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Amour Amer
     

Amour Amer

by Joel Virgel
 
Bursting onto the scene with this stunning debut album, Joel Virgel, perhaps best known for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, has brought to bear a selection of songs that are about as far removed from socks, party boy antics, and blistering alterna-funk as one can get. Amour Amer is a primal, organic blend of Latin

Overview

Bursting onto the scene with this stunning debut album, Joel Virgel, perhaps best known for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, has brought to bear a selection of songs that are about as far removed from socks, party boy antics, and blistering alterna-funk as one can get. Amour Amer is a primal, organic blend of Latin rhythms, smooth soul, and a remarkable fusion of both funk and jazz. And while this brew, in and of itself, is pretty darn fine on its own, Virgel adds a further twist, underpinning his work with cunningly well-placed sonic thumbprints. From the opening "Losing Me" which is awash with strings and horns, to the piano infused "Kiss Me" and on to the exquisitely cocktailed "Anaïs Nin," this musical maestro has created a canvas painted with songs that resonate with their own, indelible, stamp. But, taken as a whole, this completed portrait blends beautifully, each song hinging on the singer's own gravel-kissed voice. With the inclusion of two notable reinterpretations -- Lou Reed's "Femme Fatale" and Serge Gainsbourg's "La Chanson de Slogan," Virgel, too, claims a far reaching sophistication that won't be found among many of his peers. Gorgeous no matter which way it's angled, Virgel proves himself a multi-faceted musician with a message of love and longing that comes through loud and clear.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2004
Label:
ELECTRIC MONKEY
UPC:
0823303100723
catalogNumber:
1007

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joel Virgel   Primary Artist
Robert Aaron   Piccolo
Douglas Besterman   Conductor
Mike Boito   Piano
Scott Breadman   Percussion
Danny Frankel   Percussion
Craig Fundyga   Vibes
Richard Hardy   Reeds
James Harrah   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Leslie King   Background Vocals
Kenny Lyon   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar
Nicholas Payton   Flugelhorn
Dan Weinstein   Violin
Cameron Stone   Cello
Thomas Tally   Viola
David Carpenter   Acoustic Bass
Juan Nelson   Electric Bass
John Krovoza   Cello
Michael Skloff   Piano,Keyboards,Melodica,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass,Wurlitzer,Synthesizer Strings
Joel Virgil Vierset   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Rocco Bidlovski   Drums
Luca Brandoli   Percussion
Giorgio Bertuccelli   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano
Erika Walczak   Violin

Technical Credits

Chico Buarque   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Douglas Besterman   String Arrangements,Wind Arrangements
Scott Frankfurt   Digital Signal Processing
James Harrah   Composer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Kenny Lyon   Arranger,Composer
Doug Rider   Engineer
Juan Nelson   Composer
Michael Skloff   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Joel Virgil Vierset   drum programming
Jean-Claude Vannier   Composer
Richard Edson   Composer
Giorgio Bertuccelli   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming

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