by Natalie Merchant


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Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/1998
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596219624
catalogNumber: 62196
Rank: 79904

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Natalie Merchant   Primary Artist,Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Gavin Bryars   Conductor
Karl Berger   Conductor
Tom Varner   French Horn
Chris Botti   Trumpet
N'Dea Davenport   Vocals
George Laks   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Daniel Lanois   Electric Guitar
Graham Maby   Bass,Electric Guitar
Craig Ross   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Peter Yanowitz   Drums
Garo Yellin   Cello
Michelle Kinney   Cello
William T. Hunt   Bass
Lokua Kanza   Acoustic Guitar
Susanna Pell   Violin,Bass Viol
Don Peris   Electric Guitar
Karen Peris   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Pamela Thorby   Tenor Recorder
Yungchen Lhamo   Vocals
Joakim Lartey   Percussion
Krystof Witek   Violin
Carmen Consoli   Voices
Todd Vos   Electric Guitar
Christopher Wilson   Theorbo
Camille Labro   Voices
Rocio Paez   Voices
Conway Kuo   Viola
Julia Hodgson   Tenor Violin
Susanna Schmitz   Voices
Ken Apollo   Organ,Barrel Organ
Jay Brunga   Acoustic Bass
Hector Falcon   Violin
Ralph Farris   Viola
Bella Urina   Voices
Richard Campbell   Tenor Violin

Technical Credits

Gavin Bryars   Arranger
Karl Berger   Arranger,String Arrangements
Rupert Coulson   Engineer
John Holbrook   Engineer
Natalie Merchant   Producer
William T. Hunt   Contributor
Pamela Thorby   Contributor
Yungchen Lhamo   translation
Mark Seliger   Filmmaker
Fred Woodward   Filmmaker
Todd Vos   Engineer
Cynthia Rowley   Costume Design
Richard Campbell   Contributor

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Ophelia 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first CD from Natalie Merchant. It is a truly amazing CD. Thank you, Natalie! The vocals and acoustics are excellent; the mood is warm and emotional, yet relaxing; and the feeling I get when listening to it is undescribeable. I knew I liked her music, but now I realize she is my favorite Artist. If you like Natalie Merchant, I highly recommend this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beatiful album. Natalie's voice is expressive and soulful on every track. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt, Ophelia is an outstanding work of music. I just want to play it over and over and over. The lyrics are well written and meaningful. The music is absolutely gorgeous. Natalie's use of strings adds a dimension to this CD that isn't heard very often. "Life Is Sweet" is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, followed by "My Skin" and "King Of May." If I had to choose between these three, I couldn't. This is one of those unusual CDs where every single song is great. Listen to it a few times and you will agree. Natalie's voice puts you in an ethereal mood that makes you never want to turn this CD off. You will not be disappointed with Ophelia - guaranteed! Put your player's setting on "repeat" and let this CD play on. I am convinced that I will wear it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great mood music, one of the few cds my wife and I agree on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If ever there were a C.D. that was worth listening to that relived the spirit we have within us, but sometimes forget to touch, this is it. Natalie Merchant carrys the voice of an angel from the Heavens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every song on that record touched mew in some way, I personally got the CD because i heard the song Kind & Generous and then got to Listening to Opheila and Life is Sweet, god those are great songs. Her voice is like and Angel LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have over 300 CD's and if my house was burning, this would be my top pick of ones to save. I've listened to it dozens of times and have never tired of Natalie's latest endeavor. I find this a great followup to Tigerlilly (which I'd also want to save in the fire!).
Guest More than 1 year ago
An individual character is evident for all of Ms. Merchant's solo endeavours: Tigerlily, poetic and precious; Motherland, earthy as coffee grounds; THCD, an academic, grave, and celebratory venture. But NONE of these albums- none- has the ethereal beauty and lushness of OPHELIA. From the opening track, in which Merchant follows a woman through history; to the fierce desire to be wanted displayed in "My Skin"; to the poetic and distilled wintry beauty of "Frozen Charlotte"; to the cappers of them all, the emotionally and inetellectually stirring "King of May" and "Life is Sweet". It is this display of Merchant's career where she's at the top of her game: evocative lyrics and a voice with a lovely gravitas and tenderness. As in the many-costumed OPHELIA photographs, Merchant shows that she is a many faceted, talented artist.
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