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Elaine Paige and Friends

Elaine Paige and Friends

by Elaine Paige
     
 

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One of the biggest stars from the world of musical theater, Elaine Paige is just as popular as ever, thanks to her Sunday afternoon Radio 2 show and last year's televised duet with Susan Boyle, who cited her as the main influence behind her rapid rise to fame. Now, for the first time since 1991's Love Can Do That, she releases a

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One of the biggest stars from the world of musical theater, Elaine Paige is just as popular as ever, thanks to her Sunday afternoon Radio 2 show and last year's televised duet with Susan Boyle, who cited her as the main influence behind her rapid rise to fame. Now, for the first time since 1991's Love Can Do That, she releases a brand new studio album that's void of any of her trademark songs from the musicals. Like the title suggests, Elaine Paige and Friends is a duets album, featuring a diverse range of artists from the more obvious John Barrowman on a cover of Roberta Flack's "Where Is the Love," to the unlikely Sinéad O'Connor on the only original track, the Gary Barlow/Tim Rice penned "It's Only Life." Unlike Tom Jones' Reload and Lulu's Together, both of which featured collaborations with younger, more relevant singers, Elaine Paige and Friends doesn't seem like such a calculated bid for chart success. Indeed, LeAnn Rimes, who she teams up with on Katie Melua's "Closest Thing to Crazy," is the only guest vocalist to have had a hit single in the last ten years. Instead, Paige has picked her favorite singers from the past 50 years, such as Paul Anka on the lounge-pop reworking of Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are," Neil Sedaka on a subtle rendition of Bread's "Make It with You," and Dionne Warwick on a stirring version of Andrew Gold's "Thank You for Being a Friend." When the album does stray into more contemporary territory, it's not quite as successful, as both Madonna's gorgeous ballad "Take a Bow" and Josh Groban's Latino-influenced "Mi Morena" are both turned into slightly overwrought cabaret. But with the rest of the material, Phil Ramone's clean and simple production perfectly complements Paige's sweet but powerful vocal ability. Elaine Paige and Friends is unlikely to echo the multi-platinum success of similar duets collections, but for fans who've waited nearly 20 years for new material, it's a tasteful and well-produced choice of songs.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
Label:
Warner Bros Uk
UPC:
5052498287420
catalogNumber:
9828742

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elaine Paige   Primary Artist
Kenny G   Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Rob Mounsey   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards
Jill Dell'Abate   Background Vocals
Diane Barere   Celli
Elena Barere   Violin,Concert Master
Stephanie Cummins   Celli
David Finck   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Gordon Gottlieb   Percussion
Zev Katz   Electric Bass
Jeanne LeBlanc   Celli
Lee Levin   Drums
Richard Locker   Celli
Manny López   Guitar
Yurika Mok   Violin
Chris Parker   Drums
Shawn Pelton   Percussion,Drums
Stewart Rose   French Horn
Avril Brown   Violin
Diane Lesser   Oboe
Craig Mumm   Viola
Dan Warner   Guitar
Yuri Vodovoz   Violin
Julio Hermández   Bass
Marc Goldberg   Bassoon
Anne Lehmann   Violin
Peter Donovan   Bass
Clay Perry   Piano,Keyboards
Mary Hammann   Viola
Grégoire Maret   Harmonica,Soloist
Timothy Cobb   Bass
Ben Butler   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
George Flynn   Bass Trombone
Jon Manasse   Clarinet
Katherine Fink   Flute
Jeff Lang   French Horn
Matthew Lehmann   Violin
Sean Carney   Violin
Desiree Elsevier   Viola
Todd Low   Viola
Bill Meredith   English Horn
Katherine Livolsi   Violin
Mike Davis   Tenor Trombone
Anthony McGill   Clarinet
Hermione Ross   Background Vocals
Brad Gemeinhardt   French Horn
Hae-Young Ham   Violin
Stacey Shames   Harp
Eugene Moye   Celli
Lisa GiHae Kim   Violin
Dave Spinozza   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
yulia ziskel   Violin
Laura Mcginniss   Violin
Michael Thompson   Guitar

Technical Credits

Johnny Mathis   Duet
Neil Sedaka   Duet
Dionne Warwick   Duet
Paul Anka   Duet
Michael Bolton   Producer,rhythm arrangement,Duet
Barry Manilow   Producer,Duet
Olivia Newton-John   Duet
Billy Ocean   Duet
Rob Mounsey   Arranger,rhythm arrangement,String Conductor
Mike Batt   String Arrangements,String Conductor
David Gates   Composer
Jon Secada   Duet
Frank Filipetti   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Roy Hendrickson   Engineer
Sinéad O'Connor   Duet
Clay Ostwald   Vocal Engineer
Rudy Pérez   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Phil Ramone   Producer
Schmitt   Engineer
Bruce Swedien   Engineer
Joel Numa   Engineer
LeAnn Rimes   Duet
John Barrowman   Duet
Steve Milo   Engineer
Idina Menzel   Duet
Chris Egan   String Arrangements
Roman Klun   Engineer
Tom Jenkins   Vocal Engineer
Clay Perry   Engineer,rhythm arrangement
Matt Scheiner   Pro-Tools
Steve Smodish   Vocal Engineer
Charlie Paakkari   Vocal Engineer
Derik Lee   Pro-Tools
Grusin   Composer
Tom Bullen   Vocal Engineer
Niall McMonagle   Vocal Engineer
BJ Ramone   Vocal Engineer
Edmonds   Composer
Trystan Francis   Pre-production Engineer
Rick Qwan   Engineer,Pro-Tools

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