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Album Review

The soundtrack to a 1972 TV special, Liza with a 'Z' was by far her most popular album, reaching the Top 20 of the charts. Inevitably, much of the impact of a program by a performer such as Liza Minnelli is lost in an audio-only document, and some fans might prefer the DVD of the special for that reason. As you'd expect, the musical selections for the program showcase her versatility, and include standards such as "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "My Mammy," as well as Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" and Charles Aznavour's "You've Let Yourself Go." Perhaps to prove she was keeping up with at least some trends in contemporary music, there are also covers of "Son of a Preacher Man" and (as even more of a stretch) Joe Tex's "I Gotcha," though she's not going to make anyone forget Dusty Springfield or Aretha Franklin when it comes to this kind of material. She was far more at home, of course, with show tune fare, and as expected, it's the ten-minute "Cabaret Medley" that goes over best. The digitally remastered 2006 CD reissue doesn't add any extra material, but does make an adjustment to the track sequence (which on the original LP reversed the order of "Son of a Preacher Man" and "Ring Them Bells") to reflect the original program, as well as adding historical liner notes.

Customer Reviews

One of the most spectacular concerts ive ever seen...

I recently saw Liza Minnelli at the Luxor theatre in Las Vegas. It was aparent that she was not in her best "voice" that evening, but the energy in the room was undeniable. There's a reason why she is considered a living legend- a title only a few can boast (Streisand, Bennet, etc.). This concert pushed the envelope and raised the bar. If you get the chance, dont "settle" for just this audio version of the show. To truly appreciate "Liza with a Z" you should see the commanding choreograhy of Bob Fossee-- best showcased in the numbers "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "I Gotcha". Madonna and Janet have certainly re-defined the power of live performance, but this special was years ahead of its time, and shows an artist in complete command of her craft and the stage. This special was filmed the year she won the Oscar for "Cabaret" (as examined in the DVD doc. "It was a very good year") so the audience was waiting for the songs from that film. Liza did not disapoint. While watching the DVD, it did appear as if she may have been lip-synching a few of the Cabaret songs, she most definitely sang the title song live and with her trademark enthusiasm. Liza deserves accolades for many career highlights, but, in my opinion, "Liza with a Z" is an intimate, entertaining example of what a true showman should do. She is captivating and heartbreaking in this performance and the music speaks for itself.


THANK GOODNESS FOR THE SONG LIZA WITH A "Z". My name is also liza and when someone reads my name they say hi Lisa or Leeza. I mean how hard is it to read. Finnaly someone with the same name as me, and can tell people it's not Lisa or leeza it's LIZA!

Powerhouse Minnelli

Liza doesn't need fancy props or sets. She is all of these things. You give her a red outfit and she's ready. She is so genuine and it shows in her performances. Liza With A Z is one of the best concerts with the greatest performer. Thank you for the great selection of Liza that you have, but itunes needs to get more of her concerts, like Liza At Carnegie Hall or Liza in New Orleans. Or even the Liza and Goldie Hawn TV Special.


Born: March 12, 1946 in Hollywood, CA

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although singer/actress Liza Minnelli can count Academy Award-winning film roles, Tony Award-winning musical theater performances, Emmy Award-winning television specials, and gold-selling records among her accomplishments, she is primarily a concert performer whose career has been defined by a series of stage acts dating back to her nightclub debut in 1965. Her best work in film, in the musical theater, and on television has taken advantage of and grown out of her reputation as a live performer,...
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