"Legends Of Broadway: Liza Minnelli Live At The Winter Garden" finally to be released
Published: March 12, 2012 10:14AM
Updated: March 12, 2012 10:14AM


Masterworks Broadway will release Liza Minnelli’s historic concert album "Legends Of Broadway: Liza Minnelli Live At The Winter Garden" on April 3 digitally at www.masterworksbroadway.com and May 8 at other digital retailers and all retailers.

The long-awaited recording is derived from the original master engineered by Phil Ramone.

The concert recording includes performances from Minnelli’s legendary Broadway show in January 1974 as well as three recently discovered live bonus tracks that were recorded but not included on the original LP, including Stevie Wonder’s “You and I” and standards “It Had to Be You” and “My Shining Hour.”

From the press release:

The story behind the recording is an interesting one. The 27-year-old dynamo had sold out an entire month’s run of 24 concerts in 36 hours, setting a house record for the Winter Garden Theater. The show itself, which opened on January 6, was simply titled Liza. The album Liza Minnelli Live At The Winter Garden was quickly released by Columbia Records in April, but had to be withdrawn from the market due to contractual conflicts over her performance of songs from the Cabaret film score, which were available on the then-current soundtrack album. Only pirated versions of the album have circulated since. This is the first time that the entire show will come out on CD and digital release.

Like Cabaret, Liza was directed by Bob Fosse, who choreographed it with Ron Lewis. Marvin Hamlisch served as musical director, and the celebrated songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb supplied Minnelli with new songs for the shows.

"The thing about doing a show like Liza is that every song means something," Minnelli reflects. "Fred and John were so brilliant at building a show, plus I had Marvin, so we tried all kinds of different rundowns and finally came up with what you hear on the album, and thank God it worked! But you keep trying, and don’t get satisfied with anything but the best."

Track listing:

1
Overture

Liza With A "Z"

Ring Them Bells

I Can See Clearly Now

Maybe This Time

Cabaret
2
If You Could Read My Mind/Come Back To Me
3
Shine On Harvest Moon
4
Exactly Like Me
5
The Circle
6
More Than You Know
7
I'm One Of The Smart Ones
8
Natural Man
9
I Can See Clearly Now
10
And I In My Chair (Et Moi Dans Mon Coin)
11
There Is A Time (Le Temps)
12
Quiet Thing
13
Anywhere You Are/ I Believe You
14
Cabaret Medley

Curtain Bows / Cabaret
15
You and I (Bonus Track)
16
It Had to Be You (Bonus Track)
17
My Shining Hour (Bonus Track)