No Strings

No Strings

by Sheena EastonSheena Easton


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In 1993, Sheena Easton took a detour from the R&B, Prince-flavored dance music that kept her near the top of the charts through the mid- to late 1980s and early 1990s and recorded a superb standards album. Easton's voice has never sounded so clear, and this stellar set truly allows the singer to shine, as she subtly wraps her pipes around these timeless tunes, effortlessly transforming each into her own. From the opening, oft-covered classic "Someone to Watch Over Me" to the finger-snappin' closer "Never Will I Marry," this timeless, sexy, romantic disc, which features stellar arrangements courtesy of Patrice Rushen, is 100 percent class, with each track superbly produced and performed. Highlights include "The Nearness of You," which was featured in the film Indecent Proposal, and "If You Go Away," which Easton delivers with such understated heartache that one would believe the song were specifically written for her. Everything about this album, from the song selection to the glamour shots, and especially the way Easton's voice takes to the standards, signifies that this genre is perfectly suited for the songstress. One could only wish that she would wisely choose to retread this musical path in the near future, because she shines just as brightly as yesterday's singers who originally made these songs famous so long ago.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/26/2013
Label: Umvd Labels Mod
UPC: 0008811084929
catalogNumber: 5747349
Rank: 36998

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sheena Easton   Primary Artist,Vocals
Patrice Rushen   Piano
Bob Sheppard   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Phil Upchurch   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Richard Todd   French Horn
Rick Baptist   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ray Brown   Trumpet,Cornet,Flugelhorn
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
John Guerin   Drums
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Paul Jackson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Marni Johnson   French Horn
Valarie King   Flute
Lew McCreary   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Ken Wild   Bass,Electric Bass
Reggie C. Young   Trombone
Fred Jackson   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Larry Williams   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Patrice Rushen   Arranger,Producer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Rick Winquest   Engineer
Thianar Gomis   Dialect Coach
Booker White   Contributor

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