Greatest Hits: Postcards from East Oceanside

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
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 clich├ęs 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: 6/20/2006
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227761622
  • Catalog Number: 77616
  • Sales rank: 40,558

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Am So Ordinary (4:14)
  2. 2 Me (5:04)
  3. 3 I Believe in Love (5:48)
  4. 4 Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? (4:28)
  5. 5 Amen (6:00)
  6. 6 Feelin' Love (5:37)
  7. 7 I Don't Want to Wait (5:20)
  8. 8 God Is Watching (4:48)
  9. 9 Carmen (3:44)
  10. 10 Happy Home (4:46)
  11. 11 Autumn Leaves (5:07)
  12. 12 Saturn Girl (4:17)
  13. 13 Hush, Hush, Hush (4:24)
  14. 14 Bethlehem (4:37)
  15. 15 Tomorrow I Will Be Yours (5:40)
  16. 16 Postcards from East Oceanside (4:12)
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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, 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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