Seal II CD (1994)

Artist: Seal

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Label Wea/warner Bros.
SKU 60144649
UPC 093624541523
UPC 14 00093624541523
Format CD
Release Date 5/31/1994
Author Seal
Compilation Appearance AUTHENTIC [Vinyl Record]
Artist Influence 808 State
Artist Influence A Guy Called Gerald
Artist Influence Adamski
Artist Influence Al Green (Vocals)
Artist Influence Curtis Mayfield
Artist Influence David Bowie
Artist Influence Eurythmics
Artist Influence Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Artist Influence Freddie Mercury
Artist Influence George Michael
Artist Influence Jimi Hendrix
Artist Influence Marvin Gaye
Artist Influence Parliament
Artist Influence Peter Gabriel
Artist Influence Prince
Artist Influence Queen
Artist Influence Stevie Wonder
Artist Influence Sting
Artist Influence Terence Trent D'Arby
Artist Influence The Art of Noise
Artist Influence Trevor Horn
Artist Contemporary Annie Lennox
Artist Contemporary Babyface
Artist Contemporary Billy Ocean
Artist Contemporary Bomb the Bass
Artist Contemporary Caron Wheeler
Artist Contemporary Celine Dion
Artist Contemporary Chris de Burgh
Artist Contemporary D'Angelo
Artist Contemporary Des'ree
Artist Contemporary Dionne Farris
Artist Contemporary Erykah Badu
Artist Contemporary Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Artist Contemporary Heather Small
Artist Contemporary Jamiroquai
Artist Contemporary Jeffrey Gaines
Artist Contemporary Leftfield
Artist Contemporary Lenny Kravitz
Artist Contemporary Lighthouse Family
Artist Contemporary Lisa Stansfield (Singer)
Artist Contemporary Madonna
Artist Contemporary Massive Attack
Artist Contemporary Maxwell (R&B)
Artist Contemporary Meshell Ndegeocello
Artist Contemporary Michael Bolton
Artist Contemporary Michael Jackson
Artist Contemporary Pet Shop Boys
Artist Contemporary Portishead
Artist Contemporary Sade
Artist Contemporary Sarah McLachlan
Artist Contemporary Simply Red
Artist Contemporary Soul II Soul (Group)
Artist Contemporary Terence Trent D'Arby
Artist Contemporary Texas (Scotland)
Artist Contemporary The Christians
Artist Contemporary Tricky
Artist Contemporary Underworld
Artist Contemporary Wendy & Lisa
Artist Follower D'Angelo
Artist Follower Des'ree
Artist Follower Erykah Badu
Artist Follower Faithless
Artist Follower Javen
Artist Follower Maxwell (R&B)
Artist Follower The Artful Dodger (UK)
Technical Info
Producer Trevor Horn
CatalogID 45415
Lable Name Sire
Released 05/17/1994
Original Release 1994
Number of Discs 1
Length 50m : 32s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624541523
Musical Guests
Jeff Beck
William Orbit
Joni Mitchell
Wendy & Lisa
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Seal (vocals); Gus Isidore, Jamie Muhoberac, Bill Benham, Mike Brittain, Nick Busch, Laurence Cottle, Ben Cruft, Mike De Saulles, Charley Drayton, Andy Duncan, Joseph "Amp" Fiddler, Roger Garland, Luis Jardim, Pat Kiernan, Chris Laurence, Martin Loveday, Mark Mann, Harvey Mason, Perry Montague-Mason, Andy Newmark, William Orbit, Pino Palladino, Anthony Pleeth, Maciej Rakowski, Eddie Roberts, Jackie Shave, Roger Smith, Tony Stanton, Ian Thomas.
Engineers: Tim Weidner, Carmen Rizzo, Steve Fitzmaurice, Steve MacMillan, Gregg Jackman, Robin Barclay, Paul Wright, Sean Chenery.
Includes liner notes by Seal.
All songs written or co-written by Seal.
"Prayer For The Dying" was nominated for a 1995 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. SEAL was nominated for Best Pop Album and Best Engineered Album.
"Kiss From A Rose" won 1996 Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Jeff Beck (guitar); Marc Mann, Carmen Rizzo (programming).
Audio Mixer: Carmen Rizzo.
Recording information: Angel; Real World; Sarm East Studios, London, England; Sarm Hook End; SARM West Studios.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Seal; Chris Bruce; Mark Berrow; Peter Oxer; D'Influence; Marc Mann; Katie Wilkinson Khoroshunin; Barry Wilde; Bill Benham; Phil Spalding; Tony Stanton; Robert Smissen; James McLeod; Maciej Rakowski; Roger Smith ; Michael DeSaulles; George Robertson; John Pignegny; Jonathan Evans-Jones; Judd Proctor; Dinesh; Nick Busch; Sarah Webb; Gota Yashiki; David "Olo" Oladunni; Wilfred Gibson; Harvey Mason, Sr. ; Harry Montague-Mason; W. Garfield-Jackson; Sam Maitland; Eddie Roberts ; Jamie Muhoberac; Ben Cruft; Dick Morgan; Guy Isidore; Mike Brittain; Lisa Coleman; Amp Fiddler; Andy Duncan; Andy Newmark; Anne Dudley; Tim Weidner; Wendy Melvoin; William Orbit; Laurence Cottle; Betsy Cook; Roger Garland; Luis Jardim; Paul Kegg; Patrick Kiernan; Boguslaw Kostecki; Chris Laurence ; Helen Liebmann; Martin Loveday; Rita Manning; Anthony Pleeth ; David Theodore; Ian Thomas ; Gavyn Wright; Jackie Shave; Richard Cottle; Derek Watkins; Carmen Rizzo; Charley Drayton.
Fresh from his 1991 self-titled debut, Seal followed with another self-titled release. And true to form, it's another stunning work, although it becomes clear that a musical maturation has taken place. Produced by ex-Buggles frontman Trevor Horn (Pet Shop Boys, ABC, Yes, Frankie Goes to Hollywood), Seal is far more enchanting than his debut. True, Seal is a bit too relaxed at times, but aside from that criticism, the record is lush with harmonies and over-the-top melodies. "Don't Cry" flows with the luxuriant vibes of a hushed vocal and a bellowing string arrangement. Seal showcases his collaborative talent with "If I Could," a duet featuring Canadian folkie Joni Mitchell. "Kiss from a Rose" and "Prayer for the Dying" established Seal as a household name after both became radio and television mainstays. The soul is there, hauntingly similar to singer Terence Trent D'Arby. But what's so unique about Seal is his gift of transforming free-flowing songs into quick dancefloor tracks with a transcendent step into musical magic. His voice has a spell like that, and his second album reflects such skills. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
Artist Overview
Seal emerged from England's house music scene in 1990 to become the most popular British soul vocalist of that decade. Although his earliest material still showed signs of acid house, by the mid-'90s he was known for a distinctive fusion of soul, folk, pop, dance, and rock that brought him success on both sides of the Atlantic. Early on, he enjoyed a very high level of success; an Ivor Novello Award was given to him for the writing of his first single, and he won three Grammy Awards only a few years later. His albums were typically released a few years apart, yet they tended to earn multiple gold and platinum certifications in different countries. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/6/94, p.90) - 3.5 - Good - "...His voice--soulful, raspy, a little dark--can make even the maudlin seductive..."
Entertainment Weekly (6/3/94, p.60) - "...This British neo-soul singer's gift flows from his ability to transform dance-floor tracks into spine-tingling magical experiences....Unlike most dance albums, SEAL is more than a collection of singles...." - Rating: A
Musician (7/94, p.88) - "...Seal manipulates mood the way James Brown works a groove, but that doesn't always work to his advantage. Because it's so easy to get lost in the luxuriant warmth of Seal's music, you may not even notice how great the songs are...."
New York Times (Publisher) (1/5/95, p.C15) - Included on Stephen Holden's list of the Top 10 Albums Of '94 - "...[An] impassioned and majestically produced...suite of songs..."
Disc 1
1 Bring It On
2 Prayer For The Dying
3 Dreaming In Metaphors
4 Don't Cry
5 Fast Changes
6 Kiss From A Rose
7 People Asking Why
8 Newborn Friend
9 If I Could - (with Joni Mitchell)
10 I'm Alive
11 Bring It On (Reprise)

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