grammy for album of the year in '61/'62. Judy was loved by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin...and they were not gay men. Rufus does this performance great justice, and he is the perfect icon to do so...he is as neurotic as she was, so why not him...could not see Elton doing it (although his size would be more in line with hers at the time). Rufus delivers his own stories in between every song , which does make the album special. His voice is pitch perfect and the arrangements are on target. His tribute to her is worth every penny of this CD; you will understand why he pays tribute to her. Buy the orignal as well.
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