Days in Avalon [Signal 21]

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After a three-year hiatus and a break with his former record company, Richard Marx returns with his own label, Signal 21, and a new album, Days in Avalon. Continuing with the sound that made him a consistent hitmaker during the late '80s and early '90s, Marx does little wrong with this collection of pop
ock compositions, which -- as in the case of the country-styled ballad "Straight From My Heart," featuring the harmony vocals of Alison Krauss -- show the versatility of this often underappreciated vocalist. His ability to write upbeat, soulful, often moody, and always deeply personal material is still intact with tracks like the eerie ...
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All Music Guide - Daniel Malich
After a three-year hiatus and a break with his former record company, Richard Marx returns with his own label, Signal 21, and a new album, Days in Avalon. Continuing with the sound that made him a consistent hitmaker during the late '80s and early '90s, Marx does little wrong with this collection of pop
ock compositions, which -- as in the case of the country-styled ballad "Straight From My Heart," featuring the harmony vocals of Alison Krauss -- show the versatility of this often underappreciated vocalist. His ability to write upbeat, soulful, often moody, and always deeply personal material is still intact with tracks like the eerie "Shine," the acoustic guitar-driven "Almost Everything," and the blues-tinged "Too Early to Be Over," while his gift for storytelling remains as strong as ever with the solemn and disturbing social commentary "Boy Next Door," harkening back to his 1991 hit, "Hazard." With "The Edge of Forever," a duet with country singer Chely Wright, Marx proves he is still at the top of his game in writing power ballads destined for many a wedding reception, if only such songs could get airplay on airwaves that cater only to the newest new thing, while leaving substantial artists, like him, on an uneven and oftentimes unfair playing field. For the true fan, Days of Avalon does not disappoint. However, going beyond even his fan base, Marx has the ability to coax even the most jaded listener into losing themselves within his music. If worthwhile alternatives exist to the lackluster and noise-ridden material that deluges radio as the flavor of the moment, then Days in Avalon is certainly at the top of the list.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2000
  • Label: SIGNAL 21
  • UPC: 804461000124
  • Catalog Number: 1

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Marx Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar
Alison Krauss Background Vocals
Matt Rollings Hammond Organ
Yvonne Gage Background Vocals
Gary Smith Keyboards
Michael Thompson Guitar
Fee Waybill Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers Drums
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar, Slide Guitar
Bruce Gaitsch Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar
George Hawkins Bass
Michael Landau Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Duncan Mullins Bass
Greg Phillinganes Wurlitzer
Michael Rhodes Bass
C.J. Vancston Keyboards
Chely Wright Vocals
Tim Akers Keyboards, Loops
Randy Jackson Bass
Eric Darkin Percussion
Blue Miller Acoustic Guitar
Shannon Brown Background Vocals
Donald Kirkpatrick Slide Guitar
Anne Bent Vocals
Joan Callaso Background Vocals
Constance Conway Vocals
Peggy Hopkins Vocals
Julie Lyons Vocals
Herman Mathews Drums
Robin Robinson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Butch Carr Engineer
Dan Cleary Management
David Cole Producer, Engineer
Bill Drescher Engineer
Richard Marx Arranger, Producer
C.J. Vancston Arranger, drum programming
Craig Bauer Engineer
Matt Prock Engineer
Steve Haldeman Mastering
Luke Wooten Engineer
Willy Lovet Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Richard Marx Returns With A Powerful, Soulful, Melancholy

    Richard Marx returns with a powerful, soulful, melancholy sound that shows not only his sophistication as a musical artist, but reveals the edginess and aching left in his heart following the death of his father two years ago. Marx continues to prove that he was truly the finest singer/songwriter to come out of the 1980's musical scene with the pointed ''Boy Next Door'', the dark, slick, and catchy ''More Than a Mystery'', the heart-tearingly beautiful ''One More Time'', and the nostalgic-melacholy of the title track ''Days In Avalon''. Although Marx seemed to disappear in the late 90's, he was in fact displaying his prolific songwriting by writing hit songs for a number of today's most popular groups including *NSYNC, 98 Degrees, SHeDAISY, as well as songs for Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, and others. When you look at Marx's considerable musical accomplishments, he will go down in musical history at the end of his career along side other singer/songwriters such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel, and Burt Bacharach. I recommend ''Days In Avalon'' for anyone who likes to listen to songs and music both. Marx's beautiful, memorable melodies stand up to anyone's, and his sweet, soulful vocals can't surpassed. Don't miss this album!

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