Woman Transcending: Rare Recordings From Annie Haslam's Musical Journey

Woman Transcending: Rare Recordings From Annie Haslam's Musical Journey

by Annie HaslamAnnie Haslam

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Overview

The subtitle for Woman Transcending is "rare recordings from Annie Haslam's musical journey." But this really is the first true pop album Haslam has released since her masterpiece Blessing in Disguise (released under the moniker Annie Haslam's Renaissance) nearly 13 years earlier. And just how "pop" an album is it? The opening "Circular Motion" and "Parachute to You" come beautifully produced as radio-ready hit singles, complete with the hooky melodies and harmonies listeners have come to associate with Haslam. "Communication" and "Decisions" seem designed for dance mixes (with Haslam delivering powerful and peerless vocal performances). She rocks out on the infectious '80s-influenced "Shadows." Haslam even lets a little country into her oeuvre for the first time with the tear-in-your-beer-jerker "So Sad." This is so much a pop album, in fact, that Haslam actually pulls off a cover of "Somewhere Out There" (the ballad from An American Tail) and somehow manages to make it work -- with the combination of her powerhouse voice and a unique production. Don't misunderstand: Haslam still has her thing for anachronistic quirkiness (the lyrical "Hunter Trials"). But after starting the decade with the ethereal The Dawn of Ananda and It Snows in Heaven Too and the musical theatricality of One Enchanted Evening, it is great to see Haslam playing back in the pop field -- of great albums like Blessing in Disguise and Still Life. Of course, airplay has been the one thing that's eluded Haslam for the past 35 years (including her time with Renaissance), so one doesn't blame her for not making great pop albums like this more often. Which is a shame -- because her peers, Sarah Brightman and Charlotte Church, have been increasingly making classy orchestral pop
ock records to great success. (Haslam even recalls Brightman on the gorgeous "My Eternal Love.") One wishes that Woman Transcending didn't represent the "rare recordings" and that Annie Haslam would visit this arena much more frequently in her musical journeys.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/2010
Label: Floating World
UPC: 0805772607125
catalogNumber: 7260712

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Annie Haslam   Primary Artist,Vocals
Steve Howe   Guitar
Anthony Phillips   Guitar
Herbie Flowers   Bass
Peter Boita   Drums
David Dowle   Percussion,Drums
Rod Edwards   Bass,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Larry Fast   Synthesizer
Joe Intile   Timpani
Mark Lambert   Guitar,Background Vocals
Paul Marchetti   Percussion,Drums
Dick Plant   Guitar
Harry Rabinowitz   Conductor
Raphael Rudd   Harp
Tony Visconti   Bass,Keyboards
Rave Tesar   Piano,Keyboards
David Biglin   Keyboards
David Keyes   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Stan Perkins   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mark Hitt   Guitar
Joe Goldberger   Percussion,Drums
Phe Cullen   Vocals
Michael Haslam   Vocals
Nick Pentelow   Woodwind
Wes Henley   Guitar
Greg Perkins   Bass,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Pete Sobel   Guitar
Bo Barton   Drums
Warwick Embury   Guitar
Raff Ravenscroft   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Annie Haslam   Composer,Lyricist,Artwork
Steve Howe   Composer
Don Everly   Composer,Lyricist
Kit Hain   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
John Betjeman   Composer,Lyricist
Barry Gibb   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
James Horner   Composer
Denny Bridges   Engineer
David Dowle   Programming
Rod Edwards   Producer,String Arrangements
Larry Fast   Programming,Producer
Dave Garber   Composer
Neale Heywood   Composer
Mike Nocito   Engineer
Dick Plant   Producer
Raphael Rudd   Arranger,Producer
Tony Visconti   Producer,Instrumentation
Cynthia Weil   Composer
David Biglin   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Richard Powers   Composer
Peter Zizzo   Composer
Stan Perkins   Composer
Robin Lerner   Composer
Tina Shafer   Composer
Phe Cullen   Composer
John Fazio   Producer
Bob Brown   Composer
Mike Read   Composer,Executive Producer
Wes Henley   Producer,Engineer
Greg Perkins   Composer
Wil Malone   Arranger,Composer
Arnold Michale Roman   Composer
DJ Perkins   Composer
David Hastilow   Producer
Warwick Embury   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Ward Parks   Composer,Lyricist

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