Carole Bayer Sager

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
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: 075596061728
  • Catalog Number: 960617
  • Sales rank: 67,156

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
Al Gorgoni Acoustic Guitar, 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, Guitar, Mandolin
Thom Rotella Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Allan Schwartzberg Drums, Cabasa
Allen Schwarzberg Drums
John Vastano Acoustic Guitar, 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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