As a young boy, Lancashire-born Alfie Boe (from the fishing port of Fleetwood) dreamed of a career as a singer. Having conquered the world's most prestigious opera stages, led the cast of Les Miserables for nearly a year, and stolen the show at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace, he has certainly succeeded. Always striving to bring good music to different audiences, after three sold-out UK Tours (including the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall), Boe has hundreds of thousands of fans, having achieved Platinum album sales in the UK, and four top ten album placings.
Returning to the solo spotlight after two successful albums with Michael Ball, Alfie Boe's As Time Goes By pays homage to the golden era of music from the ‘30s and ‘40s. The new album journeys through the defining songs of the era - from the full force of "Sing Sing Sing" to the slow and smooth "The Way You Look Tonight" and "As Time Goes By."
This new CD arrived and I couldn't wait to get it in the player, sit back and listen to it – and I certainly wasn't disappointed. It isn't always successful for someone who studied opera to make the transition to other styles of music but Alfie Boe has certainly accomplished that over the years. This CD sees him take on the Big Band genre of music. He has a style all of his own but it sort of reminds me of a young Howard Keel rather than, say, a Vic Damone. He is exceptionally well-served as far as orchestra and Big Band are concerned – the first-rate City of Prague Philharmonic and a Big Band led by Gordon Goodwin. On certain tracks he is joined by Kara Tointon, Brennyn Lark and even Kelsey Grammer on ‘Minnie the Moocher'!
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Born Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe in the Lancashire seaside town 45 years ago, the tenor was named after the original Italian name of Pope John XXIII. "I know, it's very schizophrenic, isn't it?" laughs Alfie, who'll shortly head out on tour to support his latest hit album As Time Goes By. "I come from both those backgrounds, Norwegian and Irish, but the Italian thing is a little strange as I don't have any Italian blood in me – basically my mother named me after a Pope, which was a bit odd. "It never got me any flak from my friends at school, though, they were totally accepting of my very strange names – he said sarcastically!"
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