12 Songs, 51 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

5 Ratings

5 Ratings



One of the finest voices ever. Her live performance captured magnificently. This recording was Grammy nominated and well deserved. This recording is a must for any collection.

A real disappointment


I'm a big Betty Buckley fan, but I prefer her with an orchestra as backup. Whenever she performs with this small band (piano/bass/trap set) she tries to make everything sound like an intimate little jazz standard, and she falls into the mode of half-singing, half-talking, peppered with the occasional whispered lyric... and that's when she becomes a charicature. I would skip this album and pick something where she's performing with an orchestra.

A Versatile Singer and Star

Seriously Now

Seriously now, anybody that accuses Buckley of half-singing on this album obviously has not taken the time to listen to it. Just listen to the samples for any of the tracks on this album and you'll here Buckley's vibratto working over-time. She wraps her powerful voice over tried and true songs like Fire and Rain, Old Friend (while at the same time reinventing them) and then turns to Broadway by giving refreshing performances of Not a Day Goes By and Stars and the Moon. This is not an average performer. And, she is not for everybody. If you like Elaine Paige, Patty Lupone, Edith Piaf and the like, you will love Buckley. If not, go buy Britney Spears.

About Betty Buckley

Actress/singer Betty Buckley has starred in numerous theatrical productions, as well as making appearances in film and television, but she is perhaps best known for her role as Grizabella in the Broadway version of Cats and her corresponding performance of the show's signature number, "Memory."

Betty Lynn Buckley was born on July 3, 1947, in Fort Worth, Texas; at age 11, she attended a production of The Pajama Game and fell irrevocably in love with the theater, studying vocalists like Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald to develop her technique. After getting a degree in journalism from Texas Christian and touring with a USO troupe, Buckley found her way to New York, where in 1969 she landed the Broadway role of Martha Jefferson in 1776. She moved to London later in the year, where she starred in Neil Simon's Promises, Promises, and spent the next five years acting in both London and New York, as well as portraying the gym teacher in the 1976 Stephen King film Carrie.

In 1977, Buckley achieved national recognition with her role as the stepmother on the television series Eight Is Enough; she landed roles in such films as Tender Mercies and musicals like I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road. When Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats made the jump from London to Broadway, Buckley was tapped to portray Grizabella; in spite of the character's trademark song, "Memory," having been a hit single for London cast member Elaine Paige, with versions also recorded by Barbra Streisand and Judy Collins, Buckley acquitted herself so well that she was awarded the 1983 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She went on to appear in productions of The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1985), Song and Dance (1986), and the short-lived Broadway version of Carrie (1988; this time portraying the religious mother).

In the late '80s and '90s, Buckley has appeared in the films Frantic (1988) and Wyatt Earp (1994) and the play Sunset Boulevard (1994). In addition to her cast recordings, Buckley has also recorded a series of albums, both live and in the studio, mostly consisting of show tunes. The first, 1987's Betty Buckley, featured several of the singer's own compositions; 1993's Children Will Listen returned her to more standards territory, and 1994's With One Look diversified her range a bit, with covers of Hank Williams, Joni Mitchell, and Mary-Chapin Carpenter. 1997's Much More was followed two years later by Betty Buckley's Broadway. Heart to Heart appeared in the spring of 2000. She released two albums in February of 2008, Quintessence, which featured jazz arrangements of standards by pianist Kenny Werner, and 1967, a recording made when Buckley was just 19 years old. Buckley then appeared in M. Night Shyamalan's film The Happening and TV series including The Pacific, Melrose Place and Pretty Little Liars, with the country-tinged album Bootleg: Boardmixes from the Road arriving in 2010. Two years later, the live recording of her show Ah, Men! The Boys of Broadway was released. Following her 2013 induction into the American Theater Hall of Fame, Buckley worked with producer T-Bone Burnett on 2014's Ghostlight. In 2017, she appeared in Shyamalan's film Split and released another live album, Story Songs, which featured her musical director Christian Jacob on piano as she interpreted songs ranging from classic show tunes to Radiohead. ~ Steve Huey



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