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Storybook [Linda Eder]

  • 1. One Bad Habit
    2. Is This Anyway to Fall in Love?
    3. 'Til You Come Back to Me
    4. Where Are You Now?
    5. Man That Got Away, The
    6. If He Never Said Hello
    7. Smile
    8. When I Look in Your Eyes
    9. All the Way
    10. Storybook
    11. I Don't Remember
    12. When I Look at You
    13. Bridge over Troubled Water
    14. Let Him Fly
    15. Vole Mon Ange - (bonus track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 57507

  • Credits
    EngineerJeremy Smith; Karl Richardson; Mike Krowiak; Brad Aaron

    Personnel: Linda Eder (vocals); Jay Berliner, Bernd Schoenhart (guitar);
    Ed Maina (flute, saxophone); David Mann (alto saxophone); Danny Wilensky (saxophone); Chris Botti, Bob Millikan (trumpet); Jeff Beal (flugelhorn); Jeremy Roberts (piano, synthesizer, programming); Larry Stielman (piano); David Carpenter, David Finck (bass); Mark Walker, Bernie Dressel (drums).
    Producers: Linda Eder, Jeremy Roberts, Frank Wildhorn, Karl Richardson.
    Compilation producer: Ian Ralfini.
    Recorded between 1993 & 2003.
    Personnel: Jay Berliner, Bernd Schoenhart (guitar); Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup (harp); Bogumila Zgraja, Gustavo A. Lorrea, Robert Peterson, Alfredo Oliva (violin); Barbara Corcillo (cello); Ed Maina (flute, woodwinds, saxophone); Dan Wilensky, Andy Snitzer, Ted Nash, Mike Migliore (saxophone); David Mann (alto saxophone); Chris Botti, Roy Williams Quintet, Walter Dunbar, Frank Zuback, Tony Kadleck, Bob Millikan (trumpet); Jeff Beal (flugelhorn); Jeremy Roberts (piano, keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Larry Steelman (piano); Gregg Bissonette, Mark Walker, Bernie Dresel (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Karl Richardson; Mike Krowiak; Jeremy Roberts .
    Liner Note Authors: Ian Ralfini; Bruce Lundvall.
    Arrangers: Kim Scharnberg; Jeremy Roberts .
    In the early '90s while enjoying the success of her star-making performances on the musical concept album Jekyll & Hyde and the Broadway-bound stage version, Linda Eder recorded two albums for Angel Records. The first was The Scarlet Pimpernel, another musical concept album by Jekyll & Hyde composer Frank Wildhorn, while the second was the solo disc And So Much More, also produced and mostly composed by Wildhorn. Songs from these two albums are revisited on Storybook along with some minor treasures unearthed from the Angel vaults. Among these unreleased gems are "Vole Mon Ange" and "If He Never Said Hello," both from Svengali, a non-Broadway musical by Wildhorn that starred Eder. In the aria "Vole Mon Ange," Eder's voice reaches with gusto into Sarah Brighman's operatic territory while the sweet contemporary ballad "If He Never Said Hello" sounds like it was lifted directly from one of Barbra Streisand's latter-day efforts. Whether intended or not, Eder has always had to deal with comparisons to Streisand's voice and phrasing, but she unabashedly invites the criticism with this eerily similar performance. More successful is Wildhorn and Jack Murphy's ode to big-band swing, "One Bad Habit." Backed by a hot band, Eder excitedly wraps her chords around an intense melody that reaches an exhaustive climax thanks to numerous key changes. On "Let Him Fly," an immense show-stopping ballad, Eder's voice soars higher and higher, keeping pace with the orchestra, until she sounds perilously close to crashing on the final note. These newly discovered recordings are far more interesting than the previously released material included on the disc such as her pedestrian walks through the standards "All the Way," "Smile," and "The Man That Got Away." However, it is through these early renditions that a listener can appreciate how over the years Eder's voice and her interpretive skills have matured and improved. While not an essential purchase, Storybook does hold a few treats for fans and documents Eder's early days of recording when her Broadway debut was just around the corner and her star was on the rise. ~ Aaron Latham

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