Title - 'The Show Goes On' (Eagle Rock)
Artist - Neil Sedaka
Neil Sedaka is one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time with a career stretching from the fifties to the present day. He has achieved huge success with hits in his own right and with the many tracks he has written which have been made famous by other artists.
This concert, recorded at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall in 2006, shows Neil Sedaka entrancing his audience with his characteristic humor and charm while turning in great performances of his best loved hits, introducing new songs and showcasing his talents as a classical pianist.
The album begins with 'The Other Side Of Me,' a beautiful tune that I can identify with in so many ways. Next is 'Standing On The Inside,' a song about getting back into the rock-n-roll limelight after nearly a decade's absence, it is still wonderful to hear today. Then comes 'The Queen Of 1964,' a popular track from his British album Overnight Success, his massive 1959 chart #1 'Oh Carol,' and then both 'Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen' ("Tra la-la-la-la la-la-la-la") and 'Where The Boys Are.'
Keeping the beautiful concert going and Sedaka begins singing about the months of the year with corresponding sexy women in 'Calendar Girl,' before 'You,' 'Laughter In The Rain,' 'Should Have Never Let You Go,' and a fantastic duet with Tony Christie on 'Is This The Way To Amarillo?'
Only halfway through this album (I know, right!), and we get the uber-lush version of The Carpenters' 'Solitaire,' a song that he and Howard Greenfield wrote for them, and then 'Betty Grable,' and the ever-popular 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do' from 1962. The wonderful 'I Go Ape' is next, and is followed by 'The Hungry Years,' and then he tackles one of Frederic Chopin's best-known compositions, 'Fantasy Impromtu.'
The 21-track album comes to a close with 'Super Bird,' before the very successful chart single 'The Immigrant' (1975) and another song he and Greenfield wrote, the Grammy-Award winning 'Love Will Keep Us Together' - which topped the charts for Captain and Tennille for four weeks back in 1975. The album finally comes to a close with 'That's When The Music Takes Me,' before Sedaka thanks all for coming out.