Woman Transcending: Rare Recordings From Annie Haslam's Musical Journey

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All Music Guide - Tomas Mureika
The subtitle for Woman Transcending is "rare recordings from Annie Haslam's musical journey." But this really is the first true pop album Haslam has released since her masterpiece Blessing in Disguise (released under the moniker Annie Haslam's Renaissance) nearly 13 years earlier. And just how "pop" an album is it? The opening "Circular Motion" and "Parachute to You" come beautifully produced as radio-ready hit singles, complete with the hooky melodies and harmonies listeners have come to associate with Haslam. "Communication" and "Decisions" seem designed for dance mixes (with Haslam delivering powerful and peerless vocal performances). She rocks out on the infectious ...
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All Music Guide - Tomas Mureika
The subtitle for Woman Transcending is "rare recordings from Annie Haslam's musical journey." But this really is the first true pop album Haslam has released since her masterpiece Blessing in Disguise (released under the moniker Annie Haslam's Renaissance) nearly 13 years earlier. And just how "pop" an album is it? The opening "Circular Motion" and "Parachute to You" come beautifully produced as radio-ready hit singles, complete with the hooky melodies and harmonies listeners have come to associate with Haslam. "Communication" and "Decisions" seem designed for dance mixes (with Haslam delivering powerful and peerless vocal performances). She rocks out on the infectious '80s-influenced "Shadows." Haslam even lets a little country into her oeuvre for the first time with the tear-in-your-beer-jerker "So Sad." This is so much a pop album, in fact, that Haslam actually pulls off a cover of "Somewhere Out There" (the ballad from An American Tail) and somehow manages to make it work -- with the combination of her powerhouse voice and a unique production. Don't misunderstand: Haslam still has her thing for anachronistic quirkiness (the lyrical "Hunter Trials"). But after starting the decade with the ethereal The Dawn of Ananda and It Snows in Heaven Too and the musical theatricality of One Enchanted Evening, it is great to see Haslam playing back in the pop field -- of great albums like Blessing in Disguise and Still Life. Of course, airplay has been the one thing that's eluded Haslam for the past 35 years (including her time with Renaissance), so one doesn't blame her for not making great pop albums like this more often. Which is a shame -- because her peers, Sarah Brightman and Charlotte Church, have been increasingly making classy orchestral pop
ock records to great success. (Haslam even recalls Brightman on the gorgeous "My Eternal Love.") One wishes that Woman Transcending didn't represent the "rare recordings" and that Annie Haslam would visit this arena much more frequently in her musical journeys.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2010
  • Label: Floating World
  • UPC: 805772607125
  • Catalog Number: 7260712

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Circular Motion (4:08)
  2. 2 Parachute to You (3:59)
  3. 3 Echo (4:09)
  4. 4 You Don't Know a Good Thing (4:27)
  5. 5 Communication (4:15)
  6. 6 Beyond the Blue (2:54)
  7. 7 One Last Time (3:20)
  8. 8 Somewhere Out There (3:53)
  9. 9 So Sad (3:02)
  10. 10 Hunter Trials (4:12)
  11. 11 Lily's In The Field (4:36)
  12. 12 Willow Song (2:56)
  13. 13 My Eternal Love (5:06)
  14. 14 Decisions (4:40)
  15. 15 Shadows (4:09)
  16. 16 Reaching Out - London Symphony Orchestra (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Annie Haslam Primary Artist, Vocals
Steve Howe Guitar
Anthony Phillips Guitar
Herbie Flowers Bass
Peter Boita Drums
David Dowle Percussion, Drums
Rod Edwards Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Larry Fast Synthesizer
Joe Intile Timpani
Mark Lambert Guitar, Background Vocals
Paul Marchetti Percussion, Drums
Dick Plant Guitar
Harry Rabinowitz Conductor
Raphael Rudd Harp
Tony Visconti Bass, Keyboards
Rave Tesar Piano, Keyboards
David Biglin Keyboards
David Keyes Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Stan Perkins Guitar, Background Vocals
Mark Hitt Guitar
Joe Goldberger Percussion, Drums
Phe Cullen Vocals
Michael Haslam Vocals
Nick Pentelow Woodwind
Wes Henley Guitar
Greg Perkins Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Pete Sobel Guitar
Bo Barton Drums
Warwick Embury Guitar
Raff Ravenscroft Saxophone
Technical Credits
Annie Haslam Composer, Lyricist, Artwork
Steve Howe Composer
Don Everly Composer, Lyricist
Kit Hain Composer
Barry Mann Composer
John Betjeman Composer, Lyricist
Barry Gibb Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
James Horner Composer
Denny Bridges Engineer
David Dowle Programming
Rod Edwards Producer, String Arrangements
Larry Fast Programming, Producer
Dave Garber Composer
Neale Heywood Composer
Mike Nocito Engineer
Dick Plant Producer
Raphael Rudd Arranger, Producer
Tony Visconti Producer, Instrumentation
Cynthia Weil Composer
David Biglin Arranger, Producer, Instrumentation
Richard Powers Composer
Peter Zizzo Composer
Stan Perkins Composer
Robin Lerner Composer
Tina Shafer Composer
Phe Cullen Composer
John Fazio Producer
Bob Brown Composer
Mike Read Composer, Executive Producer
Wes Henley Producer, Engineer
Greg Perkins Composer
Wil Malone Arranger, Composer
Arnold Michale Roman Composer
DJ Perkins Composer
David Hastilow Producer
Warwick Embury Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Ward Parks Composer, Lyricist
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