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Awake (2006)

Artist: Josh Groban
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Format: CD
Sku: 203106249
UPC: 093624443520
UPC 14: 00093624443520
Release Date: 11/7/2006
Sales Rank: 2494
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Mai - (Italian) ~ Josh Groban
2. You Are Loved (Don't Give Up) ~ Josh Groban
3. Dia Llegara, Un - (Italian) ~ Josh Groban
4. February Song ~ Josh Groban
5. 'Ultima Notte, L - (Italian) ~ Josh Groban
6. So She Dances ~ Josh Groban
7. In Her Eyes ~ Josh Groban
8. Solo Por Ti - (Italian) ~ Josh Groban
9. Now Or Never ~ Josh Groban
10. Giorno Per Noi, Un (Romeo e Giulietta) - (Italian) ~ Josh Groban
11. Lullaby ~ Josh Groban
12. Weeping ~ Josh Groban
13. Machine ~ Josh Groban
14. Verita - (Bonus Track) ~ Josh Groban
15. Awake - (Bonus Track) ~ Josh Groban
 
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Expectations for vocalist Josh Groban's third release ran high, especially given the phenomenal success of his sophomore effort, CLOSER, which reached number one on the Billboard charts. Like Andrea Bocelli, Groban treads the line between classical, operatic singing, and crossover pop. AWAKE manages the synthesis beautifully. With its strong batch of songs, and Groban's voice continuing to develop, the album may even best its predecessor.

Opener "Mai," sung in Italian, sets the tone for the album. Highly romantic, stirring, and couched in tasteful orchestral arrangements, the song is the perfect canvas for Groban's heart-melting delivery. "February Song," which finds the artist accompanied only by piano, is more reserved and plaintive. Other album highlights include "Machine," with a funky, jazzy backdrop provided by Herbie Hancock, and "Lullaby" and "Weeping," which feature the South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mombazo.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Josh Groban (piano, keyboards, drums, background vocals); Josh Groban; Bakithi Kumalo (vocals); Tawgs Salter (guitar, piano, keyboards, programming, keyboard programming); Dean Parks, Michael Hart Thompson , Joel Shearer, Michael Thompson , Ram¢n Stagnaro, Vincent Nguini, Robbie McIntosh (guitar); Chris Elliott (dulcimer, piano); Fiona Hibbert (harp); James Freebarin-Smith (cello); Tower of Power (brass); Greg Adams, Greg Vail, Lee Thornburg, Nick Lane, Tom Scott (horns); Imogen Heap (piano, programming); Walter Afanasieff (piano); Eric Mouquet, Glen Ballard, Sean Hurley, David Foster (keyboards); Jochem van der Saag (synthesizer, programming); Frank Ricotti (vibraphone, percussion); Nathan East (bass guitar); Anton Fig, Ian Thomas (drums); Kaitlyn Barton (tambourine); Blair Sinta (percussion); Jason Boshoff, Alexis Smith (programming); Anna Ross, Vusi Mahlasela, Susie Suh (background vocals); Tim Pierce (guitar); Marius de Vries (piano, keyboards, programming); Matt Chamberlain, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Humberto Gatica; Imogen Heap; Andy Bradfield; Alejandro Rodriguez .
Muze PNote Recording information: Angel Studio; Chartmaker Studios; EMM Studio France; Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA; Paramount Scoring Stage; Paramount Studios, LA; Sony Studios, New York, NY; The Hideaway, London, England; The High window, Hollywood, CA; The Refinery, Johannesberg, South Africa; The Salt Room, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; The Strongroom, London, England; The Studio At The Sunset Marquis; Westlake Audio, Hollywood, CA; Westlake Studios, LA.
Muze PNote Editor: William Malina.
Muze PNote Photographer: Christian Lantry.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Eric Mouquet; Josh Groban; David Foster; Tawgs Salter; William Ross .
Muze PNote Expectations for vocalist Josh Groban's third release ran high, especially given the phenomenal success of his sophomore effort, CLOSER, which reached number one on the Billboard charts. Like Andrea Bocelli, Groban treads the line between classical, operatic singing, and crossover pop. AWAKE manages the synthesis beautifully. With its strong batch of songs, and Groban's voice continuing to develop, the album may even best its predecessor.
Muze PNote Opener "Mai," sung in Italian, sets the tone for the album. Highly romantic, stirring, and couched in tasteful orchestral arrangements, the song is the perfect canvas for Groban's heart-melting delivery. "February Song," which finds the artist accompanied only by piano, is more reserved and plaintive. Other album highlights include "Machine," with a funky, jazzy backdrop provided by Herbie Hancock, and "Lullaby" and "Weeping," which feature the South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mombazo.

Producer: Eric Mouquet; Josh Groban; Humberto Gatica; Glen Ballard; David Foster; Marius DeVries; Tawgs Salter; Imogen Heap; Eric Mouquet; Glen Ballard; Marius DeVries; David Foster

Engineer: Humberto Gatica; Marius DeVries; Tawgs Salter; David Channing; Gary Thomsa; Jochem van der Saag; Imogen Heap; John Brough; Scott Campbell; Alejandro Rodriguez; Humberto Gatica; Alejandro Rodriguez

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Artist Overview

Part of a wave of classical-pop crossover artists around the turn of the century (Charlotte Church, Bond, Andrea Bocelli), Josh Groban achieved massive worldwide success straight out of the gate with his 2001 debut album. In fact, he veers considerably closer to pop than the aforementioned artists (can you picture Andrea Bocelli tackling Ultravox's "Vienna?"), but maintains enough of a classical/opera comportment and flavoring to appeal to stragglers on either side of the fence. His photogenic appearance and acting experience don't hurt his popularity either.

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Chris Botti: Live in Boston (+ DVD)
Muze Music Compilations Duets II
Muze Music Compilations Spirit Rising
Muze Music Compilations Icon:very Special Christmas

Associated Artists and Works

Original Soundtrack
Chess in Concert [2008 London Concert Cast] [PA] ~ Original Soundtrack
Piano Tribute to Josh Groban, Vol. 2 ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/07/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 44435
Music Label Name Label : 143/Reprise
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00093624443520

Bio

When Warner Brothers Records inquired about signing the young singer to a recording contract, Groban put his schooling on hold to pursue his music career. His self-titled debut was issued in November 2001. The album was produced and arranged by Foster, and featured appearances by Charlotte Church, the Corrs, Rhys Fulber, and Lili Haydn. Around the same time, Groban put his acting and vocal talents to use in the season finale of the US television show, Ally McBeal, singing "You're Still You". An in-concert set was released as a stop-gap the following year while the singer worked on his new studio album. Closer, released in November 2003, confirmed Groban's star status in his homeland, taking up residence in the US Top 10 over the Christmas period. The album eventually topped the charts in January 2004.

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Groban,Josh
Product attributeLabel:   Warner/reprise/maverick
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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