The Best of Ally McBeal: The Songs of Vonda Shepard

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 10/6/2009
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886975845828
  • Catalog Number: 758458
  • Sales rank: 25,377

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 Jr. Trombone
Fritz Lewak Drums
Robert Downey Jr. 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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