Colored Lights: The Broadway Album

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All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
Deborah Gibson's theatrical soul has often made close brushes with her pop persona. Even while singing all that '80s nostalgia, there were traces of a young Broadway starlet seeping through. In between previous pop releases, Gibson acted on and off Broadway in just about everything notably Les Miserables, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and opposite Betty Buckley in Gypsy. Here, at last, is her no-nonsense "Broadway Album." For those outside walking distance to the venues in which she performed, this will be the first full-on introduction to Gibson as theatrical star. The track selections are wise, ranging from familiar "On My Own" to obscure the upbeat Latin pop song ...
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All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
Deborah Gibson's theatrical soul has often made close brushes with her pop persona. Even while singing all that '80s nostalgia, there were traces of a young Broadway starlet seeping through. In between previous pop releases, Gibson acted on and off Broadway in just about everything notably Les Miserables, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and opposite Betty Buckley in Gypsy. Here, at last, is her no-nonsense "Broadway Album." For those outside walking distance to the venues in which she performed, this will be the first full-on introduction to Gibson as theatrical star. The track selections are wise, ranging from familiar "On My Own" to obscure the upbeat Latin pop song "Raise the Roof", with traditional and modern imprints stamped according to her taste. She pads the album with "Sex," self-penned doo wop from an upcoming project, which works as an interlude. Poor fans who fear that she is headed down a dark tunnel that leads to a public kiss with Madonna should listen carefully to her lyrical winking: "Dad's '59 Chevy or Grandma's Ford Fairlane...anyplace is fair game." Now, the question is, where will Gibson's career lead from here? She wrote some amazing material on 1995's Think With Your Heart, some of which could easily stand against these classics. The focal point of this album is Gibson -- the white light is all hers. The very fine orchestrations are secondary to her vocals, there are no duets, and backup singers are in limited supply. But it works. She is at ease, aims to please, and obviously enjoys every bit of what she's doing. The showstopper "They All Laughed" casts a sweet, frenetic spell and is vocally and instrumentally the highlight of the album -- most particularly when she chuckles, rumbles, and squeaks at the finish. There are two things requested of listeners in order to fully enjoy this project: that they be fans of Gibson and fans of theater. If you fit the playbill, you're in luck.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206219524
  • Catalog Number: 062195

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Deborah Gibson Primary Artist
Debbie Gibson Indexed Contributor, Vocals
John Fumo Trumpet
Debra Byrd Background Vocals
Mark Converse Percussion, Drums
Dan Fornero Trumpet
Grant Geissman Guitar
Vladimir Polimatidi Violin
David Stout Trombone
Randy Landas Bass, Bass Guitar
Jean Marinelli French Horn
Ron Abel Conductor, Keyboards, Musical Direction
Ilene Novog Viola
Alex Rannie Harp
Mark Hollingsworth Reeds
John Krovoza Cello
Jerry Sharell Background Vocals
Cheryl Ongaro Violin
Ruth Bruegger Violin
Steve Orich Keyboards
Ray "The Closer" Garcia Background Vocals
Phillip D. Feather Reeds
John Krovozc Cello
Sylvia MacCalla Background Vocals
Ray Garcia Background Vocals
Stephen Orich Keyboards
Mark Coverse Percussion
Ilene Novoe Viola
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Stephen Sondheim Lyricist
Debbie Gibson Lyricist, Producer, Liner Notes
Freddie Mercury Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Peter Allen Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer, Lyricist
William Finn Lyricist
Kander Composer
Alain Boublil Lyricist
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Ira Gershwin Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer, Lyricist
William Meade Producer
Claude-Michel Schönberg Composer
Charles Strouse Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Chris Tergesen Engineer
Lanny Meyers Orchestration
Ron Abel Producer, Orchestration, Musical Director
Bob Merrill Composer, Lyricist
Deborah Gibson Composer, Producer
Fred Ebb Composer, Lyricist
Michael Yuen Art Direction
Steve Orich Orchestration
Greg Arnold's Tricycle Mastering
Mike Yuen Art Direction
William Meade Producer
Chris Tergeson Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gibson's Colored Lights Shines: Raisin' the Roof and Raisin' the Bar!

    Deborah Gibson takes an unexpected turn after releasing "M.Y.O.B" in 2001. Indeed, her life-long work and dedication to her craft shows here. Finally, it all pays off "to call the shots...to roll the dice...and to raise the roof". Where "M.Y.O.B." was aimed at returning Gibson to mainstream and commerical pop/dance success, Gibson's "Colored Lights" is a landmark album that firmly roots Gibson's career as a vocalist. There were no fancy production and studio tricks; just Deborah simply singing. In all the songs, Gibson expresses herself with much more conviction and abandon than in the past. The best tunes on this CD might be "Raise the Roof!", "I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love", "Anytime", "On My Own", and "Blame It On the Summer Night". On "Raise the Roof", Gibson truly lets loose and her personality and true grit or soul shines; this song is just begging for some pop and dance remixes to have it ready for airplay. "Let Me Entertain You" and "Blame It On the Summer Night" showcase a sensual assurance rarely heard in her past works. "I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love" is a georgeous melody, and a radio-friendly ballad. "On My Own" is an old friend to Gibson, and the arrangement and interpretation is taken to a new level with darker and more dramatic (almost forboding) effects. "Colored Lights" is a fun and whimsical tune but with blends of longing and sadness that allows Gibson to show her dramatic range. "I'm The Greatest Start" is another song that showcases Gibson's dramatic abilities. "They All Laughed" is a fitting song for Gibson and she sang it flawlessly, and the theme is reminiscent of her previous "Dontcha Want Me Now". "Sex" (a Gibson original) is a sneak peak at the musical she's been writing for many years; the bridge is awesome and electric. "Maybe This Time" and "Anytime" are both powerhouse songs for Gibson. The only 2 songs I wasn't as enthusiastic on were "Who Are You Now?" and "I Enjoy Being a Girl". I think it was the delivery on those songs that made me feel that way. However, they were still good songs. Much like her 1997 release of "Deborah", "Colored Lights" is a very consistent CD where Gibson forges ahead and pushes forward musically. It is exciting to see Deborah continually growing. From her history, all indications tell us that her best is yet to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!! What a great compilation CD

    Great Broadway show tunes that are performed magnificently by Deborah. What fun, just like being at the show again. What a talented and versatile artist.

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