The Greatest Hits

The Greatest Hits

by Paul Potts


There should be a strong market for this greatest-hits release by British crossover tenor Paul Potts, whose phenomenal popularity is growing internationally among listeners who may not have had the chance to pick up his still consistently selling solo releases. Check out his Taiwanese fan site sometime. Potts, a shelf-stocker at a Tesco supermarket when he catapulted to fame by winning the Britain's Got Talent television competition, has an undeniable Everyman appeal. However, that should have worn off by now if that were all he had, and the collection also gives observers of the vocal scene a chance to investigate the reasons for the Potts phenomenon. His recording of "Nessun Dorma," included here, has attracted more than 120,000,000 views on YouTube. Some aspects may remain elusive, it's true: why should "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" need to have been translated into Italian for an English-speaking singer? Yet listen to the "Nessun Dorma" again, and it becomes clear that Potts' voice has an unusual distribution across register. In the mid-range it's thin and not particularly pleasant, but it blooms unexpectedly into the top (although not the very top), where it has caught people's attention. "Nessun Dorma," with its conversational beginning and subsequent explosion of passion, fits this vocal profile to a T, and Potts has subsequently been very canny about picking other pieces that do the same. The Christmas carols that close out the collection are cases in point. The result is a reasonably satisfying sound, and one that keeps replicating what drew listeners to Potts in the first place. Potts isn't going to win the admiration of opera lovers, nor even make an impact on the operatic stage like Andrea Bocelli, but he knows his bailiwick and knows it well.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/28/2014
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888837840620
catalogNumber: 378406

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Potts   Primary Artist,Tenor (Vocal)
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Henrik Janson   Guitar,Conductor,Choir Conductor
Peter Ljung   Piano,Keyboards
David Snell   Conductor
Dave Arch   Piano
Walter Afanasieff   Keyboards
Anders Von Hofsten   Background Vocals
Steve Mac   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Per Magnusson   Keyboards
Simon Lee   Conductor
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane   Instrumental
Chris Laws   Drums
Josef Larossi   Instrumental
Hollywood Film Chorale   Choir, Chorus
Czech National Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jiri Hurník   Concert Master
Milos Jahoda   Cello
Jeanette Olson   Background Vocals
Miriam Nemcova   Conductor
Swedish Radio Choir   Vocal Ensemble
Tomás Brauner   Conductor
Bill Ross   Conductor
Jan Chalupecký   Conductor
Veronika Novotna   Concert Master
Frissy Karlsson   Guitar
David Kreuger   Keyboards
City of Prague Philharmonic Chorus   Choir, Chorus
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Petr Matejak   Concert Master
Czech National Symphony Choir   Choir, Chorus
Ulf Janson   Conductor

Technical Credits

Ewan MacColl   Composer
Adolphe Adam   Composer
Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer
Giacomo Puccini   Composer
Nino Rota   Composer
Franz Schubert   Composer
Cleo Laine   Songwriter
Gary Brooker   Composer
Matthew Fisher   Songwriter
Lucio Dalla   Composer
Nicholas Dodd   Orchestration
James Horner   Composer
Peter Buck   Composer
Simon Franglen   Producer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Mick Guzauski   Vocal Mixing
Henrik Janson   Arranger,String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Will Jennings   Lyricist
Mike Mills   Composer
Stanley Myers   Composer
Jeff Pescetto   Composer
Keith Reid   Composer
Robin Sellars   Engineer
Steve Shepherd   Programming
Michael Stipe   Composer
Ren Swan   Engineer
Nigel Wright   Producer,Orchestration
Hans Zimmer   Composer
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Dave Arch   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Frank Peterson   Songwriter
Bill Berry   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Rhythm Programming
Anne Skates   Vocal Arrangements,Choir Arrangement,Choir Contractor
Gavin Greenaway   Composer
Rolf Lovland   Composer
Steve Mac   Producer,Choir Production
Trevor Nunn   Lyricist
T.S. Eliot   Lyricist
Per Magnusson   Programming,Producer
Renato Simoni   Librettist
Giuseppe Adami   Librettist
John Sullivan Dwight   Lyricist
Neil Tucker   Engineer
Ian Agate   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Steven Baker   Orchestration
Francesco Sartori   Composer
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane   Arranger,Programming,Engineer
Tom Jenkins   Pro-Tools
Chris Laws   Engineer
Jan Holzner   Engineer
Joe Wohlmuth   Pro-Tools
Josef Larossi   Arranger,Programming,Engineer
Cristián Robles   Pro-Tools
Carmine Lauri   Orchestra Leader
Lucio Quarantotto   Songwriter
Brendan Graham   Composer
Yvie Burnett   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Coach
Roberto Ferri   Lyricist
Bill Ross   Orchestral Arrangements
Marcus Bergqvist   Engineer
Jon Bailey   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
David Kreuger   Programming,Producer
Yann McCullough   Pro-Tools
Fredrik Andersson   Engineer
Larry Kusik   Songwriter
Paul Chandler   Pro-Tools
Edward Snyder   Songwriter
Alfredo Rapetti   Songwriter
Quiz & Larossi   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer,Vocal Mixing,Vocal Recording
Ulf Janson   Arranger,String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Stanja Vomackova   Orchestral Assistant
Christopher J. Porter   Artwork,Layout
Giandomenico Boncompagni   Lyricist

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