Out of the Dark

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Pemberton Roach
Possessed of one of the strongest and clearest voices in contemporary popular music, Claudia Schmidt is at her best on this interesting album. Out of the Dark covers a lot of ground, from Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, and Duke Ellington standards to a slightly psychedelic poem-set-to-music cello-based piece called "Birdwings I and II." Schmidt more than does justice to the former, performing the classics with a technical mastery and emotional richness that most "contemporary folk" singers couldn't even think about attempting. Unsurprisingly, though, Schmidt seems most at home on her original pop and folk songs. Although she makes a few slight missteps, material-wise ...
See more details below
This CD is Not Available through BN.com

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Pemberton Roach
Possessed of one of the strongest and clearest voices in contemporary popular music, Claudia Schmidt is at her best on this interesting album. Out of the Dark covers a lot of ground, from Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, and Duke Ellington standards to a slightly psychedelic poem-set-to-music cello-based piece called "Birdwings I and II." Schmidt more than does justice to the former, performing the classics with a technical mastery and emotional richness that most "contemporary folk" singers couldn't even think about attempting. Unsurprisingly, though, Schmidt seems most at home on her original pop and folk songs. Although she makes a few slight missteps, material-wise (some songs, like "Hip to Be Homeless" are better suited to a college coffeehouse gig than an album), Schmidt generally comes off like a vibrant combination of Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Joan Armatrading. That said, one of the record's highlights is Schmidt's absolutely gorgeous cover of Tom Waits' "San Diego Serenade," which features a lovely dulcimer/piano arrangement. The album's real centerpiece, however, is Schmidt's own "Gather You In," an exquisitely melancholy composition that, framed as it is with achingly beautiful cello, wouldn't be out of place on a Nick Drake album. Although perhaps not her most consistent record, Out of the Dark does reveal the depth and breadth of Claudia Schmidt's talent and therefore is a good introduction to this enigmatic and underrated artist. In 1992, Flying Fish re-released Out of the Dark and Schmidt's 1983 album, New Goodbyes, Old Hellos, on a single CD.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1993
  • Label: Flying Fish Records
  • UPC: 018964036126
  • Catalog Number: 70361

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Claudia Schmidt Primary Artist, Dulcimer, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Finger Snapping
Jevetta Steele Vocals
Ruben Alvarez Percussion
Bruce Kaplan Background Vocals, Finger Snapping
Howard Levy Harmonica, Piano
Doug Lofstrom Bass, Electric Bass, Bowed Bass, Upright Bass
Michael Rasfeld Background Vocals, Finger Snapping
Rick McCollum Background Vocals, Finger Snapping
John Seydewitz Percussion, Conga
Fred Steele Vocals
J.D. Steele Vocals
Frank Tesinski Trombone
Bob Thomas Banjo, Tenor Banjo
Kevin Washington Vocals
Phil Gratteau Drums
Mike Levin Clarinet
Ginger Commodore Vocals
David Chickering Cello
Les McReynolds Background Vocals, Finger Snapping
Dan Dance Piano, Cymbals, finger cymbals
Michael Levin Clarinet
Todd Colburn Background Vocals, Finger Snapping
Donna Marie Background Vocals, Finger Snapping
Richard Armandi Tuba
Technical Credits
Claudia Schmidt Producer, Hands
Jevetta Steele Hands
Michael Rasfeld Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Roger Seibel Mastering
Fred Steele Hands
J.D. Steele Hands
Kevin Washington Hands
Ginger Commodore Hands
Andrew Herod Composer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously