Uncharted Territory

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although he is best known as a songwriter for Broadway and Hollywood, Stephen Schwartz, born in 1948, belongs to a generation of tunesmiths who have tended to double as performing artists, and since he has a perfectly acceptable tenor, it's no surprise that he harbors the desire to step into the spotlight himself. Uncharted Territory, his second solo album, is, like its predecessor, 1997's Reluctant Pilgrim, a collection of mostly independent songs. (The exceptions are "Cold Enough to Snow," written for the film Life with Mikey, and "Since I Gave My Heart Away" from the TV musical Geppetto.) But even when he isn't writing with character and plot in mind, Schwartz tends...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although he is best known as a songwriter for Broadway and Hollywood, Stephen Schwartz, born in 1948, belongs to a generation of tunesmiths who have tended to double as performing artists, and since he has a perfectly acceptable tenor, it's no surprise that he harbors the desire to step into the spotlight himself. Uncharted Territory, his second solo album, is, like its predecessor, 1997's Reluctant Pilgrim, a collection of mostly independent songs. (The exceptions are "Cold Enough to Snow," written for the film Life with Mikey, and "Since I Gave My Heart Away" from the TV musical Geppetto.) But even when he isn't writing with character and plot in mind, Schwartz tends to write songs that describe people and tell stories, and it's often possible to imagine them fitting into some musical work as yet unproduced. A good example is the comic "Toxic People," which is about those individuals who somehow insinuate themselves into your lives, even though you don't actually like them. Generally, of course, love forms the primary subject matter of Schwartz's concerns, and he writes particular, closely observed love songs such as "Worth Waiting For," which reflects on romance between mature people who have prior commitments and experiences that preclude them from coming together innocently and unfettered. Schwartz's music for these songs has a light pop-rock feel that recalls the Adult Contemporary music of the 1970s; he tends to come across as a slightly more sophisticated version of Kenny Loggins (in a calm mood) or Barry Manilow, that is, when he's not channeling Stephen Bishop or Rupert Holmes. At least a couple of these names, come to think of it, are people who have crossed over in the opposite direction, taking their pop talents to stage and screen. No wonder they sound alike.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • Label: Lml Music
  • UPC: 711788003021
  • Catalog Number: 30
  • Sales rank: 345,967

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Recurring Dream - Stephen Schwartz (4:59)
  2. 2 Rewriting History - Stephen Schwartz (5:04)
  3. 3 Worth Waiting For - Stephen Schwartz (4:14)
  4. 4 Cold Enough to Snow - Stephen Schwartz (3:21)
  5. 5 Toxic People - Stephen Schwartz (4:20)
  6. 6 The Roads Untaken - Stephen Schwartz (4:24)
  7. 7 Face of a Stranger - Stephen Schwartz (4:15)
  8. 8 The Line Forms on the Right - Stephen Schwartz (3:21)
  9. 9 Since I Gave My Heart Away - Stephen Schwartz (3:48)
  10. 10 Boy on the Roof (For Mario Frangoulis) - Stephen Schwartz (5:42)
  11. 11 Forgiveness' Embrace (For Cass Morgan) - Stephen Schwartz (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephen Michael Schwartz Primary Artist
John Bucchino Bass, Piano
Mary Fahl Background Vocals
Sandra Park Violin
Shawn Pelton Percussion, Drums
Martin Erskine Keyboards
Andy Jones Percussion
Jay Condiotti Bass, Guitar
AnnMarie Background Vocals
John R. Angier Keyboards
Stephen Schwartz Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Diane Pennington Soprano, Soprano (Vocal)
Matt Beck Guitar, Mandolin, Ebo
Javier Gandara French Horn
Technical Credits
John Bucchino drum programming
Lee Lessack Executive Producer
Joe Yannece Mastering
AnnMarie Vocal Arrangements
John R. Angier Producer, Engineer
Stephen Schwartz Producer
Jessica L. Schwartz Art Direction
Steven Lutvak Composer
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