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Live 1968

by Caterina Valente

Caterina Valente Swings. Dances. and Sings. everything from the Beatles' "Yesterday" to Jobim's "One note samba" It's lifting. It's lively. It's Caterina's first USA full hour color TV-special of 1968 on CD
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What a Night This Is Going to Be (Live)
2:32 $0.99
2. So What's New (Live)
2:58 $0.99
3. Nationality Monologue (Live)
0:52 $0.99
4. Italian Medley: Volare / Al di la / Just Say I Love Him / Sole sole sole / More (Live)
6:45 $0.99
5. Good Luck Charm Monologue (Live)
1:00 $0.99
6. Air Mail Special (Live)
2:41 $0.99
7. The Boy from Ipanema (Live)
3:09 $0.99
8. Samba De Uma Nota So (Live)
3:27 $0.99
9. Beatles Monologue (Live)
0:31 $0.99
10. Beatles Medley: A Hard Days Night / And I Love Her / Yesterday / Michelle / I Want to Hold Your Hand / Eleanor Rigby / Can't Buy Me Love (Live)
7:50 $0.99
11. Monologue (Live)
0:25 $0.99
12. Malaguena / the Breeze and I (Live)
5:02 $0.99
13. Musician Intro Monologue (Live)
0:19 $0.99
14. Falling in Love (Live)
4:24 $0.99
15. The Party Is Over (Live)
2:15 $0.99
16. Dankeschoen (Live)
3:48 $0.99
17. One of Those Songs (Live)
5:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
Few, even among the celestial ones showcased in Vegas, reveal such proficiency along with special magic!

A bundle of high velocity talent neatly wrapped and electrically charged! It would be well for some of today's aspiring distaff performers to catch a master at work!HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, USA

From 1957 to 1982 Caterina Valente has entertained audiences around the globe in what can be considered a 25 years non-stop world tour! In fact an average of 7 months out of each year were dedicated to concerts and night club appearances world wide. The remaining months were reserved for recording sessions, TV-appearances, movies and a month of vacation with her sons.

Lets take 1968 as an example: First the concert for the Heidelberg Special was recorded and filmed. Then Caterina took this same act to Argentina, Brasil, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Poland, South Africa and the US for a spring as well as a fall tour! In between she recorded 2 LPs, 4 Singles and appeared in more than a dozen TV-shows in 4 continents!

The Heidelberg TV-special premiered on CBS to rave reviews in March 1969 . Produced by Erik van Aro Sr. and directed by Michael Pfleghar, Caterina Valente showed her stuff, and she has a lot to show. The opening number "What a night this is going to be" is a rouser. A singer who can swing and scat like a jazz pro, Caterina keeps things on the upbeat most of the way. Her very talented Brother Silvio Francesco plays a key role in her act, first coming on as her clarinet soloist in "Air Mail Special" and then matching her singing, dancing, guitar and tambourine playing in a bossa nova classic. Since the show was form Heidelberg, she went to the streets with legendary Hollywood choreographer Nick Castle as the two of them danced through the city a la "An American in Paris". Caterina is a performer who knows her music, as she displayed flawless movement in time with the orchestrations, animating herself with expressive, perfectly timed hand movements. Her voice is clear and vibrant and a perfect delight to hear. The audience remembered her "Malaguena" and "The breeze and I" which sound even better now than when she first did them and they were at the top of the charts. Caterina Valente Live 68 contains one DVD with the restored verison of the "Heidelberg Special" and one CD with the unedited integral concert recording which was used for the special, including previously unreleased material like "The girl from Ipanema", "So, what's new", "The party is over" and the unedited complete Beatles-medley, that were not shown in the special!

In 1983 Caterina decided to cut down on the extensive travelling in order to spend more time at home with her family, and henceforth limited her apperances to the European continent.

On January the 14th 2006 Caterina will be celebrating her 75th birthday and to the dismay of major European TV-stations and the print media, she has expressed the whish to keep this occasion absolutely private!

But with the publication of the "Caterina Valente Live 1968" CD&DVD fans and friends all over the world will once again be spellbound by the magic of this great entertainer!

It has been said by critics and audiences alike, that Caterina on stage is the best Valente you can get!

"Caterina Valente Live 1968" is Caterina Valente at her best!

Caterina Valente Biography

"Caterina Valente is more a jazz singer than many artists so identified in the U.S. Her conception, phrasing, and timbre are exceptional." -Leonard Feather: The Encyclopedia of Jazz

"A VOCAL SUPERSTAR IN ANY LANGUAGE!" The Los Angeles Times said it, and who are we to argue?

In 1954 Caterina Valente introduced herself to European audiences with her recordings of "Istanbul" and "I love Paris". In 1955 Gordon MacRea presented her on the "Colgate Comedy Hour" as the "Malaguena" Girl. This was followed by the worldwide hit "The Breeze and I".

Las Vegas critics raved about the extraordinary talent of the young European vocalist who could sing in 12 languages and she soon found the spotlight on TV, at the Hollywood Palace and Dean Martin was so impressed he invited her on his TV show at least a dozen times. Danny Kaye, Perry Como and Bing Crosby often featured her as well, along with other TV hosts. In "The Entertainers" aired in 1964/65 she shared the bill with Carol Burnett, Dom DeLuise and Bob Newhart and was awarded the FAME Award as best vocalist on American television.

From the mid fifties to the eighties German, Italian, Swiss and Austrian Television produced more than a dozen series of Valente-Shows and her guest spots over the globe are uncountable.

Among others, she has performed with Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, toured extensively in concert with Woody Herman, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Buddy Rich and has recorded with Sy Oliver, Claus Ogerman and Chet Baker just to name a few.

Born in Paris of Italian parents, once married to a German then to an Englishman Caterina Valente easily related to fans wherever she performed, particularly in Europe. She stormed the charts in Germany with "Ganz Paris träumt von der Liebe" and Tipitipitipso" becoming the queen of German Schlager. In Italy romantic ballads like "Nessuno al mondo" and "Till" brought he gold records. The Grand Prix du Disque was her award in France for "Bimbombey" and she topped the charts in the US and the UK with the before mentioned "Malaguena" and "The Breeze and I".

She starred in 12 European movie-musicals; she dances (less exuberantly since undergoing two major hip operations); and is a virtuoso on the guitar, having strummed the instrument in an orchestra when only a teen-ager.

Major awards from Italy, Germany (2 crosses of merit), France (officer of artistic education), Brazil, Japan as well as the USA (including a best female vocalist Grammy nomination) document her artistic and civil achievements throughout the years.

But she considers the 18 concerts sharing the stage of the Olympia in Paris with Michel Legrand in 1972 as well as the album VALENTE 86 with the Count Basie Orchestra and relative 1986 European Tour under the direction of, and with arrangements by Thad Jones, to be her artistic highlights.

In 1986, her 50th anniversary in showbusiness was celebrated with a televised tribute entitled Bravo Caterina, and the Guiness Book of World Records recognized her as Europe's most successful female recording artist, with over 1350 albums to her credit.

"Girltalk" her latest album of newly recorded material with harpist Catherine Michel was released to international critical acclaim in 2001.

On January the 14th 2006 Caterina will celebrate her 75th birthday and to the dismay of major European TV-stations and the print media, she has expressed the whish to keep this occasion absolutely private!

But with the publication of the never before released unedited-concert recording used for the famous Heidelberg TV Special including the restored video on DVD of the same special which premiered on CBS in 1969, fans and friends all over the world will once again be spellbound by the magic of this great entertainer!



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