Union

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All Music Guide - Tom Demalon
Union's release in 1988 announced a bold, incendiary new voice in the singer/songwriter sweepstakes in Toni Childs. The well-traveled Childs, the short-term original lead singer for Berlin, draws upon the vast experiences of her life and delivers them with an urgency that is hypnotically compelling. It's all tied together by David Tickle's production and aided by first-rate backing by musicians including songwriting collaborator David Ricketts, drummer Rick Marotta and guitarist David Rhodes. The single "Don't Walk Away" kicks things off in high gear and Childs rarely looks back. Her take-no-prisoners vocal drives the funky, horn-driven track, which is backed by the gospel ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tom Demalon
Union's release in 1988 announced a bold, incendiary new voice in the singer/songwriter sweepstakes in Toni Childs. The well-traveled Childs, the short-term original lead singer for Berlin, draws upon the vast experiences of her life and delivers them with an urgency that is hypnotically compelling. It's all tied together by David Tickle's production and aided by first-rate backing by musicians including songwriting collaborator David Ricketts, drummer Rick Marotta and guitarist David Rhodes. The single "Don't Walk Away" kicks things off in high gear and Childs rarely looks back. Her take-no-prisoners vocal drives the funky, horn-driven track, which is backed by the gospel swell of the background vocalists. Although the rest of the album is a little more sedate, Childs never loses the urgent edge to her dusky voice. "Stop Your Fussin'" is sung to a restless lover over a Caribbean rhythm and "Hush" has a playful bounce to it. Elsewhere, "Zimbabwae" is a parable detailing African strife complete with chanting background vocals and "Dreamer" provides her with a bed of keyboards that shimmer like stars. The twice Grammy-nominated Union received universal critical acclaim and is riveting right through the moody poetry of the final track, "Where's the Ocean."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/1993
  • Label: Fontana A&M
  • UPC: 075021517523
  • Catalog Number: 215175
  • Sales rank: 50,180

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Walk Away (4:00)
  2. 2 Walk and Talk Like Angels (5:45)
  3. 3 Stop Your Fussin (4:38)
  4. 4 Dreamer (4:58)
  5. 5 Let the Rain Come Down (4:48)
  6. 6 Zimbabwae (6:18)
  7. 7 Hush (4:02)
  8. 8 Tin Drum (5:41)
  9. 9 Where's The Ocean (4:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toni Childs Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Renee Geyer Background Vocals
Gary Barlough Synthesizer
Gary Barnacle Horn
Hans Christian Cello
Paul Hanson Bassoon
Steve Hogarth Keyboards
Rick Marotta Drums
David Rhodes Guitar
David Ricketts Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
John Thirkell Horn
Alex Weir Guitar
Crystal Wilson Background Vocals
Penni Wilson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill-Dog Dooley Engineer
Chris Fuhrman Engineer
Julie Last Engineer
Steve MacMillan Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
David Ricketts drum programming
Joe Schiff Engineer
David Tickle Producer
Bob Vogt Engineer
Saul Raye Engineer
Chuck Beeson Art Direction
Melanie Nissen Art Direction
John Howard Paintings
Angus Davidson Engineer
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