Life is a Cabaret: The Top 12 Liza Minnelli Albums

By Ben Rimalower
23 Nov 2013

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The Complete Capitol Collection

Another cheat on this list, the Capitol Collection is a compilation of Minnelli's three mid-60s albums for Capitol Records. While these recordings find an immature Minnelli still somewhat unsure of how to express herself most artfully in song, the pure heart and throat are undeniable. And it's a real treat to hear her surrounded by the luxuriously full, expert orchestrations by Peter Matz on many of these tracks. I'm extremely partial to Minnelli's passion and bonhomie on the many Francophile offerings on this collection. Also not to be missed, the studio solo versions of her songs from Flora, the Red Menace — you can close your eyes and picture yourself in the New York nightlife of yesteryear. You still need the Flora cast album for her full 19-year old Tony-winning excitement, but this is fun as well.