New Feelin'

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New Feelin'
Studio album by Liza Minnelli
Released September 1970
Recorded Spring–Summer 1970, Muscle Shoals Alabama
Genre Pop, vocal, traditional
Label A&M
SP-4272
Producer [Rex Kramer]]
Liza Minnelli chronology
Come Saturday Morning
(1969)
New Feelin'
(1970)
Live at the Olympia in Paris
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

New Feelin' is Liza Minnelli's third and last studio album for A&M Records. The fourth and last for the label would be a live album released 2 years later. This was released in September 1970 in the United States, and sees the singer following a new formula of mixing old songs but produced in a more contemporary way.

Album information[edit]

Recording took place in late spring and early summer 1970 at Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The title reflected the state of mind the label and Minnelli felt they should have when producing this collection. Seeing as the formula employed for the previous two albums didn't work, they drastically reworked it: they decided choose a selection of covers of old songs from as early as 1917 through to the 1940s, with the only new factor being the production, which was very pop-country-soul.

It was new territory for everyone concerned: not only had Minnelli never done anything like this before (but committed to the project completely), even the producer had never produced an album before. It was Rex Kramer, who was dating the singer at the time, and was also the front man of the musical group Bojangles. This album, unlike the previous two for A&M recorded by Minnelli, charted, debuting on November 28, 1970 peaking at 158. It is likely the reasons for this positive change are that she appeared on several television shows to promote it (This Is Tom Jones, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Johnny Cash Show) and even performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. A fourth album to follow the relative success of New Feelin' was planned to be recorded in early 1971 but was scrapped as the singer was getting ready to give the performance that would put her on the map forever, the role of Sally Bowles in the movie adaptation of the musical Cabaret.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Love for Sale" (Cole Porter)
  2. "Stormy Weather" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler)
  3. "Come Rain or Come Shine" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer)
  4. "Lazy Bones" (Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael)
  5. "Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine" (Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Kern)
  6. "I Wonder Where My Easy Rider's Gone" (Shelton Brooks)
  7. "The Man I Love" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
  8. "How Long Has This Been Going On?" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
  9. "God Bless the Child" (Billie Holiday, Arthur Herzog)
  10. "Maybe This Time" (Fred Ebb, John Kander)

Re-release[edit]

The album was released on Compact Disc in its entirety for the first time as part of Liza Minnelli: The Complete A&M Recordings, a 2-CD set released by Collector's Choice Music in 2008. This included outtakes and previously unreleased recordings from the A&M recording sessions.

Personnel[edit]

  • Produced and arranged by Rex Kramer
  • Original album engineers: Mickey Buckins, Sonny Limbo
  • Art director: Tom Wilkes
  • Photography: Rex Kramer

Charts[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
position
Billboard 200[2] 158

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ "Liza Minnelli". AllMusic. 1946-03-12. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 

Other sources[edit]

  • Liza Minnelli: When It Comes Down to It.......1968–1977 liner notes by Glenn A. Baker, 2003
  • Liza Minnelli: The Complete A&M Recordings liner notes by Scott Schechter, 2008
  • Liza Minnelli: The Complete Capitol Collection liner notes by Scott Schechter, 2006