The Real Thing

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
On The Real Thing, her sixth studio album (not counting two Christmas releases), Vanessa Williams switches from the '70s soul covers that made up 2005's Everlasting Love to a mix of adult contemporary originals and faithful interpretations. While Rob Mathes produced the entirety of the previous set, the labor here is divided between him and Rex Rideout (Boney James, Will Downing), as well as Keith Thomas and Babyface, both of whom go way back with Williams. With four people sharing the producer's chair, the whole album nonetheless carries a relaxed, serene feel, even when it is at its most active and spirited. The highlights tend to come with the Latin material -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
On The Real Thing, her sixth studio album (not counting two Christmas releases), Vanessa Williams switches from the '70s soul covers that made up 2005's Everlasting Love to a mix of adult contemporary originals and faithful interpretations. While Rob Mathes produced the entirety of the previous set, the labor here is divided between him and Rex Rideout (Boney James, Will Downing), as well as Keith Thomas and Babyface, both of whom go way back with Williams. With four people sharing the producer's chair, the whole album nonetheless carries a relaxed, serene feel, even when it is at its most active and spirited. The highlights tend to come with the Latin material -- including the title track, written by Stevie Wonder for Sergio Mendes, and "If There Were No Song," switching between a lush ballad and splashes of percussion and horns -- which Williams pulls off with natural ease. It's not likely to raise anyone's body temperature, but it's too welcoming to ignore.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/2009
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072308169
  • Catalog Number: 30816
  • Sales rank: 59,518

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Breathless (4:50)
  2. 2 Hello Like Before (4:28)
  3. 3 Loving You (3:33)
  4. 4 Just Friends (4:17)
  5. 5 The Real Thing (5:12)
  6. 6 Lazy Afternoon (4:56)
  7. 7 Close to You (4:36)
  8. 8 I Fell In (4:47)
  9. 9 October Sky - Javier Colon (4:28)
  10. 10 Come on Strong (2:39)
  11. 11 If There Were No Song (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vanessa Williams Primary Artist
Pete Christlieb Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Dukov Violin, Concert Master
Eric Darken Percussion
Keith Thomas Piano, fender rhodes
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Elena Barere Violin, String Quartet
Kimberly Brewer Background Vocals
Darius Campo Violin
Dave Carpenter Bass
Brian Dembow Viola
Stephen Erdody Cello, Celli
Gary Grant Trumpet
Mike Haynes Trumpet, Soloist
Dan Higgins Alto Saxophone
Alan Kaplan Trombone
Roland Kato Viola
Armen Ksadjikian Cello, Celli
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Michael Lang Piano
Rob Lewis Piano
Richard Locker Cello, String Quartet
Rob Mathes Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Conductor, fender rhodes
Ozzie Melendez Trombone
Robin Olson Violin
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar
Joel Peskin Baritone Saxophone
Greg Phillinganes Piano
Katia Popov Violin
Rex Rideout Keyboards
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Garrett Smith Horn
Margaret Wooten Violin
Gregg Field Drums
Gayle Levant Harp
Christina Soule Cello, Celli
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Keyboards, Background Vocals
Raul Agraz Trumpet
Ricky Gonzalez Piano, Keyboards
Luisito Quintero Percussion
Natalie Leggett Violin
Ethan Farmer Bass
Johana Krejci Violin
Michael Ripoll Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Soloist
Carlos Henríquez Bass, Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Irina Voloshina Viola
Roberto Cani Violin
Trevor Handy Cello, Celli
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
Vince Lionti Viola, String Quartet
Derrek Phillips Drums
Bill Airey Smith Horn Engineer
Dave Walther Viola
Alyssa Park Violin
Becky Bunnell Violin
Lauren Evans Background Vocals
Raymond Kobler Violin
Agape Jerry Guitar
Jonathan Crone Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Raymond "Ez" Monteiro Horn
Miguel Gandelman Horn
Katherine Livolsi Violin, String Quartet
Javier Colon Vocals
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Phillip Levy Violin
Technical Credits
Babyface Audio Production, Composer, Producer, drum programming
Bill Withers Composer
Tom Scott Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Evan Rogers Composer
Keith Thomas Arranger, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Jill Dell'Abate String Contractor
John Burk Executive Producer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Jorge Calandrelli String Arrangements, String Conductor
Darrell Crooks Arranger
Bebel Gilberto Composer
John Latouche Composer
Rob Lewis Arranger
Rob Mathes Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jerome Moross Composer
Rex Rideout Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Guy Sigsworth Composer
Joe Soldo String Contractor
Carl Sturken Composer
Wayne Warnecke Engineer
Bill Whittington Engineer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Robert Friedrich Mastering
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Ricky Gonzalez Programming
Paul Boutin Engineer
John Collins Composer
Seth Presant Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Paul "Scooby" Smith Digital Editing
Lauren Evans Composer
Sheléa Frazier Composer
Alex Venguer Engineer
Jonathan Crone Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Nicholas Lane String Arrangements, String Conductor
Javier Colon Composer, Duet
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Icing

    This CD is very smooth and soothing like icing. Very pleasing to the ears. Good Job Vanessa!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    "WOW"

    What a woman she is!
    Is there anything that she can't do?
    This album is fantastic.
    2 soul/r&b/pop songs, 1 pop ballad and the rest consists of jazzy standards and brazillian/latin flavored mid tempo's.
    The music is beautifull, her voice in top form and the arrengements are great.
    Can anything go wrong when "BABYFACE" writes 2 songs especially for your album as he did here for V.

    Love it girl, keep it up, there's nothing like real musicians and real voices.
    Because nowadays anyone can sound decent!!

    Lol Felix from europe!

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