Painted Desert Serenade

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All Music Guide - Bryan Buss
Pianist Joshua Kadison's debut is chock full of odes to finding romance, longing for romance and losing romance. Propelled mostly by the enormously popular adult contemporary hit "Jessie," about the searching title heroine and the hopeful, needing narrator who gets sucked into her longing, he paints vivid portrayals of troubled and hopeful dreamers. With lyrics like "Jessie, paint your pictures/'bout how it's gonna be/by now I should know better/your dreams are never free," Kadison taps into the wanderer in all of us. His strength is much like that of the best country music songwriters: Each track brings to life and tells a story about unique characters, whether it's Lady ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bryan Buss
Pianist Joshua Kadison's debut is chock full of odes to finding romance, longing for romance and losing romance. Propelled mostly by the enormously popular adult contemporary hit "Jessie," about the searching title heroine and the hopeful, needing narrator who gets sucked into her longing, he paints vivid portrayals of troubled and hopeful dreamers. With lyrics like "Jessie, paint your pictures/'bout how it's gonna be/by now I should know better/your dreams are never free," Kadison taps into the wanderer in all of us. His strength is much like that of the best country music songwriters: Each track brings to life and tells a story about unique characters, whether it's Lady Jane in the title song, Rachel in "Picture Postcards from L.A." or Jessie making a recurrent visit in "Georgia Rain." With Kadison being an unabashed romantic, none of these songs rock out or even come close to being edgy, but that works to their advantage because he also steers far from the middle of the road with his strong songwriting skills, yearning lyrics, pretty melodies and simple production. The best cut is "Painted Desert Serenade," a swooningly romantic song about a senior citizen trying to convince a fellow senior that it's not too late to find love. His follow-up, 1995's Delilah Blue, had no hit singles and disappeared soon off the charts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1993
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 077778092025
  • Catalog Number: 80920
  • Sales rank: 16,639

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joshua Kadison Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Ruby Turner Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Vocal Harmony
Gary Wright Violin
David Lasley Choir, Chorus
Frank Morgan Oboe
Lance Ellington Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Vocal Harmony
Rod Argent Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Choir, Chorus
Tim Renwick Electric Guitar
Ian Thomas Drums
Adele Bertei Choir, Chorus
Sherwood Ball Choir, Chorus
Mark Berrow Violin
Rosemary Butler Vocals, Background Vocals
Carmen Carter Choir, Chorus
Dave "Clem" Clempson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Mark Cresswell Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Ben Cruft Violin
Martin Ditcham Percussion
Denny Fongheiser Drums
Roger Garland Violin
John Giblin Bass, Acoustic Bass
Wilfred Gibson Violin
John Gilbin Bass
Roy Gillard Violin
Tim Good Violin
Susie Hansen Viola
Kathy Hazzard Choir, Chorus
Paul Jones Harmonica
Paul Kegg Cello
Ben Kennard Cello
Carol Kenyon Vocals
Chris Laurence Bass
Helen Liebmann Cello
Rita Manning Violin
Valerie Mayo Choir, Chorus
Arnold McCutler Choir, Chorus
Gene Miller Vocals, Background Vocals
Richard Morgan Oboe
Tessa Niles Background Vocals
Peter Oxer Violin
Phil Parlapiano Accordion
Bill Penham Violin
John Pierce Bass, Bass Guitar
Tim Pierce Guitar
Joseph Powell Choir, Chorus
Frank Ricotti Percussion, Conga
George Robertson Viola
Ian Shaw Choir, Chorus
Robert Smissen Viola
Stephen Tees Viola
Helen Terry Choir, Chorus
Carmen Twillie Choir, Chorus
Peter Van Hooke Percussion, Piano, Drums
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston Hammond Organ
Fred White Choir, Chorus
Barry Wilde Violin
Neal Wilkinson Drums
Gavyn Wright Violin, Conductor
Arnold McCuller Choir, Chorus
Andrew Parker Viola
Roger Smith Cello
David Woodcock Violin
Technical Credits
Rod Argent Producer, String Arrangements
Kathy Hazzard Contributor
David Kershenbaum Producer
John Kurlander Engineer
Bob Ludwig Engineer, Mastering
Simon Smart Engineer
Kevin Smith Engineer
Peter Van Hooke Producer
Nick Bode Art Direction
David Woodcock Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    This was a few years ago when I bought the CD after hearing the song "Jessie" and never have I loved a CD more after hearing just one song. Every song is great. Kadison is truly talented. The piano playing is inspirational and the lyrics are honest and heartfelt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Romantic's Soundtrack

    If stranded on a desert island this is the one CD I would want. Kadison is a troubadour of romance. His mixes his strong "Elton John-like" voice and beautiful piano compositions with sweet enteratining lyrics, all-the-while telling a very good story. From the huge adult contemporary hit "Jessie", to the definitive love ballard "Beautiful in My Eyes", to the awesome final track, "Georgia Rain",and every song in-between; Kadison spins great yarns about longing for, enjoying and losing true love. These are songs of experiences that people from every walk-of-life can really relate to.

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