At Last

Rodney Smith (Original photography) New York: Sony Music Entertainment, 2003. Presumed First Edition, First printing thus. Wraps. The format is approximately 4.75 inches by 4.75 inches. 4 pages. Illustrations. Booklet from a CD, signed boldly on the front in silver by Cyndi Lauper with a heart sign. [NO CD PRESENT]. With Certificate of Authenticity. Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. Her career has spanned over 40 years. Her album She's So Unusual (1983) was the first debut album by a female artist to achieve four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—"Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "Time After Time", "She Bop", and "All Through the Night"—and earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies (1985) and her second record True Colors (1986). This album included the number-one single "True Colors" and "Change of Heart", which reached number three. In 1989, Lauper had her first dance club hit with "That's What I Think". Since 1983, Lauper has released eleven studio albums and participated in other projects. In 2010, Memphis Blues became Billboard's most successful blues album of the year, remaining at number one on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for 13 consecutive weeks. In 2013, she won the Tony Award for best original score for composing the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, making her the first woman to win the category by herself. The musical was awarded five other Tonys including Tony Award for Best New Musical. In 2014, Lauper was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for the cast recording. Extract from an AllMusic review by Aaron Latham: As the girl who just wants to have fun, Cyndi Lauper became an '80s music icon with her flamboyant style, powerful baby-doll voice, and quirky songs. With At Last, Lauper steps away from that playful image to become the girl who just wants to sing as she tackles a set of pop standards that showcase her voice. Lauper's forceful tones can be quite moving and awe-inspiring when in the proper setting, as with her bluesy take on Etta James' "At Last." With its lazy tempo and minimal arrangement, Lauper is able to relax and convey the lyrics in one of her most mature and affecting performances. Even more low-key is the whisper quiet of "Walk on By," in which she turns Dionne Warwick's midtempo gem into a dark tale of mourning by sadly singing the lyrics over a crawling tempo. Getting a Tori Amos-style ballad treatment is the Animals' "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," which lets Lauper's rock roots rise to the surface with her edgy performance. Her song choices work, like "La Vie en Rose," in which her slightly ragged reading is too rough for the delicate song. At Last does focus on Cyndi Lauper's best asset -- her voice -- and may help to rejuvenate a career in which the personality overshadowed the talent. Condition: Very good.

Keywords: Cyndi Lauper, Singer, Rock and Roll, Composer, Performer, Entertainer, Female Artist, Grammy Award Winner, Blues, Popular Music, Musical Standards, Tony Bennett

[Book #87916]

Price: $500.00

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