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Kiki & Herb Will Die For You at Carnegie Hall

by Kiki & Herb

Radical Rock "One of the great artistic statements of our time. It isn't a concert recording; it's a movie for the mind. For energy, seriousness of purpose, hilarious insight, and sheer totally of-the-moment genius, easily the best CD of the year."
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1. DISC ONE #1. Close to it All
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2. #2. Note to Self: Don't Die/Flamingo/When Doves Cry #3. (mono
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3. #4. Why #5. (monologue) Hoochie Coochie
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4. #6. Sex Bomb #7. (monologue) Yasaweh
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5. #8. Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You #9. (monologue)
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6. #10. A Lover Spurned #11. (monologue) Bored, Bored, Bored
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7. #12. The Windmills of My Mind
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8. #13. I Was Meant for the Stage
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9. #14. No Children
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10. #15. Rainbow Connection
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11. DISC TWO #1. Pina Colada Song
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12. #2. Institutionalized #3. (monologue) Jazz
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13. #4. The Paris Match #5. (monologue) I've got to go to Vietnam
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14. #6. The Revolution Medley: The Revolution Will Not Be Televise
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15. #7. Dominique #8. (monologue) Show Business Martyrs
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16. #9. The Thin Ice
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17. #10. Love Will Tear Us Apart
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18. #11. Temptation
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19. #12. Total Eclipse of the Heart
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20. #13. Those Were the Days
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21. #14. Tonight's the Kind of Night
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22. #15. Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
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23. #16. Running Up That Hill
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24. (this Is A Double Cd)
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DOUBLE CD/Extra Long - Order Now for the Holidays

See "Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway" in NYC until September 10th, 2006!

Entertainment Weekly's Best CD Review of 2/18/05
"Come back soon, Kiki & Herb, we need you!"
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FlakMagazine Review 2/17/05

"The operative phrase on this two-disc, two-hour-plus recording of Kiki & Herb's Carnegie Hall engagement of last September issues like an assault during a roiling interpretation of Annie Lennox's "Why." Kiki DuRane, about to let fly a larynx-lacerating scat-shout of the song's chorus, warns the audience, "Don't get too comfortable!"

The audience applauds with vigor. They don't want to get comfortable. Many of them have come to share in the triumphant ascendance of Kiki & Herb, from engagements in San Francisco (when the show was in its nascent stages), to their id-driven evenings at the Flamingo East, P.S. 122 and Fez in downtown New York, to an off-Broadway engagement at the Cherry Lane Theater in 2003, and now, improbably, to their sold-out show at Carnegie Hall. And most of the audience knows that Kiki & Herb didn't score this gig because they make people feel comfortable.

... Kiki & Herb's Will Die for You features segments and full performances of at least 27 songs, all recast and deconstructed to fit the show's conceit. Kiki's singing voice, caramel with schmaltz in the low register and sandpapery and threatening when she lets loose a scream, will be a tough sell to some listeners, but it is immediate and vital. And Herb's piano work is phenomenal; he never ceases playing from the moment he hits the stage, and he manages to glide through the wildly various set list, from the grandiloquent "The Windmills of My Mind" to the plaintive "I Was Meant for the Stage" to the dance-hall rollicking "No Children" with admirable dexterity. Further, it is the bitter cocktail of anger, pain and the longing for grace, that allows Kiki & Herb to claim some songs as their own. Steve Nicks' "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You" and Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" exist on these two discs in their definitive versions, and - shockingly - the duo's sensual, aching version of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" becomes a meditation on loneliness, the need for comfort and a plea for understanding and communion with intimates, textures that were only hinted at in Bush's new-wave version."

GayWired Review 2/17/05

"Anyone who can't get enough of Kiki and Herb onstage should buy this CD, a pink boa, an endless supply of pina coladas, a microphone, stage lighting... well, at least buy the CD. The rest can come later. And until then, you'll feel like Kiki and Herb themselves are both right there in front of you reeking of alcohol and desperation. Following their 2000 Christmas creation, Do You Hear What We Hear, this double-CD Carnegie Hall recording double-psychotic and double the fun."

Daily Variety Review of Concert 9/04

"One look at the crowd filing into "Kiki & Herb Will Die for You" made it clear this was not the usual Carnegie Hall set. In place of tuxes, pearls and shellacked hair were gleaming shaved heads and fauxhawks, tattoos and screaming fashion statements, drag queens and muscle boys. But the heavily partisan public should in no way detract from the accomplishment of downtown denizens Justin Bond and Kenny Mellman, who took possession of the hallowed uptown hall in an emotionally exhausting, career-capping show that will be talked about for months to come.

... As the evening wears on and Kiki's composure erodes, the decrepit diva's braying interpretations inch under the skin with their unsettling mix of self-reproach and fierce accusation. Especially memorable were Marc Almond's bitter "A Lover Spurned," a torn-up version of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," a taxingly calisthenic take on Tom Jones' "Sex Bomb," Style Council's rueful "Paris Match" and the cheesy Bonnie Tyler hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart," performed as one of several encores, with brief detours into Pat Benatar, Yeats and Joni Mitchell. "

Kiki is Justin Bond, Herb is Kenny Mellman
CD Produced by Julian Fleisher
Executive Producers, Victoria Leacock and Stephen Hendel

PLEASE NOTE: On older equipment/car stereos Disc 2 may seem to 'skip' on the last two tracks, it is NOT the CD. 90 percent of equipment has no problem.

Opened and reviewed Sept. 19, 2004.
Running time: 2 HOURS, 57 MIN.
With: Sandra Bernhard, Michael Cavadias, Isaac Mizrahi, Jason Sellards, and Rufus Wainwright.
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MVR

Surprisingly Good
I gave two copies as Christmas gifts this year. They loved them. One person from Florida who had never heard of them told me she found it sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching. I've listened to my copy nearly a dozen times by now finding it easier to listen to than the live concert.

Ann S.

brilliant service
Love the CD, and love the service from CD Baby! I received the CD two days after my order. Would definitely use this site again for ordering CD's. (And of course, I LOVE Kiki and Herb!!! May they live forever).

Dandyd

"To Die For"? Fur sure!!!!
Although Ki & He aren't everyone's cup of meat, they certainly are moi's. Ranting, raving, "tickling [or tinkling on] the ivories, monologue-ing and sing/sang/sunging - K & H do it all - and with more than a touch of irony. Can't wait to see them returning to San Fransissyco this summer [July '07 at American Conservatory Theatre]. Can barely hold my water - IT JUST BROKE!!!

John Morton

Kiki and Herb please don't die! Fantastic CD!
I was lucky enough to see this in person. And I do mean lucky. Simply wonderful night -- except my seat was so far away that this particular show served more as a reminder of wonderful shows past I'd seen. This CD, I think I can safely say, is better than the actual show for me because now I am front and center to experience all the glorious tragedy - the stories, the music, the lives of Kiki & Herb. Buy one CD to listen to and another to store, untouched, in a safe deposit box. It's that good. And, please, Kiki & Herb, come back.. please come back.

Rev

Great artist, disappointing recording
Am a huge fan of Kiki and Herb--was disappointed by the recording, however. Herb's piano sounds muffled, and at times underwater. Kiki's voice is lost somewhere between the mic and the CD. Perhaps the hazzard of a live performance, though part of me feels that it is related to the recording facilities at Carnegie Hall. Love Kiki; adore Herb. Wish the CD lived up to their example.

B Kazar

The loud voice above the white noise
This is some of the most brilliant comedy today. Seeing them live leaves no surprise as to why Kiki & Herb have been sucessfull while remaining under the radar. You'll laugh, you'll be touched and you'll hear familliar songs sung in new ways.

Brian C

Tragedy, comedy, pathos...it's all here, and some....
Great stuff - have only seen Kiki and Herb live once, at a Kate Bush tribute event organised by Duckie, and their heart-achingly stunning version of "Running Up That Hill" was enough to convince me to buy this CD. I'm not disappointed. Full of gems, some of which I'm only beginning to excavate....This CD is going to be a good friend, I can tell....

Andrea Jones

absolutley brill, ta
great CD, great delivery. bargain, buy it, kept me entertained for ages... and then i listened to it all over again. Kiki and Herb come to Scotland again please... and not as a support! xo

Robert

Astonishing
Okay, well, I can't really review the CD because it's not out yet and, well, I can't really review the Carnegie Hall show because I didn't see it, BUT - I have seen Kiki and Herb perform many of the numbers on this upcoming CD and, oh-my-god...

Hysterically funny, wrenchingly tragic, seriously F***ed up and always fabulous. This is more than just comic drag (and nothing at all wrong with mere comic drag), this is serious art by two extremely talented performers (hey, they performed at Carnegie Hall, so...)

If you haven't seen Kiki and Herb perform live, it's hard to tell what you'll make of a recording. If you have seen them, then you know that you need to own this CD.

patti

good but skips
MY UNCLE GAVE IT TO ME FOR MY BIRTHDAY AND I LOVED IT EXCEPT 2 SONGS ON THE FIRST CD SKIPPED...Does ANYONE ELSE HAVE THIS PROBLEM?
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