Everlasting Love

Everlasting Love

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by Vanessa Williams
     
 
In the throes of divorce from NBA star Rick Fox, Vanessa Williams recorded a nostalgic album of '70s love songs -- and a darn good one, at that. Ironically entitled, Everlasting Love, the disc unearths numerous pop nuggets to which Williams grew up listening. From the start, she makes smart song selections, such as choosing Rufus and Chaka Khan's lite-funk

Overview

In the throes of divorce from NBA star Rick Fox, Vanessa Williams recorded a nostalgic album of '70s love songs -- and a darn good one, at that. Ironically entitled, Everlasting Love, the disc unearths numerous pop nuggets to which Williams grew up listening. From the start, she makes smart song selections, such as choosing Rufus and Chaka Khan's lite-funk gem "Everlasting Love" as the title track, instead of Carl Carlton's oft-covered smash of the same name. From there, Williams moves from a gorgeous rendering of the Roberta Flack classic "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," featuring the subtle contributions of the London Session Orchestra, to a sensual reading of the Ohio Players' naughty ballad "Let's Love." While she knows her way around a ballad -- note the piano-kissed take on Al Wilson's 1973 chart-topper "Show and Tell" -- the former Miss America truly shines when she lets loose on a horn-infused cover of the Isley Brothers' "Harvest for the World." Adding to this stellar disc is an appearance by George Benson, who lends his smooth vocals and graceful guitar playing to a Gamble & Huff–like version of the Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye" and an equally lush rendition of the Billy Preston and Syreeta duet "With You I'm Born Again." Throughout, Williams offers a musical love fest that fans of quiet-storm soul will thoroughly enjoy.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
On Everlasting Love, Vanessa Williams covers her favorite soul songs of the '70s, often with help from the London Session Orchestra. This is a classy set of material that straddles the line between faithful renditions and creative reinterpretations. The strummy folk-soul of the Isley Brothers' "Harvest for the World" is turned into jazz-funk for the dancefloor; the natural exuberance within "Never Can Say Goodbye" is toned down a few degrees, thanks in part to George Benson's guitar and James "D-Train" Williams' (!) backing vocals. Nothing really grabs you by the throat or makes your body hairs stand on end, but that's all right. Williams' music career has almost always had more to do with caressing the ears than anything else. This disc is nothing if not a fan pleaser.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075679380227
catalogNumber:
93802
Rank:
74835

Tracks

  1. Tuning
  2. Never Can Say Goodbye (featuring George Benson)
  3. Midnight Blue
  4. Show and Tell
  5. Let's Love
  6. First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
  7. Everlasting Love
  8. With You I'm Born Again (duet with George Benson)
  9. Send One Your Love
  10. You Are Everything
  11. One Less Bell to Answer
  12. I'll Be Good to You (duet with James D-Train Williams)
  13. Harvest for the World
  14. Bonus Track: Today and Everyday (Wedding Song)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vanessa Williams   Primary Artist
George Benson   Guitar
Richard Berry   French Horn
Keith Robinson   Guitar
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Lisa Fischer   Background Vocals
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Poogie Bell   Drums
Mark Berrow   Violin
Nicholas Bucknail   Clarinet
James "D-Train" Williams   Background Vocals
Caroline Dearney   Cello
Liz Edwards   Violin
David Emanuel   Violin
Andy Findon   Flute
James Genus   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Aaron Heick   Flute,Alto Flute
John Heley   Cello
Skaila Kanga   Harp
Chris Laurence   Bass
Will Lee   Bass
J.T. Lewis   Drums
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Martin Loveday   Cello
Rita Manning   Violin
Rob Mathes   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Clavinet,12-string Guitar,Gut String Guitar,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass,Wurlitzer,Prepared Piano
Jim McLeod   Violin
Kate Musker   Viola
Shawn Pelton   Drums,Loops,Beat Box
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone
Kate Wilkinson   Viola
Dave Woodcock   Violin
Gavyn Wright   Violin,Leader
Dermot Crehan   Violin
Peter Lale   Viola
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Dave Mann   Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Kievit   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Lynda Houghton   Bass
Richard Watkins   French Horn
Everton Nelson   Violin
Caldwell   Bass
Nigel Black   French Horn
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Lorraine McAslan   Violin
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Chris Cowie   Oboe
Simon Fischer   Violin
Pete Hanson   Violin
Gustav Clarkson   Viola
Julie Andrews   Bassoon
Mike Davis   Tenor Trombone
Stephen Orton   Cello
David Daniels [cello]   Cello

Technical Credits

Phil Magnotti   Engineer
Mark Mandelbaum   Engineer
Rob Mathes   Producer,Orchestration
Andy Snitzer   Programming
Simon Rhodes   Engineer
Jan Folkson   Programming,Engineer
John Wroble   Contributor
Christina Dittmar   Art Direction
Jeff Harris   Engineer

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After a long departure from music, within the last few months Vanessa Williams makes a powerful return back to music. Where as fans of the multi-talented diva were yearning for Williams to record a new album, within less than 5 months apart, she releases two excellent albums. Her latest album release "Everlasting Love" covers moderate to obscure tunes from the 1970s. Instead of attempting to chase after current pop trends, she reinterprets the tunes with class and emotion missing from what is played mostly on the radio. The album highlights include the funk infused "Never Can Say Goodbye", the first single from the album "You Are Everything", and the upbeat Isley Brothers' tune "Harvest For The World." Also, of course the ballads (Vanessa's specialty) on the album are good such as the duet "With You I am Born Again." The two biggest highlights of the album would have to be the title track "Everlasting Love" (a Chaka Khan/Refus) in which Williams shows off her beautiful lower register and high register. On the title track Williams gives the tune a vocal workout which could give some younger vocalists a run for their money. The second biggest highlight of the album would have to be the ballad "One Less Bell To Answer." On this tune, Vanessa squeezes out so much emotion out of her vocals without over singing and shouting. The only complaint of the album would be if Williams could of covered some dance or disco tunes from the same musical era. Williams' last few albums have been almost completely have been driven with mid-tempo or ballads with the exception of her Billboard Dance Top 10 hit "Happiness" and it is not like Williams doesn't know her way around the dancefloor. This album does follow within that same trend as her more recent albums of lacking dancefloor tunes, which at moments makes the album drag along when listening to the album as a whole. But all and all, the album is most definitely worth picking up or downloading off of iTunes. Now the record label needs to promote the album like they would for any other world-class performer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nothing spectacular or innovative here.All tracks are well crafted to please your ears smoothly and nicely.She has a nice and appealing voice and nobody will complain about this album,which is really for the masses.It's a decent product. If you are looking for something really good,then you have to go for the current best female jazz artist,Regina Belle and her latest rendition 'LAZY AFTERNOON',a true masterpiece,which blends jazz and R&B with class and soulful style...unique.Trust me !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a young man, born in the early 80's, so I haven't heard much 70's music besides Marvin Gaye or Al Green from my father's collection. I bought this album because I instantly became a fan of Miss Williams after watching her perform live on tv. I must say I am extremely pleased. I love the way Vanessa channels her fiery passion into the title track "Everlasting Love". I was most amazed by her vocal phrasing and the high vocal range which she seldom showcases. My favorite song on the album is "Midnight Blue" a ballad thats soft and romantic. "You are Everything" is obviously a popular pick because V sounds hip and hot as any of the young performers today. What she has that they lack is an obvious maturity to sing songs like the jazzy and exuberant "Harvest for the World" and her heart wrenching emotional "One Less Bell to Answer". This album is the perfect Mother's Day, Valentines, Birthday, Christmas...whatever special day gift for your loved one.