Bobby Caldwell Blue Condition
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by Bobby Caldwell ~ Timeline: The Anthology, Pt. 1
- Released: October 22, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Sin-Drome Records
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All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Joey Carano, Dean Parks, Timothy May (guitar); Dennis Budimir (acoustic guitar); Katia Popov, Alan Grunfeld, Barbara Porter, Ken Yerke, Michael Ferril, Razdan Kuyumjian, Andrea Byers, Robert Brosseau, Kwihee Shambanari, Claudia Parducci, Juliann French, Rebecca Barr, Charles Everett, Bruce Dukov, Julie Gigante, Natalie Leggett, Kathleen Lenski (violin); Laura Kuennen-Poper, Suzanna Giordono, Michael Ramos , Evan Wilson (viola); Mathew Cooker, Jodi Burnett, Robert Adcock (cello); Rev. Dave Boruff (flute, clarinet, woodwinds, saxophone); Tom Scott (flute, saxophone); Joel Peskin (bass clarinet, saxophone, baritone saxophone); Gene Cipriano, Ray Pizzi, Brandon Fields (woodwinds); Pete Christlieb (saxophone); Lee Elderton, Bruce Babad (alto saxophone); Jimmy Romeo (baritone saxophone); Joseph Davis , Steve Dillard, Doug Meuwsen, Les Kepics, Gary Grant, Bob O'Donnell, Jr., Joe Dyke, Dave Trigg, Charlie Davis (trumpet); April West, Gary Bucher, Rich Berkeley, Slyde Hyde, Alexander Iles, Bruce Otto, Lew McCreary, William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. , Tim Hall (trombone); Randy Waldman (piano); Mark McMillan (keyboards); Pat Burke, Larry Bunker, Emil Richards (vibraphone); John Guerin (drums).
Audio Mixers: Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff; Paul Brown .
Recording information: Amigo Studios, Los Angeles, CA (08/24/1991-07/09/1996); Capitol Records Studio A (08/24/1991-07/09/1996); O'Henry Studios, Burbank, CA (08/24/1991-07/09/1996); Studio West, San Diego, CA (08/24/1991-07/09/1996).
Photographers: Jasper Johal; Denise Milford; Harry Langdon.
Arrangers: Randy Waldman; Bobby Caldwell .
It's a tribute to Bobby Caldwell's consummate songwriting skills that his three original compositions -- including the previously recorded, melancholy would-be classic "Stuck on You" -- fit in perfectly alongside standards by the likes of Cole Porter and Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen on the very tradition-minded Blue Condition. Best known for easygoing R&B-flavored adult pop vocals, Caldwell reaches back and superimposes himself in front of lively big-band arrangements that recall classic Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin recordings. He never approaches those idols in terms of vocal distinction, but that doesn't seem to be his point. He's more reflecting upon his inspirations than trying to emulate them, rewarding longtime fans with the sort of artistry they suspected might exist all along. The uninitiated, however, might enjoy all the surrounding pleasantries and wonder why we need another guy out there doing classics when he clearly doesn't measure up to those standards vocally. ~ Jonathan Widran
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