Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by Giorgia


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Greatest Hits

The career of this Italian pop star makes a touching foreground story to the accompaniment of a greatest-hits collection; indeed, it is the stuff of a romantic Hollywood biopic. Overflowing with talent like a plate of bruschetta, young Giorgia manages to sing for her idol, Whitney Houston, overwhelming her. From there some show business strings are pulled, although even a pair of much less-shaky hands than Houston's would probably find the task of spreading popular Italian music outside the audience that speaks the language quite daunting. So although unknown in Georgia, Giorgia's gigs are giant from Grosseto to Gioiosa Ionica. This collection hits musical high points, well-chosen by the maestro herself. If the tracks sound better than expected -- although listeners that abhor divas better not take that as an invite to come on in -- some credit can go to background forces that once again can be tracked to Houston. Her drummer and musical director, Mike Baker, is a superb jazzman and one of a number of artists of his ilk who have branched out into pop music. His fingers touch drum machines on some of these tracks, but there is also the old-school presence of real instruments and solid rhythms. Giorgia could move an audience to tears over the backing of a stalling bus engine, so on one level Baker is irrelevant. Looked at as a producer who wisely juggled the ingredients given him -- equal parts kitsch, marinara sauce, vapid '90s pop, and skilled vocalizing -- he most certainly is not.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2003
Label: Sony/Bmg Italy
UPC: 0743219435927
catalogNumber: 194359
Rank: 92889

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Giorgia   Primary Artist
Arturo Valiante   fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Herbie Hancock   Contributor
Celso Valli   Arranger,Producer
Adriano Pennino   Arranger
Giorgia   Producer
Pino Daniele   Arranger,Producer
Marco Borsatti   Assistant Publisher
Marco Rinalduzzi   Arranger,Producer
Massimo Calabrese   Producer
Marco Zumpano   Assistant Publisher
Monica Umena   Artwork
Mimmo DAlessandro   Producer,Executive Producer
Livio Magnini   Programming,co-arranger
Michael Baker   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Maurizio Fabrizio   Composer

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