by Natalie Cole


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Natalie Cole's second album for Verve, released four years after Ask a Woman Who Knows, is also based around covers. This time out, she fixes her gaze on more modern material and is joined by producer Dallas Austin. Backed by a band anchored by Austin (who drums throughout), longtime Austin associate Tony Reyes (bass, guitar), and Marvin "Chanz" Parkman (keyboards), Cole breezes through an easygoing set of covers including the likely (Aretha Franklin's "Day Dreaming," Des'ree's "You Gotta Be"), the relatively unlikely (Neil Young's "Old Man," Kate Bush's "The Man with the Child in His Eyes"), and the practically required (the requisite Sting cover, thankfully not "Fragile"). Sounding like it was recorded at a leisurely pace, with all the involved enjoying themselves, the album should be a treat for any Cole fan, even though there is only one original song: the classy, Al Green-inspired "5 Minutes Away."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2006
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602498509586
catalogNumber: 000622302

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Natalie Cole   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Dallas Austin   Percussion,Drums,Track Performer
David Hancock   Celli
Kevin Ricard   Percussion,Cajon
Rick Sheppard   Track Performer
Prissy Reed   Track Performer
Tony Reyes   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Gail Deadrick   Track Performer
Cathy Lynn   Viola
N Sisters   Background Vocals
Carolyn Hancock   Violin
Sonji Mickey   Choir, Chorus
Ken Watters   Trumpet
David Munk   Track Performer
Wes Funderburk   Trombone
Kimberly Edwards   Choir, Chorus
Alice Lord   Violin
Peter Ciaschini   Violin
Tania Maxwell Clements   Viola
Frissy   Track Performer
Nicole Harvey   Choir, Chorus
Rene D. James   Choir, Chorus
Fatimah Jester   Choir, Chorus
Charae Krueger   Celli
Travis Omari McCauley   Trombone
Alisha D. Monson   Choir, Chorus
No betta   Track Performer
No heffa   Track Performer
No teefas   Track Performer
Parkman's Ensemble   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Christopher Pulgram   Violin
Will Scruggs   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jermaine Thomas   Choir, Chorus
Turmaine Thomas   Choir, Chorus
III Donla Willis   Trumpet
John Woodbury   Choir, Chorus
Joli Wu   Viola
Tammy White   Choir, Chorus
John Meisner   Violin

Technical Credits

Shelby Lynne   Composer
Kate Bush   Composer
Natalie Cole   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,Adaptation,rhythm arrangement
Aretha Franklin   Composer
Ernie Isley   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Bonnie Hayes   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
Tom Jans   Composer
Dallas Austin   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
David Hancock   String Section
Paul Jackson   rhythm arrangement
Peter Mokran   Producer
Rick Sheppard   Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Marvin Yancy   Composer
Ashley Ingram   Composer
Fiona Apple   Composer
Tony Reyes   rhythm arrangement
Isabelle Wong   Graphic Design
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ralph Cacciurri   Engineer
Cathy Lynn   String Section
Eddie Horst   String Arrangements
Carolyn Hancock   String Section
David Munk   Executive Producer
Wes Funderburk   Horn Arrangements
Alice Lord   String Section
Peter Ciaschini   String Section
Tania Maxwell Clements   String Section
Half Time Live Horns   Horn Arrangements
Charae Krueger   String Section
Christopher Pulgram   String Section
Joli Wu   String Section
John Meisner   String Section

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Leavin' 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this cd!! She brings done the house on "criminal!" All the tracks are great! well worth the money. This cd is a keeper! Check it out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the opportunity to see Ms.Natalie at the Viper Room and ofcourse she brought down the house. Her impeccable voice has a nice way of keeping you wanting to hear more. She is very engaging by singing to you and not at you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first review of a Natalie album. I've enjoyed her work for many years here and there. I do own a best of Capitol Recordings to have "Someone That I Use To Love" the CD DANGEROUS for the great title dance track and "Nobody's Soldier" I'M READY with her Epic sides the heavenly UNFORGETTABLE and STARDUST tributes to her Dad, EVERLASTING, GOOD TO BE BACK, and even the previous Verve release. All very nice. I popped this baby into the car player and "KABOOM". Ultra soul and pop handled to the absolute best. Covers or not, this is a great album, especially Criminal, Old Man, The More You Do It, Man With The Child In His Eyes, the new song - 5 Minutes Away, and a song I always wanted, but never got, You Gotta Be. She converts a pop favorite of mine, Lovin' Arms (Loving Arms) into a soul classic. You'd need to compare the difference between Petula Clark's 1976 AC hit single to this version. Lovin' Arms has been done by many in a pop-folk style. Natalie breathes such new life into it, she's made it her own. I'm so pleased I bought this album and really think Natalie has a huge chance of a Best R&B Performance Female Grammy. So so good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ms. Cole has proven herself to be FANTASTIC once again in any genre she chooses to sing! This album goes back closer to her R&B roots and the songs that she chose to be on this album are second to none! Her cover of Aretha Franklin's "Day Dreaming" is awesome! Her voice is in pristine condition! Ms. Cole will definitely gain a new audience with this album!! Congratulations, Natalie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy listening to Leavin' which is Natalie's latest release. It's not straight out R&B, but it's got great tunes on it. I usually just let the CD run through all of the songs because each song brings a different flavor of music. However, I have narrowed down four favorites on the CD which are "The More You Do It (The More I Like It Done)," "Day Dreaming," "Leavin,' and "5 Minutes Away." For those who think they may not like the CD, give it a try. I believe you'll like it. Also, catch her live show. She not only makes great music, you'll see how awesome she is during her live concerts too.