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She's So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration [Deluxe Edition] [Boxset]
     

She's So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration [Deluxe Edition] [Boxset]

by Cyndi Lauper
 

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One of the great new wave/early MTV records, She's So Unusual is a giddy mix of self-confidence, effervescent popcraft, unabashed sentimentality, subversiveness, and clever humor. In short, it's a multifaceted portrait of a multifaceted talent, an artist that's far more clever than her thin, deliberately girly voice would indicate. Then again,

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One of the great new wave/early MTV records, She's So Unusual is a giddy mix of self-confidence, effervescent popcraft, unabashed sentimentality, subversiveness, and clever humor. In short, it's a multifaceted portrait of a multifaceted talent, an artist that's far more clever than her thin, deliberately girly voice would indicate. Then again, Lauper's voice suits her musical persona, since its chirpiness adds depth, or reconfigures the songs, whether it's the call to arms of "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" or the tearjerking "Time After Time." Lauper is at her very best on the first side, all of which were singles or received airplay, and this collection of songs -- "Money Changes Everything," "Girls," "When You Were Mine," "Time," "She Bop," "All Through the Night" -- is astonishing in its consistency, so strong that it makes the remaining tracks -- all enjoyable, but rather pedestrian -- charming by their association with songs so brilliantly alive. If Lauper couldn't maintain this level of consistency, it's because this captured her persona better than anyone could imagine -- when a debut captures a personality so well, let alone a personality so tied to its time, the successive work can't help but pale in comparison. Still, when it's captured as brightly and brilliantly as it is here, it does result in a debut that retains its potency, long after its production seems a little dated. [The 2000 reissue contains three live bonus tracks, all enjoyable, all not really necessary.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2014
Label:
Epic
UPC:
0888837063524
catalogNumber:
370635
Rank:
83728

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Performance Credits

Cyndi Lauper   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jules Shear   Background Vocals
Ellie Greenwich   Background Vocals
Eric Bazilian   Bass,Bass Guitar,Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals,hooter
Rick Chertoff   Percussion
Krystal Davis   Background Vocals
Rick DiFonzo   Guitar
Anton Fig   Percussion,Drums
Sandy Gennaro   Drums
Kenni Hairston   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Rob Hyman   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Neil Jason   Bass Guitar
John McCurry   Vocals
Richard Termini   Synthesizer
William Wittman   Guitar
Peter Wood   Synthesizer
Maeretha Stewart   Background Vocals
Dianne Wilson   Background Vocals
John K.   Bass

Technical Credits

Arthur Baker   Remixing
Bruce Dickinson   Reissue Producer
Cyndi Lauper   Arranger,Composer
Prince   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Eric Bazilian   Arranger,Programming,Demo Engineer
Rick Chertoff   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Rob Hyman   Arranger
John Jansen   Engineer
Rod O'Brien   Engineer
Lennie Petze   Executive Producer
Walter Turbitt   Engineer
William Wittman   Arranger,Engineer
Janet Perr   Art Direction
Sheri Lee   Art Direction
Lisa Barbaris   Reissue Executive Producer
M. Rickfors   Composer
A. Lewis   Composer
R. Hazard   Composer
R. Hyman   Composer
J. Shear   Composer
Yolanda Be Cool   Remixing,Additional Production
Nervo   Remixing
Alex Lansang   Illustrations
Jancee Dunn   Liner Notes
Pat Chiang   Illustrations

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