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Review Text This CD/DVD set combines Liza Minnelli's 1989 album Results and the home video Visible Results, released shortly afterward. Minnelli's career as a recording artist essentially lapsed after the commercial failure of her 1977 album Tropical Nights, but recording was never one of her real priorities, taking a back seat to her work as a live performer and film star. After early records on which she was positioned as a middle-of-the-road pop singer in the '60s, she made some attempts to perform contemporary, rock-informed material, but her heart wasn't in that, and eventually she contented herself with occasionally updating her stage act on record. Results, her first studio album in 12 years, seemed to come out of the blue. And for Minnelli's old-time fans, it was very different from what they might have expected. Simply put, the album was a Pet Shop Boys electronic dance disc with Minnelli serving as vocalist. Pet Shop Boys, the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, were all over the record, writing seven of the songs (including a cover of their hit "Rent"), producing, and contributing synthesizer programming, with Tennant even chiming in on vocals here and there. Although they did place Minnelli in front of an orchestra on "Tonight Is Forever" and give her a jazzy arrangement for "I Can't Say Goodnight" at the end of the disc, for the most part the singer was swamped by the electronically generated beats and sounds. Sometimes, as on "Love Pains," she was even forced to compete with other female voices more accustomed to making themselves heard through such arrangements. Among the more interesting, if odd, tracks was a version of Stephen Sondheim's "Losing My Mind" from the musical Follies, which might have seemed a good song choice for a more conventional Minnelli collection, but that here was made to sound like Laura Branigan's 1982 hit "Gloria." That track, released in advance of the album, hit the Top Ten in the U.K. and made the dance charts in the U.S. The full LP made the U.S. charts, but its greatest success occurred in Great Britain, where it made the Top Ten and threw off three more chart singles. It was, however, a one-off. Pet Shop Boys went back to their career, and Minnelli went back to singing "Cabaret" in theaters around the world. Although she held her own against the arrangements, Results is more a Pet Shop Boys album than a Liza Minnelli disc. The reissue adds as bonus tracks three remixes that only accentuate the dominance of the album's dancefloor focus over Minnelli's vocal performances.Visible Results contains the three music videos made to promote Results. Brian Grant, director of "Losing My Mind" and "Don't Drop Bombs," comes up with slick, colorful videos of the type running on MTV and other outlets in the late '80s. Minnelli wanders through minimal sets on a sound stage mouthing the lyrics to the songs, looking gorgeous, with her expressive, kohl-rimmed eyes doing much of the work. "Don't Drop Bombs" makes a little use of her dancing ability, notably in a brief homage to Fred Astaire's firecracker dance from the 1942 film Holiday Inn. "So Sorry, I Said" is a ballad, and director Terence Donovan seats Minnelli in an empty theater and has her sing the song directly to the camera, shedding a tear toward the end. This is not the Liza Minnelli her old fans know and love, but that's the point, to pitch her to a new MTV audience, and she's certainly as good at this kind of thing as many younger performers, if not better. ~ William Ruhlmann

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CD: 1

  1. 1. I Want You Now - 5:40
  2. 2. Losing My Mind - 4:11
  3. 3. If There Was Love - 7:46
  4. 4. So Sorry, I Said - 3:14
  5. 5. Don't Drop Bombs - 4:36
  6. 6. Twist in My Sobriety - 5:51
  7. 7. Rent - 4:55
  8. 8. Love Pains - 4:11
  9. 9. Tonight Is Forever - 5:04
  10. 10. I Can't Say Goodnight - 5:54
  11. 11. Losing My Mind - 7:59
  12. 12. Don't Drop Bombs - 6:55
  13. 13. Love Pains - 6:35
  14. 14. Losing My Mind - 4:20
  15. 15. Don't Drop Bombs - 4:35
  16. 16. So Sorry, I Said - 3:14

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3/15/05 

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