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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/1991
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 042284352222
  • Catalog Number: 843522

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Comfort Zone (4:00)
  2. 2 Running Back to You (4:39)
  3. 3 Work to Do (4:36)
  4. 4 You Gotta Go (6:21)
  5. 5 Still in Love (5:22)
  6. 6 Save the Best for Last (3:38)
  7. 7 What Will I Tell My Heart? (4:17)
  8. 8 Strangers Eyes (6:16)
  9. 9 2 of a Kind (5:16)
  10. 10 Freedom Dance (Get Free!) (4:14)
  11. 11 Just for Tonight (4:28)
  12. 12 One Reason (4:52)
  13. 13 Better off Now (4:13)
  14. 14 Goodbye (4:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vanessa Williams Primary Artist, 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
Dr. 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 Jr. Guitar
Kipper Jones Background Vocals
Jorgen Kaufma Piano
Jerry MacPherson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Scott Mayo Saxophone
Valerie Mayo Background Vocals
Fred McFarlane Bass, Keyboards
Jerry McPherson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin
Cornelius Mims Bass
The 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
Ronn Huff Contributor
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
The Nashville String Machine Contributor
Phase 5 Producer, rhythm arrangement, Sample Arrangements
Herb Powers Mastering
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, Contributor, 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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