Storybook

Storybook

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by Linda Eder
     
 

From her first notes on “One Bad Habit,” the grab-‘em-by-the-lapels opening track of Storybook, a collection of previously released and unreleased Angel material, it’s clear that Linda Eder is going straight for the gold. Not that this Broadway diva doesn't ever put on the brakes -- there are plenty of exquisitely sung ballads here -- but a sense ofSee more details below

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From her first notes on “One Bad Habit,” the grab-‘em-by-the-lapels opening track of Storybook, a collection of previously released and unreleased Angel material, it’s clear that Linda Eder is going straight for the gold. Not that this Broadway diva doesn't ever put on the brakes -- there are plenty of exquisitely sung ballads here -- but a sense of commitment and passion is always present, whether Eder is swinging her tail off or caressing a slower number. With a lovely mix of classic tunes ("All the Way,” “Bridge over Troubled Waters,” and “The Man That Got Away,” among them) and newer material -- the album succeeds as a showcase for a superior contemporary vocal talent, one who respects the past without being a slave to it. Sure, there’s plenty of Streisand in Eder, but this classy vocalist has more than enough personality, and all the vocal chops necessary, to convey her own tales on this Storybook.

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All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
In the early '90s while enjoying the success of her star-making performances on the musical concept album Jekyll & Hyde and the Broadway-bound stage version, Linda Eder recorded two albums for Angel Records. The first was The Scarlet Pimpernel, another musical concept album by Jekyll & Hyde composer Frank Wildhorn, while the second was the solo disc And So Much More, also produced and mostly composed by Wildhorn. Songs from these two albums are revisited on Storybook along with some minor treasures unearthed from the Angel vaults. Among these unreleased gems are "Vole Mon Ange" and "If He Never Said Hello," both from Svengali, a non-Broadway musical by Wildhorn that starred Eder. In the aria "Vole Mon Ange," Eder's voice reaches with gusto into Sarah Brighman's operatic territory while the sweet contemporary ballad "If He Never Said Hello" sounds like it was lifted directly from one of Barbra Streisand's latter-day efforts. Whether intended or not, Eder has always had to deal with comparisons to Streisand's voice and phrasing, but she unabashedly invites the criticism with this eerily similar performance. More successful is Wildhorn and Jack Murphy's ode to big-band swing, "One Bad Habit." Backed by a hot band, Eder excitedly wraps her chords around an intense melody that reaches an exhaustive climax thanks to numerous key changes. On "Let Him Fly," an immense show-stopping ballad, Eder's voice soars higher and higher, keeping pace with the orchestra, until she sounds perilously close to crashing on the final note. These newly discovered recordings are far more interesting than the previously released material included on the disc such as her pedestrian walks through the standards "All the Way," "Smile," and "The Man That Got Away." However, it is through these early renditions that a listener can appreciate how over the years Eder's voice and her interpretive skills have matured and improved. While not an essential purchase, Storybook does hold a few treats for fans and documents Eder's early days of recording when her Broadway debut was just around the corner and her star was on the rise.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2003
Label:
Emi Mod Afw
UPC:
0724355750723
catalogNumber:
57507
Rank:
143384

Tracks

  1. One Bad Habit  - Linda Eder
  2. Is This Anyway to Fall in Love?  - Linda Eder
  3. 'Til You Come Back to Me  - Linda Eder
  4. Where Are You Now?  - Linda Eder
  5. The Man That Got Away  - Linda Eder
  6. If He Never Said Hello  - Linda Eder
  7. Smile  - Linda Eder
  8. When I Look in Your Eyes  - Linda Eder
  9. All the Way  - Linda Eder
  10. Storybook  - Linda Eder
  11. I Don't Remember  - Linda Eder
  12. When I Look at You  - Linda Eder
  13. Bridge Over Troubled Water  - Linda Eder
  14. Let Him Fly  - Linda Eder
  15. Vole Mon Ange  - Linda Eder

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Linda Eder   Primary Artist
Jeff Beal   Flugelhorn,Soloist
David Mann   Alto Saxophone
Ted Nash   Saxophone
Jay Berliner   Guitar,Soloist
Gregg Bissonette   Drums
Matt Bissonette   Bass
Chris Botti   Trumpet
Bernie Dresel   Drums
David Finck   Bass
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Mike Migliore   Saxophone
Bob Millikan   Trumpet
Kim Scharnberg   Conductor
Bernd Schoenhart   Guitar
Andy Snitzer   Saxophone
Larry Steelman   Piano
Mark Walker   Drums
Dan Wilensky   Saxophone
Ed Maina   Flute,Saxophone,Woodwind,Soloist
Robert Peterson   Violin,Soloist
Alfredo Oliva   Violin
Jeremy Roberts   Synthesizer,Piano,Conductor,Keyboards
Frank Zuback   Trumpet
David Carpenter   Bass
Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup   Harp
Bogumila Zgraja   Violin
Barbara Corcillo   Cello
Roy Williams Quintet   Trumpet
Walter Dunbar   Trumpet
Gustavo A. Lorrea   Violin

Technical Credits

Paul Simon   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Linda Eder   Producer
Brad Aaron   Engineer
Gregory Boyd   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mike Krowiak   Engineer
Jack Murphy   Composer
Karl Richardson   Producer,Engineer
Kim Scharnberg   Arranger,Orchestration,rhythm arrangement
Jeremy Smith   Engineer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Frank Wildhorn   Composer,Producer,rhythm arrangement
Bruce Lundvall   Liner Notes
John Turner   Composer
Jeremy Roberts   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Orchestration,String Arrangements
Carla Leighton   Art Direction
Davis Factor   Cover Photo
Ian Ralfini   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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