Lani Misalucha

Lani Misalucha: The Crossover Tour Live

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In 2001, Philippine female singer Lani Misalucha released Lani Misalucha: The Crossover Tour Live, recorded on September 8, 2001, at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, near Manila. The concert was sponsored by Manila radio station 105.1 Crossover. Most of the material consists of remakes of American hits, including Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," Donna Summer's "Last Dance," and Whitney Houston's "Didn't We Almost Have It All." Of the album's 28 songs (a number of which aren't fully completed), only seven are Philippine-composed numbers. This ratio reflects the Philippine preference for American songs in concert and on the radio. Lani Misalucha solidly reinforces her reputation on this album as one of the country's most talented singers. She displays her dazzling versatility immediately, as her voice soars into the musical stratosphere on the opening "Aria," which is actually a melodic figure from the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. She also establishes a bond with the audience through her light banter. During one segment, Lani Misalucha performs a medley of six Philippine-composed songs made famous by other female singers signed to Viva Records, to which she is signed. Remarkably, she imitates the original singers, who include Jaya and Regine Valasquez, almost perfectly. In the Philippines, it's considered a great achievement to expertly imitate other singers (especially American ones). This live album is upbeat and exciting, and the ambience differs greatly from Lani Misalucha's studio albums, which are bland affairs dominated by Philippine easy listening love songs. On this live album, songs such as the upbeat "It's Raining Men" and Donna Summer's "Last Dance" radiate excitement. This is an excellent album, although it's too bad Philippine albums rely so much on American material.

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