Wonder in the World

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Ghostlight has issued a number of musical soundtracks, so it is not surprising that the performances on Kelli O'Hara's Wonder in the World have a theatrical air about them. What is surprising is the broad base from which O'Hara draws her material. One might expect, for instance, to find her version of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "I Have Dreamed," or her duet with Harry Connick, Jr. on the title track which Connick penned, and even imagine that Billy Joel's "And So It Goes" would fit in well structurally with other show tune oriented material. But O'Hara also delves into older pop classics like "Spooky" and later, James Taylor's "Fire and Rain." While ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Ghostlight has issued a number of musical soundtracks, so it is not surprising that the performances on Kelli O'Hara's Wonder in the World have a theatrical air about them. What is surprising is the broad base from which O'Hara draws her material. One might expect, for instance, to find her version of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "I Have Dreamed," or her duet with Harry Connick, Jr. on the title track which Connick penned, and even imagine that Billy Joel's "And So It Goes" would fit in well structurally with other show tune oriented material. But O'Hara also delves into older pop classics like "Spooky" and later, James Taylor's "Fire and Rain." While both songs add a sense of familiarity for those more attuned to oldies radio than show tunes, and while O'Hara handles both songs well, they also add a lounge element that boarders on schmaltzy. This is especially the case with "Spooky." O'Hara has a light tone that works much better with songs like "Make Someone Happy" and "All the Way," and the tasteful, low-key accompaniment -- piano, bass, guitar, and drums -- with light strings provides the right counterbalance. For show tune and lounge fans who like a touch of pop with the classics, and for Harry Connick, Jr. fans he plays piano on the album, Wonder in the World serves as a fine introduction to Kelli O'Hara.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2008
  • Label: Ghostlight
  • UPC: 791558330922
  • Catalog Number: 83309
  • Sales rank: 17,376

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Sun Went Out (3:43)
  2. 2 Wonder in the World (4:13)
  3. 3 And So It Goes (3:31)
  4. 4 Here Now (3:27)
  5. 5 And I Love You So (4:32)
  6. 6 Spooky (3:08)
  7. 7 All You Get Is Me (3:55)
  8. 8 All the Way (3:14)
  9. 9 Fable (3:31)
  10. 10 Slowly (3:02)
  11. 11 Fire and Rain (4:18)
  12. 12 I Love You the World (4:09)
  13. 13 I Have Dreamed (3:40)
  14. 14 Make Someone Happy (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kelli O'Hara Primary Artist, Vocals
Harry Connick Jr. Organ, Bass, Piano, Conductor, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Martin Agee Violin, Concert Master
Joe Barati Bass Trombone
Sarah Carter Celli
Jonathan DuBose Jr. Guitar
Joyce Hammann Violin
Karen Karlsrud Violin
Scott Kuney Acoustic Guitar
Karen Milne Violin
Joe Passaro Percussion
Russ Rizner-French French Horn
Richard Sortomme Violin
Mineko Yajima Violin
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Lorra Baylis Violin
Maxine Roach Viola
Sarah Adams Viola
David Blinn Viola
Liuh-Wen Ting Viola
Caryl Paisner Celli
Dave Philips Bass
Rob Shaw Violin
Roger Shell Celli
Rob Berman Conductor
Adam Grabois Celli
Arthur Latin Drums
Laura Oatts Violin
Neal Caine Bass, Acoustic Bass
John Widgren Pedal Steel Guitar
Patrick Pridemore French Horn
Brian Miller Flute
John Benthal Electric Guitar
Jonathan Dinklage Violin
Barbara Biggers Harp
Dan "D Unit" Levine Tenor Trombone
Lynne Cohen English Horn, Oboe
Louise Owen Violin
Steven Hartman Clarinet
Charles McCracken Bassoon
Technical Credits
Harry Connick Jr. Arranger, Composer, Orchestration, Audio Production
Billy Joel Composer
Don McLean Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Buddy Buie Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Vincent Caro Engineer
Betty Comden Composer
Tracey Freeman Producer
Adolph Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Steve Norman Contributor
Adam Guettel Composer
Mike Shapiro Composer
Anthony Ruotolo Digital Editing
Vlado Meller Mastering
Jimmy Ryan Cover Photo
Noah Cornman Contributor
Kurt Deutsch Contributor
Bryan Pugh Digital Editing
Greg Naughton Composer
Alex Venguer Digital Editing
Harry Middlebrooks Composer
Jessica Disbrow Art Direction
Kelli O'Hara Composer
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