Sweetest Days

Sweetest Days

by Vanessa Williams


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More diverse than Vanessa Williams' two previous albums, Sweetest Days finds the singer exploring jazz-influenced songs without giving up the type of boring, radio-minded fluff that had enabled her to sell millions of albums. The CD's standout track is "Ellamental," an irresistible R&B/jazz/hip-hop tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. (Much to her credit, Williams was insightful enough to praise the jazz legend while she was still alive instead of waiting until after her death.) She's almost as appealing on "Sister Moon" (a torchy Sting gem) and the Babyface contributions "You Can't Run" (which has a Sade-ish quality) and the haunting "Betcha Never." But sadly, Williams doesn't hesitate to waste her talent on such contrived, hopelessly dull adult contemporary fluff as the title song -- a song that's every bit as clichéd and insipid as "Save the Best For Last."

Product Details

Release Date: 12/06/1994
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731452617248
catalogNumber: 526172

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vanessa Williams   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Babyface   Keyboards
Sting   Background Vocals
Roy Ayers   Vibes
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Ron Carter   Acoustic Bass
Peter Erskine   Drums
Roy Hargrove   Trumpet
Ricardo Silveira   Guitar
Ronn Huff   Conductor
Keith Thomas   Bass,Piano
Dominic Cortese   Accordion
Kenwood Dennard   Drums
Bunny Hull   Background Vocals
Laythan Armor   fender rhodes
Ron Blake   Saxophone
Jeff Bova   Strings,Keyboards,Mellotron
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Clare Fischer   Conductor
Phil Galdston   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Kenny Hicks   Background Vocals
Dann Huff   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Armand Sabal-Lecco   Bass
Joe Mennonna   Accordion
Nick Moroch   Synthesizer,Guitar,Mandolin,Mellotron
James Murphy   Drums
Pino Palladino   Bass
Leon Pendarvis   Piano
Greg Phillinganes   fender rhodes
Morris Repass   Conductor
Philippe Saisse   Piano,Keyboards
Ira Siegel   Guitar
Soul Man   Rap
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Brock Walsh   Background Vocals
Carol Steele   Percussion
Tabitha Fair   Background Vocals
Gerry Brown   Guitar,Electric Piano
Joel Diamond   Organ
Abenaa   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer,drum programming
Vanessa Williams   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Ronn Huff   String Arrangements
Keith Thomas   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Laythan Armor   Arranger,Programming
Jeff Bova   Programming
Jermaine Dupri   Composer
Ed Eckstine   Executive Producer
Clare Fischer   String Arrangements
Brent Fischer   Orchestration
Phil Galdston   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Mark Hammond   Programming
Kenny Hicks   Vocal Arrangements
Bill Malina   Engineer
Nick Moroch   Arranger
Nashville String Machine   Contributor
Schmitt   Engineer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Brock Walsh   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Bill Whittington   Engineer
J. Dibbs   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Randy Walker   Programming
Dexter Simmons   Contributor
Marty Maidenberg   Artwork,Cover Design
Chris Thompson   Art Direction
Malik Taylor   Composer
Gerry Brown   Arranger,Special Effects,Producer

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