Snowfall on the Sahara

Snowfall on the Sahara

by Natalie Cole

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…  See more details below


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.

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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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Warner Bros Mod Afw

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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
Bob Carlisle   French Horn
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   Drum Loop
Tiffany Yi Hu   Violin
Phillip Teele   Trombone

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
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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