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All Music Guide - James Manheim
There should be a strong market for this greatest-hits release by British crossover tenor Paul Potts, whose phenomenal popularity is growing internationally among listeners who may not have had the chance to pick up his still consistently selling solo releases. Check out his Taiwanese fan site sometime. Potts, a shelf-stocker at a Tesco supermarket when he catapulted to fame by winning the Britain's Got Talent television competition, has an undeniable Everyman appeal. However, that should have worn off by now if that were all he had, and the collection also gives observers of the vocal scene a chance to investigate the reasons for the Potts phenomenon. His recording of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
There should be a strong market for this greatest-hits release by British crossover tenor Paul Potts, whose phenomenal popularity is growing internationally among listeners who may not have had the chance to pick up his still consistently selling solo releases. Check out his Taiwanese fan site sometime. Potts, a shelf-stocker at a Tesco supermarket when he catapulted to fame by winning the Britain's Got Talent television competition, has an undeniable Everyman appeal. However, that should have worn off by now if that were all he had, and the collection also gives observers of the vocal scene a chance to investigate the reasons for the Potts phenomenon. His recording of "Nessun Dorma," included here, has attracted more than 120,000,000 views on YouTube. Some aspects may remain elusive, it's true: why should "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" need to have been translated into Italian for an English-speaking singer? Yet listen to the "Nessun Dorma" again, and it becomes clear that Potts' voice has an unusual distribution across register. In the mid-range it's thin and not particularly pleasant, but it blooms unexpectedly into the top (although not the very top), where it has caught people's attention. "Nessun Dorma," with its conversational beginning and subsequent explosion of passion, fits this vocal profile to a T, and Potts has subsequently been very canny about picking other pieces that do the same. The Christmas carols that close out the collection are cases in point. The result is a reasonably satisfying sound, and one that keeps replicating what drew listeners to Potts in the first place. Potts isn't going to win the admiration of opera lovers, nor even make an impact on the operatic stage like Andrea Bocelli, but he knows his bailiwick and knows it well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2014
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 888837840620
  • Catalog Number: 378406
  • Sales rank: 136,317

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nessun dorma (2:55)
  2. 2 Con te partirò (4:07)
  3. 3 La Prima volta (4:03)
  4. 4 Caruso (3:52)
  5. 5 Ognuno soffre (4:53)
  6. 6 Ave Maria (4:50)
  7. 7 Piano (4:13)
  8. 8 Parla più piano (3:45)
  9. 9 Un Giorno per noi (3:40)
  10. 10 Senza luce (3:53)
  11. 11 Il mio cuore va (4:29)
  12. 12 Por ti seré (4:03)
  13. 13 Il Gladiatore (3:43)
  14. 14 Cavatina (3:49)
  15. 15 O Holy Night (4:25)
  16. 16 The First Noël (4:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Potts Primary Artist, Tenor (Vocal)
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Henrik Janson Guitar, Conductor, Choir Conductor
Peter Ljung Piano, Keyboards
David Snell Conductor
Dave Arch Piano
Walter Afanasieff Keyboards
Anders Von Hofsten Background Vocals
Steve Mac Synthesizer, Keyboards
Per Magnusson Keyboards
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane Instrumental
Chris Laws Drums
Josef Larossi Instrumental
Hollywood Film Chorale Choir, Chorus
Czech National Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Jiri Hurník Concert Master
Milos Jahoda Cello
Jeanette Olson Background Vocals
Simon Lee Conductor
Miriam Nemcova Conductor
Swedish Radio Choir Vocal Ensemble
Tomás Brauner Conductor
Bill Ross Conductor
Jan Chalupecký Conductor
Veronika Novotna Concert Master
Frissy Karlsson Guitar
David Kreuger Keyboards
City of Prague Philharmonic Chorus Choir, Chorus
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Petr Matejak Concert Master
Czech National Symphony Choir Choir, Chorus
Ulf Janson Conductor
Technical Credits
Ewan MacColl Composer
Adolphe Adam Composer
A. L. Webber Composer
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Nino Rota Composer
Franz Schubert Composer
Cleo Laine Songwriter
Gary Brooker Composer
Matthew Fisher Songwriter
Lucio Dalla Composer
Nicholas Dodd Orchestration
James Horner Composer
Peter Buck Composer
Tony Cousins Mastering
Simon Franglen Producer
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Mick Guzauski Vocal Mixing
Henrik Janson Arranger, String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Will Jennings Lyricist
Mike Mills Composer
Stanley Myers Composer
Keith Reid Composer
Robin Sellars Engineer
Steve Shepherd Programming
Michael Stipe Composer
Ren Swan Engineer
Nigel Wright Producer, Orchestration
Hans Zimmer Composer
Geoff Foster Engineer
Dave Arch Orchestration, String Arrangements
Dick Beetham Mastering
Frank Peterson Songwriter
Bill Berry Composer
Walter Afanasieff Arranger, Rhythm Programming
Anne Skates Vocal Arrangements, Choir Arrangement, Choir Contractor
Gavin Greenaway Composer
Rolf Lovland Composer
Steve Mac Producer, Choir Production
Trevor Nunn Lyricist
T.S. Eliot Lyricist
Per Magnusson Programming, Producer
Renato Simoni Librettist
Giuseppe Adami Librettist
John Sullivan Dwight Lyricist
Neil Tucker Engineer
Ian Agate Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Steven Baker Orchestration
Francesco Sartori Composer
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane Arranger, Programming, Engineer
Tom Jenkins Pro-Tools
Chris Laws Engineer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Jan Holzner Engineer
Joe Wohlmuth Pro-Tools
Josef Larossi Arranger, Programming, Engineer
Cristián Robles Pro-Tools
Carmine Lauri Orchestra Leader
Lucio Quarantotto Songwriter
Brendan Graham Composer
Yvie Burnett Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Coach
Roberto Ferri Lyricist
Bill Ross Orchestral Arrangements
Jeffrey Pescetto Composer
Marcus Bergqvist Engineer
Jon Bailey Engineer, Vocal Engineer
David Kreuger Programming, Producer
Yann McCullough Pro-Tools
Fredrik Andersson Engineer
Larry Kusik Songwriter
Paul Chandler Pro-Tools
Edward Snyder Songwriter
Alfredo Rapetti Songwriter
Quiz & Larossi Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer, Vocal Mixing, Vocal Recording
Ulf Janson Arranger, String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Stanja Vomackova Orchestral Assistant
Christopher J. Porter Artwork, Layout
Giandomenico Boncompagni Lyricist
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