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I'd been looking forward to the new Nellie McKay album for ages, because her first one was my favourite album of 2004, so I was thrilled when I heard it was coming out at the beginning of January. And then lo, a few weeks ago it disappeared from my wishlist on Amazon because "this item is no longer available". And then I found out that the release had been cancelled because Ms McKay had got into some huge row with her label. Which sucked. But then! It dawned on me, rather belatedly, that the album might be floating around on the internet somewhere. Which it was. And I have it! And it's fantastic! So weirdly poppy and show-tuney and spiky. I love Nellie McKay. She makes the sort of music I'd love to make. I would kill to see her do Polly in the new Broadway Dreigroschenoper (that's Threepenny Opera to non-Deutschers).

Also, yesterday I heard part of Peter and the Wolf on the radio and it reminded me of how utterly fantastic the music is. Yes, I know it's always seen as a fluffy kids' piece, but seriously, just listen to it. I absolutely adored the music when I was a kid, and it still stands up. Go and listen to the hunters' theme - it's just so cool. I need more Prokofiev - the only other stuff I have is Romeo and Juliet...

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fox1013
Jan. 16th, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)
Ohhhhhh, is her stuff good? AWESOME. I fell in love with "David" when they played it on Grey's Anatomy and have been toying with getting more of her songs. Yay, now I have a new mission.
stellanova
Jan. 16th, 2006 11:39 am (UTC)
She is AMAZING. You should definitely get your paws on both albums (I found a torrent of the unreleased one - 'Pretty Little Head' - very easily).
socmot
Jan. 16th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
Prokofiev wrote some fantastic violin concertos - if you can find recordings featuring Maxim Vengerov, you're in for a treat.
alltheleaves
Jan. 16th, 2006 11:52 am (UTC)
I loved Peter and the Wolf when I was a kid. When I went to my parents house recently and was looking through their music to get wedding ideas I came across the old LP I had with Peter and the Wolf on one side and Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra on the other. I think the only other Prokofiev I have is also Romeo and Juliet which I was listening to yesterday; I have to go and see the ballet again, it's without doubt one of my favourites. Let me know if you do get anything and what you recommend.
blue_monday
Jan. 16th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)
I love/loved Peter and the Wolf, and can remember it being one of my favourite things to see when they played it at the Saturday morning concerts for kids in a local theatre. I also loved, and still adore now, Carnival of the Animals.
stellanova
Jan. 16th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
The version of P and the Wolf which I downloaded also includes all of Carnival of the Animals! I've always loved it too, particularly the Aquarium bit.
jeejeen
Jan. 16th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
Linky? Or did you just hunt and hunt on Limewire or some such?
stellanova
Jan. 16th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
I just searched for the torrent (of the whole album) on www.isohunt.com The download was perfect APART from the first song, Cupcake - the song was all jumbled up. But I managed to get a working mp3 of that here, so my iTunes playlist of the album is complete! 'Cupcake' is trés Laura Nyro, so I'm glad I got hold of it. You can check out the other songs from the album there too....
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