Then and Now

Then and Now

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by David Cassidy
     
 

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At a time when teen idols such as Britney Spears and *NSync are dominating the pop culture landscape, '70s heartthrob David Cassidy returns to the fold with Then and Now, a mix of re-recorded favorites, covers, and new material. Fans who discovered Cassidy as a member of TV's fictional Partridge

Overview

At a time when teen idols such as Britney Spears and *NSync are dominating the pop culture landscape, '70s heartthrob David Cassidy returns to the fold with Then and Now, a mix of re-recorded favorites, covers, and new material. Fans who discovered Cassidy as a member of TV's fictional Partridge Family will be thrilled to reminisce via solid, new versions of faves such as "I Think I Love You," "I Woke Up This Morning," and, of course, "C'mon Get Happy." Elsewhere, Cassidy goes for a more sophisticated, Neil Diamond-like sound, using backup singers and lush string arrangements on PF cuts such as "I'll Meet You Halfway" and his Top Ten cover of the Association's ballad "Cherish." When he's not re-creating his own hits, such as the 1972 solo smash "Rock Me Baby" or the 1990 comeback hit "Lyin' to Myself," the onetime pin-up pays homage to the Lovin' Spoonful ("Do You Believe in Magic") and Bill Withers ("Ain't No Sunshine"). The one new song, "No Bridge (I Wouldn't Cross)" (Young & Gifted Mix), co-written by '60s pop singer Lulu, recalls Jon Secada's "Just Another Day" and is already a U.K. dance hit. With Then and Now, David Cassidy effectively connects the quaint efforts of his young pop star past with the more mature and polished sound of his present and future.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
While both David Cassidy and the Partridge Family have been at least partially anthologized over the years, it remains a thing of wonder that nobody has yet sat down to compile the best of both into one all-encompassing package -- all the more so since Cassidy's personal appeal remains as high as any '70s icon could dream of climbing. Cassidy himself has toyed with his past on occasion, with releases ranging from a mid-'80s live hits album to the savage reinvention of "I Think I Love You," which so dignified his 1998 Slamajama album. Then and Now, however, goes further than either he, or his past record companies, have ever traveled, serving up 22 songs of which just three ("Cry," "No Bridge I Wouldn't Cross," and "Sheltered in Your Arms") don't immediately leap out of the memory banks. From "I Woke Up in Love This Morning" to "I Write the Songs," from "Cherish" to "The Last Kiss" (a 1985 U.K. smash that marked the first of his serious comebacks), Cassidy revisits a career's worth of pop classics, as straight as a die and faithful enough that you could almost forget you're not listening to the greatest hits collection on earth. No sneaky drum'n'bass redesigns, no nasty modern production tricks, no heartless stab at "updating" the songs for the modern listener. A pointless duet with boy band Hear'Say does raise a few anachronistic hackles, but "Could It Be Forever" has already appeared once on the album; once more is no skin off anyone's nose. It's unabashed nostalgia, then, and all delivered with such sincerity that you can't even feel cynical about the exercise. The booklet photos are early-'70s classic; the inclusion of the lyrics lets you cheat and peek at the occasional line you may not quite remember. And Cassidy's voice hasn't lost an ounce of its charm since the first time he sang these songs. Of course it isn't quite the real, all-encompassing best-of box thing that fans have been waiting for all these years. But it's close.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2002
Label:
Decca U.S.
UPC:
0044001745423
catalogNumber:
017454

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Cassidy   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lance Ellington   Background Vocals
Mae McKenna   Background Vocals
Louie Shelton   Guitar
Hal Blaine   Drums
Max Bennett   Bass
Mike Bradley   Drums
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Hugh Burns   Guitar
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Randy Crenshaw   Background Vocals
Fridrik Karlsson   Guitar
Mike Melvoin   Conductor
James Mooney   Background Vocals
Steve Pearce   Bass
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Dennis Rollins   Trombone
Alexander Skeaping   Harpsichord
Robert Smissen   Viola
Jackie Ward   Background Vocals
Brendan Power   Harmonica
William Schofield   Cello
Phil Nicholl   Background Vocals
Scott Garland   Flute,Saxophone
Mark Cumberland   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rodolpho DeSouza   Violin
Ted Carfrae   Vocal Harmony
Jim McIntosh   Guitar
Hear'Say   Track Performer
Peter Murray   Piano,Keyboards
Pete Murray   Piano,Keyboards
Sarah Ewins   Violin
Eddie Hession   Piano-Accordion
Timothy Grant   Viola
Lisa Meyer   Background Vocals
Joe Knight   Cello
Mixmaster Michael Smith   Conductor,fender rhodes
Pat White   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Steve Morris   Violin

Technical Credits

John Sebastian   Composer
David Cassidy   Composer,Producer
Peggy Clinger   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Johnny Cymbal   Composer
Peter Bunetta   Producer
Mark Chamberlain   Engineer
Simon Climie   Composer
Michael Eckart   Engineer
Wes Farrell   Composer
John Hudson   Engineer
Gerry Kitchingham   Engineer
Mike Melvoin   Arranger,Producer
Tony Romeo   Composer
Alan Tarney   Producer
Danny Janssen   Composer
Chris West   Engineer,Remixing
Billy Laurie   Composer
Scot Rammer   Producer
Mike Tocci   Engineer
John Musgrave   Engineer
Ted Carfrae   Producer,Remixing
Lulu Frieda   Composer
Mixmaster Michael Smith   Arranger

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Then and Now 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched the Partridge Family when I was a kid, and enjoyed it very much. It is nice to hear these songs some of which I don't remember hearing before. When I listen to this CD it puts me into a good mood. Some of my favorites songs on the CD are Some Kind Of Summer, No Bridge I Wouldn't Cross, Sheltered In Your Arms, Rock Me Baby, and. Ricky' s Tune.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched the Partridge Family when I was a kid, and enjoyed it very much. It is nice to hear these songs some of which I don't remember hearing before. When I listen to this CD it puts me into a good mood. Some of my favorites songs on the CD are Some Kind Of Summer, No Bridge I Wouldn't Cross, Sheltered In Your Arms, Rock Me Baby, and. Ricky' s Tune.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago