Reluctant Pilgrim

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
One of the country's leading creators of contemporary librettos for the stage and screen, three-time Grammy winner Stephen Schwartz joins with some friends in a collection of his songs. All but one of these songs stand by themselves without the benefit of being part of a plot line and the story which carries it out. As such, they don't have the same dynamic attractiveness penned for Godspell, Pippin, Butterflies Are Free, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and other extravaganzas which have become part of the American musical landscape. The result is another album of contemporary material that might be better than the ordinary, but listeners will never know given the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
One of the country's leading creators of contemporary librettos for the stage and screen, three-time Grammy winner Stephen Schwartz joins with some friends in a collection of his songs. All but one of these songs stand by themselves without the benefit of being part of a plot line and the story which carries it out. As such, they don't have the same dynamic attractiveness penned for Godspell, Pippin, Butterflies Are Free, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and other extravaganzas which have become part of the American musical landscape. The result is another album of contemporary material that might be better than the ordinary, but listeners will never know given the rather routine way they are performed. Schwartz has a pleasant voice, but he goes about it much like many others who sing this type of material. There's a folksy, coffeehouse way about it that wears rather quickly. A bevy of background vocalists are along to provide some variety and some cuts have electronically created instrumentation, while other extraneous sounds create the appearance of a large production, such as on "Dreamscape." The pieces that come across the best are those which are presented in a simple setting unadorned with electronic gizmos, such as the rather sad "The Hardest Part of Love." "Life Goes On" has to be spoof material being written to capture the sensibilities of contemporary life. Lines like "Those dysfunctional people I used to despise" and "There were no bruises or tubes in your chest" are not the stuff love songs are made of. To get the full force of Schwartz's creativity, one is better off listening to soundtracks of the shows he wrote for.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/1997
  • Label: Midder Music
  • UPC: 755971100722
  • Catalog Number: 7

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dreamscape (4:57)
  2. 2 Crowded Island (3:51)
  3. 3 So Far (4:02)
  4. 4 More Than This (3:59)
  5. 5 Life Goes On (5:51)
  6. 6 The Hardest Part of Love (3:35)
  7. 7 Prestidigitation (5:45)
  8. 8 Ten-Day Heartbreak (4:16)
  9. 9 Code of Silence (3:57)
  10. 10 Snapshots (4:03)
  11. 11 Cactus Flowers (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephen Michael Schwartz Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards
Mark Egan Bass
John Bucchino Synthesizer
Joe Bonadio Percussion
Richard Locker Cello
Wilbur Pauley Vocals, Background Vocals
Shawn Pelton Drums, Snare Drums
Martin Erskine Synthesizer
Rich Affannato Background Vocals
Keith Bernardo Vocals, Background Vocals
Jay Condiotti Guitar
Willy Falk Vocals, Background Vocals
Gina Fant Background Vocals
Michael Cole Vocals, Background Vocals
Trina Hamlin Harmonica, Accordion
Cortés Alexander Background Vocals
AnnMarie Background Vocals
Stephen Schwartz Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Michael Coughlin Vocals, Background Vocals
Janice Hughes Vocals, Background Vocals
Diane Pennington Vocals, Background Vocals
Nick Petrone Vocals, Background Vocals
Lindy Robbins Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Stephen Michael Schwartz Producer
Martin Erskine Producer
Jeff Faville Art Direction
Eric Goldberg Contributor, Caricatures
Gina Fant Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Stephen Schwartz Producer
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