A Body of Work

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Given the most confusing title for an album of newly recorded material since John Prine's The Missing Years, Paul Anka's A Body of Work, despite a name that makes it sound like a compilation, is actually the singer/songwriter's first new U.S. release since Walk a Fine Line in 1983. Following the international success of 1996's Spanish-language duets album Amigos, Anka tries a little of everything in an attempt to regain a foothold at home. There are newly written songs, notably the unabashedly devotional adult love ballad "She's My Woman, She's My Friend" that opens the record. There are celebrity guest stars -- Celine Dion, Tevin Campbell, Kenny G, Barry Gibb, Patti ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Given the most confusing title for an album of newly recorded material since John Prine's The Missing Years, Paul Anka's A Body of Work, despite a name that makes it sound like a compilation, is actually the singer/songwriter's first new U.S. release since Walk a Fine Line in 1983. Following the international success of 1996's Spanish-language duets album Amigos, Anka tries a little of everything in an attempt to regain a foothold at home. There are newly written songs, notably the unabashedly devotional adult love ballad "She's My Woman, She's My Friend" that opens the record. There are celebrity guest stars -- Celine Dion, Tevin Campbell, Kenny G, Barry Gibb, Patti LaBelle, and Peter Cetera turn up to one extent or another. And there are remakes of hits penned by Anka with the singers who made them famous: he duets with a living Tom Jones on "She's a Lady" and with a 1968 tape of Frank Sinatra on "My Way." For this high-profile effort, Anka has called in both adult contemporary king David Foster and Sony Music's Walter Afanasieff Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey as producers, though their efforts are relatively restrained. In fact, despite the celebrity firepower, the whole album is really a set of low-key ballads that Anka sings emotionally, whether the mood is happy or sad. It's a respectable return-to-action for a veteran who remains vital, even if it was not a commercial return-to-form.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/1998
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 074646940525
  • Catalog Number: 69405
  • Sales rank: 83,881

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 She's My Woman, She's My Friend (4:41)
  2. 2 It's Hard to Say Goodbye - Celine Dion (4:31)
  3. 3 One Kiss - Tevin Campbell (4:19)
  4. 4 No Goodbyes (3:50)
  5. 5 I Can't Take This Anymore (5:29)
  6. 6 Do I Love You? - Anthea Anka (4:42)
  7. 7 You Are My Destiny - Patti LaBelle (4:10)
  8. 8 Let Me Get To Know You (4:20)
  9. 9 She's a Lady - Joe Jones (4:19)
  10. 10 Hold Me 'Til the Morning Comes - Peter Cetera (4:48)
  11. 11 My Way (5:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Anka Primary Artist, Vocals
Frank Sinatra Vocals, Track Performer
Celine Dion Vocals, Track Performer
Patti LaBelle Vocals, Track Performer
Kenny G Tenor Saxophone
Tevin Campbell Vocals, Track Performer
Tom Jones Vocals
David Foster Keyboards
Barry Gibb Background Vocals
Peter Cetera Vocals, Track Performer
Lynn Davis Background Vocals
Leyla Hoyle Background Vocals
Skyler Jett Track Performer
Kenny O'Brien Background Vocals
Francis BenĂ­tez Background Vocals
Sergio Aranda Background Vocals
Anthea Anka Track Performer
Technical Credits
Paul Anka Composer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
David Foster Arranger, Producer
Felipe Elgueta Engineer
Humberto Gatica Producer
Claude Gaudette Arranger
Brad Gilderman Engineer
David Gleeson Engineer
Johnny Mandel Arranger, Producer
Dan Shea Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Walter Afanasieff Arranger, Composer, Producer
Norman Moore Art Direction
Ria Lewerke Art Direction
Maxime Piolot Composer
Yves Dessca Composer
Lester Mendes Arranger
Michel Albert Louis Pelay Composer
Alain Joseph Yves Le Govic Composer
Kathy Stone Composer
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