In 1985 Georgie Fame and Steve Gray wrote a project about a female singer’s life story. They chose Madeline Bell to play the part of the singer and wrote for a big band and orchestra of over 60 pieces plus a 30 piece choir – a pretty ambitious work. The work was performed with the Metropole Orchestra in Hilversum, Holland. In 2004 they performed the work again in Tilbug, and the concert was recorded by Dutch Radio. Ten years on, that recording is now being released as a live album.
There’s a mix of styles here, from Jazz to big band. The lyrics and music tell a story of a young girl and her path from a small town to a successful singer. The music definitely works in harmony to the lyrics in telling the story and makes it a compelling listen.
There’s a mix of male vocals and female vocals from Georgie Fame and Madeline Bell respectively.