The Well [Bonus Track Hybrid]

The Well [Bonus Track Hybrid]

by Jennifer Warnes

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Overview

Jennifer Warnes became a household name in the '70s with her hit "Right Time of the Night" and scored equally big with the Righteous Brothers' Bill Medley on "The Time of My Life" from the film Dirty Dancing. She also wowed critics and fans alike with Famous Blue Raincoat, her album of Leonard Cohen songs. In all, she's sold over 35 million records worldwide, but she's hardly a household name in the post-Madonna world. It doesn't matter, however, as her singular contribution as a singer and writer will outlast all the Christina Aguileras, J-Los, and Britney Spears in the Columbia House catalog and issues of Tiger Beat magazine. Thank God. Warnes has returned to the recording scene for the first time since 1992 with The Well, a collection of ten songs co-produced with Martin Davich. And what a collection it is. As a singer and a songwriter, Warnes knows her strengths well. She understates lyrics and musical phrases as a way of getting them to open up on their own through her gorgeously wrought singing. She's no acrobat; she doesn't reach for the note that breaks the pitch-meter. Instead, she allows her voice to come up from the heart of the lyric she's singing. She wears the song and allows the song to adorn her, as well, whether plaintively, as on the title track, one of her co-writes with Texas legend Doyle Bramhall, or her lilting, haunting, spiritual tome "Prairie Melancholy." When doing takes on the songs of others, such as Tom Waits' nugget "Invitation to the Blues," she imbues them with the soft, bluesy swing inherent in the original, but adds depth and dimension with her dry, reportorial storytelling (with fine guitar work from Doyle Bramhall). The songs on The Well seem spare and open, layered lightly, and full of room for Warnes' warm voice to reveal the wealth of emotions in the tunes themselves. But what's interesting is without it being noticeable to the listener, there are small but lush string sections, a few horns here and there, and a full-on four-piece rock band. Her reading of Billy Joel's "So It Goes" is a virtual reinvention of the song. She offers this song from a heart that has been cracked enough times, to paraphrase her friend Cohen, that it has been flooded with light. But it's the songs with Bramhall that are the masterpieces here; they reveal the subtle, bluesy textures of Texas and the strength in expressing one's vulnerability to forces one does not understand, such as on "The Panther." As if to underline the evidence, there is a vocal duet between them on Eddy Arnold's country swing gem "You Don't Know Me" that rivals Ray Charles' version for pure, expressive passion. With her stunning rendition of Arlo Guthrie's "Patriot's Dream," she is backed by a folk music symphony orchestra, with Guthrie himself lending a guest vocal as well as Blondie Chaplin and Kenny Edwards, with a Carmen accordion appearance by Van Dyke Parks. The set ends with a piano trio reprise of the title track that wraps all the magic up into a circle, as if these songs were a cycle of mystery, sensuality, and imagination from the very beginning. And, of course they were; Warnes isn't capable of anything less. Welcome back, Jennifer Warnes; you've been missed. [This Hybrid edition includes one bonus track.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/2005
Label: Cisco
UPC: 0798668203429
catalogNumber: 2034

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jennifer Warnes   Primary Artist,Choir, Chorus,Harmony
Arlo Guthrie   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Denny Freeman   Piano (Grand)
Blondie Chaplin   Choir, Chorus
Rick Cunha   Guitar,Hawaiian Guitar
Sid Page   Violin
Max Carl   Choir, Chorus
Alex Acuña   Drums
Doyle Bramhall   Drums,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Larry Corbett   Cello
Marty Davich   Synthesizer,Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Choir, Chorus
Joel Derouin   Strings,Violin,Concert Master
George Doering   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Wally Ingram   Percussion
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar
Simeon Pillich   Acoustic Bass
Steve Porcaro   Synthesizer
Karie Prescott   Viola
Jimbo Ross   Viola
John Spooner   Drums
Lee Thornburg   Muted Trumpet
Eric Rigler   uillean pipes,Low Whistle
Dave Stone   Acoustic Bass
Matt Cartsonis   Mandolin
Suzie Katayama   Cello,Conductor
Leland Sklar   Bass
Craig Eastman   Viola
Doyle Bramhall   Acoustic Guitar,Lead
Armando Compean   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Bob Becker   Viola
Ralph Fielding   Viola
Michelle Richards   Violin
Greg Liesz   Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Eddy Arnold   Composer
Arlo Guthrie   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Jennifer Warnes   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Chris Whitley   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Bruce Ablin   Engineer
Doyle Bramhall   Composer,Producer
John Cevetello   Engineer
Wayne Cook   Engineer
Marty Davich   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Violin Arrangement
Joel Derouin   Violin Arrangement
Paul Dieter   Engineer
Richard Elen   Art Direction
Jude Johnstone   Composer
Bill Lane   Engineer
Joe Gruvtek Seta   Engineer
Eric Rigler   Arranger
Suzie Katayama   String Arrangements
Mark Cross   Engineer
Naomi Neville   Composer
Bruno Coon   Mastering Consultant
Traditional   Composer
Mark Johnson   Engineer

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