Pieces of a Dream

Pieces of a Dream

by Anastacia
     
 

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Anastacia, the sassy lady with one of the biggest voices in pop, had released three albums since 2000, and with the most recent self-titled CD being her most successful (and only number one to date), the time was right to sum up her career so far with a greatest-hits package called Pieces of a Dream, released for the 2005 Christmas market. The selection ofSee more details below

Overview

Anastacia, the sassy lady with one of the biggest voices in pop, had released three albums since 2000, and with the most recent self-titled CD being her most successful (and only number one to date), the time was right to sum up her career so far with a greatest-hits package called Pieces of a Dream, released for the 2005 Christmas market. The selection of tracks was hardly a difficult job, as the first 12 songs were the hit singles in strict chronological order, from the debut hit that announced her arrival on the pop scene, "I'm Outta Love," through to her most recent hit, "Heavy on My Heart." In fact, the symmetry of these first 12 tracks was complete, as there were four from each of the albums to date, Not That Kind, Freak of Nature, and Anastacia. Having never relied on chart positions of the singles to sell albums -- in fact, none of the releases from album number two reached the Top Ten -- it made sense to stick to such a rigid formula, for no matter how many singles were actually sold, the airplay of each was almost guaranteed, and as either an introduction to Anastacia for people who had not bought an album to date, or as a summing up of the most famous tracks, it was an ideal formula. That's not to say she didn't sell singles, because "I'm Outta Love," "Left Outside Alone," and "Sick and Tired" all hit the Top Ten, and "Not That Kind" and "One Day in Your Life" were not far outside. So that accounted for 47 minutes of music, and then four new tracks were added for another 16 minutes -- and if that weren't enough, a 12-minute "Club Megamix" completed the album, over 75 minutes in total stretching the limits of a single CD. The four new tracks included two duets: "Everything Burns," a ballad with Ben Moody from Evanescence, and "I Belong to You," another ballad with Eros Ramazzotti. The title track, "Pieces of a Dream," was more midtempo but suffered from a lack of a discernible melody, and the final track, "In Your Eyes," lacked the trademark Anastacia power. The megamix featured excerpts from "Left Outside Alone," "Paid My Dues," "Not That Kind," "One Day in Your Life," and "I'm Outta Love," all with a dance beat prominent. The album did not perform as well as anticipated, giving rise to the comments that it was too early in her career for a hits collection and choosing the best tracks from previous albums was not such a good idea after all. After her health scare, however, this hardly seemed to matter -- Anastacia was still with us and looking absolutely gorgeous on the cover, like a supine Celine Dion in black lingerie.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/29/2005
Label:
Epic Europe
UPC:
0828767319629
catalogNumber:
673196
Rank:
57652

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anastacia   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
Danny Madden   Background Vocals
Audrey Wheeler   Background Vocals
Steve Wolfe   Drums
Mark Russell   Bass Guitar
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Dallas Austin   Guitar,Keyboards
Glen Ballard   Keyboards
Louis Biancaniello   Drums,Keyboards
Vernon "Ice" Black   Guitar
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Chris Camozzi   Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Larry Corbett   Cello
Craig Derry   Background Vocals
Joel Derouin   Violin
Charles Everett   Violin
Kirstin Fife   Violin
Gary Haase   Bass
Ruth Johnson   Violin
Roland Kato   Viola
Peter Kent   Violin
Randy Kerber   Keyboards
Eric Kupper   Guitar,Keyboards
Michael Landau   Guitar,Soloist,Guitar (Tremolo)
Chieli Minucci   Guitar
Lance Morrison   Bass
Maria Newman   Violin
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Celso Valli   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Performing Ensemble
John Wittenberg   Violin
Colin Wolfe   Bass
Gavyn Wright   Violin
Sean Hurley   Bass
Susan Chatman   Violin
Kara DioGuardi   Background Vocals
Matt Laug   Drums
Joel Shearer   Guitar
Edmund Stein   Violin
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Bob Peterson   Violin
BeBe Winans   Background Vocals
Sam Watters   Drums,Background Vocals
Tony Reyes   Guitar
Melonie Daniels   Background Vocals
John Shanks   Guitar
Norm Hughes   Violin
Claudio Guidetti   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Richie Jones   Guitar,Drums
Keith Fluitt   Background Vocals
Eve Butler   Violin
Rob Bailey   Guitar
Lamenga Kafi   Background Vocals
Chris Goercke   Guitar,Soloist
Becky Bunnell   Violin
David Hodges   Piano,Keyboards
Kemba Francis   Background Vocals
Dameon Aranda   Guitar
Mark Colbert   Drums
Dan Tobin Smith   Cello
Gareth Prosser   Guitar
Lee Skar   Bass
Vernon Black   Guitar
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola

Technical Credits

Eros Ramazzotti   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Dallas Austin   Composer,Producer
Glen Ballard   Composer,Producer
Jay Baumgardner   Producer
Louis Biancaniello   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Remix Arrangement
Damon Butler   Composer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Scott Campbell   Engineer
Larry Corbett   Principal
Joel Derouin   Principal
Roland Kato   Principal
Eric Kupper   Programming
Greg Lawson   Composer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Tony Phillips   Engineer
Tom Rounds   Assistant Vocal Engineer
Rick Sheppard   Engineer,MIDI,Sound Design
Allen Sides   Engineer
Celso Valli   Arranger
Rick Wake   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Producer
Wil Wheaton   Composer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Mike Fennel   Vocal Engineer
Dan Hetzel   Engineer
Billy Mann   Composer
BeBe Winans   Arranger
Charlie "Steele" Pennachio   Composer
Sam Watters   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Remix Arrangement
John Shanks   Composer,Producer
Luca Bignardi   Engineer
Antonio Baglio   Mastering
Dave Scheuer   Engineer
Thomas R. Yezzi   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Pete Karam   Engineer
Marvin Young   Composer
Claudio Guidetti   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Engineer
Richie Jones   Arranger,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Bruno Malasoma   Engineer
Andrew Dudman   Engineer
Jim Annunziato   Engineer
Anastacia   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer
Mark Valentine   Engineer
Kaballa   Composer
Lamenga Kafi   Composer
Marco DAgostino   Engineer
Ethan Mates   Engineer
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer
David Lipman   Art Direction
David Hodges   Composer,Producer
Ben Moody   Composer,Producer
Canela Cox   Composer
William Malina   Engineer

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