March 9, 2010 – 4:00 am

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London 2010 [no label, 2CD]
With the BBC Concert Orchestra

Live at the Mermaid Theatre, London, UK, March 5, 2010. Very good BBC FM.

It’s quite impossible for anyone in the English-speaking world not to have come across Neil Sedaka’s songs, whose early hits charted in the late ’50s. As he tells the London audience, he was equally pleased and surprised that during a recent trip to China, he came across a Chinese singer who sang Oh! Carol (a song written for former girlfriend, Carole King). But when Sedaka told the singer who he was, the disbelieving singer said: “If you are Neil Sedaka, I’m Elvis!”

While songs such as Oh! Carol, Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Where The Boys Are (Connie Francis) and Breaking Up Is Hard To Do were radio staples in the ’60s; Sedaka took a long break when he found he couldn’t compete with the British Invasion. But he returned in the ’70s with a gorgeous slice of pop called Laughter In The Rain and other hit songs such as Solitaire, Love Will Keep Us Together and Amarillo. And Sedaka was introduced to a new generation of listeners when American Idol finalist Clay Aiken made Solitaire a hit in 2004.

In this concert, Sedaka, who will be 71 on March 13, showed he still managed to retain his voice and delivered what was a greatest hits package. Interspersed with amusing anecdotes, this is not only another trip down memory lane but the fine FM recording clearly makes this a keeper. For those who want a bit more, the 14-minute conversation between Tim Rice and radio presenter Paul Gambaccini gives a rundown of Sedaka’s career in a nutshell - on his voice (”Still got his pipes”); Sedaka’s playing (a touch of classical in the music); as a singer-songwriter - he’s “ahead of the game”; on Sedaka’s songwriting partner, lyricist Howard Greenfield; the songwriters at the Brill Building in New York; and the impact of the Beatles and Tony Christie’s Amarillo.

Thanks to leex100 for sharing the lossless tracks on the Dime site.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Introduction
Track 102. Tin Pan Alley
Track 103. Oh! Carol
Track 104. Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen
Track 105. Where The Boys Are
Track 106. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Track 107. Calendar Girl
Track 108. The Hungry Years
Track 109. One More Ride On The Merry Go Round
Track 110. Love Will Keep Us Together
Track 111. Solitaire
Track 112. You
Track 113. Laughter In The Rain
Track 114. She Was The Queen Of 1964
Track 115. Turning Back The Hands Of Time
Track 116. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Disc 2
Track 201. Standing On The Inside
Track 202. The Other Side Of Me
Track 203. Our Last Song Together
Track 204. I Go Ape
Track 205. Betty Grable
Track 206. Super Bird
Track 207. Going Nowhere
Track 208. Amarillo
Track 209. That’s When The Music Takes Me

Track 210. Tim Rice interval talk on Sedaka

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  1. 15 Responses to “NEIL SEDAKA - LONDON 2010”

  2. neil sedaka ?

    hey bigo , keep us informed if anyone downloads this one..curious…

    By sluggo on Mar 10, 2010

  3. Well, I listened to a few tracks. Listen to Frank Valli elsewhere on this site (or Lou Christie on PBS in the 80’s) for a comparable session. Neil is still a class act. The songs need to be taken in context of their time (50s-early 60’s), and Neil still has an excellent voice. It just is a different voice now but not feeble in any way. So the songs sound different. What if you never heard Neils originals? I think sluggo probably is comparing the content and artist to the more usual fare on this site of classic rock late 60’s and 70’s, various jazz and blues rock. But that is not all that is available here. I’d recommend this to Neil Sedaka fans or 50’s-60’s pop fans wanting to hear an artist who still has a very good voice reinterpret his songs into his current voice. For an artist who could still hit the high notes in his 50’s, check out Roy Orbison. That guy left us way too soon!

    By 2yrsnojob on Mar 10, 2010

  4. roy orbison …now yer talkin`..sedaka is just too much corn for me…

    By sluggo on Mar 11, 2010

  5. How many remember his duet with Elton John “Bad Blood” from 1975. I think he was signed to Rocket. Too bad he doesn’t do that here.

    By Nick on Mar 11, 2010

  6. A good short reference for what was happening in the USA and England in the late 50’s and early 60’s is The Compleat Beatles movie. Per the movie, the record companies were trying to tame rock and roll by creating clean-cut young teen idols (Sedaka, Paul Anka, Tony Orlando, Bobby Vee, Bobby Vinton, etc) in an effort to “tame rock and roll”. Folk music became big. People forget that Country-Western music was huge at 40% of the music market in 1958.

    By 2yrsnojob on Mar 11, 2010

  7. “That guy left us way too soon!
    By 2yrsnojob on Mar 10, 2010 ”

    I don’t think he’s dead yet, if that’s what you mean

    By gary on Mar 11, 2010

  8. …the record companies were trying to tame rock and roll by creating clean-cut young teen idols (Sedaka, Paul Anka, Tony Orlando, Bobby Vee, Bobby Vinton, etc) in an effort to “tame rock and roll”.

    the record companies played a very small part in this..the government was most instrumental by putting Elvis in the army , tossing chuck Berry in Jail , the media tore Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard apart…the record companies promoted safe white bread accordingly.

    By sluggo on Mar 11, 2010

  9. gary - “…Roy Orbison. That guy left us way too soon”
    Sorry. I should have used a comma. “…Roy Orbison, who left us way too soon.”

    sluggo - you’re probably right, I was quoting the film. But considering how powerful the RIAA is now…

    Oh, I would include Jan Berry in your group. His horrific crash followed his draft notice. BTW, the BigO comments on “The Last Jan and Dean” unreleased album “Carnival”: Jan didnt recover well. I saw what was left of the back of his head under his hairpiece when I talked to him after a Jan and Dean concert a few years before he died. I would say he was courageous and succeeded despite his condition, and the love and hard work of his family and friends, including Dean.

    Was it J Edgar Hoover that tried to shut down rock and roll? The recent report about Paul Harvey shows that the FBI had hooks into the media. Look at what JEH was trying to do to John Lennon.

    By 2yrsnojob on Mar 11, 2010

  10. Out of respect for Neil and his many fans, lets drop this thread. I kinda grabbed the football and ran out of the stadium on that one.

    By 2yrsnojob on Mar 11, 2010

  11. Hey, is this interesting for me only?…I surely did enjoy this one.
    A lot of you think this is corny, well…the world is big enough for you and for me, who think that Neil with his tra-la-las & dum-do-dee-dum-da songs makes me feel really good.

    By Alex Corvini on Mar 12, 2010

  12. Neil Sedaka is not going to be to everyones taste but hey… credit where it’s due to the guy, he’s still in good shape and he is always guaranteed a warm welcome in Britain. Not many from that pre-Beatles era were able to reinvent themselves and find success all over again in the 1970’s - Del Shannon and Roy Orbison to name two legends - had a rough time whereas Sedaka triumphed.

    There isn’t many left from his era so he should be viewed as a treasure. At least he wrote songs with melodies - an asset lacking in many big names of today.

    By Baz on Mar 12, 2010

  13. I never suggested that this show was not fitting..I will fight alongside anyone to preserve the right to enjoy what or whomever music turns you on..I was mainly curious to know how many times this one was you think it really matters to me what music other folks like, hell I barely have enough time to enjoy all of the artists that i like.!LOL
    Sure Sedaka is corny but sometimes a little corn will see you through a dark day….
    peace love and downloads!

    By sluggo on Mar 12, 2010

  14. Oh well, I’m in too late for this one. Lucky you who managed to d’load it in time ;-)

    Thanks, as always, for all the good stuff here.

    By Tom in Germany on Mar 15, 2010

  15. seems ironic that this show gets pulled..If I was sedaka I`d be thrilled that anyone still cared..

    By sluggo on Mar 18, 2010

  16. Neil Sedaka is a living legend! Have you seen this recent interview? Love him!

    By mary jane on Aug 12, 2010

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