Abbey Road Sessions

Abbey Road Sessions

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by Kylie Minogue
     
 

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During her 25-year career in the music biz, Kylie Minogue's ability to re-invent herself and stay current is rivaled only by Madonna's. Unlike her American counterpart, though, Kylie's changes never seem desperate, and everything she does exudes a touch of class that makes her shifts seem far more organic. From chirpy teen popper to indie divaSee more details below

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During her 25-year career in the music biz, Kylie Minogue's ability to re-invent herself and stay current is rivaled only by Madonna's. Unlike her American counterpart, though, Kylie's changes never seem desperate, and everything she does exudes a touch of class that makes her shifts seem far more organic. From chirpy teen popper to indie diva to dance-pop heavyweight, every step she's taken has made perfect sense and in the process, she's released some of the best pop records of her era. In 2012, as part of her own look back at the highlights of a long and successful career, Kylie and her band went to Abbey Road studios to run through a selection of her biggest hits and best songs. Joined by an array of backing singers and an orchestra, the songs are re-imagined in ways that bring out the underlying emotions behind the glittery pop facades. Stripping the songs down to their basics and then adding strings on top proves to be very effective, especially on "All the Lovers" or "Hand on Your Heart," and most of the new arrangements are imaginative and sometime inspired. The piano ballad version of "Better the Devil You Know" works very well, as does the sultry trip-hop take on "Slow," while the strings and vocals on "I Should Be So Lucky" turn the song into a classy '30s musical showstopper. The most interesting reboot takes place on "Can't Get You Out of My Head" where the insistent strings push the song along with a tightly coiled electricity that is impossible to resist. The only song that really falls flat is the cutesy, Motown-inspired take on "The Locomotion." Though Kylie may not have the strongest voice around, she has more than enough charm and understated emotional strength to fill the more intimate arrangements with a solid and exceedingly warm center. The album stands as both as a reminder of all the classic pop songs Kylie has released and of her fearless nature. She's always been willing to take risks, and despite the initial thought that her music may not stand up to the orchestral treatment, The Abbey Road Sessions is another victory in a career full of them.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2012
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0603497915163
catalogNumber:
791516
Rank:
103332

Tracks

  1. All the Lovers  - Kylie Minogue
  2. On a Night Like This  - Kylie Minogue
  3. Better the Devil You Know  - Kylie Minogue
  4. Hand On Your Heart  - Kylie Minogue
  5. I Believe In You  - Kylie Minogue
  6. Come Into My World  - Kylie Minogue
  7. Finer Feelings  - Kylie Minogue
  8. Confide In Me  - Kylie Minogue
  9. Slow  - Kylie Minogue
  10. The Locomotion  - Kylie Minogue
  11. Can't Get You Out of My Head  - Kylie Minogue
  12. Where the Wild Roses Grow  - Kylie Minogue
  13. Flower  - Kylie Minogue
  14. I Should Be So Lucky  - Kylie Minogue
  15. Love At First Sight  - Kylie Minogue
  16. Never Too Late  - Kylie Minogue

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kylie Minogue   Primary Artist,Vocals
Nick Cave   Vocals
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Strings
Steve Anderson   Piano,Keyboards
Chris Laurence   Strings
Anthony Pleeth   Strings
Sonia Slany   Strings
Clare Finnimore   Strings
Peter Lale   Strings
Ian Humphries   Strings
Colin Elliot   Guitar,Percussion
Everton Nelson   Leader
Ian Burdge   Strings
David Tench   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Hammond B3
Chris Worsey   Strings
Magnus Johnston   Strings
Richard George   Strings
Stacey Watton   Strings
Natalia Bonner   Strings
Cliff Masterson   Conductor
Nicola Sweeney   Strings
Simon Baggs   Strings
Trevor Mires   Trombone
Rachel Robson   Strings
Graeme Blevins   Saxophone
Emil Chakalov   Strings
Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin   Strings
Tom Rees-Roberts   Trumpet
Debbie Preece   Strings
Abbie Osmon   Background Vocals
Tom Pigott-Smith   Strings
Bozidar Vukotic   Strings
Dishan Abrahams   Bass,Double Bass
Sean Fitzpatrick   Hand Clapping
Zalika King   Background Vocals
Tom Meadows   Percussion,Drums
Alex Afia   Strings
Adetoun Anibi   Background Vocals
Roxy Rizzo   Background Vocals
Luke Fitton   Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Chris Pitsilides   Strings
Steve Morris   Strings

Technical Credits

Nick Cave   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Kylie Minogue   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Cathy Dennis   Composer
Matt Aitken   Composer
Steve Anderson   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Martin Harrington   Composer
Paul Pritchard   Engineer
Brian Rawling   Composer
Dave Seaman   Composer
Mike Stock   Composer
Pete Waterman   Composer
Geoff Pesche   Mastering
Ash Howes   Composer
Graham Stack   Composer
Colin Elliot   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Bass Arrangement
Steve Torch   Composer
Emiliana Torrini   Composer
Julian Gallagher   Composer
Terry Ronald   Vocal Arrangements
Dan Carey   Composer
Scott Hoffman   Composer
Cliff Masterson   String Arrangements
Rob Davis   Composer
Jason Sellards   Composer
Edward Barton   Composer
Graeme Blevins   Bass Arrangement,Brass Conductor
Jim Eliot   Composer
Mark Taylor   Composer
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Composer
Peter Waterman   Composer
Mima Stilwell   Composer
Pete Hutchings   Engineer

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