Good to Be Back

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
When Natalie Cole released 1989's Good to Be Back, the follow-up to 1987's Everlasting, her fans had become accustomed to her year-long recording gaps for six years, going back to 1983's I'm Ready. So it's not as if her absence was that much of a surprise, but given the ups and downs of her personal life, the album's title could be alluding to something entirely different. 1989 was the year she married drummer, producer and Rufus founder Andre Fischer. At any rate, Good to Be Back continued her popularity in the mainstream and on the adult contemporary chart. The success of four singles -- "As a Matter of Fact," and especially the ballads "Miss You Like Crazy," "Starting ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
When Natalie Cole released 1989's Good to Be Back, the follow-up to 1987's Everlasting, her fans had become accustomed to her year-long recording gaps for six years, going back to 1983's I'm Ready. So it's not as if her absence was that much of a surprise, but given the ups and downs of her personal life, the album's title could be alluding to something entirely different. 1989 was the year she married drummer, producer and Rufus founder Andre Fischer. At any rate, Good to Be Back continued her popularity in the mainstream and on the adult contemporary chart. The success of four singles -- "As a Matter of Fact," and especially the ballads "Miss You Like Crazy," "Starting Over Again," and "I Do" a duet with Freddie Jackson -- belied the album's inability to crack the Top 50 of the album chart. The ballads were and have continued to be staples on adult contemporary stations. On the other hand, the disposability of "Safe" and "Somebody's Rocking My Dreamboat" made it all the more evident that Cole was outgrowing the lighter and more upbeat material. A deep album cut, "The Rest of the Night" co-written by Glen Ballard is a major reason to not settle for an anthology.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227989859
  • Catalog Number: 61115
  • Sales rank: 63,641

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Natalie Cole Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Freddie Jackson Vocal Harmony
Tom Scott Alto Saxophone
Michael Thompson Guitar
Garrett Adkins Trombone
Don Boyette Synthesizer, Bass, Keyboards
Robbie Buchanan Piano, fender rhodes
Bob Cadway Guitar
Teddy Castellucci Guitar
Luis Conte Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Lee Curreri Piano, Keyboards
André Fischer Brushes
Joe Franco Drums
Claude Gaudette Synthesizer, Keyboards
Greg "Gigi" Gonaway Cymbals
Armand Grimaldi Drums
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Roman Johnson Synthesizer, Keyboards
Booker T. Jones Hammond Organ
David Joyce Synthesizer, Background Vocals
Ren Klyce Emulator, fairlight
Steve Lindsey Sounds
Jeff Porcaro Percussion, Drums
Dean Parks Guitar
Shelly Peiken Background Vocals
Katrina Perkins Background Vocals
Mike Porcaro Bass
Paul Robinson Bass
Billy T. Scott Background Vocals
Jef Scott Piano, Electric Piano
Sandra Simmons Background Vocals
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Rich Tancredi Keyboards
Rick Wake Drums
David Woodford Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Roberts Tenor Saxophone
Jamilah Muhammad Background Vocals
Walter Afanasieff Bass, Keyboards, Overdubs
Eddie Cole & His Gang Background Vocals, Finger Snapping
Sam Ward Sounds
Rick Bruan Trumpet
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
Charles Floyd Synthesizer, Piano
Technical Credits
Natalie Cole Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Bill Meyers String Arrangements
Gene Page String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Penny Ford Arranger
David Bianco Engineer
Don Boyette Arranger
Robbie Buchanan String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Craig Burbidge Engineer
Bob Cadway Engineer
Dan Cleary Producer, Executive Producer
Lee Curreri Arranger, Producer, drum programming
André Fischer Arranger, Producer
Claude Gaudette Arranger
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Mick Guzauski Engineer
Jimmy Hoyson Engineer
John Beverly Jones Engineer
David Joyce Arranger
Dennis Lambert Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Brian Malouf Engineer
Michael Masser Producer, String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Narada Michael Walden Arranger, Producer
Doug Rider Engineer
Rich Tancredi Arranger
Gabe Veltri Engineer
Rick Wake Arranger, Producer
Frank Wildhorn Composer
David Frazer Engineer
Walter Afanasieff drum programming
Eddie Cole & His Gang Arranger, Producer
Henry Marquez Art Direction
Richard McKernon Engineer
Charles Floyd Arranger
Eddie Cole Producer
Rick McCormick Engineer
Calvin Harris Engineer
John Marshall Carter Engineer
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