Tuskegee CD (2012)

Artist: Lionel Richie

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 228870403
UPC 602527806372
UPC 14 00602527806372
Format CD
Release Date 3/26/2012
Author Lionel Richie
Compilation Appearance Vol. 2-Motown Singles Collection (1972-1992)
Compilation Appearance Love Album
Compilation Appearance Pure 80s Love: The No.01 Hits
Compilation Appearance Motown 1s
Compilation Appearance House Of 1000 Corpses (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Gold
Compilation Appearance Gold: 80's
Compilation Appearance Pure 80's:number 1's
Compilation Appearance Motown Number 1's Vol 2
Compilation Appearance Past Present & Future (w/ Bonus DVD)
Compilation Appearance Past Present & Future (w/ Bonus DVD) (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Motown 50 Fanthology
Compilation Appearance Easy 80S
Compilation Appearance Icon
Compilation Appearance Number 1'S
Compilation Appearance Paddington (ost)
Compilation Appearance Best Of Diana Ross-Millennium
Compilation Appearance Definitive Collection
Compilation Appearance Modern Bride Presents The Wedding Alb
Compilation Appearance Yes We Can: Voices Of A Grassroots Movement
Compilation Appearance While We're Young (ost)
Compilation Appearance Love Songs
Compilation Appearance Kwassa Kwassa
Compilation Appearance Motown:musical Originals (Ocr)
Compilation Appearance Now That's What I Call The 80S Volume
Compilation Appearance House Of 1000 Corpses (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Love Songs 3
Compilation Appearance Motown:musical Originals (Ocr)
Compilation Appearance Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise
Compilation Appearance Now Country 5
Associated Artist/Work Bomha, Dinu
Technical Info
Engineer Chuck Ainlay; Mickey Jack; Jeff Balding; Brandon Schexnayder; Steve Marcantonio; Casey Wood
Producer Tony Brown; Lionel Richie
CatalogID B 001600100
Lable Name Mercury
Released 2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 59m : 13s
UPC 00602527806372
Musical Guests
Blake Shelton
Jason Aldean
Darius Rucker
Little Big Town
Kenny Chesney
Rascal Flatts
Jennifer Nettles
Tim McGraw
Shania Twain
Billy Currington
Kenny Rogers
Willie Nelson
Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band
Jill Johnson
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Lionel Richie (keyboards, background vocals); Mac McAnally, Peter Mayer (guitar, background vocals); Ilya Toshinsky, Kenny Greenberg, Willie Nelson, Tom Bukovac (guitar); Dan Dugmore, Doyle Grisham, Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); John Lovell (trumpet); Michael Utley, John Jarvis, Steve Nathan , Gordon Mote (keyboards); Roger Guth, Chad Cromwell (drums); Robert Greenidge (steel drum); Ralph MacDonald (percussion); Chris Rodriguez, Tina Gullickson, Jim Mayer, Nadirah Shakoor, Perry Coleman, Kim Keyes (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Chuck Ainlay.
Recording information: Avatar, New York, NY; Backstage At Sound Stage Studios, Nashville, TN; Ben's Studio, Nashville, TN; Blackbird Studios; Love Shack Recording Studio; OpalOna Studio; Pain In The Art Studios; Sound Emporium Studios; Starstruck Studios; The Grip Studios, Nashville, TN; Westwood Studios, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Alan Silfen.
Lionel Richie's birthplace is Tuskegee, Alabama so for his 2012 country duets album, Tuskegee, he is trumpeted as the country boy returning to his roots. And there's something to that: as a songwriter, Richie has had success on the country charts, scoring big with Kenny Rogers of "Lady," one of many Lionel covers Kenny sang over the years. Rogers' enthusiastic embrace of Richie is an indication that the former Commodore's definition of country isn't quite down-home, and Tuskegee proves that assumption true, with each of Lionel's partners coming from the pop side of Nashville. A few perennials crop up -- Kenny comes in for a revival of "Lady," Willie Nelson stops by to lay some guitar and vocals on "Easy" -- but the point of the album is as much to have current stars pay tribute to Richie as it is to ease him onto country-pop airwaves. Tuskegee winds up being fairly successful in this regard. No matter how many fiddles and steel guitars are added -- and there are never too many -- the songs are never so altered as to be unrecognizable, the melodies are always proudly prominent, and there isn't a speck of dirt to be found anywhere, so it's suited for any clean crossover occasion. Apart from Pixie Lott -- a singer who has absolutely nothing to do with country -- popping up on the international version of the album and maybe the revival of the recent "Just for You," there are no surprises on Tuskegee; even the partners match up correctly, with Jimmy Buffett adding good times to "All Night Long," Shania Twain playing the Diana Ross role on "Endless Love," Rascal Flatts forcefully pumping out the good cheer on "Dancing on the Ceiling," Blake Shelton smiling along on "You Are." Even if the production has changed -- it's not as glossy as the '80s, there are fewer keyboards and more guitars-the sensibility remains the same, so Tuskegee generates a bit of d?j? vu: the surroundings are new, yet everything feels familiar. Whether that's a comfortable bit of nostalgia or just a shade too predictable depends entirely on the tastes of the listener. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.72) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hese collaborations jell because Richie's style is so expansive, musically and emotionally..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "[It's] gratifying to see how many A-list Nashville stars lined up for guest spots here...and to hear how naturally the Alabama native countrifies R&B classics like 'Endless Love'..." -- Grade: A-
Disc 1
1 You Are - (featuring Blake Shelton)
2 Say You, Say Me
3 Stuck on You - (featuring Darius Rucker)
4 Deep River Woman - (featuring Little Big Town)
5 My Love
6 Dancing On the Ceiling
7 Hello
8 Sail On - (featuring Tim McGraw)
9 Endless Love
10 Just For You
11 Lady - (featuring Kenny Rogers)
12 Easy - (featuring Willie Nelson)
13 All Night Long - (featuring Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band)
Product Attributes
Artist Richie,Lionel
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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