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A Journey Through Time

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
"This record was initially recorded as the soundtrack to the documentary, Into the Night: The Benny Mardones Story, writes Benny Mardones, in his liner notes for A Journey Through Time To those listeners outside of Syracuse New York, where Benny Mardones lives, he makes clear that he is, in his own words, "a superstar," playing to audiences of thousands on a regular basis. The fact that Benny Mardones has a documentary about his rise, fall, and comeback is a shocker. But there is a documentary, and there are thousands of Mardones' fans out there, nearly all of them won over by "Into the Night," his 1980 ballad that was a top 20 hit twice in the '80s -- peaking ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
"This record was initially recorded as the soundtrack to the documentary, Into the Night: The Benny Mardones Story, writes Benny Mardones, in his liner notes for A Journey Through Time To those listeners outside of Syracuse New York, where Benny Mardones lives, he makes clear that he is, in his own words, "a superstar," playing to audiences of thousands on a regular basis. The fact that Benny Mardones has a documentary about his rise, fall, and comeback is a shocker. But there is a documentary, and there are thousands of Mardones' fans out there, nearly all of them won over by "Into the Night," his 1980 ballad that was a top 20 hit twice in the '80s -- peaking at number 11 the year of its release, and making it to number 20 in a re-recording in 1989 -- and the song has been a staple of American radio, earning over four million spins in the U.S. according to ASCAP. "Into the Night" is an enduring single whose popularity is greater than its chart position, and its status was helped considerably by the support of the radio talk show host Delilah, who kept it as a staple on her adult contemporary syndicated talk show. There was an audience for Mardones' documentary, by the way. It is a phenomena that has only been shown at screenings and, as of this writing in May 2003, has not been released theatrically or on video -- and that audience of diehard fans is the same audience that will be interested in this almost-soundtrack, a collection of 13 songs from Mardones' career. This functions a bit as a musical biography, but it's a newly-written one, since all of the songs are new recordings. Mardones takes the tactic of recording songs that are important to him, whether they're new songs or covers, illustrating their significance in his liner notes. These range from "Into the Night," of course so significant, it's here twice, including in a new acoustic version, the Temptations' "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "I Want It All" which was written for Benny by Barbara Orbison and J├Ârgen Elofsson, as well as a host of other album tracks. It's cleanly produced, but not extravagantly so, and Mardones sings with conviction, giving this real spine; if the new version of "Into the Night" is not a patch on the original -- which, even if it flies under the radar, is so popular for a reason -- it is hardly embarrassing, and the acoustic version reveals that Mardones can still breathe life into a song he's sung countless times. Throughout Journey Through Time he does this, singing his past as if it were his present. This may not win over doubters -- after all, his powerful arena rock voice may have limited appeal -- but for fans, this is a revealing and successful look back at his career, and a worthy companion to the documentary which, unfortunately, has yet to be released on video.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2002
  • Label: Go Kart
  • UPC: 600773000124
  • Catalog Number: 1

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Benny Mardones Primary Artist
Kinny Landrum Keyboards
Paul Levante Guitar
Lance Morrison Bass
Bruce Watson Guitar
D.L. Byron Background Vocals
Bruce Cox Piano
Jim Ervin Percussion, Keyboards
Dean Rispler Bass
Angie Jeree Singers Background Vocals
Tamara Walker Vocals
Mike Jackson Guitar, Background Vocals
Mark Levy Drums
Technical Credits
Benny Mardones Composer, Liner Notes
Diana Ross Composer
Jerry Williams Composer
Robert Tepper Composer, Producer
Joel Diamond Producer
Duane Evans Composer, Producer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Csaba Petocz Engineer
Tommy Oliver Orchestration
Greg Ross Executive Producer
Jim Ervin Producer
Jesse Cannon Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    Hello it's 2002 and it's time we have a new artist and people he is a cross of "the boss" Bruce Springsteen, and John Cougar.Off the hook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!

    THAT MAGNIFICANT VOICE BREAKS THROUGH AGAIN, ON EVERY TRACK TO DRAW YOU IN. SURROUNDING YOU IN LOVE AND HOPE. IT TAKES YOU ON JOURNEY REVISITING SOME FORMERLY RELEASED GREAT MUSIC RECORDINGS AND THE INTRO OF SOME TRULY GREAT NEW STUFF. THIS CAREER HAS CONTINUED TO GROW AND EVOLVE FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES. THIS NEW ALBUM IS VERY EXCITING. "INTO THE NIGHT" VISITED IN ITS TRADITIONAL ROCK 80'S SOUND THEN UPDATED TO A NEW SMOOTH EVEN MORE SENSUAL ACOUSTIC RENDITION. BOTH ARE VERY COOL. THIS ALBUM PRESENTS A WELL ROUNDED GIFT OF ROCK AND LOVE SONGS IN THE REPERTOIRE OF AN OUTSTANDING TALENT'S ABILITY TO EXPRESS HIS WIDE VOCAL RANGE. A NEW RELEASE INCLUDED "I NEED A MIRCLE" IS BOUND TO GO OFF THE CHARTS! IT SPEAKS TO THE MIRCLES IN LIFE FOR WHICH WE ALL PRAY. A PERSONAL FAVORITE "UNFINISHED SYMPHONY"...THEN THERE IS "TONIGHT" JUST AN AWESOME RECORDING. AND THE LOVING WORDS WRITTEN BY BARBARA ORBINSON SO EMOTIONALLY EXPRESS BY MARDONES IN "I WANT IT ALL"..."I WANT TO SING AND DANCE AND MAKE GREAT LOVE AND SWEET ROMANCE". WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT IN LIFE? THIS IS AN ALBUM TO WHICH YOU WILL LISTEN TO OVER AND OVER, AND NEVER TIRE OF IT. YOU WILL HEAR MORE EACH TIME YOU LISTEN. THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!

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