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Storyteller / Alfie Boe

Boe,Alfie
Release Date: 08/06/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001850502  
Composer:  Paul SimonGeorge WeissMick JaggerJohn Prine,   ... 
Performer:  Alfie Boe

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Let Britain’s favorite tenor Alfie Boe be your ‘Storyteller’ with his eagerly-awaited new album – a personal selection of classic songs, perfectly suited to Alfie’s versatile voice and demonstrating his years of experience and musical passion.

Similar to Boe’s recently released book, My Story – an incredibly candid and emotional autobiography (which shot to No.2 in the Sunday Times Best-sellers list) in which Alfie tells the stories he’d wanted to tell for years – this album contains the songs he has wanted to record for years. And each one tells a story. It will not come as a surprise to those who have read Alfie’s book that the singer came to opera later, spending his teenage years drumming in bands. Here, he returns to his
Read more first love, while taking his listeners on a journey. It is without a doubt the album of his career to date, and truly reflects who he is as a performer. On Storyteller Alfie strips some of his favorite songs to the heart, bringing their beauty to the surface while texturing them with both a band and a traditional orchestra, to sublime effect. The recording process was done the old-fashioned way, as in the 1960s, singing live with the band and orchestra, Alfie virtually conducting them as he sang.

Produced by the legendary Mike Hedges (U2, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers, Beautiful South) Alfie presents brand new arrangements of timeless hits such as Simon & Garfunkel’s emotive ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, Rolling Stones classics ‘Angie’ and ‘Shine A Light’ – a nod to their 50th year in the business – Presley’s moving ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’, here sung as a lullaby, and the beautiful ‘Angels from Montgomery’ by American folk singer-songwriter John Prine.

This album, as with Alfie’s show-stopping performance at The Queen’s Jubilee this summer, not only displays his vocal power but communicates his musical philosophy: that there are no boundaries in music. On that stage, a working-class singer from Fleetwood performed for the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace. Starting by gloriously serenading The Mall with the classic Neapolitan song ‘O Sole Mio’ which turned into, rather riotously, Elvis’ ‘It’s Now or Never’: the same tune. It is therefore appropriate that Storyteller brings a change in repertoire, each song sung with that recognizable rich tone. And Presley’s hit song is, of course, represented here, in a new light.
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Works on This Recording

1. Bridge over troubled water by Paul Simon
Performer:  Alfie Boe (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
2. Can't Help Falling in Love (for the film "Some Kind of Wonderful") by George Weiss
Performer:  Alfie Boe (Tenor)
3. Angie by Mick Jagger
Performer:  Alfie Boe (Tenor)
4. Shine A Light by Mick Jagger
Performer:  Alfie Boe (Tenor)
5. It's Now or Never by Elvis Presley
Performer:  Alfie Boe (Tenor)
Notes: This song was inspired by the songs "O Sole Mio" and "There's No Tomorrow." 
6. Everybody's Talkin' by Fred Neil
Performer:  Alfie Boe (Tenor)
7. Angel from Montgomery by John Prine
Performer:  Alfie Boe (Tenor)
8. Wayfaring stranger by Traditional
Performer:  Alfie Boe (Tenor)
Written: USA 
9. Rank Strangers To Me by Bob Dylan
Performer:  Alfie Boe (Tenor)
10. Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood by Bennie Benjamin
Performer:  Alfie Boe (Tenor)
11. If I Can Dream by Walter Earl Brown
Performer:  Alfie Boe (Tenor)
12. It's Over by Roy Orbison
Performer:  Alfie Boe (Tenor)
13. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore) by Bob Gaudio
Performer:  Alfie Boe (Tenor)
14. Angel by Traditional
Performer:  Alfie Boe (Tenor)

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