Greatest Hits: Postcards from East Oceanside

Greatest Hits: Postcards from East Oceanside

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by Paula Cole
     
 

M.I.A. from the charts since the turn of the century, it would seem that Paula Cole was, in fact, due for a greatest-hits album -- if she had actually placed more than two singles, one album track, and two albums on those charts during her brief run in the '90s. With the exception of two previously unreleased tracks -- "Tomorrow I Will Be Yours" and this GreatestSee more details below

Overview

M.I.A. from the charts since the turn of the century, it would seem that Paula Cole was, in fact, due for a greatest-hits album -- if she had actually placed more than two singles, one album track, and two albums on those charts during her brief run in the '90s. With the exception of two previously unreleased tracks -- "Tomorrow I Will Be Yours" and this Greatest Hits' title track, "Postcards from East Oceanside" -- and one stray soundtrack tune, Johnny Mercer's "Autumn Leaves," all of the material assembled here comes from Cole's three Warner Bros albums: Harbinger, the Top 20 This Fire, and Amen. The questionable "greatest hits" marketing tool aside though, the 16-track compendium accomplishes what it sets out to do: rounds up all you need to know about Paula Cole into one tidy package. The 1997 Best New Artist Grammy winner's sole Top Ten single, "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" with its simple, insistent beat, remains as seductive as it did on the radio in 1997, and the follow-up hit, "I Don't Want to Wait," exhibits the best that Cole's supple voice had to offer. Unlike the melisma-obsessed screechers who dominated pop in the years following her run, Cole was familiar with the concepts of dynamics and control, and when she slipped from a breathy Kate Bush-like soprano whisper to a bold shout, she did so with grace and subtlety. Lest it be forgotten, Cole was also working overtime as an intuitive, tech-savvy producer, a talented keyboardist, and a creative songwriter who skillfully avoided clichés in her often intimate storytelling. So Postcards from East Oceanside may not realistically qualify as a greatest hits, but had it instead been subtitled "the best of" Paula Cole, there could be no quibble.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/2006
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227761622
catalogNumber:
77616
Rank:
51011

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paula Cole   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Vocals,Didjeridu,Beat Box,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Juno,Toy Xylophone,Wah Wah Clavinet
Dominic Cortese   Accordion
Kevin Barry   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,E-bow,wah wah guitar
Mark Browne   Bass
Paul Bushnell   Bass
DJ Premier   scratching
Susan Jolles   Harp
Greg Leisz   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Tony Levin   Bass,Chapman Stick
Christian McBride   Bass
Clarence Penn   Drums
Jamshied Sharifi   Conductor
Gerry Leonard   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,E-bow
Marc Antoine   Guitar
Jay Bellerose   Percussion,Drums
Chase Morrison   Cello
Mark Hutchins   Tambourine,Hi Hat
Alfredo Hidrovo   Bongos,Shaker
Judith Insell   Viola
Wenyi Shih   Violin

Technical Credits

Paula Cole   Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Art Direction
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Mick Guzauski   Remixing
Kevin Killen   Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Roger Moutenot   Engineer
Hugh Padgham   Producer,Engineer
Matt Pierson   Producer
Jamshied Sharifi   Orchestral Arrangements
Gerry Leonard   Engineer
Mark Hutchins   Programming
Maria Villar   Art Direction
Steve Woolard   Annotation
Seyi Sonuga   String Arrangements
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Dani Barnard   Audio Production

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