That's Life

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All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
With one of the longest-running careers in the classical-pop crossover market, Russell Watson returned in 2007 with a collection of songs he considered his favorites, and far from being a crossover album, That's Life was a very traditional MOR/easy listening set of songs, originally sung by the likes of Frank Sinatra ("That's Life," "Strangers in the Night," "You Make Me Feel So Young"), Matt Monro ("Born Free"), Tony Bennett ("I Left My Heart in San Francisco"), and Nat King Cole ("When I Fall in Love," "Let There Be Love," "Smile"). Watson gave every song its due respect, faithfully reproducing the sounds of the great singers, and recorded the album at the Capitol ...
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All Music Guide - Sharon Mawer
With one of the longest-running careers in the classical-pop crossover market, Russell Watson returned in 2007 with a collection of songs he considered his favorites, and far from being a crossover album, That's Life was a very traditional MOR/easy listening set of songs, originally sung by the likes of Frank Sinatra ("That's Life," "Strangers in the Night," "You Make Me Feel So Young"), Matt Monro ("Born Free"), Tony Bennett ("I Left My Heart in San Francisco"), and Nat King Cole ("When I Fall in Love," "Let There Be Love," "Smile"). Watson gave every song its due respect, faithfully reproducing the sounds of the great singers, and recorded the album at the Capitol studios in Los Angeles. That's Life was made more poignant by the fact -- which was very well-known by the time of its release -- that the recording had been split in two, beginning in September 2006 and having to be put on hold while he flew back to London to have an operation on a brain tumor. Then he returned to Los Angeles to complete the record, having recovered, only to have a relapse later in 2007. So having made hit albums since 2000 with mixes of classical and pop repertoire (for example, on his debut album he followed "La Donne e Mobile" with "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Vienna"), his 2007 effort was filled with romantic love songs and standards. A nice, relaxing, pleasant album -- but these renditions lacked the personalities of the originals (Watson would really have to be something special to match them), and the songs came across as cabaret versions, even upmarket Las Vegas-style cabaret but still nothing special, and performed equally as well by hundreds of singers around the world. On the final track he was joined by soul singer Alexander O'Neal, but their voices simply did not mix, and one got the impression that the two singers had never even met. The backing musicians didn't help either, performing in a most routine way and giving the songs an even blander feel than otherwise was necessary. Still, Russell Watson has made of career of singing easy listening, easy-on-the-ear songs, and this album was a fine example of the genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Uni Classics Int'l
  • UPC: 028947581574
  • Catalog Number: 4758157
  • Sales rank: 87,721

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Russell Watson Primary Artist
Tom Scott Conductor, Tenor Saxophone, Brass, Soloist
Rick Baptist Brass
Jorge Calandrelli Conductor
Gene Cipriano Brass
Luis Conte Percussion
George Doering Guitar
Gary Grant Brass
Dan Higgins Brass
Michael Lang Piano
Charles Loper Brass
Larry Lunetta Brass
Dean Parks Guitar
Carolyn Perry Background Vocals
Darlene Perry Background Vocals
Tom Ranier Piano
Carmen Twillie Background Vocals
David Carpenter Bass Guitar
Wayne Bergeron Brass
Valerie Pinkston Background Vocals
Andrew Martin Brass
Greg Field Drums
Rupert Christie Keyboards
Technical Credits
Eddy Arnold Composer
Tom Scott Arranger
Bruce Dukov Orchestra Leader
Kelly Gordon Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
John Barry Composer
Don Black Composer
Jorge Calandrelli Arranger, String Arrangements
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Hal David Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Dean Kay Composer
Henry Mayer Composer
Don Murray Engineer
Nick Patrick Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Charlie Singleton Composer
Victor Young Composer
Ian Grant Composer
Eddie Snyder Composer
Hans Bradtke Composer
Douglass Cross Composer
Nathaniel Chan Programming, Digital Editing, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Recording
Rupert Christie Programming
Lionel Rand Composer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Mark Cavell Executive Producer
George C. Cory Jr. Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Timeless

    It is a waste of "The Voice" If you like Frank Sinatra style it would be ok but anyone can sing that. I much prefer his album "Encore" That was great!

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