Enchantment Once Upon A Dream (Expanded Edition) [Import]
- Released: May 22, 2012
- 1.Sunny Shine Feeling
- 2.If Youre Ready (Here It Comes)
- 3.Its You That I Need
- 4.Youre The One That I Need
- 5.You Must Be An Angel
- 6.Up Higher
- 7.Silly Love Song
- 8.Angel In My Life
- 9.Its You That I Need (Single Version)
- 10.If Youre
Personnel: Ken Bushell, Jeff Mirinov, John Tropea, Robert Lowe , Lance Quinn (guitar); Carl Austin, John Trudell, Detroit Symphony Orchestra (strings, horns); Alto Reed (alto saxophone); Michael Stokes (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, harpsichord, Clavinet, synthesizer); Pat Rebillot (keyboards); Allan Schwartzberg (drums); Jack Brokenshaw, Carl Small (percussion).
Audio Remixer: Karl Richardson.
Liner Note Author: Andy Kellman.
Recording information: Criteria Recording Studio, Miami, FL; Record Plant, New York, NY; Sound Suite, Detroit, MI; The Hit Factory, New York, NY.
Photographer: Ameen Howrani.
Arranger: Michael Stokes.
With Enchantment still riding high on the strength of their self-titled debut album, Once Upon a Dream spawned some soul classics, including the number one single "It's You that I Need." With a percussive introduction complemented by a mesmerizing string and horn ensemble, Joe Thomas' falsetto cries out a mournful lyric just shy of a whisper, which slowly transcends to urgent appeals. The song's vamp entails each member of the group; Mickey Clanton carries the bottom with his agile bass while other members exchange lyrics, and E.J. Johnson takes the song home with his improvising, roaring tenor. The second single was "If You're Ready (Here It Comes)," featuring a plucking bassline layered on a funky rhythm track. Led by E.J. Johnson's uncompromising vocals, the song also showcases an impressive, percussive interlude. With the exception of "It's You That I Need," every other number here is led by Johnson's overwhelming tenor -- including "Trying to Get Over (With You)," "Angel in My Life," and the masterpiece, "Silly Love Song." The former and latter of the three songs were both penned by Johnson, whose creative nature is reflected in his lyrics and his superior vocal articulation on all the other tracks. Defying the odds against it due to disco, this album was certified gold by RIAA. ~ Craig Lytle
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