Carole Bayer Sager

Carole Bayer Sager

by Carole Bayer Sager
     
 

This is actually an extraordinary album by the veteran songwriter who hit as far back as 1966 with "A Groovy Kind of Love." The little granny voice of Carole Bayer Sager is full of soul and passion -- so pure and fragile, it is a shame it never got to dominate the charts. The title track of Melissa Manchester's Home to MyselfSee more details below

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This is actually an extraordinary album by the veteran songwriter who hit as far back as 1966 with "A Groovy Kind of Love." The little granny voice of Carole Bayer Sager is full of soul and passion -- so pure and fragile, it is a shame it never got to dominate the charts. The title track of Melissa Manchester's Home to Myself album is a total delight here, closing out this set; it was released four years after Manchester's version. It's a home run on a ten-song Brooks Arthur production that is full of big moments. Sager co-wrote Midnight Blue, Manchester's breakthrough hit on Arista, but "Home to Myself" was on the Bell imprint, presumably when Larry Uttall ran the label prior to Clive Davis coming onboard. With that in mind, these compact gems seem all the more precious, be it a lesser-known title like "Steal Away Again," co-written by Bette Midler and Bruce Roberts, or one of the many covers of her more popular titles: "I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love," which Rita Coolidge brought to the Top 40 in 1980, three years after this incarnation; or "Come in From the Rain" and "You're Moving Out Today," two songs that were minor adult contemporary hits. It is amazing the 5th Dimension or Peaches & Herb couldn't take "Steal Away Again" to the masses, or that Helen Reddy let something so good slip through her fingers. The stellar cast makes this collection a keeper beyond the solid songwriting. Peter Allen co-writes "Shy As a Violet," but it is the Divine Ms. Midler who provides the backing vocal and harmony. Tony Orlando does the same with the excellent "Don't Wish Too Hard," also co-written by Peter Allen, who provides his piano playing on both as well. Madeline Kahn, Marvin Hamlisch, Paul Buckmaster, and Boston's Alan Estes all contribute to this true masterpiece of songwriting. More than just a "demo" for popular artists, Sager's presentation is more commercial than her novel Extravagant Gestures. A songwriter is who she is, and her voice on this disc may not be as powerful as Carole King, Melissa Manchester, or as unique asMidler's, but she can move you.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/28/1999
Label:
Warner Bros Uk
UPC:
0075596061728
catalogNumber:
960617
Rank:
42247

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carole Bayer Sager   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bette Midler   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Melissa Manchester   Piano,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Brenda Russell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter Allen   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Nicky Hopkins   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Gene Page   Strings,Conductor
Bruce Roberts   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Marvin Hamlisch   Guitar,Piano,Strings,Celeste,Cello,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Paul Buckmaster   Synthesizer,Conductor
Artie Butler   Organ,Keyboards
Thom Cotella   Guitar
Alan Estes   Percussion,Conga
Jerry Friedman   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Emory Gordy   Bass
Gorgoni   Acoustic Guitar
Abigale Haness   Vocals,Background Vocals
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Will Lee   Bass
Robert Margouleff   Synthesizer
Roy Markowitz   Drums
Hugh McCracken   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Andy Newmark   Drums
Tony Orlando   Vocals
Lance Quinn   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Lee Ritenour   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Thom Rotella   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums,Cabasa
Allen Schwarzberg   Drums
John Vastano   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Madeline Kahn   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ray Markowitz   Drums
Leland Sklar   Bass

Technical Credits

Brooks Arthur   Producer,Engineer
Peter Allen   Piano Overdubs
Gene Page   Arranger
Paul Buckmaster   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Bob Merritt   Engineer
Lee Ritenour   Contributor
Tony Lane   Art Direction
Anne Garner   Art Direction
David Alexander   Sleeve Photo

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