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What's Inside [Bonus DVD]
     

What's Inside [Bonus DVD]

by Joan Armatrading
 

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This reissue of Joan Armatrading's all but unnoticed 1995 RCA debut is welcome as a way of reconsidering a solid, sweeping, elegant, and heartbreaking album that should have made a mark because it proved beyond any doubt that Armatrading was, as she remains in 2003, a viable, profound songwriter capable of offering striking, imagistic portraits of complex emotional

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This reissue of Joan Armatrading's all but unnoticed 1995 RCA debut is welcome as a way of reconsidering a solid, sweeping, elegant, and heartbreaking album that should have made a mark because it proved beyond any doubt that Armatrading was, as she remains in 2003, a viable, profound songwriter capable of offering striking, imagistic portraits of complex emotional terrain. Produced by David Tickle and Armatrading, the cast of players includes everyone from the Kronos Quartet ("Shapes and Sizes") to Benmont Tench, Tony Levin, Alex Acuña, Manu Katche, the Memphis Horns ("Can't Stop Loving You"), and the London Metropolitan Orchestra's string section, with Armatrading holding down the guitar chair with aplomb. "Merchant of Love," "Everyday Boy," and "Recommend My Love" are the finest songs here, but there's not a weak one in this weighty bunch. The Denon reissue comes with a bonus DVD that contains the videos for "Everyday Boy" and "Recommend My Love." This is a must for fans, and highly recommended as pop music for anyone confused by the vagaries of love in the 21st century.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2003
Label:
Savoy Jazz
UPC:
0795041723123
catalogNumber:
17231
Rank:
267380

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joan Armatrading   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,E-bow
Kronos Quartet   Strings
Memphis Horns   Horn
Todd Cochran   Keyboards
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Benmont Tench   Keyboards
Boz Burrell   Penny Whistle
B.J. Cole   Slide Guitar
Caroline Dale   Strings
Terry Evans   Background Vocals
William "Bill" Greene   Background Vocals
Darryl Jones   Bass
Manu Katché   Drums
Tony Levin   Bass
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
Ray Williams   Background Vocals
Hojah Farah   Acoustic Guitar
London Metropolitan Orchestra   Strings

Technical Credits

Joan Armatrading   Arranger,Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Caroline Dale   Arranger,Orchestration
Graham Dickson   Engineer
David Tickle   Producer,Engineer
Malcolm Springer   Engineer
Simon Rhodes   Engineer
Wolfgang Amadeus   Engineer
Tom Luekens   Engineer
Mike Ging   Engineer
Dana Brayton   String Arrangements

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