Best of Ally McBeal: The Songs of Vonda Shepard

Best of Ally McBeal: The Songs of Vonda Shepard

by Vonda Shepard
     
 

For years, Vonda Shepard toiled in semi-obscurity, releasing two albums to a small cult audience. One of her fans happened to be David Kelley, a television producer of such hit television shows as L.A. Law, Picket Fences, and Chicago Hope. When he was creating Ally McBeal, an urban dramedy about an appealingly spunky and confusedSee more details below

Overview

For years, Vonda Shepard toiled in semi-obscurity, releasing two albums to a small cult audience. One of her fans happened to be David Kelley, a television producer of such hit television shows as L.A. Law, Picket Fences, and Chicago Hope. When he was creating Ally McBeal, an urban dramedy about an appealingly spunky and confused 20-something lawyer, he decided to have Ally's misadventures mirrored in songs by none other than Vonda Shepard. Ally McBeal became an unexpected hit and Shepard was suddenly in demand. Since none of her albums were easily available, it was smart business to make her first album for her new label 550 Music a collection of original tunes and covers she regularly performed in the show -- in other words, Songs from Ally McBeal. Only four of the songs, including the theme "Searchin' My Soul," are original Shepard numbers; the rest are smooth adult contemporary covers of '60s pop hits like "The End of the World," "Hooked on a Feeling," and "It's in His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)." Some longtime fans may be distressed that the album only contains a handful of originals, but the preponderance of covers makes for a consistently enjoyable record that should be quite pleasing to Ally McBeal fans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886975845828
catalogNumber:
758458
Rank:
12544

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vonda Shepard   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Valerie Carter   Background Vocals
Jimmy Haslip   Bass
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Jon Clarke   Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute,English Horn
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Larry Corbett   Cello
Lynn Davis   Background Vocals
Joel Derouin   Violin
Davey Faragher   Bass
Mitchell Froom   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Lili Haydn   Violin
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Andrew Kamman   Percussion,Drums
John Keane   Drums
Vatrina King   Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Guitar
Neil Larsen   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Val McCallum   Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Jean McClain   Background Vocals
John Pierce   Bass
James Ralston   Guitar
Pete Thomas   Percussion,Drums
Martin Tillman   Cello
Bruce Watson   Guitar
Jim Hanson   Bass
Leland Sklar   Bass
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Fritz Lewak   Drums
Robert Downey   Vocals
Sy Smith   Background Vocals
Jeff Young   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Hammond B3
Jeff Scott Young   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Renée Elise Goldsberry   Background Vocals
David Paul Campbell   Viola,Mellotron
Andy Kamman   Percussion,Drums
Renee Goldsberry   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

James Newton Howard   Composer
Vonda Shepard   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Mitchell Froom   Producer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Brian Holland   Composer
Michael Landau   Composer
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Bob Seger   Composer
R. Clark   Composer
Pamela Springsteen   Tray Photo
Alice Butts   Art Direction
M. James   Composer
David Paul Campbell   Ensemble Arranger
David E. Kelley   Executive Producer
Denise Plumb   Cover Photo
Dave Donnelly   Mastering
P.W. King   Composer
R. Stewart   Composer
S. Price   Composer

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