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Format: CD
Sku: 61010823
UPC: 021471148329
UPC 14: 00021471148329
Release Date: 6/8/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Patterns ~ Karen Akers
2. Sleepin' Bee, A ~ Karen Akers
3. Try To Remember ~ Karen Akers
4. My Childhood ~ Karen Akers
5. Send In The Clowns ~ Karen Akers
6. My Husband Makes Movies ~ Karen Akers
7. Be On Your Own ~ Karen Akers
8. In A Very Unusual Way ~ Karen Akers
9. I Know Him So Well ~ Karen Akers
10. Somewhere / I Have A Love ~ Karen Akers
11. If We Only Have Love ~ Karen Akers

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Karen Akers (vocals); Don Rebic (piano).
Muze PNote As the album's title, drawn from a song used in Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, suggests, Broadway and nightclub singer Karen Akers explores the impact of love in her fifth album for DRG Records, which, as usual, consists of show tunes. "Patterns," written by David Shire and Richard Maltby, Jr. for their musical Baby but not introduced until their anthology revue Closer Than Ever, serves as an introduction to the subject. "A Sleepin' Bee," Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's ballad from House of Flowers, discusses how to recognize love. "Try to Remember," Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' standard from The Fantasticks, takes a broad, philosophical view. But then Akers turns more specific in "My Childhood," a song heard in later productions of Jacques Brel..., and becomes ironic in Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music. The heart of the album finds her reprising a trio of songs from Nine, a show in which she starred (made timely by a 2003 revival) as the wife of a straying film director. But the thematic core of the disc may be her medley of "I Know Him So Well" and "Anthem" from Chess. The first of these songs is usually presented as a duet between two women who love the same man and view him very differently; Akers subtracts some lyrics to focus on a single woman's feelings. Then she gives a personal interpretation of the usually more grandiose "Anthem." This sets up the album's finale, a combination of two songs from West Side Story and the title song, which proclaim the universal implications of love. Accompanied only by pianist Don Rebic, Akers tackles well-known songs as well as relative obscurities here, and she gives them all the same clear, straightforward readings, in some cases transforming meaning through context and juxtaposition, but always trusting to the songs to make her points for her. ~ William Ruhlmann

Producer: Kevin Power

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Jesus Christ Superstar

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/08/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : DRGCD 91483
Music Label Name Label : DRG (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00021471148329

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Akers,Karen
Product attributeLabel:   Drg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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