quarta-feira, 28 de novembro de 2007

Oleta Adams

“Tears for Fears” é o nome da dupla que fez um bruta sucesso no tempo em que eu carregava CDs para as festas. Nós escutávamos os caras o tempo inteiro. E nós éramos todos nós, os jovens. O Tears tinha um som meio alegre, meio triste, assim como quem não quer nada. E era bem como a gente se sentia, no meio de um monte de coisa acontecendo e sem saber em que lado entrar. E no meio de todas aquelas coisas meio tristes e meio alegres, uma música era especialmente bonita e triste: “Woman in Chains”. E no meio dessa música, aparecia a voz de uma mulher, especialmente bela e triste. Era a voz de Oleta Adams.
E aqui - oh, meus amigos – é possível encontrar um disco inteiro da bela Oleta:
http://avaxsphere.com/music/rnb/oletaadams_theverybestof.html .

E abaixo, o post completo do sujeito que fez esse favor para a humanidade;

Oleta Adams - The Very Best Of Oleta Adams (1998)
Posted By: lliwas | Date: 28 Nov 2007 06:03 | Comments: 0

Oleta Adams - The Very Best Of Oleta Adams (1998)
Jazz, Slow Rock | Universal/Spectrum | MP3 @ 320 kbps = 166 MB | Flac = 436 MB | 16 Tracks | 72:55

Her name may not be as instantly recognizable as Anita Baker's, but if you're a fan of Baker, you're bound to love Adams. After working toward a solid reputation in her native Kansas, she was discovered while working a hotel-lounge gig by Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears and became one of the band's regular guests (their "Woman in Chains" is included here). This collection includes an impressive list of contributors (including Irene Cara on backing vocals) and worldwide hits like "Get Here," an emotional tearjerker that showcase's Adams's amazing voice. Many tracks veer into MOR territory (what else can you expect with a cover of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"?) and straight-out-of-a-musical style ("Embraceable You"); if you're looking for more funk in your soul, your best bet is "Rhythm of Life." --Rebecca Wallwork

The Very Best of Oleta Adams primarily consists of material from her first three albums. The big mystery of this 1998 collection is the lack of material from 1990's Circle of One, by far her strongest and more musically varied set of songs. A mere three tunes are included here: "Get Here," the Soul II Soul-styled "Rhythm of Life," and the rousing "Circle of One." Her weaker second album, Evolution, however, is represented by no less than five tracks, and four songs from Moving On also appear. The Very Best of Oleta Adams also includes material that was never previously available on an Oleta Adams album. Tears for Fears' Seeds of Love hit "Woman in Chains" is here, and Adams' pitch-perfect vocal harmonies play off Roland Orzabal's melodramatic bombast surprisingly well. Though a more subtle arrangement may have been more successful, her rendition of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (which appeared on the Elton John/Bernie Taupin covers album Two Rooms in 1991) is performed with such gusto Elton John's version pales by comparison. Adams also shows off her astonishing range on the Gershwin classic "Embraceable You" and a nice reading of Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross." Although The Very Best of Oleta Adams lacks two of her best performances -- Circle of One's gorgeous version of "Everything Must Change" (which has been recorded by countless artists, including Gene Harris, Nina Simone, Carmen McRae, and Barbra Streisand) and the aforementioned "New York State of Mind" -- it is a pleasant collection that showcases Oleta Adams' beautiful voice, even on lackluster material. ~ by William Cooper, www.allmusic.com

1. Rhythm of Life
2. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
3. Never Knew Love
4. Get Here
5. Hold Me for a While
6. Many Rivers to Cross
7. Circle of Love
8. My Heart Won't Lie
9. Lover's Holiday
10. Embraceable You
11. We Will Meet Again
12. Love Begins at Home
13. I Just Had to Hear Your Voice
14. Woman in Chains - Oleta Adams, Tears for Fears
15. I Knew You When
16. Window of Hope

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