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Various Artists: Phenomenon

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (8/22/96) - 3 Stars - Good - "...devoted to conservative, adult-contemporary pop. No one has brought more pleasure to mainstream music in recent years than the soft-R&B specialist Babyface, who produced this album's appealing first single, Eric Clapton's 'Change The World'..."

Album Notes

Producers: Babyface, Trevor Horn, Don Was, Taj Mahal, Peter Gabriel, David Lord, Gloria Jones, Pamela Sawyer, Justin Niebank, Tommy Couch, James Stroud, Wolf Stephenson, Audie Ashworth, J.J. Cale, Thomas Newman, Bill Bernstein.

Compilation producers: Kathy Nelson, Jon Turteltaub.

Engineers: Brad Gilderman, Stephen Fitzmaurice, Rik Pekkonen, David Lord, Richard Chappell, Bill Jackson.

Eric Clapton's performance of "Change The World" won the 1997 Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The song, written by Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Tommy Sims, won the Grammy for Song Of The Year.

PHENOMENON is a study in soundtrack as collaborative art form. A variety of producers, overseen by veteran Robbie Robertson, worked together to create a collection of songs that resonates with the spirituality of the film, which is about a small-town man (John Travolta) who suddenly becomes a super-human genius.

The uniting of diverse songwriters, musicians, and producers yields unique and delightful results. Singer Aaron Neville teams up with guitarist Robertson on Van Morrison's "Crazy Love," and Jewel covers John Hiatt's "Have A Little Faith in Me." Another standout is a new, more softly- and acoustically-arranged version of Peter Gabriel's "I Have the Touch," which also includes guitar work by Robertson. Each collaboration feels serendipitous and slightly magical, paralleling the film itself.


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