Comfort Zone

The Comfort Zone

by Vanessa Williams
     
 

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When Vanessa Williams lost her Miss America title in 1984 due to a scandal involving nude photos she had posed for as a teenager, many assumed that the aspiring singer-actress would never be heard of again -- except as an answer to a trivia question. But Williams proved such naysayers wrong, becoming one of adult-contemporary music's more soulful and sophisticated

Overview

When Vanessa Williams lost her Miss America title in 1984 due to a scandal involving nude photos she had posed for as a teenager, many assumed that the aspiring singer-actress would never be heard of again -- except as an answer to a trivia question. But Williams proved such naysayers wrong, becoming one of adult-contemporary music's more soulful and sophisticated recording artists. THE COMFORT ZONE, her second and most commercially successful album, is a fine showcase for her warm, nuanced vocal style, mixing tastefully lush ballads like the Grammy-nominated No. 1 single "Save the Best for Last" with elegantly funky numbers such as "Work to Do"(originally performed by the Isley Brothers) and "Running Back to You," both of which were R&B hits. Overall, this impeccably produced collection, with its lissome jazz accents and smooth pop-soul savvy, established Williams as a performer whose talent, fortitude, and class are of question to no one.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Typically, Vanessa Williams' albums are mixed bags. She's at her most exciting when taking chances and coming from the heart, and at her worst when recording frightfully dull material that is designed strictly for commercial radio airplay. This is certainly true of her sophomore effort, The Comfort Zone. Williams is at her best on the sexy, alluring title song and a striking remake of the Isley Brothers' "Work to Do," and at her worst on the hit adult contemporary ballad "Save the Best For Last." The song isn't genuinely romantic, only corny and insipid. One wishes Williams would stick to songs that are worthy of her, but when artists are under pressure from labels to sell as many albums as possible, artistic considerations easily fall by the wayside.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/1991
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0042284352222
catalogNumber:
843522

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vanessa Williams   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Pete Christlieb   Tenor Saxophone
Hubert Laws   Flute
Tata Vega   Background Vocals
Brian McKnight   Piano,Background Vocals
Ronn Huff   Strings,Conductor
Keith Thomas   Bass,Keyboards
Gregg Arnold   Keyboards
Duane Benjamin   Trombone
Derek Bramble   Bass,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Stanley Clarke   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Debbie Cole   Background Vocals
Depete   Guitar
Mark Douthit   Saxophone
Jam   Drums,Keyboards
Dres   Vocals
David Frank   Synthesizer,Synthesizer Bass
Alan Friedman   Keyboards
Lori Fulton   Background Vocals
Trevor Gale   Keyboards
Trevor Gayle   Keyboards
Carl Gorodetzky   Conductor
Thomas Haas   Saxophone
Kenni Hairston   Keyboards
Mark Hammond   Drums
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Dann Huff   Guitar
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Kipper Jones   Background Vocals
Jorgen Kaufma   Piano
Jerry MacPherson   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Harvey Mason   Drums
Scott Mayo   Saxophone
Valerie Mayo   Background Vocals
Fred McFarlane   Bass,Keyboards
Jerry McPherson   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Cornelius Mims   Bass
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Phase 5   Sampling
Fernando Pullum   Trumpet
Angel Rogers   Background Vocals
Bob Rosa   Sampling
Monty Seward   Keyboards
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Randy Waldman   Piano
Wah-Wah Watson   Guitar
Merv DePyere   Keyboards
DJ L.A. Jay   Drums,Keyboards,Sounds
Rob Von Arx   Sampling
Rick Nelson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Vanessa Williams   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Brian McKnight   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Keith Thomas   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,drum programming,rhythm arrangement
Gregg Arnold   Programming
Derek Bramble   Producer
Bruce Carbone   Producer,Production Concept
Dave Darlington   Producer,drum programming,rhythm arrangement,Production Concept
Claude Demers   Engineer
Ed Eckstine   Producer,Executive Producer
Alan Friedman   Programming
Trevor Gale   Producer,drum programming
Trevor Gayle   Programming,drum programming
Carl Gorodetzky   Director
Kenni Hairston   Programming,Producer,drum programming
Mark Hammond   Programming,drum programming
L.A. Jae   Programming
Kipper Jones   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Scott Mayo   Horn Arrangements
Phase 5   Producer,rhythm arrangement,Sample Arrangements
Bob Rosa   beats,Production Concept,Sample Programming
Joe Schiff   Engineer
Will Schillinger   Engineer
Allen Sides   Engineer
Reggie Stewart   Producer,drum programming,rhythm arrangement
Randy Waldman   Arranger
Kieran Walsh   Engineer
Merv DePyere   Programming
Mark Stevens   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
DJ L.A. Jay   Programming,Producer,drum programming,rhythm arrangement,beats,Production Concept
Matt Wells   Engineer
Rob Von Arx   beats,Production Concept,Sample Programming
Torkil Goudnason   Back Cover
Chris Thompson   Art Direction
Gerry Brown   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements

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