Platinum & Gold Collection

Platinum & Gold Collection

by Jennifer WarnesJennifer Warnes


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It's a given that any collection by Jennifer Warnes with "Right Time of the Night" and her two legendary duets -- "Up Where We Belong" with Joe Cocker and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" with Bill Medley -- is worth a three-star rating. It's the other material that offers a deeper view of this truly enigmatic artist, but like most compilations that bear her name, it doesn't go deep enough. These 12 cuts come strictly from Warnes' Arista years from 1972-1979, with the soundtrack and best-of cuts from among other BMG-affiliated labels. There are three cuts from her self-titled debut for the label, four from Shot Through the Heart, one from the criminally underrated The Hunter, and one from her best-of, as well as the soundtrack cuts and one other -- "It Goes Like It Goes" -- from the picture Norma Rae. While the aforementioned tracks are enough for most fans, her version of Boudleaux Bryant's country classic "Love Hurts" is devastatingly beautiful and is arguably a defining one. Her own "I Know a Heartache When I See One" is also here, as is her gorgeous read of the Bacharach/David classic "Don't Make Me Over," which comes close to topping the Dionne Warwick original. Warnes' read of Bob Dylan's "Sign on the Window" may sound radically different from the Dylan/Band original version, but it is an honest and deeply moving song in her hands. Likewise is her gorgeous cover of Jesse Winchester's "You Remember Me" and Mike Scott's (of the Waterboys) "The Whole of the Moon" from The Hunter. Unfortunately, there is no single collection that defines Warnes' considerable achievement (though Love Lifts Us Up from Australia's Raven label at least cross-licenses material) and none include material from her watershed Famous Blue Raincoat. This might be an OK investment for the money, but it still falls far short of the mark unless all you want is the most obvious material.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2004
Label: Arista
UPC: 0828766112122
catalogNumber: 61121
Rank: 21764

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jennifer Warnes   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Buffy Sainte-Marie   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Jennifer Warnes   Composer,Producer
Jesse Winchester   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Richard Kerr   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Composer
Gene Page   Arranger
Jim Price   Producer
Kerry Chater   Composer
C. Roscoe Beck   Producer
Charlie Black   Composer
Rory Michael Bourke   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Hal David   Composer
John DeNicola   Composer
Henry Diltz   Inlay Photography
Rob Fraboni   Producer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Will Jennings   Composer
Stewart Levine   Producer
Michael J. Lloyd   Arranger,Producer
Jim Ed Norman   Producer
Gary Osborne   Composer
Franke Previte   Composer
Elliot Scheiner   Producer
Mike Scott   Composer
Randy Sharp   Composer
David Shire   Composer,Producer
Mathieu Bitton   Art Direction
Anastasia Pantsios   Inlay Photography
Donald Markowitz   Composer
Pete McCann   Composer
Steve Schapiro   Cover Photo
Wayne A. Dickson   Liner Notes

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