Born for You

Born for You

by Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford


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Released in the spring of 2000 to capitalize on Kathie Lee's then-impending departure from the TV show Live with Regis & Kathie Lee, Born for You is a concept album, at least according to Gifford's liner notes. She says in the preface to the album that she wanted to record a soundtrack album, except that it would be a soundtrack to a life, presumably her own. So, she and musical director Christopher Marlowe and producer David Friedman designed an album that was supposed to have the sweep of a life. To use a rock equivalent, it could have sounded like Rod Stewart's Gasoline Alley, Every Picture Tells a Story, and Never a Dull Moment. But, since Gifford's background is show tunes, this is melodramatic and overblown instead of wryly observed. Well, Kathie Lee and her fans wouldn't have it any other way. Nevertheless, it's still a little strange to hear Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison in this context, especially since it doesn't seem to add to the theme very much. Still, it has to be said that Born for You, despite its lack of subtlety, is a better-constructed record than most of her albums, thanks to a solid choice of material, relatively less-mannered vocals, and a focus that must have helped its creators, even if it isn't evident to the audience.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/02/2000
Label: Valley
UPC: 0618321511527
catalogNumber: 15115
Rank: 132500

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kathie Lee Gifford   Primary Artist
Dolly Parton   Background Vocals
William Galison   Harmonica
David Friedman   Conductor
Martin Agee   Violin
Joseph Baker   Keyboards
Julien Barber   Viola
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
John Beal   Bass
Bruce Bonvissuto   Trombone
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
John Campo   Woodwind
Ronald Carbone   Viola
Marshall P. Coid   Violin
Glenn Drewes   Trumpet
Harvey Estrin   Woodwind
Barry Finclair   Violin
Jeffrey D. Harris   Keyboards
Jill Jaffe   Viola
Christian Jaudes   Trumpet
Susan Jolles   Harp
Steve LaSpina   Bass
Robert Lawrence   Violin
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet
Sharon Moe   French Horn
Ron Oakland   Violin
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Joe Passaro   Percussion
John Redsecker   Drums
Clay Ruede   Cello
Marilyn Reynolds   Violin
Peter Sanders   Cello
Jim Saporito   Percussion
Jack Schatz   Trombone
Laura Seaton   Violin
Richard Sortomme   Violin
David Tofani   Woodwind
John Winder   Woodwind
Mineko Yajima   Violin
James Pugh   Trombone
Richard Brice   Viola
Robert Ingliss   Oboe
Maura Giannini   Violin
Eddie Salkin   Woodwind
Richard Heckman   Woodwind
Lisa Matricardi   Violin
Evan Johnson   Violin
Xin Zhae   Violin
Christopher Marlowe   Piano

Technical Credits

Kathie Lee Gifford   Executive Producer,Concept
David Friedman   Producer
Frank Fagnano   Engineer
Christopher Marlowe   Arranger,Underscoring

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