VH1 Divas Live

VH1 Divas Live

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On April 14, 1998, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, and Gloria Estefan gave a concert at the Beacon Theater in New York. The one-time event wasn't an accident -- the five vocalists were recruited by the cable music network VH1 to raise money for Save the Music, their education charity. Hyped extensively in the press, the event was a ratings'… See more details below

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On April 14, 1998, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, and Gloria Estefan gave a concert at the Beacon Theater in New York. The one-time event wasn't an accident -- the five vocalists were recruited by the cable music network VH1 to raise money for Save the Music, their education charity. Hyped extensively in the press, the event was a ratings' winner for VH1 -- so successful, in fact, that the network arranged to have the concert released on disc and tape in October 1998. As with many self-consciously huge events, the concert didn't quite live up to its potential, yet it came tantalizingly close. It was well-known that Franklin and Estefan could hold their own in a live setting, but Twain, Dion, and Carey also hold their own. True, the album was probably polished in the studio, but that doesn't negate the value of the music. Perhaps it was inevitable that the disc emphasizes Carey, Estefan and Dion, since they all record for divisions of Sony, the corporation that owns Epic, but VH1 Divas Live doesn't sound like corporate greed or egos run amuck. Instead, it's a balanced, entertaining record, filled with hits, plus nice touches like Celine Dion's "River Deep, Mountain High," Franklin and Carey's surprisingly soulful "Chain of Fools," plus Carole King's cameos on "You've Got a Friend" and "The Reason." At the end of the disc, everyone sings "A Natural "Woman" and "Testimony," providing a nice (if slightly anticlimactic) capper to a fine record. Ultimately, the match of the divas wasn't a monumental event, but there was plenty of good music that night, as VH1 Divas Live proves.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/1998
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646960028
catalogNumber:
69600

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Celine Dion   Track Performer
Gloria Estefan   Track Performer
Aretha Franklin   Track Performer
Carole King   Track Performer,Guest Appearance
Rene Toledo   Guitar
Centella   Bass
Robert Trowers   Trombone
Shania Twain   Track Performer
Donna Allen   Vocals
Randy Barlow   Trombone,Trumpet
H.B. Barnum   Musical Direction
Michael Bearden   Keyboards
Vernon "Ice" Black   Guitar
James Blair   Drums
Edwin Bonilla   Percussion
Terry Bradford   Background Vocals
Mariah Carey   Vocals,Track Performer
Jorge Casas   Bass
Andy Cichon   Bass
Glen Drews   Trumpet
Larry Farrell   Trombone
Lawrence Feldman   Saxophone
Ernie Fields   Saxophone
Greg "Gigi" Gonaway   Drums
Juliet Haffner   Viola
Randy Jackson   Bass Guitar
Mark Langis   Bass
Diane Madison   Background Vocals
Tim Mitchell   Guitar
Teddy Mulet   Trumpet
Marc Muller   Pedal Steel Guitar
Nate Neblett   Drums
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
Clay Ostwald   Keyboards
Joe Passaro   Percussion
Paul Picard   Percussion
Rita Quintero   Vocals
Roger Rosenberg   Saxophone
Laura Seaton   Violin
Andy Stein   Violin
Tom Timko   Reeds,Saxophone
David Tofani   Saxophone
Allison Cornell   Fiddle,Mandolin
Andrew Sherman   Keyboards
Olbin Burgos   Drums
Daniel Lopez   Percussion
Brent Barcus   Guitar
Randy Jackson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Dominique Messier   Drums
George Noriega   Vocals
Mae Koen   Background Vocals
Andre Coutu   Guitar
Claude Lemay   Keyboards
Peter Weimer   Violin
Hardy Hemphill   Keyboards
Yves Frulla   Keyboards
Elise Duguay   Background Vocals
Cory Churko   Fiddle,Mandolin
Julie Leblanc   Background Vocals
Kenny Anderson   Reeds,Saxophone
Byron Strippling   Trumpet
William Moore   Background Vocals
Teddy Richards   Guitar
Vernon Black   Guitar
Juan Quiñonez "Cheo"   Vocals
Peter M. Weimar   Violin
Douglas Michaels   Trumpet
Roddy Chong   Fiddle
Randy Burlow   Trombone,Trumpet
Jorge Arciniega   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Gerald Jackson   Composer
James Horner   Composer
H.B. Barnum   Musical Director
Jeff Barry   Composer
Mariah Carey   Composer
Robert Clivillés   Composer
David Cole   Composer
Mark Hudson   Composer
Pete Jackson   Composer
Will Jennings   Composer
Mike McKnight   Programming
Vladimir Meller   Mastering
Greg Wells   Composer
Tim White   Cover Photo
Sean Murphy   Producer
Michael Hart Thompson   Cover Photo
Walter Afanasieff   Composer
Michael Lavine   Cover Photo
Ken Ehrlich   Executive Producer
Adolfo Pérez Butrón   Cover Photo
Naomi Kaltman   Cover Photo
Bruce Gillmer   Director Of Creative Services
Wayne Isaak   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Dean Lubensky   Art Direction
Adolfo Pérez Bultrón   Cover Photo
Terence Lam   Director Of Creative Services
Robert Katz   Executive Producer
Wayne Wilkins   Creative Art,Creative Development
Michael Simon   Director
Jeff Gaspin   Executive Producer
Diana Rasinski   Producer,Liner Note Producer
Lauren Zalaznick   Executive Producer
Tommy Cody   Copy
Vlado Meller   Mastering
Mike McKnight   Programming
Timothy White   Cover Photo
Michael Thompson   Cover Photo
Michael McKnight   Programming

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