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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There is a certain irony to the title of Linda Eder's reunion with her musical partner, theater composer Frank Wildhorn. Naming the album Now calls attention to the contents, which consist of newly written Wildhorn compositions with lyrics by the likes of Leslie Bricusse, Don Black, and Maury Yeston. But not only is the style of the music not current, it is rooted in a particular time. Back in the mid-'60s, pop singers like Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand used to make albums that sounded a lot like this by picking and choosing material from Broadway shows and movie themes of the day. Another good source was South American or European songs with newly commissioned ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There is a certain irony to the title of Linda Eder's reunion with her musical partner, theater composer Frank Wildhorn. Naming the album Now calls attention to the contents, which consist of newly written Wildhorn compositions with lyrics by the likes of Leslie Bricusse, Don Black, and Maury Yeston. But not only is the style of the music not current, it is rooted in a particular time. Back in the mid-'60s, pop singers like Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand used to make albums that sounded a lot like this by picking and choosing material from Broadway shows and movie themes of the day. Another good source was South American or European songs with newly commissioned English lyrics. But here, Wildhorn has written tunes that sound like the traditional pop of the mid-'60s, set to string orchestras and big bands, with Eder singing in her typically passionate style. Reused titles like "Ordinary People," "The Heat of the Night," and even "Now" there was an earlier song by that name sung by Lena Horne in the '60s emphasize the neo-retro nature of the project. While most of the music may have been written especially for Eder, one song, "Mad Hatter," anticipates the next Wildhorn musical, Wonderland, and is the album's jazziest, liveliest number. The overall style, however, is lush and romantic, appropriate for Eder, who is, as always, something of a Streisand soundalike. One might say, in fact, that her Streisand-lite approach is often more enjoyable than the real thing, since, while Eder's voice bears definite similarities to Streisand's, as does her phrasing, she isn't as mannered as Streisand. Still, music written in the style of an era Streisand dominated can't help but evoke the earlier singer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2011
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886978071729
  • Catalog Number: 780717
  • Sales rank: 42,825

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Not Gonna Fall This Time - Kim Scharnberg (3:20)
  2. 2 No Finer Man (2:52)
  3. 3 Ordinary People - Jeremy Roberts (3:40)
  4. 4 The Heat of the Night - Kim Scharnberg (3:34)
  5. 5 What Did You See Inside the Stars? - Jeremy Roberts (5:40)
  6. 6 Now - Valhalla Symphonia (3:21)
  7. 7 The Mad Hatter (3:04)
  8. 8 A Woman In His Arms - Jeremy Roberts (3:45)
  9. 9 Good Bye - Kim Scharnberg (3:26)
  10. 10 What's Never Been Done Before - Jeremy Roberts (3:08)
  11. 11 More Than Heaven - Billy Jay Stein (4:28)
  12. 12 Living in the Shadows - Frank Wildhorn (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Linda Eder Primary Artist
David Mann Alto Flute, Saxophone
Stephanie Cummins Cello
Clint DeGanon Drums
John Fedchock Trombone
David Finck Bass
Aaron Heick Saxophone
Tony Kadleck Trumpet
Dan Levine Trombone
Bob Mann Guitar
Roger Rosenberg Saxophone
Kim Scharnberg Conductor
Bernd Schoenhart Guitar
Frank Wildhorn Piano
Jeremy Roberts Piano, Conductor
Charles Pillow Saxophone
John Chudoba Trumpet
C.J. Camerieri Trumpet
Dan Nimmer Piano
Benny Reid Saxophone
Jeff Nelson Trombone
Technical Credits
Brenda Russell Composer
Linda Eder Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Jack Murphy Composer
Kim Scharnberg Arranger, Orchestration
Billy Jay Stein Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Frank Wildhorn Composer, Producer, Photo Courtesy
Maury Yeston Composer
Jeremy Roberts Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Orchestration
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Robin Lerner Composer
David Lai Executive Producer
Laura Kszan Product Development
Jennifer Liebeskind Product Development
Scott Farthing Marketing
Nan Knighton Composer
Leslie Collman-Smith Marketing
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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Glee for Adults

    A reunion of Frank Wildhorn and Linda Eder with beautiful sophisticated songs some from broadway shows that did not get used, some big band, some pop but all artfully sung by one of the best singers of our time. I highly recommend listening to it with a good glass of wine. It is all new original music so give it time to grow on you--it is addicting.

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