Pieces of a Dream

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All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
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: 828767319629
  • Catalog Number: 673196
  • Sales rank: 69,797

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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