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This two-disc retrospective -- which includes favorites like "Constant Craving" and "Smoke Rings," as well as ten tracks that never appeared on k.d. lang albums; and interpretations of classic songs like Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and The Hollies "The Air That I Breathe" -- illustrates how lang got to this significant point in her career, 25 years after the…  See more details below


This two-disc retrospective -- which includes favorites like "Constant Craving" and "Smoke Rings," as well as ten tracks that never appeared on k.d. lang albums; and interpretations of classic songs like Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and The Hollies "The Air That I Breathe" -- illustrates how lang got to this significant point in her career, 25 years after the independent release of her debut, A Truly Western Experience. As lang moved from the subversively whimsical cow-punk sound of her early career in Western Canada to a broader pop palette, she has shown an ever-increasing sophistication, both as songwriter and interpreter. Dramatic, country-meets-lounge opener "Trail of Broken Hearts," from her 1989 Grammy Award-winning Absolute Torch and Twang album, encapsulates where she came from and where she was heading. The luxurious adult pop of "Constant Craving," from the platinum-selling 1992 Ingenue, garnered her a Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female Grammy and remains her best known and most successful single. The effervescent "Miss Chatelaine," also from Ingenue, remains a concert favorite and "I Dream of Spring," is a particularly lush example of what she so artfully created for the acclaimed Watershed.

Her bravura rendition of "Crying," originally cut with Orbison for the soundtrack to the movie Hiding Out, has become a showstopper in her live performances, perhaps rivaled only be her beautifully restrained version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." This soaring signature tune appears here as both a new recording, and in its original studio version. On her 2004 Nonesuch debut, Hymns of the 49th Parallel, she explored the work of her fellow Canadian songwriters, including Neil Young ("Helpless") and the woefully underrated Jane Siberry (the sublime "The Valley"). Regardless of its source, her choice of cover material has always been inspired, as evidenced by her take on the Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe," Joni Mitchell's "Help Me," the Beatles' Golden Slumbers," and Chris Isaak's "Western Stars," produced by Nashville legend Owen Bradley, Patsy Cline's mentor, for Shadowlands. lang is equally adept with such standards as Cole Porter's "Love For Sale" and "So In Love," and the jazz classic "Moonglow" (performed here with Tony Bennett), and that has endeared her to a multi-generational audience. From the Label

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Performance Credits

k.d. lang   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Harp,Keyboards,Vocals
Jane Siberry   Keyboards,Vocals
Roy Orbison   Vocals
Tony Bennett   Vocals
Gary Burton   Vibes
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Steve Kujala   Flute
David Torn   Guitar Loops
Ralph Sharon   Piano
Bob Telson   Keyboards
Lincoln Adler   Alto Saxophone
John Borg   Viola
Teddy Borowiecki   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Graham Boyle   Percussion
Harold Bradley   Bass
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Clayton Cameron   Drums
Jimmy Capps   Rhythm Guitar
Roy Christensen   Cello
Larry Corbett   Cello
Michael Creber   Piano
Brian Dembow   Viola
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Danny Frankel   Drums
John Friesen   Cello
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Connie Grauer   Keyboards
Buddy Harman   Drums
Michael Jerome   Drums
Martin Laba   Guest Appearance,Pizzicato
Lee Larrison   Violin
Greg Leisz   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Sue Leonard   Vocals
John Leventhal   Guitar
Ted Madsen   Violin
Bob Mason   Cello
Gordie Matthews   Acoustic Guitar
Terry McMillan   Harmonica
John Medeski   Piano,Keyboards
Ben Mink   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Strings,Violin,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Ukulele,Viola,Mandola,Beatbox
Dennis Molchan   Violin
Ken Myhr   Guitar
Dean Parks   wah wah guitar
David Piltch   Bass,Guitar,Electric Bass,Keyboards,Fretless Bass Guitar,Loops,Acoustic Bass,Guitar (Baritone)
Michel Pouliot   Drums
Tom Ralls   Trombone
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
David Stenske   Violin
Gordon Stoker   Vocals
Randall Stoll   Drums
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Pete Wade   Electric Guitar
Ian Walker   Bass
Duane West   Vocals
Albert Wing   Saxophone
Kim Zick   Drums
Kevin Breit   Guitar
Gayle Levant   Harp
Billy Martin   Drums
Smokey Hormel   Guitar
Doug Richeson   Bass
Annie King   Baritone Saxophone
Chris Stephens   Banjo
Damian leGassick   Keyboards
Tony Migliore   Piano
Neal Matthew   Vocals
Chris Wood   Bass
Sara Parkins   Violin
Daphne Chen   Violin
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Grecco Buratto   Guitar
Daniel Clarke   Piano
Matt Fish   Cello
Melissa Reiner   Violin
Cynthia Fogg   Viola
Joshua Grange   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Strings,Vocals,Wurlitzer
David Briggs   Keyboards
Lauren Chipman   Viola
Shawn Davis   Bass
Armen Ksajikian   Cello
Louis Nunley   Vocals
Tiffany Yi Hu   Violin
George Binkley   Violin
Ralph Morrison   Violin,Concert Master
Ann Patterson   Trumpet
Eumir Deodato   Conductor
Wendy Melvain   Guitar

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Jane Siberry   Composer,Producer
Chris Isaak   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Bob Telson   Composer,Producer
Danny Bennett   Producer
Bobby Bradley   Engineer
Owen Bradley   Producer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
John Harris   Engineer
Jimmie Haskell   Orchestration
Will Hudson   Composer
David Kahne   Producer
Danny Kopelson   Engineer
k.d. lang   Composer,Producer
David Leonard   Engineer,Remixing,Additional Production
Bill McElhiney   Arranger
Ben Mink   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Greg Penny   Producer,Engineer
Michael Phillip Wojewoda   Engineer
David Piltch   Composer,drum programming
Cole Porter   Composer
Marc Ramaer   Producer,Engineer
Roger Squitero   Hands
Craig Street   Producer
Ian Walker   String Arrangements
David Weiss   Producer
Don Was   Producer
Mitch Maketansky   Engineer
Damian leGassick   Producer,String Arrangements
Linda C. Cobb   Art Direction
Propellerheads   Vocal Arrangements
Jason Mauza   Engineer
Joe Melson   Composer
Morrie Eaman   Engineer
Lynne Earls   Engineer
Joshua Grange   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Albert Louis Hammond   Composer
Michael Hazlewood   Composer
Joe Seta   Engineer
Eumir Deodato   String Arrangements

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Recollection 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
shonker More than 1 year ago
If you have ever loved a k. d. Lang song buy this! So smooth, so great, so musical, so gently to liston to. Makes your remember what you really liked about her.
LadybugMRL More than 1 year ago
Ms. Lang has a vocal range that is accomplished and nicely presented in this two set CD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As Tony Bennet once said K.D. Lang had a destiny to be named with great artists like Billy Holiday and Hank Williams and this recording could be his proof. Along with hits like "Contant Craving" "Summerfling" "Trail of Broken Hearts" and "Crying (w/ Roy Orbison)" her handling of songs by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Cole Porter and Leonard Cohen is masterful and showcases her limitless range and depth of emotion. She holds her own in duets with Roy Orbison and Tony Bennett while showing her respect for these great artists. It was as entertaining then as it is now. The songs on this recording touch the heart and soul of romantics of all ages. The songs are timeless sung by a voice that is immortal.
Katertot More than 1 year ago
Now maybe I'm going crazy listening to this because it plays at work every single day and maybe since we only play Disc 1 I am biased...but I want to pull my hair out every time this cd comes on. K.D. Lang scoops every single note to where she can't actually stay on one note for any period of time before drooping along to another. She's flat...a lot...and uses the scooping to somehow compensate for this. It drives me up the wall. She does this on every song and somehow the songs seem like they all focus on the same grouping of notes to where it sounds like 13 or however many songs that are all the same, scoop-filled awfulness. Her version of "Hallelujah" is horrendous. I did my K.D. Lang impression for some customers the other day and they thought it was pretty amusing so maybe it was fairly accurate. I wish I could remove it from the in-store play. Bah!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How fitting that k.d.lang exquisitely performs Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah twice in this double CD treasure. That's the gist of my review of Recollections.... hallelujah, hallelujah!!
gardenerME More than 1 year ago
Terrific old and new songs by this incredible voice!
Giovina More than 1 year ago
k.d.lang takes you away to a soulful place and let you land ever so softly. Each song is performed with the utmost attention to the mood and temper of the song she is singing. Her range is bar none! Keep singing and entertaining us k.d.!!
SPL More than 1 year ago
K.D. Lange is such an exceptional artist that I actually check for new material from her everytime I hit the music racks at B&N. This collection is a great addition. Her unique voice sets her apart as does the passion she pours into her performance! Please don't wait so long, K.D.!
KelseyB More than 1 year ago
For k.d.lang fans this album is wonderful. A new Hallelujah and such depth and beauty in every piece. I love it.
glowormGD More than 1 year ago
k.d. has done it again! Such an emotion filled, soulful singer. Have this cd in my car; plays everytime I'm "on the move". Bring on more of k.d. lang.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I missed most of k.d.lang's output the first time around, but was so thrilled by her voice at the Winter Olympics' Opening Ceremony that I had to buy her new Recollection album. It is spectacular, lush, gorgeous. I absolutely love it, like few recordings I have ever heard. She is a singers' singer--the arrangements are beautiful, but it is her vocal quality and control are what it is all about.
msmys More than 1 year ago
kd lang has a wonderful, rich voice and this album has captured all that is good about listening to her sing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I initially purchased this CD for "Hallelujah" after hearing kd perform it at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics and I'm glad I did. Hallelujah, or the numerous other songs on the jam-packed CD, did not disappoint! This is a departure from the music that I typically listen to (Country) but I enjoyed just about every song on the disc.
womenrock More than 1 year ago
The songs are soulful and beautifully done by a beautiful woman with an astounding voice.
BKB54 More than 1 year ago
I had lost touch with K.D.Lang. Then I heard her at the winter Olympix. Wow. It brough many goos memories. So naturally I got her next album. I am very happy with it. Her soulful voice makes everything she sings special. Even songs originally done by other artists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this album so much I bought a second one for my sister!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD collection after hearing k.d. lang sing "Hallelujah" at the recent Olympics. The original version is on one CD and the new version is on the other. Both are extraordinary. Many of the other songs are also very well done. This is the first k.d. lang CD I've ever purchased and I would recomment it to anyone who enjoys her. If you like the song "Hallelujah", you might want to give this CD a try. Perhaps it will open you up to this artist as it has done for me.
laurenreads More than 1 year ago
I was shopping in Barnes and Noble and heard a beautiful song and asked who it was. I had a feeling it was KD Lang, but wasn't sure. It was her newest album and it was really great. There are a few songs from other albums , but some new songs as well as some cover songs. Her voice is like a breath of fresh air and her style is so unique. I really enjoy driving while listening to her. My favorites are: You're OK and The Valley. Wonderful songs to sing along to! I mostly have been listening to CD 1. Oh, did I mention there are two CD's inside? It's a great value for KD Lang fans.
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