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|Jane Monheit||Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals|
|Gil Goldstein||Accordion, Conductor, Electric Piano|
|Kathleen Nester||Alto Flute|
|Sheryl Henze||Bass Flute|
|Barry Crawford||Alto Flute|
|Buffy Sainte-Marie||Composer, Lyricist|
|Ivan Lins||Composer, Lyricist|
|John Lennon||Composer, Lyricist|
|Paul McCartney||Composer, Lyricist|
|Randy Newman||Composer, Lyricist|
|Gil Goldstein||Arranger, Producer, Orchestration, Vocal Arrangements|
|Mel Tormé||Composer, Lyricist|
|Carol Hall||Composer, Lyricist|
|Vitor Martins||Composer, Lyricist|
|Joe Raposo||Composer, Lyricist|
|Al Hoffman||Composer, Lyricist|
|Maurice Sigler||Composer, Lyricist|
|Jane Brown Thompson||Composer, Lyricist|
|Mabel Wayne||Composer, Lyricist|
|Michael Kanan||rhythm arrangement|
|Jane Monheit||Composer, Lyricist, Vocal Arrangements|
|Neal Miner||rhythm arrangement|
|Paulo Pinheiro||Composer, Lyricist|
|Cliff Goldmember||Composer, Lyricist|
Posted August 17, 2014
I am a big, long-time fan of Jane Monheit; I have every album (except the Christmas one) she has released. My overall favorite is Surrender, although I have many, many individual and multiple favorites from all her other albums.I don't understand how (or why - misguided loyalty?) anyone who has a history with her could possibly like this unexplainable travesty.
It almost seems she went out of her way to make an awful album. Many of the cuts are seriously painful to listen to. "Until It's Time For You To Go" is 6 minutes of excruciating torture. Someone at Amazon described it as "music to commit suicide to." Spot on. If anyone advised her on the selections he/she/they should be cut loose. If this were my first exposure to her, it would be my last. Fortunately, I have everything else she has released, so I can treat this as an aberration. Hopefully.
When I first got it (with joyful anticipation) when it was first released), I only listened to the first four tracks - because that was all the heartbreak I could tolerate. A few days later I made it past 'A Gente Merece...' (which held some early promise but faded fast when someone stuck the clothespin back on her nose) to half of "Golden Slumbers..." before I had to call another screeching - literally - halt. I held out hope there may be something to salvage in this album. She's much too good to have lost it so fast and so completely. Her phrasing used to be so magical and now it's trite, predictable and painful.
So, In June, over a year later, I tried listening to this album again. Who knows, maybe I had been suffering from some type of auditory hallucination and it wasn't really as bad as I had remembered. And it wasn't.
It was worse. So, for the first time EVER I deleted an album by someone I still consider one of my favorites. This experience has also caused my to reevaluate my overall impressions of her, and I find I'm listening to her earlier works less often and more critically.
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Posted May 8, 2013
Great album, but be aware that the product sold by B&N contains only 12 (not 14) tracks. I returned my copy because it was missing the final two tracks shown in the advertised listing. As far as I can determine, these are bonus tracks which are available only in the Japanese SHM-CD edition. "I Wanna Be With You" is also available from iTunes, but "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" seems to be offered only in Japan.
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