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VH1 Divas Live

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972297422
  • Catalog Number: 722974
  • Sales rank: 70,853

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My All (5:45)
  2. 2 Make It Happen (5:29)
  3. 3 Turn the Beat Around (5:07)
  4. 4 Heaven's What I Feel (4:54)
  5. 5 Megamix: Dr. Beat/Conga/Rhythm Is Gonna Get You/1-2-3/Get on Your Feet (3:32)
  6. 6 Man! I Feel Like a Woman! (4:34)
  7. 7 You're Still the One (3:37)
  8. 8 Chain of Fools (4:24)
  9. 9 River Deep, Mountain High (5:49)
  10. 10 The Reason - Carole King (5:59)
  11. 11 My Heart Will Go On (5:13)
  12. 12 You've Got a Friend - Shania Twain (5:29)
  13. 13 A Natural Woman - Divas of Colour (5:15)
  14. 14 Testimony - Divas of Colour (9:47)
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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 Jr. 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
Celine Dion Contributor
Gloria Estefan Contributor
Aretha Franklin Contributor
Carole King Composer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Gerald Jackson Composer
James Horner Composer
Shania Twain Contributor
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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