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Singer (1992)

Artist: Diamanda Galas
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Format: CD
Sku: 60247536
UPC: 724596127827
UPC 14: 00724596127827
Release Date: 4/7/1992
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. My Love Will Never Die ~ Diamanda Gal s (Vocals)
2. Reap What You Sow ~ Diamanda Gal s (Vocals)
3. Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? ~ Diamanda Gal s (Vocals)
4. Gloomy Sunday ~ Diamanda Gal s (Vocals)
5. Balm In Gilead / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot ~ Diamanda Gal s (Vocals)
6. Insane Asylum ~ Diamanda Gal s (Vocals)
7. I Put A Spell On You ~ Diamanda Gal s (Vocals)
8. Let My People Go ~ Diamanda Gal s (Vocals)
9. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean ~ Diamanda Gal s (Vocals)
10. Judgement Day ~ Diamanda Gal s (Vocals)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Solo performer: Diamanda Galas (vocals, Steinway piano, Hammond organ).
Muze PNote Producers: Eric Liljestrand, Diamanda Galas.
Muze PNote Recorded at Sorcerer Sound, New York.
Muze PNote On this well-chosen set, the avant-garde singer and performance artist Diamanda Galas turns her unique vocal talents to interpreting a variety of R&B, pop, and gospel classics, with only her self-accompaniment on piano as musical backing. Her version of Screaming Jay Hawkins's "I Put a Spell on You" takes the song into even spookier, more arcane territory, while her reading of "Gloomy Sunday," the dark ballad popularized by Billie Holiday, delivers the song's unremitting despondency with an almost supernatural intensity. Songs like Willie Dixon's "Insane Asylum," the classic spiritual "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?" and "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" are all ideal material for Galas's sonically adventurous voice, which alternately resembles an avenging angel, a screaming banshee from hell, and, on "Judgment Day," the album's astonishing finale, a demented opera diva.

Engineer: Eric Liljestrand

Artist Overview

Singer/performance artist Diamanda Galas has one of the most alarming voices in music history. Galas's unique vocal abilities--which run the aural gamut from blood-curdling to beautiful--are the product of her studies in classical and avant-garde musical movements as well as traditional vocal forms such as the blues, throat singing, and ritual wails. In 1988, Galas completed a three-part performance/music piece about the AIDS epidemic entitled THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH. She continues to perform well into the 2000s, constantly challenging the limits of the human voice.

Associated Artists and Works

Galas, David

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/07/1992
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1992
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1278
Music Label Name Label : Mute
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 : 00724596127827

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (6/25/92, p.44)
- 3 Stars - Good - "...she summons up a sound that is stripped down and a fury that is razor sharp...Each song on THE SINGER is transformed into a howl, a shriek, a rant against life, death, nature, the history of music and the will of God..."

Q (5/92, p.74)
- 3 Stars - Good - "...Galas has honed right down to a vocal and piano starkness for a set of blues and gospel classics interpreted in her own unparalelled manner...masterfully gloom laden..."

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