Awake CD (2006)

Artist: 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.

Specifications

Label Reprise / Wea
SKU 203106249
UPC 093624443520
UPC 14 00093624443520
Format CD
Release Date 11/7/2006
Links
Author Josh Groban
Compilation Appearance Djin Djin
Compilation Appearance Hit Man: David Foster & Friends
Compilation Appearance Revolutions In Sound:warner Bros. Rec
Compilation Appearance Chris Botti: Live in Boston (+ DVD)
Compilation Appearance Chris Botti: Live in Boston (+ DVD)
Compilation Appearance Duets II
Compilation Appearance Spirit Rising
Compilation Appearance Chris Botti Live In Boston
Compilation Appearance Chris Botti Live In Boston
Compilation Appearance Duets (Bonus Tracks)
Associated Artist/Work Hill, Judith
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Artist Influence Andrew Lloyd Webber (Composer)
Artist Influence Barbra Streisand
Artist Influence Bernadette Peters
Artist Influence Celine Dion
Artist Influence David Foster
Artist Influence Jos? Carreras (Tenor Vocal)
Artist Influence Julio Iglesias
Artist Influence Luciano Pavarotti
Artist Influence Mandy Patinkin
Artist Influence Michael Crawford (Vocals)
Artist Influence Peter Gabriel
Artist Influence Pl cido Domingo (Tenor Vocals)
Artist Influence Queen
Artist Influence Whitney Houston
Artist Contemporary Andrea Bocelli
Artist Contemporary Andrew Johnston
Artist Contemporary Aselin Debison
Artist Contemporary Bond (String Quartet)
Artist Contemporary Brian Lane Green
Artist Contemporary Celine Dion
Artist Contemporary Charlotte Church (Vocals)
Artist Contemporary Chris Botti
Artist Contemporary Clay Aiken
Artist Contemporary Due Voci
Artist Contemporary Gardar Cortes
Artist Contemporary Hayley Westenra
Artist Contemporary Il Divo
Artist Contemporary Il Volo (Italy)
Artist Contemporary Jackie Evancho
Artist Contemporary Joshua Payne
Artist Contemporary Julian Lloyd Webber
Artist Contemporary Lili Haydn (Violin)
Artist Contemporary Madeleine Peyroux
Artist Contemporary Melody Gardot
Artist Contemporary Michael Bolton
Artist Contemporary Michael Bubl?
Artist Contemporary Michael Crawford (Vocals)
Artist Contemporary Neal E. Boyd
Artist Contemporary Nicky Spence
Artist Contemporary Paul Potts
Artist Contemporary Russell Watson
Artist Contemporary Sarah Brightman
Artist Contemporary Sissel
Artist Contemporary Sophie Milman
Artist Contemporary Susan Boyle (Vocals)
Artist Contemporary Vanessa-Mae
Technical Info
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
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
CatalogID 44435
Lable Name 143/Reprise
Released 11/07/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624443520
Musical Guests
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Album Notes and Credits
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.
Audio Mixers: Humberto Gatica; Imogen Heap; Andy Bradfield; Alejandro Rodriguez .
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.
Editor: William Malina.
Photographer: Christian Lantry.
Arrangers: Eric Mouquet; Josh Groban; David Foster; Tawgs Salter; William Ross .
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.
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.
Artist 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.
Disc 1
1 Mai - (Italian)
2 You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)
3 Dia Llegara, Un - (Italian)
4 February Song
5 'Ultima Notte, L - (Italian)
6 So She Dances
7 In Her Eyes
8 Solo Por Ti - (Italian)
9 Now Or Never
10 Giorno Per Noi, Un (Romeo e Giulietta) - (Italian)
11 Lullaby
12 Weeping
13 Machine
14 Verita - (Bonus Track)
15 Awake - (Bonus Track)
Product Attributes
Artist Groban,Josh
Label Warner/reprise/maverick
Music Format Compact Disc

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