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Cleo Laine Sings Sondheim

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Album Review

A project ideally suited for Cleo Laine's marvelous voice and theatrical training. She did an album devoted to songs by Broadway great Stephen Sondheim, giving them both the necessary show biz twists and also adding enough charm and flair to attract the non-Broadway audience.

Customer Reviews

Love her Madly

Not only are these performances among the best you'll hear of the Sondheim masterworks, but the London Times was more than accurate when they called Cleo Laine "quite simply the best singer in the world"


Many artists have sung these songs, but only Ms Laine has really sung them. Sondheim and Laine, perfect!

I'm Calm not sung as meant to be

I only bought one song: I'm Calm, which is a hilarious, sarcastic song about being calm when you're really not. Unfortunately, this singer didn't seem to understand that point and sings it without the sarcasm. For example, there is a line that says something like, "I'm calm, when other people worry, I laugh" and then there is histerical laughter that shows the person is really not calm. Without that histerical laughter (and other similar items), this song is NOT the funny song it is supposed to be.


Born: October 28, 1927 in Southall, Middlesex, England

Genre: Jazz

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

With a multi-octave voice similar to Betty Carter's, incredible scatting ability, and ease of transition from a throaty whisper to high-pitched trills, Cleo Laine was born in 1927 in the Southall section of London, the daughter of a Jamaican father and English mother. Her parents sent her to vocal and dance lessons as a teenager, but she was 25 when she first sang professionally, after a successful audition with the big band led by Johnny Dankworth. Both Laine and the band recorded for Esquire, MGM...
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