Here for You

Here for You

by Petula Clark
     
 
Here for You coincided with Petula Clark's 50th year as a commercial recording artist, and on that basis alone it would demand some attention; the fact that she was still delving into new pop sounds at that point only made it better, although the limitations of her voice were also becoming clearer, along with her success at coping with those limitations; in her

Overview

Here for You coincided with Petula Clark's 50th year as a commercial recording artist, and on that basis alone it would demand some attention; the fact that she was still delving into new pop sounds at that point only made it better, although the limitations of her voice were also becoming clearer, along with her success at coping with those limitations; in her case, less range simply means throwing more of herself into the songs, and the result is a matter of less ending up as more. The album opens with "Here We Are," one of the finest records of Clark's career and, in many ways, a distant thematic sequel to her 1964 recording "True Love Never Runs Smooth." The best of the rest are the gently understated ballads, including "Easy" (co-authored by Clark) and Stephen Sondheim's "Not a Day Goes By," which builds to the most dramatic finish of this entire album. "Pinball Wizard" is actually more successful than Clark's covers of Beatles songs from the early '60s, despite an arrangement that's noisier than it needed to be -- it's not clear precisely why she felt compelled to record the song in the 1990s, except perhaps for Tommy's emergence as a Broadway hit, but whatever the reason, the song is one of her better ventures into rock, and totally unexpected at this late date in her career. Following it with the melodic, understated "Stranger in Paradise" from Kismet is downright bizarre -- her lilting performance calls up images of Alma Cogan from the late end of her career. Producer Bruce Kimmel has generally done an excellent job of surrounding Clark with sympathetic arrangements and accompaniment.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1998
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206597820
catalogNumber:
5978

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Performance Credits

Petula Clark   Primary Artist
Kenny Clayton   Performing Ensemble
Michel Colombier   Performing Ensemble
Wayne Moore   Background Vocals
Ron Abel   Background Vocals,Performing Ensemble
Mara Getz   Background Vocals
Steve Orich   Performing Ensemble
Brenda S. Moore   Background Vocals
Ian McPherson   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Alexander Borodin   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Vincent Cirilli   Engineer
Kenny Clayton   Arranger
Michel Colombier   Arranger
Bruce Kimmel   Producer
Ron Abel   Arranger,Musical Director
George Forrest   Composer
Barry Harman   Composer
Jonathan Larson   Composer
Steve Orich   Arranger
Grant Sturiale   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer

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