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Or rather, Alfie Boe’s Guide to Romance envisaged by thoughtsofjustafan!  Seriously though, as Alfie’s new album, Serenata, is marketed as his “most romantic album yet”, this is the perfect opportunity to check out Alfie Boe’s most romantic songs to date.

When polled, most fans were happy to go with My Heart is Yours as the most romantic song Alfie has yet recorded but what about before Serenata?  A good proportion of Alfie’s songs can be categorised as romantic and the songs nominated included:

  • I can’t help falling in love
  • Dimming of the Day
  • If I go away
  • First time ever I saw your face
  • When I fall in love
  • You are my heart’s delight

Now, in the name of extensive research, I listened to all of these (it’s a hard job but someone’s gotta do it) and I do have my favourite.  That favourite is I Can’t Help Falling in Love, just to die for.  However, if I had to choose a whole album being the most romantic, I would choose Love Was A Dream.  Not only does it ooze romance but the sound of Alfie’s soaring vocals, recorded right in the middle of the orchestra, has rarely been bettered.

The song chosen by you the fans as being Alfie’s most romantic is When I Fall in Love, from the Alfie album.  This is not a song we have heard Alfie sing often but he did perform this in Seoul earlier this year:

In his autobiography, Alfie mentions that just before he recorded this, he found out he was to be a Dad again so a perfect choice for his most romantic song.

If you need a bit of romance before Serenata is released, click here for thoughtsofjustafan’s very own Romance with Alfie Boe playlist on Spotify – and maybe we’ll revisit this subject for Valentine’s Day next year!  If you think I’ve missed anything out – please tell me via the comments box below!

Alfie and Love Was a Dream are available from Amazon:

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The nominations have been sent in, the votes have been cast and now the countdown begins!

The song at number 10 in the Top Ten countdown is You Are My Heart’s Delight, from the Lehar album, Love Was A Dream.  This song is my personal favourite so I was thrilled to see it in the Top Ten although it would have been great to see it receive a few more votes.  Let’s take a look at Alfie singing it in the original German, Dein Ist Mein Ganzes Herz, at Proms in the Park, September 2012 (thanks to Linda Wellington for sharing):

This was my first Alfie concert and I can still remember the goosebumps!

Anyone familiar with Alfie Boe’s story knows that You Are My Heart’s Delight is a personal favourite for him and his father, Alfred.  As well as singing it for his first D’oyly Carte audition, Alfie spent many a  Sunday lunchtime in the Boe household  listening to Alf senior’s music and Alfie  says that Richard Tauber was one of his father’s favourite singers.  Tauber became particularly well known for singing the song; indeed it comes from a 1929 operetta, The Land of Smiles, written for his voice by Franz Lehar.  The video below showcases an audio version by Tauber:

One of the reasons I love this song so much is knowing that it has a personal connection for Alfie; however, I loved it before I read the book and the reason is that the music suits his voice so well.  I’m not the only one who feels that way, as a glance at the Top Ten will tell you but Cathy Haley sums it up thus:

You are my heart’s delight. I love his performance of this song at the BBC Proms. Of course, everyone knows it was one of his father’s favourites and I’m sure the song is very sentimental for Alfie. I believe that there is a part someday in play or movie for Alfie playing Richard Tauber ( although he looks nothing like him) because his voice is so suited to the operettas from that time period and to similar songs.

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We all have our favourite Alfie Boe songs, whether they are from the early, operatic part of his career, the musical theatre albums or the more recent rockier songs. Here are thoughtsofjustafan we wanted to find out if Bring Him Home is indeed the fan’s favourite Alfie Boe song or if we prefer something else.

Lots of you sent in nominations for your favourite song and it was obviously a very difficult task as some people sent in up to six songs!  One commenter said that it was impossible, “like choosing your favourite child”.

Somewhat predictably, Bring Him Home received the most nominations but several other songs were also nominated multiple times. All Alfie’s albums are represented on the very long playlist (2 hours 23 mins!!!) although Trust is the lead album with nine songs on the list.  How we didn’t nominate the whole album I’ll never know!

Click here to listen to the playlist on Spotify and then vote for your favourite from the list below:

This poll is for recorded songs only so if you nominated for a song that Alfie has sung live and not recorded, you won’t find it on the list.  Don’t fret though, as we hope to do another poll for Alfie’s Best Ever Live Song in the lead up to the UK tour later this year.

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