Be Not Nobody [UK Bonus Tracks]

Be Not Nobody [UK Bonus Tracks]

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by Vanessa Carlton

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Vanessa Carlton probably couldn't have happened without Alicia Keys, but that doesn't mean they sound the same. Both artists are preternaturally talented and write on keyboards, sounding much older than their years. The difference is, Carlton pretty much revels in her advanced years, creating a record that recalls the lush ambition of Keys, but also the soul-searching…  See more details below


Vanessa Carlton probably couldn't have happened without Alicia Keys, but that doesn't mean they sound the same. Both artists are preternaturally talented and write on keyboards, sounding much older than their years. The difference is, Carlton pretty much revels in her advanced years, creating a record that recalls the lush ambition of Keys, but also the soul-searching of Fiona Apple and the precise intricacies of Rick Wakeman. Certainly, this wasn't something she planned to evoke, but the end result is pretty impressive all the same, because it's so well crafted, from both Carlton and her producer, Ron Fair, who doesn't stop her from taking leaps that could potentially prove embarrassing. And there are embarrassing moments on her debut, Be Not Nobody, the most notable of those is a ham-fisted, melodramatic cover of the Stones' "Paint It, Black," which for all the world feels like a single dictated by the studio. That's the nadir of the album, but the rest is charmingly ambitious and often quite accomplished. Take the lead single, "A Thousand Miles" -- as it moves from its solo piano opening to bombastic orchestral-backed choruses, the result isn't overwhelming, it's sweet, multi-layered, and appealing. And most of her debut album follows that lead, often overflowing with soaring strings, intimate pianos, crooned vocals, and pretty melodies, yet it all gels because Carlton shows the potential of a songwriter who can convey her emotions through her songcraft. Sure, some of Be Not Nobody is naïve, but much of it's well crafted and nearly all of it is endearing; it's a rare debut that is quite enjoyable in its own right yet is almost more enticing because of what it suggests that she could do next. [Be Not Nobody was released in the U.K. with three bonus tracks, all piano-and-voice-only versions of album tracks, including "A Thousand Miles."]

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vanessa Carlton   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Violin
Bob Adcock   Cello
Alex Al   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Chuck Berghofer   Upright Bass
Charlie Bisharat   Violin,Electric Violin
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Luis Conte   Percussion
Mathew Cooker   Viola
Larry Corbett   Cello
Brian Dembow   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Ron Fair   Organ,Harmonica,Conductor,Vibes
Kirstin Fife   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
John Goux   Dulcimer,Guitar,Sitar
Endre Granat   Violin,Concert Master
Daniel Greco   Cymbalom
Susan Greenberg   Woodwind
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Dan Higgins   Recorder,Woodwind
Randy Kerber   Conductor
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
David Low   Cello
Rene Mandel   Violin
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Robin Olson   Violin
Simon Oswell   Viola
Katia Popov   Viola
Emil Richards   Vibes
Mark Robertson   Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
David Shostac   Woodwind
Sheridon Stokes   Woodwind
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
John Wittenberg   Violin
Margaret Wooten   Violin
Ken Yerke   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Dmitri Boviard   Viola
Karen Elaine Bakunin   Viola
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Leland Sklar   Bass
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Sara Parkins   Violin
Alan Grunfield   Violin
Hershberger   Violin
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Rose Corrigan   Woodwind
Michael Valerio   Double Bass
Vicky Miscolczy   Viola
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Samuel Formicola   Viola
Nico Abandolo   Double Bass
Cindy Ellis   Woodwind
Keith Grezen   Viola
Walter Trey Henry   Double Bass
Larry Williams   Woodwind
Katia Barbra Porter   Violin
Becky Bunnell   Violin
Tiffany Yi Hu   Violin
Karen Van Sant   Viola
Phillip Levy   Violin
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Paul Cohen   Viola
Franklyn D'Antonio   Violin
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Lily Ho Chen   Violin

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Composer
Ron Fair   Producer,Executive Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Randy Kerber   Arranger
Hugh Padgham   Engineer
Keith Richards   Composer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Michael C. Ross   Engineer
Drew FitzGerald   Art Direction,Illustrations
Tal Herzberg   Producer,Engineer
Vanessa Carlton   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer

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Be Not Nobody 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Be Not Nobody takes is in one word stunning. Ms.Carlton has it in spades she has the orchestral arrangements of 70's and 80's chantuese Kate Bush. The Killer piano of Amos. Except this time its better. Carlton plays it simple and straight. The Woman posseses a cool duality in bot some songs are dark and innocent. The woman has the potential to knock down icons like Sarah McLachlan who left us hanging in 97.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vanessa's songs sure have hit the top list of my music world. She is SO talented in many ways. She can definately tickle those ivories!!! I love the song A thousand Miles so much because my fiance and I live several hundered miles away from each other. I think that this song is going to be OUR song for a while. Good luck Vanessa!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only is her music great, but she is a hottie and I heard she knows ballet. Vanessa, will you marry me?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vanesssa Calrton is the years best new artist. She is a local down to earth girl who has hit it big with her sensational talent. Not only can she sing, play the piano, and dance but she is also pretty hot. Be Not Nobody is an instant smash i recommend that you stop looking at it and buy it already.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vanessa Carlton is a perfect alternative to the mainstream ''pop queens''. She writes all her own songs and plays the piano as well for all of the songs. Her voice is also truely unique. With mellow tracks to more upbeat ones, the album has a little something for everyone. My personal favorite is the melodious song ''Twilight''. Check it out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used to date her and all I can say is WOW! With her nimble fingers on the piano and the limber limbs from ballet, you know she hit the high notes!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I totally love Vanessa's Cd. I especially like ''1000 miles'', it's the best. Keep rolling out excellent music like that, and you could be a diva!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vanessa's cd is the best I am sitting here listening to it now. My favorite song is a thousand miles and ordinary day. I definitly reccomend this cd it is so great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Be Not Nobody'' is my favorite CD I've purchased in years!!! Vanessa's piano pieces in ''A Thousand Miles'' and ''Ordinary Day'' and absolutely amazing. She's a musical genius! The soothing sound of Vanessa Carlton will take your ears on a musical roller coaster. This CD won't be a secret for long. Buy it now!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vanessa carlton's new album ''Be Not Nobody'' is not short of amazing. From the opening riffs of ''Ordinary Day'' to the last trailing of ''Twilight''. ''Be Not Nobody'' is an album you will not be able to let go of. Vanessa's amazing voice, beautiful lyrics, and awesome piano playing make her seem so much older than 21 years. Vanessa is a very talented musician. This album contains 10 orginal songs written by Vanessa, and one cover. The 9th track on this album is an awesome cover of the Rolling stones ''Paint It Black''. ''Pretty Baby'' is sure to be a fan fave, and is easy to see why. ''A Thousand Miles'' is already a huge hit, and recently reached top 10 on the Billboard hot 100 singles chart, and # 3 on MTV's top 10. The next single ''Ordinary Day'' is sure to do the same. Each of these songs speaks to the listener in a dlfferent way. Part of the beauty of ''Be Not Nobody'' is the way everyone can relate to it. My personal favorites are: ''Ordinary Day'', ''Unsung'', ''A Thousand Miles'', 'Pretty Baby'',''Sway'', but honestly, there is not one song on this album i don't like. Make sure you get your copy of ''Be Not Nobody'' you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After a long surge of talentless teen pop princesses, along comes some true talent. Vanessa Carlton's debut CD ''Be Not Nobody'' may very well help set the standards to upcoming 'pop' music. Carlton not only sings beautifully, but she also wrote 10 of the 11 songs on the album(the 11th is a remake of the Rollingstones tune ''Paint it Black.) Among the songs on the album include her first single ''A Thousand Miles'', the hauntingly ''Twilight'' and ''Paradise''. A mix of pop/rock with a touch of jazz, Carlton's debut CD is sure to please. Just a listen of each of her songs will reveal Carlton's seeming endless talents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey, I am a 15-year old kid in so-cal. I think this is a great cd, considering I got it for 7.99 at target it was a steal! Ordinary day is a great way to start off the cd. Her song ¿paint it black¿ shows that she has a little bit of everything in this cd from slow sweet songs, to songs that deserve to be #1 like ¿A thousand miles¿ all the way to the rolling stones ¿paint it black¿. I enjoy music from Evan and Jaron, Michelle Branch, The calling, and many other artist of this type. If you like their music, this cd is definitely for you. I bought this cd when it first came out, expecting a stellar collection of songs, but no, I didn¿t buy that, I just bought something better, something to take everywhere with me. Trust me, you¿ll love this cd. ~Bobby ~~Email me with any questions about cd at
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the whole CD is wonderful.Vanessa is a genius at her craft.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Vannesa Carlton's album is fantastic. Her style shines through her unique voice, beautiful piano music, and stirring lyrics. It is an essential addition to every music collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is great. It is filled with haunting melodies and lyrics. The piano and orchestrations give each song its own intimate feel. From the moment I previewed the album, I was anxious to get my hands on it. It totally impressed me. I've been listening to it contently since.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Be Not Nobody is superb songwriting and singing i love this CD. I listend to it one time through and love it instantly.It appears to be pop but it's rock n roll infused with other musical elements. Appeals to voth young and old alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Vanessa! She's a dancer, and a singer! I love her music. You should definitly buy her cd!!! I Am !!!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's useless to compare Vanessa to any other artist, because she doesn't sound like anyone but Vanessa Carlton. She is a unique and passionate artist, with no frills. She is pure, raw talent. I have NEVER heard songs like Wanted, Twilight, or Ordinary Day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Be Not Nobody'' is a rare cd in which I like 8 of the 10 tracks on the cd. My favorites are ''Sway'' and ''More than Wanted''. Her cd makes me want to sing and learn to play the piano. It is very impressive and it is great that singer/songwriters are starting to reamerge in the music scene.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love the song 'a thousand miles' it's my very favourite song, and i kept on listening to it, cause i never get bored of it. She's really good at playing the piano, and i love the video clip for it. Vanessa Carlton Rulz!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Be Not Nobody from the very beginning... I thought of angels when I heard her... She seems to have talent beyond her years... Her Songwriting skills combined with the knowledge of how to play the piano amazes me so much...Her voice is sooo angelic and incredible... I float when I hear it... Remember to... Never live your life with Things of the past. Remember the walls of love Flowing when Rain poured your thirst, Enveloping the sun¿s rays.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i've been playn the piano since i was 5 but wat i play is NOTHIN like V's playin!! she ROCKS!! i'll do ANYTHING just to play like her...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miss Carlton is the tops. The best musician this year and is going places fast! nice one our kid keep it up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
if so, can u e-mail it to me, i would like to be friends with her, because i think she is one of the smartest, most talented people, iver ever seen. she is so talanted and beautiful, i wish i could be friends with her :(-----.