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Berlin Cabaret Songs (Sung in English)

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Download links and information about Berlin Cabaret Songs (Sung in English) by Ute Lemper. This album was released in 1997 and it belongs to Rock, Pop, Alternative genres. It contains 18 tracks with total duration of 01:12:07 minutes.

Artist: Ute Lemper
Release date: 1997
Genre: Rock, Pop, Alternative
Tracks: 18
Duration: 01:12:07
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No. Title Length
1. It's All a Swindle (featuring Jeff Cohen, Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 4:13
2. Sex Appeal (from "Ich Tanze Um Die Welt Mit Dir") (featuring Jeff Cohen, Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 6:15
3. Peter Peter (featuring Jeff Cohen, Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 3:17
4. The Smart Set (featuring Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 4:21
5. When the Special Girlfriend (featuring Jeff Cohen, Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 2:39
6. I Am a Vamp! (featuring Jeff Cohen, Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 4:00
7. L'heure Bleue (The Hour of Parting) (featuring Jeff Cohen, Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 3:47
8. Take It Off Petronella! (featuring Jeff Cohen, Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 2:29
9. Chuck Out the Men! (featuring Jeff Cohen, Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 2:40
10. The Washed Up Lover (featuring Jeff Cohen, Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 4:00
11. Oh Just Suppose (featuring Jeff Cohen, Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 4:15
12. I Don't Know Who I Belong To (featuring Jeff Cohen, Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 4:09
13. The Lavender Song (featuring Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 3:04
14. Maskulinum - Femininum (featuring Jeff Cohen, Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 1:50
15. A Little Attila (featuring Jeff Cohen, Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 4:55
16. A Little Yearning (featuring Jeff Cohen, Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 4:06
17. Oh How We Wish We Were Kids Again (featuring Jeff Cohen, Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 3:53
18. Münchhausen (featuring Jeff Cohen, Robert Ziegler, Matrix Ensemble) 8:14

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"Entartete Musik," of which 18 examples in English adaptation are provided here, includes, in the definition of producer Michael Haas, among other things, "important works lost, destroyed or banned by the political disruptions of the twentieth century," in particular, the Third Reich of Nazi Germany. Specifically, these are cabaret songs of the years of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933), written by such composers as Friedrich Hollaender (who became Frederick Hollander when he followed Marlene Dietrich to Hollywood) and Mischa Spoliansky. They reflect the decadence and unfulfilled hopes of a temporary oasis in German history marked by runaway inflation and agitations of the Left and Right, matters treated in the lyrics. The album contains material that provides the perhaps unrealized source of later re-creations like the score for the Broadway musical Cabaret. Ute Lemper (who has performed extensively in that show) gives bravura readings of songs that treat corruption, homosexuality, and a doomed social idealism with music, provided by the Matrix Ensemble, that recalls Kurt Weill and hot jazz. The looming Nazi era is inescapable in such Hollaender songs as "Oh, How We Wish That We Were Kids Again" and especially "Münchhausen." The latter bears some similarity to the folk song "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream," except that we know what happened in Germany instead of the dream of peace and social justice Hollaender proposes. More than a mere history lesson, Berlin Cabaret Songs reawakens a lost era that engages issues of tolerance, sexual confusion, and political uncertainty that continue to affect listeners. It also contains some extremely funny numbers. Jeremy Lawrence's English lyrics, based on translations by Alan Lareau, Kathleen L. Komar, and Haas, are amazingly deft, retaining the German flavor but singing well in their adoptive language.