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Download of "Kim David Smith: Live at Joe's Pub"!

The new album Kim David Smith: Live at Joe's Pub is now available for digital pre-order. The recording will be released on digital and streaming platforms, in addition to a physical CD, on Friday, July 17. Customers who pre-order the digital album will immediately receive a download of the first single, "All the Lovers." Pre-order the album or purchase the CD at KimDavidSmith.com

The provocative Australian singer and performer — hailed as "slyly subversive" by The Wall Street Journal, "a male Marlene Dietrich" by The New York Times, and the "David Bowie of cabaret" by BroadwayWorld.com — was nominated for the Helpmann Award, Australia's highest honor for the performing arts. For Smith's first live album, his musical devotion to the glitter, doom, and decadence of Weimar-era Berlin subtly intertwines Friedrich Hollaender and Kurt Weill with The Supremes, Kylie Minogue, sultry '80s pop confections, classic standards, art songs, and bracing new numbers. The album features music direction, piano, and backing vocals by Tracy Stark, in addition to Skip Ward on bass. Jeremy Katz and Clay Mills serve as executive producers.

"Kim David Smith: Live at Joe's Pub is something of a greatest hits of my small-stage output," explains Smith, "incorporating music from 10 years of cabaret programs — including celebrations of my personal muses Kylie Minogue and Marlene Dietrich — and my own reimagined pop music from my dance albums Nova and Supernova. I'm very proud of my working relationship with music director Tracy Stark, and it means the world to have our exploits captured on an album, recorded at our beloved Joe's Pub at the Public. I'm especially excited about the cover art by fashion illustrator Clifford Faust, who has expressively captured the spirit of our music."

The album's highlights include Smith's wry, theatrical take on "Dracula's Tango" — the campy chart hit from 1980s British new wave group Toto Coelo — which has been an essential part of his repertoire for years. "My mum worked as an aerobics instructor when I was young," he remembers. "She would play her class tapes in the car when we were running errands. 'Dracula's Tango' was my favorite of her workout songs, and I've had the best time rearranging it for the stage. We've mashed in a little bit of Kylie's 'Can't Get You Out of My Head,' and made it as fun and diverting as possible."

In addition to Kurt Weill, Smith has championed iconic German composers Friedrich Hollaender, who is represented by four selections here. The album's version of "Jonny, wenn du Geburtstag hast?" is interwoven with strains of Madonna's "Erotica," the song's contemporary spiritual cousin. "I've always found German to be such a sexy language," says Smith, "I love the pleading, pulling sensuousness of the song's melody, crafted by Hollaender, my absolute favorite composer of the Weimar era. And I especially love his fabulous compositions where they intersect with the grandeur of Marlene Dietrich."

The emotional cornerstone of the album is Smith's bittersweet ballad interpretation of "All the Lovers," Kylie Minogue's international dance smash from 2010. "'All the Lovers' has been an important, freeing song for me," comments Smith. "It was supposed to serve as my wedding song this past April, with Tracy officiating from behind a piano, but we were forced to postpone due to the pandemic. Nevertheless, the number is bursting with celebratory exultations of love and openness. From the intimate, cooing verses to the anthemic chorus, 'All the Lovers' is a ton of fun to dive into at the end of a show."

"KIM DAVID SMITH — LIVE AT JOE'S PUB" TRACK LIST

1. Introduction (Overture)
2. "Pirate Jenny" (Kurt Weill / Bertolt Brecht / Marc Blitzstein)
3. "Barbara Song" (Kurt Weill / Bertolt Brecht / Marc Blitzstein) / "I Don't Know Who I Belong To" (Friedrich Hollaender / Jeremy Lawrence)
4. "Jonny, wenn du Geburtstag hast?" (Friedrich Hollaender)
5. Black Max Prelude (monologue)
6. "Song of Black Max" (William Bolcom / Arnold Weinstein)
7. "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (Edward Holland / Brian Holland / Lamont Dozier)
8. "Nature Boy" (Eden Ahbez)
9. "Shooting Star" (Charlie Mason)
10. Vamp Prelude (monologue)
11. "Ich bin ein Vamp!" (Mischa Spoliansky / Marcellus Schiffer)
12. "Dracula's Tango" (Barry Ian Blue / Paul Greedus)
13. "I Should Be So Lucky" (Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, Pete Waterman) / "Illusions" (Friedrich Hollaender)
14. "A Little Yearning" (Friedrich Hollaender / Jeremy Lawrence)
15. "All the Lovers" (James Eliot / Jemima Stilwell)
16. "The Singer" (Walter Marks)


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