Vanessa Williams The Real Thing
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- Released: June 2, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Concord Records
Billboard (p.36) - "[S]everal cuts -- such as 'Loving You,' a jazzy new Babyface original -- showcase Williams' Broadway bona fides."
- 2.Hello Like Before
- 3.Loving You
- 4.Just Friends
- 5.The Real Thing
- 6.Lazy Afternoon
- 7.Close To You
- 8.I Fell In
- 9.October Sky
- 10.Come On Strong
- 11.If There Were No Song
Personnel: Javier Colon (vocals); Michael Ripoll (guitar, acoustic guitar); Agape Jerry (guitar); Dean Parks (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, classical guitar); Jonathan Crone (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Rob Mathes (acoustic guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Gayle Levant (harp); Alyssa Park, Anatoly Rosinsky, Johana Krejci, Katia Popov, Robin Olson, Phillip Levy , Katherine Livolsi, Becky Bunnell, Elena Barere, Roberto Cani, Bruce Dukov, Raymond Kobler, Natalie Leggett, Margaret Wooten, Darius Campo (violin); Irina Voloshina, Victoria Miskolczy, Brian Dembow, Roland Kato, Vince Lionti, Dave Walther (viola); Christina Soule, Trevor Handy, Stephen Erdody , Armen Ksadjikian, Richard Locker (cello); Dan Higgins (alto saxophone); Pete Christlieb (tenor saxophone); Joel Peskin (baritone saxophone); Gary Grant, Mike Haynes , Rick Baptist, Raul Agraz (trumpet); Alan Kaplan, Ozzie Melendez (trombone); Miguel Gandelman, Garrett Smith, Raymond "Ez" Monteiro (horns); Keith Thomas (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, programming); Ricky Gonzalez (piano, keyboards, programming); Greg Phillinganes, Michael Lang , Rob Lewis (piano); Rex Rideout (keyboards, programming); Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (keyboards, drum programming, background vocals); Carlos Henr¡quez (acoustic bass, electric bass); Gregg Field, Abe Laboriel, Jr. , Derrek Phillips (drums); Eric Darken, Luisito Quintero (percussion); Kimberly Brewer, Lauren Evans (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Mick Guzauski.
Recording information: Brandon's Way Recording, Los Angeles, CA; Capitol Studio, Hollywood, CA; G Studio Digital, Studio City, CA; KAR Studio, Sherman Oaks, CA; Legacy Recording Studios, New York, NY; NRG Recording, North Hollywood, CA; Peaceful Waters Music, Pound Ridge, NY; Willowbrooke Studios, Franklin, TN.
Arrangers: Keith Thomas ; Rex Rideout; Rob Lewis; Rob Mathes; Tom Scott; Darrell Crooks.
On 2005's EVERLASTING LOVE, Vanessa Williams updated her favorite '70s R&B tunes, revealing a deep love for that era's smooth, soulful sounds. THE REAL THING incorporates some of the previous album's sensual, retro vibe into a song cycle detailing the stages of a modern romantic relationship. Bill Withers's "Hello Like Before" is given a languid, tropical treatment, while the big band-backed Babyface composition "Loving You" sounds like a lost popular standard. Throughout, Williams has the assured confidence of a veteran vocalist, singing the songs with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of care.
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