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Greatest Hits [Beth Nielsen Chapman] [CD] [1 disc]
Beth Nielsen Chapman
1. Beyond the Blue
2. Happy Girl
3. Walk My Way
4. All I Have
5. Life Holds On
6. Color of Roses, The
8. When I Feel This Way
9. I Keep Coming Back to You
10. Sand and Water
12. Say Goodnight
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 47302
Steven Strassman; Eric Prestidge; Frank Filipetti; Gary Brandt; Jim Dineen; Alan Schulman; Peter Coleman
Producers include: Rodney Crowell, Jim Ed Norman.
Personnel: Beth Nielsen Chapman (acoustic guitar, dulcimer, keyboards, background vocals); John Themis (guitar); Steve Gibson (acoustic guitar); David Grissom, Dean Parks, Jim Ryan , Kenny Greenberg, Andrew Gold, Pat Buchanan, Steuart Smith, Bill Lloyd, Larry Chaney, Bill Hinds (electric guitar); John Willis (nylon-string guitar); Mark Casstevens, Jonathan Yudkin (mandolin); Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson (harmonica); Annie Roboff (bandoneon); Bobby G. Taylor (oboe); Thomas McAninch (French horn); Matt Rollings, Barry Walsh, John Jarvis (piano); Dave Collard, Steve Nathan (keyboards); Larry Steelman, Mike Lawler, Phil Naish (synthesizer); Russ Kunkel, Paul Leim, Brian Barnett (drums); Kirby Shelstad (percussion, drum programming); Danny Cummings, Lenny Castro, Tom Roady (percussion); Nancy West, Ian Lloyd, Arnold McCuller, Tommy Funderburk, Bill Champlin, Kim Fleming (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: David Thoener; Frank Filipetti; Michael Omartian; Nick DeCaro.
Photographer: Michael Johnson.
While the variety of producers and production styles makes for a rather choppy flow, this disc offers excellent proof of Beth Nielsen Chapman's considerable talents as both a singer and songwriter. While she is often associated with country-pop, her stylistic approach is closer to adult-oriented rockers like Sheryl Crow or Joan Armatrading. Indeed, tunes like "Life Holds On" and "Beyond the Blue" are emotionally resonant without slipping into pure sentimentality or clich. A strong collection from an honest artist. ~ Tim Sheridan
Q (7/99, p.132) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...piano ballads of a certain sentimental leaning are her speciality. [Her] voice is both strong and warm while, lyrically, there's a restraint too that only comes with maturity. Classy."
Dirty Linen (10-11/99, pp.63-4) - "Beth Nielsen Chapman is one of the most interesting writers who've taken the folk singer/songwriter tradition to broader genres....Framed in [her] passionate and smoetimes fragile voice...the [songs] offer a window into [her] creativity..."
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