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- Released: June 25, 1991
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: Elektra / WEA
- 2.Jump Start
- 3.The Urge To Merge
- 4.Split Decision
- 5.When I Fall In Love
- 6.Pink Cadillac
- 7.I Live For Your Love
- 8.In My Reality
- 9.I'm The One
- 10.More Than The Stars
- 11.What I Must Do
Personnel: Natalie Cole (vocals); Jerry Knight, Aaron Zigman (various instruments); Jose Feliciano (vocals, guitar); Marcus Miller (guitar, bass); Gene Robinson, Dan Huff, Ira Siegel, Paul Jackson Jr. (guitar); Kenny G (alto saxophone); Larry Williams (saxophone, synthesizers); Thomas Scott, David Boroff (saxophone); Jerry Hey (trumpet, flugelhorn); Charles Floyd (piano, synthesizers); David Ervin (keyboards, synthesizer & drum programming); Joel Davis, Odeen Mays Jr., Claude Gaudette, Randy Kerber, Nat Adderley Jr., Greg Phillinganes, Andy Goldmark, Bruce Roberts (keyboards); David Joyce (synthesizers, background vocals); Burt Bacharach (synthesizers); Neil Stubenhaus, Abraham Laboreal (bass); Carlos Vega, Buddy Williams, Mike Baird, John Robinson (drums); Lenny Castro, Paulhino Da Costa, Shandu Akiem, Steve Samuel (percussion); Jeff Bava (programming); Katrina Perkins, Eddie Cole, Julie Waters, Maxine Waters, Stephanie Spruill, David Joyce, Siedah Garrett, Mendy Lee, Oren Waters, Joe Pzoola, Phillip Ingram, The N Sisters (background vocals).
Producers include: Aaron Zigman, Reggie Calloway, Vincent Calloway, Dennis Lambert, Marcus Miller.
Engineers include: Craig Burbidge, Paul Erickson, Taavi Mote'.
Contains video clips of singles from EVERLASTING and GOOD TO BE BACK.
Before Natalie Cole reinvented herself as a jazz-based adult contemporary chanteuse, she had a successful career in the 1980s as a contemporary R&B singer. EVERLASTING, released in 1987, is one of her more adventurous and enjoyable releases from the period. Cole moves from dancefloor-ready funk ("Jump Start") to the Burt Bacharach ballad "Split Decision" with ease, sounding equally comfortable in both modes.
Included are two interesting covers, a lively version of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac" and a lovely take on "When I Fall In Love," in which Cole gives tasteful tribute to her father's legacy. That the album covers so many stylistic bases should be a liability, but instead EVERLASTING comes across as a fun, varied, and surprisingly cohesive record.