American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics

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Early on in season three of American Idol, Randy Jackson declared that the 2004 finalists were the finest crop of singers that the show had so far. American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics bears out that statement, more or less. This baker's dozen of soul songs gives the contestants the chance to prove themselves in the studio, which acts as an equalizer to the singers' respective talents. Nearly all the singers sound as good, or better, than they do on TV; Diana DeGarmo, for example, loses the high school talent show vibe she gives off occasionally with her rendition of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." Oddly enough, though, Jasmine Trias' voice sounds younger ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Early on in season three of American Idol, Randy Jackson declared that the 2004 finalists were the finest crop of singers that the show had so far. American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics bears out that statement, more or less. This baker's dozen of soul songs gives the contestants the chance to prove themselves in the studio, which acts as an equalizer to the singers' respective talents. Nearly all the singers sound as good, or better, than they do on TV; Diana DeGarmo, for example, loses the high school talent show vibe she gives off occasionally with her rendition of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." Oddly enough, though, Jasmine Trias' voice sounds younger and thinner on "Midnight Train to Georgia," although some of that might be due to the song's teen pop-like arrangement. Some of the singers that were voted off the show early on get another chance to shine, and in some cases, they sound much better than they did when they were actually in the running. Leah Labelle, who had the dubious distinction of being the first contestant to leave the competition, sounds surprisingly strong and mature on "Betcha by Golly, Wow"; the studio brings out colors in her voice that she didn't display on-stage. Likewise, Camille Velasco, freed of the massive stage fright that took her out of the running, reminds listeners of what a uniquely smoky voice she possesses on "Until You Come Back to Me That's What I'm Gonna Do." And Amy Adams, who was voted off the show quickly and unjustly in favor of the cute but less polished male singers, sounds just as good as she did on her brief run on the show on "You Make Me Feel Brand New." Her pure, delicate style really stands out in comparison to the bigger-voiced singers who dominated the later part of the competition, and while the arrangement of the song drags a bit, hearing Adams' voice again leads to thoughts of what might have been if she'd been able to stay on American Idol longer. Speaking of those male vocalists, Matt Rogers and Jon Peter Lewis both sound better, but blander, on their respective versions of "Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay" and "My Girl" than they did on the show. While Rogers is a competent vocalist, he just isn't as charismatic as some of the other singers are. Lewis, on the other hand, had lots of charisma on-stage, but here the sappy arrangement does a lot to undermine him; the intriguing, slightly Aaron Neville-ish timbre to his voice is all but gone until the end of the song. American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics also tends to underscore some of the flaws of this season's competition, such as the imbalance between male and female singers and the relative youth and inexperience of many of the contestants. Aspiring teenage crooner John Stevens has represented both of these problems at different points in the competition, but his "You Are Everything" is one of his best performances: his voice sounds a little deeper and has slightly less vibrato here than it does on TV, and finds him getting closer to the Rat Pack sound he idolizes. This performance, along with the big improvement he made on the Barry Manilow-hosted episode -- where he turned in a fairly convincing rendition of "Mandy" -- shows just how much further he and some of the other younger contestants on the show still have to go. The show's powerhouse singers mostly deliver the goods on record as well as they do on-stage, although Fantasia Barrino is hindered by a lukewarm funk arrangement on "Chain of Fools." While she doesn't "bobo" quite as much here as she does on television, the implicit and explicit Aretha Franklin comparisons in this song choice don't do her any her favors; Barrino's voice sounds a little slighter here than it does on TV, and her singing gets a bit too busy and shrill at the end of the song. LaToya London, on the other hand, sounds warmer here than on the show, where she can occasionally seem a little laid-back or aloof compared to some of the feistier female contestants. Her version of "If You Don't Know Me by Now" captures more nuances in her voice, including a breathiness and slight huskiness that balances the clarity of her singing. George Huff, meanwhile, turns in a masterful version of "Me and Mrs. Jones," one of the best pairings of song and singer in the history of American Idol. When Huff is on, he's the most appealing of this season's contestants, and he's very on here; unlike Ruben Studdard, whose "velvet teddybear" persona on-stage somehow didn't translate on record, Huff has just as much presence and personality in the studio as he does on-stage. Likewise, despite an intrusive arrangement, Jennifer Hudson succeeds on "Neither One of Us Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye," a song that allows her to not only show off those gospel-trained pipes that she displays every week, but also explores the higher, more restrained part of her range. Judging from this collection alone, she and Huff sound the most ready for a record contract -- they are the only two singers who manage to completely escape the album's canned, prefab quality and deliver something that goes a little deeper. Of course, these recordings are done quickly and the contestants are wearing out their voices with the rigors of the show, so in some ways it's notable that any of the singers sound good. At any rate, American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics is a reminder that how long a contestant stays on the show is just as much about personality if not more so than just raw talent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828766117523
  • Catalog Number: 61175

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chain of Fools - Fantasia (3:17)
  2. 2 Me and Mrs. Jones - George Huff (4:35)
  3. 3 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Diana DeGarmo (3:23)
  4. 4 If You Don't Know Me by Now - Latoya London (3:27)
  5. 5 Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) - Jennifer Hudson (4:14)
  6. 6 You Make Me Feel Brand New - Amy Adams (4:35)
  7. 7 (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Matt Rogers (2:58)
  8. 8 Midnight Train to Georgia - Jasmine Trias (3:23)
  9. 9 My Girl - Jon Peter Lewis (3:04)
  10. 10 Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) - Camile Velasco (3:34)
  11. 11 Betcha by Golly, Wow - Leah Labelle (3:11)
  12. 12 You Are Everything - John Stevens (2:39)
  13. 13 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Amy Adams (2:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Evan Rogers Background Vocals
Priscilla Jones Background Vocals
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Carl Sturken Guitar
Mark Jaimes Bass, Guitar
Steve Jordan Drums
Pete Murray Piano, Hammond Organ
Postmaster Keyboards
James McMillan Trumpet, Horn
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer
Aretha Franklin Composer
Otis Redding Composer
Smokey Robinson Composer
Don Covay Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
Evan Rogers Producer
Nick Ashford Composer
Thom Bell Composer
Linda Creed Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Cary Gilbert Composer
Brad Gilderman Engineer
Steve Hall Mastering
Leon Huff Composer
Matt Noble Engineer
Clarence Paul Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Carl Sturken Producer
Jim Weatherly Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Dave Arch String Arrangements
Ronald White Composer
Morris Broadnax Composer
Al Hemberger Engineer
Aaron Lepley Digital Editing
Pete Murray String Arrangements
Chandler Bridges Digital Editing
Postmaster Programming
Ted White Composer
James McMillan Arranger, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Degarmo Highlights CD

    I liked the CD, wasn't very fond of Fantasia Barrinos "Chain of Fools" .. Aretha really did it better. But I think It was overall a good CD. Diana Degarmo became the balance for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    I love this CD. I never really liked Camile on stage but on this CD she actually sounded good. One question:How did John Stevens get through the Top 32 Round?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best camille has ever sounded

    camille valasco and leah labelle did awsome on this album. if a talent scout heard this album they would have albums out in october. everone did great on this album except jpl,and john stevens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing!

    I don't get the chance to watch AI regularly on TV, so I bought this hoping to see the talents being hyped about. But what a disappointment. This Fantasia girl's voice is so SQUEAKY that it'll probably be a good replacement for an alarm clock! Diana, on the other hand, seems bent on screaming all the way to the finals. The best in the lot is La Toya London, but even she tends to get boring. The one track that's really likable here is Camille Velasco's, but her competition performances were weak that she's now out of the running. What a bunch of losers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    eh... it could be better

    I feel they could have had better song choices to give it more spark.. that is sorta what is lacking in season 3, season 2 had that spark, and so far i have not been impressed this season.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I am a dissapointed

    I was looking forward to this CD but now that I've heard it I wish I would have saved my money. Actually if I could get a CD with Jennifer and La Toya I would be set. They are by far the best singers on this CD. John Stevens ruins the whole thing for me. They can't even make him sound good in the studio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Surprisingly Awsome

    I actually don't like Season three of "American Idol", because season two had a spark, and they had Clay Aiken! I'd saymost improved goes to Camile Velasco for "Until You Come Back (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" and least improved goes to Jon Peter Lewis on the really squeky "My Girl". Fantasia Barrino and Jasmine Trias prove that they don't seerve to be in the Top 4, but the rest of the bunch really do well! Like John Stevens, how proves he actually CAN sing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good album!

    Most contestants perform (well) as expected. The biggest revelation is Camille Velasco who actually does the best number here. Expect La Toya London to win in this competition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    George Huff: The True American Idol

    George gives a fantastic rendition of "Me and Mrs. Jones", while LaToya London, and other frontrunner Fantasia Barrino give off good vibes as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    surprisingly enjoyable music compilation

    While this CD played in the background, I thought it was sweet but probably not something I would listen to for years to come. Until I heard Camille Velasco. I keep going back to her song and hope I can someday be treated to an entire CD of this very talented young lady. I will keep her name close by and search for her for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay

    Impressive enough performances from some finalists, particularly Camille Velasco and John Stevens (surprisingly good). Fantasia Barrino with the "Donald Duck on helium" squeaky voice is annoying to listen to, and so is the over-the-top Jennifer Hudson and the boring La Toya London. Overall, however, not a bad CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome, much better than Season 2...

    Jennifer Hudson has an amazing recording voice, her song is clearly the best on the CD... followed by LaToya, Fantasia, and Diana....

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