Living Things

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
LIke Susan J. Paul, Michael Tomlinson is a pop/NAC singer who was highly touted by a contemporary jazz label back in the smooth jazz genre's early days. And like SJP, he blends a pleasant, folk rock voice with optimistic lyrics, solid production and breezy melodies. His bio describes him as a troubadour, and this guitar toting cat lives up to the billing by singing honestly from the mind and heart. Comparisons to Dan Fogelberg are in order due to his literate style and physical appearance, but he's not quite in the Top 40 vein, as Fogelberg was, just yet. Backed by perky melodies and some fine musicianship most notably by guests Ernie Watts and Nancy Rumbel, Tomlinson ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
LIke Susan J. Paul, Michael Tomlinson is a pop/NAC singer who was highly touted by a contemporary jazz label back in the smooth jazz genre's early days. And like SJP, he blends a pleasant, folk rock voice with optimistic lyrics, solid production and breezy melodies. His bio describes him as a troubadour, and this guitar toting cat lives up to the billing by singing honestly from the mind and heart. Comparisons to Dan Fogelberg are in order due to his literate style and physical appearance, but he's not quite in the Top 40 vein, as Fogelberg was, just yet. Backed by perky melodies and some fine musicianship most notably by guests Ernie Watts and Nancy Rumbel, Tomlinson addresses his affinity for L.A. "Angelenos" and the many sides of love, with the highlight being the heart rendering "I Knew You Well." His songs and singing are not earthshattering but are still soothing and sincere. A pleasant, thought provoking listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/1999
  • Label: DESERT RAIN
  • UPC: 723723410320
  • Catalog Number: 3204

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Living Things (4:57)
  2. 2 Take the Breath (4:39)
  3. 3 Make It This Way (4:49)
  4. 4 Angelenos (4:15)
  5. 5 I Knew You Well (5:35)
  6. 6 Live Again (5:06)
  7. 7 Earth Roll On (4:04)
  8. 8 I Might Be Dreaming (3:47)
  9. 9 Things the Angels Say (4:12)
  10. 10 For Old Times (5:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Tomlinson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Classical Guitar
Tom Collier Castanets, Marimbas
Susan Taylor Strings
Richard Warner Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Linda Anderson Strings
Anne Cady Strings
Bert Carlson Accordion
Linda Cole Strings
Kathy Boyer Davis Strings
Raymond Davis Strings
Dan Dean Synthesizer, Bass, Harmonica, Percussion, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Fretless Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar
Chuck Deardorf Drums, Acoustic Bass
Michael Eads Guitar
Kai Ford Voices, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Kelly Harland Vocals
Howard Roberts Guitar
Mark Ivester Percussion, Conga, Drums, Timbales
Mike Jaap Keyboards
Mike Japp Keyboards
Chris Middaugh Steel Guitar
John Morton Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Cecila Poellein Strings
Nancy Rumbel English Horn, Oboe
Mikhail Schmidt Strings
Erik Scott Strings
Clark Story Strings
Nonda Tremis Percussion
Ernie Watts Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Sue Williams Strings
John Weller Strings
Eric Scott Strings
Mike Eads Guitar
Susan Williams Strings
David Sabee Strings
Technical Credits
Tom T. Hall Engineer
Michael Tomlinson Arranger, Composer, Producer
Susan Taylor String Section
Linda Anderson String Section
Anne Cady String Section
Linda Cole String Section
Kathy Boyer Davis String Section
Raymond Davis String Section
Dan Dean Arranger, Sound Effects, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Woodwind Arrangement
Larry "Larz" Nefzger Engineer
Cecila Poellein String Section
Doug Sax Mastering
Mikhail Schmidt String Section
Clark Story String Section
John Weller String Section
Tom Hall Engineer
Kathleen Covert Art Direction
Eric Scott String Section
Ron Kriss Computer Illustration, Cover Illustration
Susan Williams String Section
David Sabee String Section
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