Better Than Ever

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All Music Guide
Curtis Ohlson's second album was originally released in 1989, and considerably broadens the palette spread out by its predecessor, So Fast. With saxophonist Marc Russo and vocalist Rosie Gaines (breathtakingly lovely on "A Thousand Years"), both returning from that earlier disc, Better Than Ever possibly peaks with an audacious rearrangement of George Michael's "One More Try" -- audacious because it sits so sweetly alongside Ohlson's own compositions that it could be an original by default. Nine songs long the first time around, the remastered edition that emerged in 2009 added two new songs to the running order: "Every Day's Friday," which has been programmed in near the beginning of the album and sounds like it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Curtis Ohlson's second album was originally released in 1989, and considerably broadens the palette spread out by its predecessor, So Fast. With saxophonist Marc Russo and vocalist Rosie Gaines (breathtakingly lovely on "A Thousand Years"), both returning from that earlier disc, Better Than Ever possibly peaks with an audacious rearrangement of George Michael's "One More Try" -- audacious because it sits so sweetly alongside Ohlson's own compositions that it could be an original by default. Nine songs long the first time around, the remastered edition that emerged in 2009 added two new songs to the running order: "Every Day's Friday," which has been programmed in near the beginning of the album and sounds like it ought to have been there all along, and "Enough Is Enough," which closes it with dramatic aplomb. More varied than So Fast and maybe more relaxed, Better Than Ever is another of those albums that quite inexplicably "got away" at the end of the '80s. Now it's back and you'd better not miss it this time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2009
  • Label: Voiceprint Uk
  • UPC: 604388334926
  • Catalog Number: 8833492
  • Sales rank: 326,676

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hometown (3:37)
  2. 2 Every Day's Friday (4:14)
  3. 3 It's No Surprize (4:30)
  4. 4 A Thousand Years (5:09)
  5. 5 Special K (3:49)
  6. 6 One More Try (4:08)
  7. 7 Better Than Ever (4:41)
  8. 8 Three Good Reasons (4:47)
  9. 9 Still Life (4:49)
  10. 10 Why (4:22)
  11. 11 Enough Is Enough (5:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Curtis Ohlson Primary Artist, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Fretless Bass Guitar, Piccolo Bass, Synthesizer Bass, Soloist, 5-string Bass
Andy Narell Steel Drums
Ray Obiedo Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Rosie Gaines Vocals, Background Vocals
Peter Horvath Piano, Keyboards, Soloist
William Kennedy Drums
Karl Perazzo Percussion
Marc Russo Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Norbert Stachel Soprano Saxophone
Paul van Wageningen Drums
Vernon Black Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Steph Birnbaum Guitar
Chris Doval Drums
Lori P. Taylor Background Vocals
Sara Jennison Vocals
Technical Credits
Curtis Ohlson Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum machine, Percussion Programming
Ray Obiedo Composer
Dale Everingham Engineer
Peter Horvath Composer, String Arrangements
Marc Russo Saxophone Arrangement
Jim Gardiner Producer, Engineer
R. Gaines Composer
G. Michael Composer
Priscilla Gardiner Publicity
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