Pavarotti & friends

My 30 years with Luciano Pavarotti

This summer it is 30 years since I discovered the great Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. The summer of 1987 I wanted to explore opera so I took a chance and bought my first Pavarotti record. On random I bought the two LP set compilation “My Own Story” from Decca. What a voice! I was hooked! From that day on Pavarotti became my favourite tenor for life.

When I began exploring Pavarotti’s recordings I discovered not only many wonderful operas, but also many beautiful sacred works and classical songs. Later I became aware of Pavarotti’s recordings of Italian and Neapolitan songs. Then in 1990 came the first Three Tenors concert and in 1992 the first Pavarotti & Friends concert. There was so much to explore!

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In the 1990s Pavarotti’s fame and success reached new heights and I continued to explore his recordings. After investigating his official recordings, mostly on Decca, I began exploring the myriad of unofficial Pavarotti recordings. There was also a number of books about Pavarotti! Even more to explore!

After a while I just had to hear Pavarotti live! I heard Pavarotti live only three times: In Verdi’s Requiem in Oslo (1992), and live in concert in Oslo (1999) and in Stockholm (2005).

As my interest in Pavarotti’s art developed so did my interest for Italian language, culture and society. I was just the natural next step! So in the summer of 2000 I went to Rome to learn Italian for a month. I have continued to learn Italian and to explore Italy to this very day!

In 2007 Pavarotti passed away. His death took my passion for Pavarotti to another level. In May 2009 I started this blog. I wrote this in my very first blog post:

“Hopefully this blog will be interesting for all Pavarotti’s fans, also the ardent ones. It will sometimes be somewhat funny or odd as the perspectives taken on Pavarotti’s art, life and legacy will take many odd turns and twists. Pavarotti was not only a great artist and a great person, but has also become a cultural icon and phenomenon. Naturally, Pavarotti’s performances and recordings will be essential topics in this blog.”

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And the journey into Pavarotti’s art, life and legacy continues. Like this morning, when I received the latest Pavarotti compilation album which has its international release today. The new double CD from Decca is entitled The People’s Tenor. What an appropriate title for a Pavarotti album!

Pavarotti was for me the starting point for my interest into opera, an interest which is still evolving. My musical interest has all my life revolved around the human voice in all its form, whether it’s classical, opera, sacred, jazz, soul, disco or pop, whether it’s tenors, soul singers, sopranos, countertenors, baritones, jazz singers or disco divas.

There are many great voices out there, both past and present, in many genres, that I love to listen to, but the greatest voice of them all was, is and forever will be the voice of the great Luciano Pavarotti!

For the last 30 years I have listen to Pavarotti singing. When looking back on these 30 years, I wonder how I could have survived without Pavarotti’s glorious voice!

Grazie mille, Luciano!

This blog post no. 315 was first published 01-09-2017. Last revision 01-09-2017.

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Christmas with Pavarotti: A brand new Pavarotti Christmas album entitled “Christmas with Pavarotti”!

Today it’s exactly three months until Christmas Eve, so it’s really time to think about Christmas again! In my house, as well as in my office at work, I’ve started playing Pavarotti’s wonderful Christmas album entitled “O holy night”.

It’s therefore with delight that I can report that a brand new Christmas album with Pavarotti is on its way to us all this Christmas. The album is simply entitled “Christmas with Pavarotti”. This 2 CD album from Decca will be in stores from 4 November in Europe and 10 November in Japan.

The album contains 36 tracks (some sources indicates 34 tracks). Adding all this information together I can give you this preliminary overview of the tracks:

It looks like this new Pavarotti Christmas album features a great collection of both traditional and modern Christmas songs. And what a beautiful front cover for this album!

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Please note that the information above is preliminary as it’s based on information from various online record stores and not from any official Decca or Universal sources. Some of this information can therefore be wrong. I will update this blog post as soon as new information comes available.

In addition to listening to the “O holy night” album, I have another pre-Christmas activity. I love to watch Pavarotti’s Christmas concert from Montreal, Canada in 1978. Previously issued on VHS on Decca (I got an Italian version to prove it!), it’s now available on DVD on various labels. Maybe it’s time for Decca to issue this concert as well? Maybe next Christmas, Decca?

With all the best for Christmas! It’s going to be great now that there’s a new Pavarotti Christmas album to look forward to! 🙂

This blog post no. 314 was first published 24-09-2016. Last revision 24-09-2016.

Pavarotti & Friends sing the classic Beatles song “All You Need Is Love”

On Christmas Eve 2015 all official studio albums by The Beatles became available on various streaming services for the first time. What a Christmas present! To celebrate this wonderful news Pavarotti & Friends sing the classic Beatles song All You Need Is Love.

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The Pavarotti & Friends video is taken from the concert “Pavarotti & Friends for Cambodia and Tibet” in Modena, Italy in 2000. Can you see what friends are singing together with Pavarotti on this song?

This Pavarotti & Friends concert is available on Decca CD, download and streaming, as well as on Decca DVD. The concert was also shown on TV.

Here is the official ad for The Beatles streaming launch.

This post was first published 28-12-2015. Last revision 28-12-2015.

B.B. King & Luciano Pavarotti

Woke up this morning to the sad news that the great blues legend B.B. King has died. B.B. King was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The great B.B. King was born on September 16, 1925 and died on May 14, 2015.

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B.B. King joined Pavarotti at the 1999 Pavarotti & Friends concert in Modena, Italy. The concert, entitled “Pavarotti & friends for the children of Guatemala and Kosovo”, is available on Decca CD and DVD.

B.B. King performed three songs in this concert (in addition to joining all artist at the end of the concert singing “We are the world”):

  • “The Thrill Is Gone” (with Pavarotti)
  • “Hey Man” (with Zucchero)
  • “Let The Good Times Roll” (solo)

Enjoy these songs with the great B.B. King!

RIP, grande, grande B.B. King!

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This post was first published 15-05-2015. Last revised 15-05-2015.

Pavarotti Mexican compilation CD

When you think you’ve seen all the Pavarotti albums there are in the world, new ones pops up, in a record store somewhere or somewhere online.

My latest find is “La Voz De Luciano Pavarotti”, a compilation CD from Mexico. This CD, which translates “The voice of …”, is a compilation of Pavarotti singing Italian popular songs. The CD was issued on Decca by Universal Music Mexico in 2014.

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This CD can be bought online at Almaraz records, or the next time you or somebody you know goes to Mexico.

We celebrate this with a funny Mexican tribute to Pavarotti. Pavarotti sings Cielito Lindo together with Enrique Iglesias from a Pavarotti & Friends concert (not included on this Mexican CD).

More about Pavarotti in Mexico in later posts!

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This post was first published 18-11-2014. Last revision 18-11-2014.

Christmas with Pavarotti: Holy Mother with Eric Clapton

One of the best things about Christmas is to spend time with family and friends. And there’s no Christmas without our friend Pavarotti!

And speaking of friends: In a previous Christmas post I said that Pavarotti performed many songs that are Christmas songs or could be associated with Christmas on his many Pavarotti & Friends concerts.

One song that wasn’t included in that post was “Holy Mother”, a duet Pavarotti sang with Eric Clapton. I believe that many will associate the lyrics of this song to Christmas or to be in line with the spirit of Christmas.

Pavarotti and Clapton sang this song on the Pavarotti and Friends concert in 1996 (for War Child) and reprised it on the 2003 concert (Sos Iraq). Below are videos from both concerts.

Both concerts were broadcasted on TV, but to this day only the 1996 concert has been issued on CD and DVD (on Decca). However, many clips from the 2003 concert is out there on YouTube.

Hope that I have contributed to the Christmas spirit! I wish you all a very merry Christmas! Thank you all for visiting Odd Pavarotti Blog! 🙂

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This post was originally published 26-11-2013. Last revision 26-11-2013.

Lou Reed and Pavarotti

Lou Reed is dead. The American rock musician and songwriter died October 27, 2013. Lewis Allan “Lou” Reed was born on March 2, 1942 and was guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter in The Velvet Underground before he went solo.

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Lou Reed sang together with Luciano Pavarotti at one of his Pavarotti & Friends concerts in Modena, Italy. Pavarotti joined Lou Reed when he sang his song Perfect day at the Pavarotti & Friends for Angola concert on May 28, 2002.

The 2002 Pavarotti & Friends concert was broadcasted on TV, but has not to this day been issued on CD or DVD. However, many clips from that concert is out there on YouTube.

Lou Reed RIP

This post was originally published 28-10-2013. Last revision 28-10-2013.