The Essential Jim Brickman

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This double-disc collection issued by Sony's Legacy imprint focuses on the years that made pianist/composer Jim Brickman into a brand name; he has done everything from writing and performing hit duets with pop and country singers, to composing television themes (Guiding Light), to becoming a seasonal recording specialist in the last five years. While the 33 tracks here collect Brickman's work from 1994 through 2005, the period it concentrates most heavily upon, naturally, are the years between 1995 and 2001. Cuts from early new age albums on Windham Hill such as No Words (1994) and By Heart: Piano Solos are included, before the picture shifts to more pop-oriented fare from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This double-disc collection issued by Sony's Legacy imprint focuses on the years that made pianist/composer Jim Brickman into a brand name; he has done everything from writing and performing hit duets with pop and country singers, to composing television themes (Guiding Light), to becoming a seasonal recording specialist in the last five years. While the 33 tracks here collect Brickman's work from 1994 through 2005, the period it concentrates most heavily upon, naturally, are the years between 1995 and 2001. Cuts from early new age albums on Windham Hill such as No Words (1994) and By Heart: Piano Solos are included, before the picture shifts to more pop-oriented fare from albums such as 1997's Picture This, with its hit "Valentine" performed by Martina McBride; and 1999's Destiny, which spawned the instrumental smash "Rendezvous" with Herb Alpert on trumpet, and the solo piano feature "Crossroads" which opens this collection. His 21st century works are represented by tracks from the live My Romance: An Evening with Jim Brickman (2000), Simple Things (2001, whose title track with vocalist Rebecca Lynn Howard is a high point in this collection), Love Songs and Lullabies (2002), Peace (2003), through 2005's Grace. This last album, and No Words, his first, are represented only by single cuts, the rest feature multiple selections from each release. Though there isn't any unreleased material here, in creating a truly representative best-of release, Legacy makes this the near-perfect comp for fans of Brickman's easy, breezy, emotionally uplifting, trademark sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2010
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886977349423
  • Catalog Number: 773494
  • Sales rank: 67,907

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crossroads (3:07)
  2. 2 Another Tuesday Morning (3:24)
  3. 3 Course of Love (3:35)
  4. 4 Crooked River (3:37)
  5. 5 You (4:08)
  6. 6 Catching Twilight (3:30)
  7. 7 Rock a Bye Baby (3:24)
  8. 8 On the Edge (5:04)
  9. 9 Valentine - The Nashville String Machine (3:13)
  10. 10 Early Snowfall (3:04)
  11. 11 Bittersweet (3:32)
  12. 12 Partners In Crime (3:15)
  13. 13 December Morning (2:39)
  14. 14 Angel Eyes (2:30)
  15. 15 Lake Erie Rainfall (3:13)
  16. 16 Hear Me (Tears Into Wine) (4:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Freedom - Salt Lake City String Ensemble (3:26)
  2. 2 Rendezvous (3:18)
  3. 3 Rocket To the Moon (2:30)
  4. 4 Love of My Life (4:12)
  5. 5 Joyful (3:49)
  6. 6 Edge Water (2:38)
  7. 7 Your Love (3:47)
  8. 8 You Never Know (3:44)
  9. 9 Shades of White (2:59)
  10. 10 The Gift - The Nashville String Machine (3:42)
  11. 11 All I Ever Wanted (4:05)
  12. 12 By Chance (2:42)
  13. 13 Simple Things (3:31)
  14. 14 Night Prayer (2:56)
  15. 15 Destiny (3:49)
  16. 16 Little Stars (2:46)
  17. 17 By Heart (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Brickman Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Soprano Saxophone
Beth Nielsen Chapman Background Vocals
Collin Raye Vocals, Background Vocals
Michelle Wright Vocals
Susan Ashton Vocals, Background Vocals
Herb Alpert Trumpet
Michael Bolton Vocals
Donny Osmond Vocals
Dave Koz Saxophone
Martina McBride Vocals
Ronn Huff Conductor
Boney James Soprano Saxophone
Mike Brignardello Bass
Darrell Brown Background Vocals
John Catchings Cello
Shannon Forrest Drums
Bruce Gaitsch Acoustic Guitar
Dann Huff Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jay Joyce Electric Guitar
Brian Newcombe Bass
Michael Rhodes Bass
Dan Shea Bass, Keyboards
Tracy Silverman Violin, Viola, Electric Violin
Martin Tillman Cello
Bruce Watson Electric Guitar
Chris Willis Background Vocals
Jordan Hill Vocals
Marilyn Harris Strings, Keyboards
David Grow Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Billy Porter Vocals
Jorgen Carlsson Bass
Jane Krakowski Vocals
Thea Suits-Silverman Flute
Mark Wolfram Synthesizer
Anne Cochran Vocals
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Rebecca Lynn Howard Vocals, Background Vocals
Lynn Peithman Strings
Anthony Anderson Guitar
Beverly Drukker Strings
Beverley Staunton Background Vocals
Carolyn Bailey Strings
Mark Reneau Strings
Shu Zheng Yang Strings
Brian Siewert Conductor
Erik Eldenius Drums
Dan Deviller Guitar, Conductor
Technical Credits
Beth Nielsen Chapman Composer
Dave Koz Composer
Ronn Huff Arranger, String Arrangements
Jim Brickman Arranger, Composer
Darrell Brown Composer
Sean Hosein Arranger, Composer, Programming
Jack Kugell Composer
Dan Shea Arranger, drum programming, Rhythm Programming
David Foil Product Development
David Grow Arranger, Programming, Vocal Producer
Jackson Braider Liner Notes
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Bruce Upchurch Arranger, Composer, MIDI Programming
Mark Wolfram Arranger, Orchestration
Henri Corieau Arranger, String Arrangements
Traditional Composer
Jennifer Liebeskind Product Development
Maria Triana Mastering
Tom Douglas Composer
Scott Farthing Marketing
Tammy Van Aken Packaging Manager
Leslie Collman-Smith Marketing
Brian Siewert Arranger, Composer, String Arrangements
Alan Safier Composer
Hollye Leven Composer
Dan Deviller Arranger, Composer, Programming, String Arrangements
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