‘Alfie’ by Alfie Boe to be released on 31st October 2011

‘Alfie’ by Alfie Boe

Released on 31st October on Decca Records

What’s it all about…?

After the tremendous success of his first Decca album at the end of last year, Britain’s favourite tenor, Alfie Boe, returns with the release of his eagerly-awaited follow-up, “Alfie”.

Alfie presents a collection of the most beautiful and timeless songs, sung just the way you want to hear them. It is hard not to get a lump in your throat with his delivery of such romantic classics as the forever popular When I Fall In Love, Leonard Bernstein’s impassioned Maria from West Side Story and Ewan MacColl’s heartfelt “folk song” The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.

Having teamed up with good friend Matt Lucas for a duet on his first album, Alfie continues to surprise us with his unlikely, but perfect, pairings by being joined here by one of his heroes, rock legend Robert Plant. After a chance meeting in a bar, the two singers were soon in a studio recording this extremely moving version of Tim Buckley’s Song To The Siren. Having been called “Boe, the Bad Boy of Opera” it is entirely fitting that Alfie should welcome Plant onto his new record, and, somewhat surprisingly, their voices blend beautifully against the delicate orchestration. This collaboration may soon be witnessed in the flesh (details to be announced).

It is hard to believe that Alfie has had time to record a new album as he is still in the midst of his incredible stint in Les Misérables, taking the lead role of Jean Valjean. Here Alfie is joined by king of musical theatre, Michael Ball for a duet version of Empty Chairs at Empty Tables. Who better to duet with Alfie for this than Marius, to whom the song belongs, from the original London cast of Les Mis.

Alfie’s versatile voice takes us on a journey through the musicals, with the uplifting Being Alive from the musical Company, the all-time favourite Music Of The Night from Phantom of the Opera, George Gershwin’s jazz standard Someone to Watch Over Me from Oh, Kay!, Wheels of a Dream from the musical Ragtime and of course Jean Valjean’s own Who Am I (“I’m Jean Valjean!”) from Les Mis.

‘Alfie’ is made up of songs of genuine power and quality, a status that is only enhanced when interpreted by one of the world’s great voices. Some of these timeless classics are forever associated with their original interpreter so it is a tribute to Alfie Boe’s artistry that he gives each one his own individual stamp. One imagines Alfie singing to his 3-year-old daughter with the wistful When You Wish Upon A Star from the 1940 Disney classic Pinocchio. And as the seasons change, the album closes with the highly appropriate Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas from the musical Meet Me in St. Louis. With Alfie Boe’s ringing tenor voice, the magic of the musical has never sounded more enchanting.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING:
1. Being Alive
2. Maria
3. When I Fall In Love
4. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
5. When You Wish Upon a Star
6. Music of the Night
7. Someone to Watch Over Me
8. Song to the Siren (with Robert Plant)
9. In My Daughter’s Eyes
10. Empty Chairs at Empty Tables (with Michael Ball)
11. Wheels of a Dream
12. It Was a Very Good Year
13. Who Am I
14. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

UK ‘SOLD OUT” TOUR:
6 December – Bristol Colston Hall
7 December – London Royal Festival Hall
8 December – Brighton Dome
12 December – Cardiff St David’s Hall
13 December – Birmingham Symphony Hall
14 December – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
16 December – Gateshead Sage
17 December – Blackpool Opera House
18 December – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
17 January – Llandudno Venue Cymru Theatre
18 January – Swindon Oasis
20 January – Plymouth Pavilions
21 January – Bournemouth Intl Centre
23 January – Northampton Derngate
24 January – Ipswich Regent
25 January – Leicester De Montfort Hall
27 January – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
28 January – Harrogate Intl Centre
29 January – Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
31 January – Birmingham Symphony Hall
1 February – Sheffield City Hall
3 February – Preston Guildhall
4 February – Gateshead Sage

44 Comments to “‘Alfie’ by Alfie Boe to be released on 31st October 2011”

  • I am beyond rapture at this. Not too long to wait

  • Love the variety! He is definitely reaching out to the masses with his phenominal talent and not just appealing to the small niche opera crowd. Thanks for treating us all Alfie! :) Joanne from D.C.

  • Can’t wait. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face on last night of the proms was brilliant

  • Ohhh I can’t wait for 31 October – I know you shouldn’t wish your life away but …… lol

  • Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to hear this, thank you, Alfie Boe xx

  • So excited about this album. Can’t wait to for it to arrive. Thank you so much!

  • Can’t wait to get it – love your voice – great song choice thanks Alfie x

  • Can’t wait for the first Dutch tour…

  • excellent track list. Cant wait!

  • I’m already watery-eyed with “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” and I haven’t even heard it yet…

  • Absolutely adore Alfie’s singing!! His Bring Him Home CD is one I listen to all the time, in addition to Les Mis! Love his voice, absolutely Incredible!! So looking forward to his new CD, the songs that are on it will sound Amazing with his voice. Thank you Alfie for sharing your incredible talents with us – please come to America <3

  • fantastic selection.of songs even better,when sprinkled in alfie magic,cant wait.thank you alfie xx

  • Please consider a US tour with this release!!!! We would love to have you in Memphis!

  • So many beautiful songs sung by someone with a beautiful voice, bliss!

  • Amazing selection of songs – can’t wait!! The best Jean Valjean EVER!!!!!

  • AT LAST A NEW CD.

    I can`t wait for the release date. Think I`m going to love all the songs. Especially interested in Song to the Siren.

  • Already pre ordered this can’t wait..What a great selection’ of songs thanks Alfie .

  • Cannot wait to get this CD. I’ve pre-ordered mine & I’m counting the days til it comes. Thank you for the incredible variety of music on your CDs. Your glorious voice makes every song you sing a personal favorite. It is so amazing that you can seemlessly move from one style of music to the next & it ALL sounds PERFECT. I think most artists are only good in one or maybe two styles of music, but you can DO IT ALL! You have such an incredible gift. Thank you, Alfie, for bringing it to all of us! xx

  • I pre-ordered this as soon as I could and I just CANNOT WAIT for it to come. Having just had the thrill of meeting Alfie in Dundee, the thought of the album coming is keeping me going!

  • Woweee….Alfie with Robert Plant…..Can Alfie get any cooler????? Can’t wait.

  • Will return from my overdue summer holidays on the 29th October what a fantastic way to have something to look forward to and banish those post holiday blues

  • Great news can’t wait to get my copy of this CD

  • The new CD sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to get mine – it’s been pre-ordered for a long time. This is one time I’m glad “time flies” since this year has flown by.

  • Brilliant! Thanks Alfie – I have pre ordered mine as well -

  • Oh my goodness, this will be a blockbuster! I’ve been putting off ordering it since it isn’t available for a while, but I don’t think I can restrain myself any more!!!! Some of my favorite songs ever are on this album. If some day he records “Somewhere over the Rainbow”, I’ll be somewhere over the moon! Some would say I am all ready!;)

  • Some of my favorite songs by my favorite singer. Can things get better?

  • hope this is also getting released here in the States…..

  • I don’t know how you do it, Alfie . . . you are incredible! Have to wait until November because I ordered from Amazon US, but you are certainly worth the wait! xx

  • Alfie I am so excited for this new album! You are certainly a busy man. I’m not sure how you keep the pace you’ve set! I hope that with all the goings on that you are keeping well and rested. You are truly an amazing artist. Bravo on all you have accomplished and what is still to come. Can’t wait to see you here in the States.

  • Thank you! Thank you! Fabulous selections, fabulous singer! Perfect! Have to wait unit November here in US, but worth every minute to hear more of Alfie’s amazing voice!

  • Thank you Alfie. As far as I’m concerned whatever you record will be beautiful, but your choices for the new cd are wonderful.

  • I am sooooooo excited about this new album!!! I cannot WAIT!!! I pre-ordered from Amazon UK and Amazon US, so the race is on, let’s see which one makes it to my mailbox first!! The song choices couldn’t be better! I can’t wait to here Song of the Siren with Robert Plant, I’m such a big Led Zeppelin fan, I know it’ll be amazing!! But then, anything you sing falls into that category!! And a duet with Michael Ball…..be still my heart!!! When You Wish Upon a Star is probably my very favorite Disney song and you sing it so beautifully, it actually brought tears to my eyes when I heard you sing the sample of it in the survey. You Sir, are AMAZING and I cannot wait for this album and for your US tour next year!!!! You are so kind and so generous to your arrows and I sure hope you feel all the love that is sent right BACK your way!! Take care and God Bless you, Sarah, Gracie and the new bundle of joy about to bring a whole new level of love to your life! xx

  • I am sooooooo excited about this new album!!! I cannot WAIT!!! I pre-ordered from Amazon UK and Amazon US, so the race is on, let’s see which one makes it to my mailbox first!! The song choices couldn’t be better! I can’t wait to hear Song of the Siren with Robert Plant, I’m such a big Led Zeppelin fan, I know it’ll be amazing!! But then, anything you sing falls into that category!! And a duet with Michael Ball…..be still my heart!!! When You Wish Upon a Star is probably my very favorite Disney song and you sing it so beautifully, it actually brought tears to my eyes when I heard you sing the sample of it in the survey. You Sir, are AMAZING and I cannot wait for this album and for your US tour next year!!!! You are so kind and so generous to your arrows and I sure hope you feel all the love that is sent right BACK your way!! Take care and God Bless you, Sarah, Gracie and the new bundle of joy about to bring a whole new level of love to your life! xx

  • I pre-ordered it today and I’m beyond excited. Just in time for my birthday!

  • So looking forward to this album. Great variety of style and song choice. Love the “surprise” duets. You are indeed amazing and I know this album will be also. Thanks for joy of music you share. xx

  • This is a mouth watering selection Cannot wait to hear all of the tracks but just fantasising about Alfie hopefully singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas on the tour (at Blackpool and Nottingham ) Just such good times to look forward to Its fantastic being an Alfie Boe fan

  • I pre-ordered my copy months ago and the wait would be impossible if I didn’t have Mr. Boe’s other recordings to soothe my soul. I am very excited about the musical choices and thrilled that Robert Plante and Michael Ball are participating in the recording. Can’t wait…

  • Still trying to find out if there will be a ‘signing’ If so please let us know where, and when?
    As many have done, I have pre ordered the album.

  • On twitter it says also duetting with nick jonas… is it true? on which track would it be?

    Will there be any signings? x

  • This looks to be an amazing choice of songs, I just can’t wait to own this cd ! Everything you do is wonderful.
    Thank you Alfie for all the joy you give with your incredible God given talent. Looking forward to your tour, see you in Swindon Mr. Boe!

  • So looking forward to the new CD!!! Sorry I have to wait till November for it to come to the States. The “Bring Him Home” CD gives me chills everytime I listen. The new one promises to be just as good, if not better, with that list of songs. I am imagining a Christmas Album with that incredible voice…hint, hint. Thank you so much Mr. Boe for the many, many hours of pleasure. xoxoxo

  • So, so excited about his new CD. That’s what I want for my birthday!!!

  • Really looking forward to the album especially as its being released on my birthday!! Whoopee.xx

  • Ordered and awaiting patiently. It will be another huge success!

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