Kaleidoscope World

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
After the, er, "Breakout" success of Swing Out Sister's initial releases, co-founder Martin Jackson took a back seat to the contributions of Andy Connell and vocalist Corinne Drewery. With legendary pop songwriter and producer Jimmy Webb providing arrangements, Kaleidoscope World is perhaps as pure a pop album as there could be in the two-dimensional plastic world of the late '80s. The record is chock full of lush, lively arrangements dominated by big, boisterous horns and Drewery's rich, Dusty Springfield-esque vocal. It's not surprising that Swing Out Sister found their biggest audience in Japan; that country's Pizzicato Five draws upon the same honey pot of influences,...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
After the, er, "Breakout" success of Swing Out Sister's initial releases, co-founder Martin Jackson took a back seat to the contributions of Andy Connell and vocalist Corinne Drewery. With legendary pop songwriter and producer Jimmy Webb providing arrangements, Kaleidoscope World is perhaps as pure a pop album as there could be in the two-dimensional plastic world of the late '80s. The record is chock full of lush, lively arrangements dominated by big, boisterous horns and Drewery's rich, Dusty Springfield-esque vocal. It's not surprising that Swing Out Sister found their biggest audience in Japan; that country's Pizzicato Five draws upon the same honey pot of influences, adding an electronic twist. SOS employs synths, too, most effectively as the bubbling undercurrent of "Waiting Game" or on the theatrical instrumental "Kaleidoscope Affair." But the group's ability to replicate classic forms with new technology is still its strongest suit. The technicolor horns and rich strings of cuts like "You on My Mind" and "Where in the World" draw a direct line from the 1960s, while "Tainted" grooves on an organ that suggests the later cut-and-paste work of pop experimentalists Stereolab. This CD reissue of Kaleidoscope World fleshes out the set list with instrumental versions of "Precious Words" and "Masquerade," a string mix of "Forever Blue," and the additional instrumental "Coney Island Man," which is perfect Nehru suit-wearing music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 042283829329
  • Catalog Number: 8382932
  • Sales rank: 4,668

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You on My Mind (3:30)
  2. 2 Where in the World (5:32)
  3. 3 Forever Blue (4:21)
  4. 4 Heart for Hire (4:26)
  5. 5 Tainted (4:00)
  6. 6 Waiting Game (4:15)
  7. 7 Precious Words (4:11)
  8. 8 Masquerade (4:40)
  9. 9 Between Strangers (4:04)
  10. 10 The Kaleidoscope Affair (3:09)
  11. 11 Coney Island Man (3:42)
  12. 12 Precious Words (4:11)
  13. 13 Forever Blue (4:13)
  14. 14 Masquerade (4:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Swing Out Sister Primary Artist
Lance Ellington Vocals
Tommy Reilly Harmonica
James Archer Violin
Graham Ashton Flugelhorn
Nathaniel Augustin Background Vocals
Jess Bailey Synthesizer
John Barclay Trumpet
Guy Barker Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Pete Beachill Trombone
Mark Berrow Violin
Dave Bishop Saxophone
Mike Brittain Double Bass
Tim Cansfield Guitar, Electric Guitar
Roger Chase Viola
Chyna Vocals
Andy Connell Keyboards, Background Vocals
Chris Davis Saxophone
Corinne Drewery Vocals, Background Vocals
David Emanuel Viola
Andy Findon Flute
Simon Gardner Trumpet
Roger Garland Violin
Wilfred Gibson Violin
Tim Good Violin
Gary Grant Trumpet
Derek Green Vocals, Background Vocals
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Horn
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Luis Jardim Berimbau
Paul Kegg Cello
Ben Kennard Cello
Chris Laurence Double Bass
Helen Liebmann Cello
Dee Lewis Background Vocals
Peter Oxer Violin
Phil Palmer Guitar
Martin Phillipps Synthesizer
John Pignegny French Horn
Vini Reilly spanish guitar
Frank Ricotti Glockenspiel, Timpani, Snare Drums, Vibes, Tubular Bells
George Robertson Viola
John Rooke French Horn
Godfrey Salmon Violin
Jamie Talbot Saxophone
Philip Todd Saxophone
Chris Whitten Drums
Gavyn Wright Violin
Bill Benham Violin
Elizabeth Edwards Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Rolf Wilson Violin
Roger Smith Cello
John Kitchen Violin
Edward Hobart Flugelhorn
Fiona Hibbert Harp
Stephanie de Sykes Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Swing Out Sister Producer
Jimmy Webb Orchestral Arrangements
Levine Andrade Contributor
Andy Connell Producer, String Arrangements, drum programming
Corinne Drewery Producer, String Arrangements
Jerry Hey Brass Arrangment
Howie B Engineer
Martin Jackson drum programming
Stuart James Engineer
Richard Niles String Arrangements
Paul O'Duffy Producer
Paul Staveley O'Duffy Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, drum programming
Martin Phillipps Programming
Roland Herrington Engineer
Richard Edwards Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Swing Out Sister - Kalidescope World Swings!!!!!!

    Any SOS fan can't help but add this disc to their collection. From the breezy sound of "You On My Mind" to the haunting strains of "The Kalidescope Affair", any jazz fan will find themselves hooked. In this day and age of depressingly poor music, this is a fresh alternative that'll keep you wanting more from Corrine and Andy, collectively known as ----- Swing Out Sister.

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