Arcanum

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Nick Webb and Greg Carmichael, the duo core of Acoustic Alchemy, forego the traditional greatest-hits route by taking an amazingly fresh approach to the concept on their ninth venture Arcanum, which presents the spruced-up live performance evolution of nine old favorites along with three solid new tracks. Yet the best-selling British melodizers even twist the conventions of a typical concert disc by opting to record those takes at England's legendary Pinewood Film Studios, away from the roaring crowds and in the presence of string members of the London Metropolitan Orchestra. The most striking new element is the explosive electric guitar approach of longtime ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Nick Webb and Greg Carmichael, the duo core of Acoustic Alchemy, forego the traditional greatest-hits route by taking an amazingly fresh approach to the concept on their ninth venture Arcanum, which presents the spruced-up live performance evolution of nine old favorites along with three solid new tracks. Yet the best-selling British melodizers even twist the conventions of a typical concert disc by opting to record those takes at England's legendary Pinewood Film Studios, away from the roaring crowds and in the presence of string members of the London Metropolitan Orchestra. The most striking new element is the explosive electric guitar approach of longtime cohort/former producer John Parsons, who adds some staggering zing to the kinetic "Reference Point" and "Casino," while shading in a slightly more subtle manner on the loping "Catalina Kiss" and "Mr. Chow." The strings don't receive a huge workout, but they add new drama and flair to the Western movie themes of "Lazeez" and glamour to the new ballad "Chance Meeting." Those with really keen sonic discrimination will also detect a slightly relaxed tempo on an all-time top Acoustic Alchemy tune, the autobiographical "Same Road Same Reason." AA's ongoing brilliance for creating images by tying together title, rhythm, melody, and mood is the true charm of the disc, and the duo's storytelling abilities are in crisp bloom on the soaring "Columbia," the opening and easily best new track. The piece, inspired by the musicians witnessing a space shuttle launch, speaks eloquently of their wonder and anticipation while effectively suggesting the rocket's propelling thrust.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/1996
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 011105984829
  • Catalog Number: 9848
  • Sales rank: 15,969

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Columbia (4:48)
  2. 2 Homecoming (5:40)
  3. 3 Chance Meeting (3:48)
  4. 4 Lazeez (5:49)
  5. 5 Mr. Chow (3:13)
  6. 6 Same Road, Same Reason (4:14)
  7. 7 Casino (6:06)
  8. 8 Something She Said (3:55)
  9. 9 Jamaica Heartbreak (3:53)
  10. 10 Catalina Kiss (4:21)
  11. 11 Reference Point (4:21)
  12. 12 Hearts in Chains (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Acoustic Alchemy Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Mario Argandona Percussion
Greg Carmichael Acoustic Guitar
Caroline Dale Cello
John Parsons Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Cathy Thompson Violin
Nick Webb Acoustic Guitar
Rosemary Furness Violin
Dennis Murphy Bass Guitar
Jeremy Williams Violin
David Daniels [cello] Cello
Yuko Inoue Viola
Elizabeth Layton Violin
John Sheppard Drums
Technical Credits
Gigi Gryce Composer
Caroline Dale String Arrangements
Klaus Genuit Engineer
Randy LeRoy Contributor
Denny Purcell Mastering
Linda Schwab Artwork, Illustrations
Steve Jones Producer
Steve Jones Producer, Engineer
John Sheppard Art Direction
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