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50 Piano Classics
In the Lounge


Performed by: London Music Works & Joey Misquita (piano)
Label: Silva Screen Records
SILED4902 (download)
Release Date: 28 May 2021

Delivering 50 familiar songs, imbued with contemporary arrangements and recording techniques, pianist Joey Misquita and London Music Works create an album with an expansive sound and cinematic piano production, bringing the style of Lounge into the 2020s. Gone are the Exotica and Space Age Pop to be replaced by the sound of the contemporary film music score. Songs featured on the album range from Chart Hits (Abba’s 'The Winner Takes It All', Lionel Richie's 'Stuck On You', Tears for Fears' 'Mad World') to classic film music (Ennio Morricone's Chi Mai, John Barry's Somewhere in Time, Patrick Doyle’s 'The Dreame' from Sense and Sensibility) and musicals ('On My Own' from Les Miserables, 'City of Stars' from La La Land)...

Who doesn't like a bit of solo piano music? How about solo piano focusing on classic pop, musicals and TV and film music... but handled with loving respect for the original material, rather than some quickly knocked out rubbish?

50 Piano Classics delivers a wonderful collection of tracks with a running time of 3 hr, 01 min, 25 sec. The chances are you'll know all 50 (or at the very least the majority of these tracks) no matter your age. You can even have a bit of fun by ignoring the track listing and seeing if you can guess all 50.

Despite the fact it ruined an entire summer for me (because it was at the top of the charts for so long, and seemed to be played everywhere you went), Bryan Adams' '(Everything I Do) I Do It for You' is given a new lease of life on this album.

My only slight complaint is that a few of the tracks fade out, rather than ending, which makes them feel a little unnatural. If you were sitting in a lounge listening to them they would all have endings to them, so I'm not sure why they were just lazily faded out.

Track listing:

01. Alfie (From “Alfie”)
02. All I Ask
03. Ben
04. Chi Mai
05. City of Stars (From “La La Land”)
06. Colours of the Wind (From “Pocahontas”)
07. Desperado
08. The Dreame (From “Sense and Sensibility”)
09. (Everything I Do) I Do it for You (From “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves”)
10. Hero
11. I Don’t Know How to Love Him (From "Jesus Christ Superstar")
12. I Don’t Wanna Talk About it
13. I Dreamed a Dream (From “Les Miserables”)
14. If I let you go
15. I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues
16. Lady
17. The Last Time I Felt Like This (From “Same Time, Next Year”)
18. The Long and Winding Road
19. Love Theme from “The Thornbirds”
20. Mad World
21. The Music of Goodbye (From “Out of Africa”)
22. Nobody Does it Better (From “The Spy who Loved Me”)
23. No Matter What (From "Whistle Down The Wind")
24. On My Own (From "Les Miserables")
25. Promise Me
26. Run to You (From “The Bodyguard”)
27. Save the Best for Last
28. Shallow (From “A Star is Born”)
29. She’s Out of My Life
30. Someone Like You
31. Somewhere in Time (From “Somewhere in Time”)
32. Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word
33. Stuck On You
34. Take My Breath Away (From "Top Gun")
35. Tears in Heaven
36. Three Times a Lady
37. True Colours
38. A Time for Us (From "Romeo and Juliet")
39. Up Where We Belong (From "An Officer and A Gentleman")
40. We are the Champions
41. What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life? (From "The Happy Ending")
42. When You Say Nothing at All
43. When You Tell Me That You Love Me
44. A Whiter Shade of Pale
45. The Winner Takes it All
46. Words
47. You Must Love Me (From “Evita”)
48. You’ll Never Walk Alone (From “Carousel”)
49. You Needed Me
50. You Raise Me Up


Darren Rea

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