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Year of Release: 1972

track listing
  • Wilkommen
  • Mein Herr
  • Maybe This Time
  • Money Money
  • Two Ladies
  • Sitting Pretty
  • Tomorrow Belongs To Me
  • Tiller Girls
  • Heiraten (Married)
  • If You Could See Her
  • Cabaret
  • Finale

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    "Life is a Cabaret, ol chum... Life is a Cabaret...

    The 1972 film soundtrack of gets the nod for review this week, as the movie starred Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey. (Liza had recently been an Album Pick of the Week on WSVNRadio, as her complete Capitol Collection was chosen last November. Read the review here.

    Exciting, Cabaret-styled songs are throughout this soundtrack, as Liza and Joel (solo or duo) provide the vocals. "Wilkommen" [Joel] (which means Welcome), "Mein Herr" [Liza], "Two Ladies" [Liza], "Tiller Girls" [Joel], "If You Could See Her" [Joel].

    "Maybe This Time" starts out as ballad-type song by Liza, yet towards the end, it turns into another exciting Cabaret-styled track, of which Liza's mother, Judy Garland, would be proud of. "Sitting Pretty" is an instrumental, and it is another energetic Cabaret-styled track.

    On a serious side (and most soundtracks and albums have this), there are more "serious" sounding songs in the soundtrack: "Tomorrow Belongs To Me" (sung by Mark Lambert) and "Heiraten (Married)" (sung by Greta Keller).

    The two songs I've always remembered from this movie were "Money, Money" [Joel and Liza] -- the "Money makes the world go around" song; not to be confused with the O'Jays' song "For The Love Of Money". The other song is the title track, by Liza. An excellent track, no other words can describe this track. "Finale" rounds up the soundtrack and film.

    The movie was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, of which it won 8, including Best Actress (Liza Minnelli), and Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey). It was nominated for Best Picture, but lost to The Godfather.

    The movie takes on the rise of Nazi Germany, and a rise of sexual overtones, more in the areas of bisexuality, homosexuality, sadomasochism. You can read the film's review from Roger Ebert here. Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey earned their Academy Awards in this movie, as they are the movie's outstanding characters. It's been a long time since I've seen this movie, as I was very young when I saw it. From what I remember, the music is what stood out for me. I may not have understood the movie's dialogue at that young age, but of course I would, when much older.

    The movie's theme is probably the very first to highlight the topic of bisexuality/homosexuality. A good review towards this can be read here. After I read this page, I can agree on this: It's not the nature of the topic that was the standout, it was the exciting and energetic music that made it as great as it was. (Also to mention that Liza Minnelli's mother, Judy Garland -- her fans were from the gay commuhity, and likewise, Liza had her fair share of the gays favoring her music and career.) On that same note, it wpuld be revealed in later decades, that Joel Grey would announce that he was gay in January, 2015. Read the story here.

    And most recently this year, same sex marriage in all 50 U.S. states became legal: On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that the US Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry in all 50 US states.

    Let me state this: Homosexuality is a private matter. I am not gay. After the legalization of same sex marriages, there has been many pros and cons. Some refused to abide by this new law, and others approved of it, whether they really wanted to or not. I myself, know a few individuals who are gay. I do not have any disputes on this legalized law. As long as they keep their intimacy private, and not publicly announce how their bedroom activities are, nor try to change my personal sexual content, I am fine with it. Just keep it private, and in most relationships (gay or not), this is how it should be.

    The music is the highlight. Leaving the sexual topics aside, it's the music that really counts. "Cabaret" has always been a classic song. And what better performing to record it, Liza Minnelli. A great voice, a great performance. Liza is Cabaret, and Joel Grey is the masters of cermonies for the Cabaret entertainment.

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