CD of the month
Audio CD : 3rd November 2008
Label: EMI Gold
Running Time; 60 minutes
Catalogue Number: 50999 236419 2 1
Matt Live in Australia officially hit the shops last month and as well as being available on the high street it is also on all your favourite Internet sites including HMV, Play.Com and Amazon. It is certainly the closest you can get to being at an actual concert without being there. It also shows off Matt’s wonderful nature and humour and you certainly feel you know him better after the experience. Clive Fuller from In-Tune Magazine gave this review.
Here is the text for the review of the new CD and I have confirmed that this will be in the January 2009 edition. There is also a website for the Magazine at http://www.gnudawn2.talktalk.net/intune/current.html
Here also is My Top 10 CDs of 2008. The list isn't in any order they are just 10 of the best! This should also appear in the January issue.
Matt Monro, Live in Australia EMI Gold 50999 236419 21
One Voice/ The Second Time Around/ I Write the Songs/ Portrait of My Love/Walk Away/I Write the Songs/ Georgia On My Mind/ Gonna Build A Mountain/ From Russia With Love/ The Impossible Dream/ Hava Nagila/ New York New York/ Birth Of The Blues/ Born Free/ Where Or When/ Softly As I Leave You.
This new CD captures a live performance from 1984 when Matt Monro was once again touring Australia. His 14th tour of the country and the final night of the tour was a great success. There is always a bit of a worry when you compare a live show with a studio session where it is possible to retake for whatever reason to achieve the right result. However, in this case there are no such concerns as from the opening song clarity and atmosphere makes it a super performance. Matt always tailored the words for his venue and it was touching to hear references to Australia in The Second Time Around. It is also an opportunity to listen into the comedy and banter between Matt and the audience and orchestra.
As far as highlights go and there are many I will have to single out track 3, a medley of I Write the Songs/ Portrait of My Love/ Walk Away/ I Write the Songs. Then you have to choose between the powerful The Impossible Dream and standard Where or When, I think it is a draw. Could Matt have ever completed a concert without singing either of these classics From Russia with Love or Born Free? There really is so much that justifies the phrase “A Singers Singer” and in the case of Matt Monro it was well deserved. Musical director Peter Warren can be heard on piano solos and it is a swinging tour band. Liner notes are by Michele Monro and we get the story of how this recording first came to light. Richard Moore was sound engineer on the project and has achieved remarkable results. The running time is just under 60 minutes and this is an excellent addition to the Matt Monro CD titles currently available - a bargain at around £6.99 plus postage.
Top Ten CD releases 2008 - By Clive Fuller
Gary Williams, Swingin on Broadway, BOS 6816
The Best of Doris Day (2CD) NOT2CD266
Chris Hutchinson, Easy Going Me, Flashlight FLLT003
Matt Monro, Live in Australia, EMI Gold 50999 236419 21
Matt Monro, Yesterday, NOMCD 102
Frank Sinatra; Let
Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks: The Original Cole Porter And Rodgers & Hart Songbooks (3CD) NOTCD0017
Jack Simpson and His Sextet-Jack
The Essence Of Tommy Dorsey, 2CD, 33327
Marches in Swingtime, CDMOIR 594’s be Frank, Performance 38279’s the Boy for Work, SUN 2176.
Matt Monro with Love
Heart of the Man
Touch of Class
Very Best Of