Liza Minnelli Stepping Out! 2015

Liza Minnelli Stepping Out! 2015

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

flashback ~ Liza's 2nd album "IT AMAZES ME" released in 1965...
It Amazes Me is the title of Liza Minnelli's second solo studio album, released in March 1965 by Capitol Records. It contained her interpretations of eleven pop standards. It was recorded between December 1964 and January 1965 at Capitol Records' New York studio at 151 West 46th Street.

Album informationAfter Liza Minnelli's first album for Capitol Records was released in September 1964, she kept busy with a tour (The Fantasticks with Elliott Gould), television appearances, and even co-starred alongside her mother Judy Garland in a series of concerts in London (Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli Live At The London Palladium). In December of the same year she was reunited with the same team that worked on her previous studio effort. Minnelli's vocal performance here could be considered flawless and while she had obviously grown since "Liza! Liza!", there is a feeling she was still experimenting with what she could accomplish vocally, thus infusing the record with a feeling of newness. The song selection is a perfectly-balanced mix of uptempo tunes and ballads, not unlike the previous effort.

The album cover boasts that it "sounds better than stereo has ever sounded before!" thanks to the "New improved Full Dimensional Sound". That and a bigger budget spent for a larger orchestra are to credit for a more lush sound. Capitol was aware that they had a hit on their hands and were probably trying to develop their own Barbra Streisand. One track was left off the original track listing but was added to the set when reissued in its entirety in The Complete Capitol Collection, a medley of "Walk Right In / How Come You Do Me Like You Do". Peter Matz, was again mainly responsible for the rich and lush orchestral treatment given to the whole project.

Track listing:
 Side one"Wait Till You See Him" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)

"My Shining Hour" (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)

"I Like The Likes Of You" (Vernon Duke, Yip Harburg)

"It Amazes Me" (Coleman, Leigh)

"Looking At You" (Cole Porter)

"I Have Never Seen Snow" (Arlen)

[edit] Side two"Plenty Of Time" (Kander, Ebb)

"For Every Man There's A Woman" (Arlen, Leo Robin)

"Lorelei" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)

"Shouldn't There Be Lightning?" (Alexander, Goldenberg)

"Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out" (Jimmy Cox)

"Walk Right In" (Hosie Woods, Gus Cannon, Bill Svanoe, Erik Darling) / "How Come You Do Me Like You Do" (Gene Austin, Roy Bergere) (Medley)

Producer: Si Rady

Orchestra arranged and conducted by: Peter Matz

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