VH1 Storytellers

VH1 Storytellers

     
 
It's hard to argue with the sentiment expressed in the subtitle of this 15-song collection -- EVERY SONG HAS A STORY -- although the value of hearing some of the tales "behind the music" is certainly debatable. Many of the artists represented here acquit themselves extremely well as raconteurs and performers: John Mellencamp engages in

Overview

It's hard to argue with the sentiment expressed in the subtitle of this 15-song collection -- EVERY SONG HAS A STORY -- although the value of hearing some of the tales "behind the music" is certainly debatable. Many of the artists represented here acquit themselves extremely well as raconteurs and performers: John Mellencamp engages in a smile-inducing bit of self-deprecation before tossing off a snappy version of "Jack and Diane," while Elvis Costello takes the surprisingly sentimental route, expressing his admiration for the late Dusty Springfield before performing "Just a Memory," the Burt Bachrach song she made famous. On the other hand, neither James Taylor's "Mexico" nor Dave Matthews's "Crash" is well served by their perfunctory intros -- nor, for that matter, rote performances. The smorgasbord approach, which juxtaposes tracks from artists spanning several decades and styles -- Stevie Nicks and Jewel, for example -- is, in the end, more fortuitous than one might imagine. Sure, it would be nice to have more than one Pretenders cut, perhaps another snippet of David Bowie (whose "China Girl" makes for a wonderful album opener), but the whole point of the STORYTELLERS series is the broadening of horizons, and on that level, this set succeeds.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Welcome to VH1 Storytellers gathers songs and anecdotes from some of the most popular performers to appear on VH1's intimate performance show, including David Bowie's "China Girl," Dave Matthews' "Crash into Me," Jewel's "Who Will Save Your Soul," and John Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane." Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks' duet on "Strong Enough," the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams," the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love," and Elvis Costello's "Just a Memory" are some of the highlights of this collection, which also offers performances by Counting Crows, the Pretenders, Lisa Loeb, James Taylor, the Bee Gees, and Natalie Merchant. Though the track list is certainly star-studded, some of the show's more obscure performers would have been a welcome addition, especially inaugural storyteller Ray Davies of the Kinks. For the most part, however, Welcome to VH1 Storytellers captures the show's confessional, sharing nature, which includes sending a portion of the album's proceeds to the "City Of Hope" charity.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2000
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949051129
catalogNumber:
490511

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bee Gees   Track Performer
David Bowie   Track Performer
Elvis Costello   Track Performer
Eurythmics   Track Performer
Stevie Nicks   Track Performer
Pretenders   Track Performer
James Taylor   Guitar,Track Performer
Mike Garson   Piano
Robin Gibb   Vocals
Dave Matthews   Track Performer
Steve Nieve   Piano
Jewel   Track Performer
Annie Lennox   Vocals
Sheryl Crow   Track Performer
Barry Gibb   Guitar
Counting Crows   Track Performer
Lisa Loeb   Guitar,Track Performer
Benmont Tench   Keyboards,Hammond Synth
Jim Bogios   Bongos
Bruce Bouton   Pedal Steel Guitar
Don Boyette   Bass
David Bryson   Acoustic Guitar
Joel Campbell   Keyboards
Sterling Campbell   Drums
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Sharon Celani   Vocals
Martin Chambers   Drums
Claudia Fontaine   Vocals
Reeves Gabrels   Guitar
Steve George   Keyboards
Maurice Gibb   Guitar,Keyboards
Charlie Gillingham   Piano
Andy Hobson   Bass Guitar
Chrissie Hynde   Guitar
Jimmy Johnson   Bass
Peter Lewinson   Drums
Steve Lewinson   Bass
Graham Maby   Bass
Jerry Marotta   Percussion
John Mellencamp   Track Performer
Natalie Merchant   Track Performer
Ben Mize   Drums
Pat Peterson   Percussion
John Popper   Harmonica,Track Performer
Land Richards   Drums
Carlos Rios   Guitar
Adam Seymour   Guitar
Gina Schock   Percussion
Faye Simpson   Vocals
Beverley Skeete   Vocals
Tim Smith   Acoustic Guitar
Mindy Stein   Vocals
Dave Stewart   Guitar
Ben Stivers   Keyboards
Scott Thurston   Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Trott   Bass
Brett Tuggle   Keyboards
Carlos Vega   Drums
Mike Wanchic   Guitar
Peter Yanowitz   Drums
Andy York   Guitar
Adam Duritz   Vocals
Frank Simes   Guitar
Mark Plati   Guitar
Tim Reynolds   Track Performer
Holly Palmer   Vocals
Rev. Brady Blade   Drums
Dan Vickrey   Electric Guitar
Clifford Carter   Piano
Steve Poltz   Acoustic Guitar
Dave Matthews   Guitar
Gabriel Gordon   Guitar
Zeben Jameson   Keyboards
Moe Z M.D.   Keyboards
Elizabeth Steen   Keyboards
Emily Frankfurt   Vocals
Tony Hall   Bass
Dana Clark   Drums
Jimmy Johnson   Bass

Technical Credits

David Baerwald   Composer
Eurythmics   Composer
Sheryl Crow   Composer
David Matthews   Composer
Bill Bottrell   Composer
Kevin Gilbert   Composer
David Ricketts   Composer
Bill Flanagan   Executive Producer
Wayne Isaak   Music Executive
Chuck Reed   Executive Producer
John Mellencamp   Composer
Peter Brewis   Guitar Techician
Brian Macleod   Composer
Jewel Kilcher   Composer

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