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Josh Groban – Josh Groban In Concert (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Josh Groban – Josh Groban In Concert (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:06:29 minutes | 817 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Reprise

Discovered by veteran record producer David Foster, 21-year-old singing phenomenon Josh Groban began his meteoric rise after a last-minute appearance as a stand-in for Andrea Bocelli at the 1999 Grammy Awards dress rehearsal. There, his performance of “The Prayer” with Céline Dion immediately garnered Groban several very influential fans, including Grammy host Rosie O’Donnell. Groban’s subsequent performance on O’Donnell’s talk show, several appearances on ALLY MCBEAL, and a performance at the 2002 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony have rapidly made him one of the hottest talents in contemporary music. As his critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album continues to attract listeners with its diverse selection of classical and contemporary numbers, GREAT PERFORMANCES captures Groban in peak performance, showcasing the spectacular voice that has the power of an operatic tenor but the romantic tenderness of a pop balladeer.

“Producer, record executive, and songwriter David Foster has a long history of trying to wed commercial considerations to the lighter elements of pop music, and in young Josh Groban, whom he adopted as a protégé in late 1998 when the singer was 17, he is trying to get in on the classical crossover market effectively occupied by the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, and Charlotte Church (who duets with Groban on “The Prayer” here). Groban has a rich voice that falls somewhere between a low tenor and a high baritone, and Foster has here crafted or commissioned music that will sound classical to the ears of non-classical fans, much of it with lyrics in Italian to complete the effect. “Gira con Me,” for example, is a slow ballad that sounds like it may have escaped from a minor opera, but in fact was composed by Foster and songwriter/producer Walter Afanasieff (best known for his work with Mariah Carey). Groban is also given some ballads in English, with songwriting credits that include such Southern California pop-meisters as Richard Marx, Albert Hammond, Carole Bayer Sager, and Foster’s wife, Linda Thompson. The result is an ersatz classical crossover record that won’t fool the experts but easily could find its way into households that welcome Celine Dion and other sub-operatic emoters of her ilk. Groban is certainly not to be blamed for taking his chances with Foster instead of staying in college or pursuing a classical career, and his first album is enjoyable even if it doesn’t live up to its pretensions.” (William Ruhlmann, AMG)


1. Josh Groban – Alla Luce del Sole (Live 2002)
2. Josh Groban – You’re Still You (Live 2002)
3. Josh Groban – Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) (Live 2002)
4. Josh Groban – Gira con Me (Live 2002)
5. Josh Groban – Un Amore per Sempre (Live 2002)
6. Josh Groban – Aléjate (Live 2002)
7. Josh Groban – Broken Vow (feat. David Foster) (Live 2002)
8. Josh Groban – To Where You Are (feat. David Foster) (Live 2002)
9. Josh Groban – Cinema Paradiso (Se) (Live 2002)
10. Josh Groban – For Always (feat. John Williams) (Live 2002)
11. Josh Groban – Home to Stay (Live 2002)
12. Josh Groban – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (feat. Lili Haydn) (Live 2002)
13. Lili Haydn – Canto Alla Vita (feat. Andrea Corr, Lili Haydn & Rhys Fulber) (Live 2002)
14. Josh Groban – The Prayer (feat. Angie Stone) (Live 2002)
15. Josh Groban – Let Me Fall (from Cirque du Soleil) (Live 2002)


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