Passport

Passport

by Nana Mouskouri
     
 

The conceit of this double album-length set is that Nana Mouskouri is doing songs from different nations. However, even though Passport is a compilation recorded over a span of over a decade with a variety of accompanists ranging from Mouskouri's original backing group, the Athenians, to the easy listening specialists the MikeSee more details below

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The conceit of this double album-length set is that Nana Mouskouri is doing songs from different nations. However, even though Passport is a compilation recorded over a span of over a decade with a variety of accompanists ranging from Mouskouri's original backing group, the Athenians, to the easy listening specialists the Mike Sammes Singers, the albums sounds as if it could have been recorded during one lengthy session. Such is the strength of Mouskouri's jazzy, middle-of-the-road pop style that songs as varied as her biggest hit, "Never on Sunday" (here presented in its original Greek lyrics as "Ta Pedia Tou Pirea"), Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and the traditional "Amazing Grace" end up sounding pretty much the same. Passport's worth depends entirely on the listener's tolerance for this kind of Eurovision Song Contest style of pop, but few people working in this style in the '60s and '70s were better than Nana Mouskouri. (Only the great Petula Clark comes immediately to mind.) Although perhaps better known in the United States for her lovely olive-skinned looks and trademark glasses than for her singing, Mouskouri's a genuinely superb jazz-pop singer with a bewitching voice and an ear for material that rises above the occasionally gloppy easy listening arrangements she's often saddled with. Unfortunately, there's more than a few of those arrangements on Passport, but there's also a number of truly impressive songs. Two particular standouts come from rare sessions with producers other than Mouskouri's usual collaborator Andre Chapelle. The countryish "The Loving Song," produced by American hitmaker Snuff Garrett, is a surprisingly solid take on the genre, but 1972's "Four and Twenty Hours," written and produced by the early-'70s British hit factory Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, is one of Mouskouri's finest singles ever, a mature but remarkably catchy slice of AM radio fluff that predicts the sound that ABBA would take to the top of the charts later in the decade.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0042283076426
catalogNumber:
830764

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Tracks

  1. The White Rose of Athens (Weisse Rosen Aus Athen)
  2. I Have a Dream (Toi Qui Me Ressembles)
  3. Day Is Done (Mon Enfant)
  4. Never on Sunday (Ta Pedia Tou Pirea)
  5. My Friend the Sea (Au Bord de l'Eau)
  6. Plasir d'Amour
  7. The Loving Song
  8. Try to Remember
  9. Turn on the Sun
  10. Odos Oniron
  11. Milisse Mou
  12. Enas Mythos
  13. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  14. And I Love You So
  15. If You Love Me (I Won't Care) (Hymne À l'Amour)
  16. Seasons in the Sun (Le Moribond)
  17. The Last Rose of Summer
  18. Over and Over (Roule S'enroule)
  19. Four and Twenty Hours (Seven Days a Week I Love You) (Piu ...)
  20. Cucurrucucu Paloma
  21. Amazing Grace

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nana Mouskouri   Primary Artist,Vocals

Technical Credits

Don McLean   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Roger Cook   Composer,Producer
Rod McKuen   Composer
Benny Andersson   Composer
Archie Bleyer   Composer
Peter Callander   Composer
André Chapelle   Producer
Pierre Delanoé   Composer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett   Producer
Roger Greenaway   Composer
T. Moore   Composer
Norman Newell   Composer
John Newton   Composer
George Petsilas   Composer
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer
Manos Hadjidakis   Composer
Newton   Arranger
Nikos Gatsos   Composer
Chapman   Arranger
Hans Brethouwer   Remastering
Joan Sakel   Arranger
Tomas Mendez   Composer
Eddy Marnay   Composer
Billy Towne   Composer
Hans Bradtke   Composer
Michael Jourdan   Composer
Mino Reitano   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Vito Pallavicini   Composer
Mitch Murray   Composer
J Larue   Composer
Tom Jones   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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