Snowfall on the Sahara

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Barnes & Noble - Martin Johnson
SNOWFALL ON THE SAHARA marks Natalie Cole's move back toward the pop world -- but don't expect Timbaland beats and backing vocals by Faith Evans. Throughout the '90s, Cole has been best known for UNFORGETTABLE, her 1991 tribute to her father, Nat "King" Cole. That record topped the charts and restored her stature as one of the leading popular vocalists of our time, and her follow-ups -- TAKE A LOOK, STARDUST, and the Christmas recording HOLLY AND IVY -- continued in a similar vein. Prior to her revival, however, Cole was a pop classicist in the truest sense, and her 1984 smash "Pink Cadillac" a Bruce Springsteen cover was a signature song in both sales and style. On ...
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Barnes & Noble - Martin Johnson
SNOWFALL ON THE SAHARA marks Natalie Cole's move back toward the pop world -- but don't expect Timbaland beats and backing vocals by Faith Evans. Throughout the '90s, Cole has been best known for UNFORGETTABLE, her 1991 tribute to her father, Nat "King" Cole. That record topped the charts and restored her stature as one of the leading popular vocalists of our time, and her follow-ups -- TAKE A LOOK, STARDUST, and the Christmas recording HOLLY AND IVY -- continued in a similar vein. Prior to her revival, however, Cole was a pop classicist in the truest sense, and her 1984 smash "Pink Cadillac" a Bruce Springsteen cover was a signature song in both sales and style. On SNOWFALL ON THE SAHARA, Cole leads a superb collection of pop songs with an affecting version of Leon Russell's "A Song for You" and maintains that spirit through 11 more tracks, including Patti Page's "With My Eyes Wide Open" and Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody." Her take on "Everyday I Have the Blues" and "His Eyes, Her Eyes" shows that Cole hasn't abandoned jazz but has happily diversified her sound. SNOWFALL ON THE SAHARA sees Cole drifting between the worlds of pop and jazz -- and sounding mighty fine doing so.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With Unforgettable, Natalie Cole refashioned herself as a modern interpreter of the classic American songbook. Once that album turned into a blockbuster, she saw no reason to return to contemporary pop or R&B. Over the course of the '90s, she released a series of faithful, sophisticated, traditional pop albums, all to diminishing artistic and commercial returns. With Snowfall on the Sahara, she pulls back from her classic pop routine and she does so with style. She doesn't abandon her role as a torch songstress, but this time she updates it, not only through Phil Ramone's production but through her selection of songs. This time around, the classics are contemporary -- "A Song for You," "Corrina," "Everyday I Have the Blues," "Gotta Serve Somebody" complete with a new verse, written by Bob Dylan especially for Cole -- and she also performs some forgotten tunes and newer songs, along with her fine co-written original title track. Ramone pretty much keeps things in a soulful adult contemporary mold, with the occasional unexpected flourish such as the trip-hop intro to "Corrina" popping up here and there. Even with such clean radio-ready production, Snowfall on the Sahara is hardly a conventional adult contemporary record; it plays like a nightclub revue from a classic pop vocalist, only with modernized arrangements and songs. Such subtle deviations from formula results in a surprisingly satisfying record. By balancing the form of traditional pop with strong material and modernized production, Snowfall on the Sahara illustrates adult pop needs to be neither predictable or devoid of substantive songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075596240123
  • Catalog Number: 62401
  • Sales rank: 306,145

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Natalie Cole Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Luther Vandross Background Vocals
Pete Christlieb Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Rob Mounsey Conductor, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Theremin
Lanny Morgan Flute, Alto Flute, Alto Saxophone
David Foster Keyboards
Michael Thompson Guitar
Darryl Tookes Background Vocals
Robin Clark Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
Bob Krogstad Conductor
Murray Adler Violin
Abe Appleman Violin
Dave Bargeron Bass Trombone, Tenor Trombone
Virgil Blackwell Clarinet
Nathan East Bass
Stephen Erdody Celli
Mary Helen Ewing Viola
Lawrence Feldman Alto Saxophone
David Finck Bass
Barry Finclair Violin
Simon Franglen Synclavier
Steve Gadd Drums
Crystal Garner Viola
Rick Gerding Viola
Endre Granat Concert Master
Diva Gray Background Vocals
Juliet Haffner Viola
Terry Harrington Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Jim Hughart Bass
Regis Iandiorio Violin
Harold Jones Drums
Joe Ketendjian Violin
Curtis King Background Vocals
Carol Landon Viola
Jeanne LeBlanc Celli
Ann Leathers Violin
Will Lee Bass
Warren Leuning Trumpet
Richard Locker Celli
Charles Loper Trombone
Rob Mathes Dobro, Conductor, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer
Bob McChesney Trombone
Edward Meares Bass
Jeff Mironov Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
John Moses Clarinet
Jan Mullen Violin
Jack Nimitz Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Paul Peabody Violin
Sue Pray Viola
Jim Pugh Tenor Trombone
Phil Ramone Background Vocals
Bob Sanov Violin
Carl Saunders Trumpet
Mark Orrin Shuman Celli
Pamela Sklar Flute
Marti Sweet Violin
Kimiyo Takeya Violin
Donna Tecco Violin
Fonzi Thornton Background Vocals
David Tofani Tenor Saxophone
Terry Trotter Piano
Cecilia Tsan Celli
Gayle Levant Harp
Avril Brown Violin
Jacqui Danilow Bass
Diane Lesser Oboe
Carol Webb Concert Master
Chris Komer French Horn
RIck DePofi Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Kievit Trumpet
Clifford Carter Hammond Organ
Charlie Davis Trumpet
Andrew Picken Viola
Rafael Rishik Violin
Dave Trigg Trumpet
Sara Parkins Violin
Mimi Granat Viola
Gary Kuo Violin
Isabella Lippi Violin
Louise de Tullio Flute
Jennifer Walton Violin
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drum Loop
Tiffany Yi Hu Violin
Phillip Teele Trombone
Bob Carlisle French Horn
Technical Credits
Natalie Cole Composer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Rob Mounsey Arranger, Programming
David Foster Arranger, Producer
Bob Krogstad Arranger
Felipe Elgueta Engineer
Paul Ericksen Engineer
Brad Gilderman Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Rob Mathes Arranger, Programming
Eugene McDaniels Composer
Phil Ramone Producer
Ina Wolf Composer
William Ross String Arrangements
Jan Folkson Programming
Peter Wolf Arranger, Composer, Producer
Eric Schilling Engineer
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