That's Life

That's Life

by Russell Watson

CD(Bonus Tracks)

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With one of the longest-running careers in the classical-pop crossover market, Russell Watson returned in 2007 with a collection of songs he considered his favorites, and far from being a crossover album, That's Life was a very traditional MOR/easy listening set of songs, originally sung by the likes of Frank Sinatra ("That's Life," "Strangers in the Night," "You Make Me Feel So Young"), Matt Monro ("Born Free"), Tony Bennett ("I Left My Heart in San Francisco"), and Nat King Cole ("When I Fall in Love," "Let There Be Love," "Smile"). Watson gave every song its due respect, faithfully reproducing the sounds of the great singers, and recorded the album at the Capitol studios in Los Angeles. That's Life was made more poignant by the fact -- which was very well-known by the time of its release -- that the recording had been split in two, beginning in September 2006 and having to be put on hold while he flew back to London to have an operation on a brain tumor. Then he returned to Los Angeles to complete the record, having recovered, only to have a relapse later in 2007. So having made hit albums since 2000 with mixes of classical and pop repertoire (for example, on his debut album he followed "La Donne e Mobile" with "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Vienna"), his 2007 effort was filled with romantic love songs and standards. A nice, relaxing, pleasant album -- but these renditions lacked the personalities of the originals (Watson would really have to be something special to match them), and the songs came across as cabaret versions, even upmarket Las Vegas-style cabaret but still nothing special, and performed equally as well by hundreds of singers around the world. On the final track he was joined by soul singer Alexander O'Neal, but their voices simply did not mix, and one got the impression that the two singers had never even met. The backing musicians didn't help either, performing in a most routine way and giving the songs an even blander feel than otherwise was necessary. Still, Russell Watson has made of career of singing easy listening, easy-on-the-ear songs, and this album was a fine example of the genre.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2007
Label: Uni Classics Int'l
UPC: 0028947581574
catalogNumber: 4758157
Rank: 151421

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Russell Watson   Primary Artist
Tom Scott   Conductor,Tenor Saxophone,Brass,Soloist
Rick Baptist   Brass
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Gene Cipriano   Brass
Luis Conte   Percussion
George Doering   Guitar
Gary Grant   Brass
Dan Higgins   Brass
Michael Lang   Piano
Charles Loper   Brass
Larry Lunetta   Brass
Andy Martin   Brass
Dean Parks   Guitar
Carolyn Perry   Background Vocals
Darlene Perry   Background Vocals
Tom Ranier   Piano
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
David Carpenter   Bass Guitar
Wayne Bergeron   Brass
Valerie Pinkston   Background Vocals
Greg Field   Drums
Rupert Christie   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Eddy Arnold   Composer
Tom Scott   Arranger
Bruce Dukov   Orchestra Leader
Kelly Gordon   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
John Barry   Composer
Don Black   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger,String Arrangements
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Dean Kay   Composer
Henry Mayer   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
Nick Patrick   Producer
Charlie Singleton   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Ian Grant   Composer
Eddie Snyder   Composer
Hans Bradtke   Composer
Douglass Cross   Composer
Nathaniel Chan   Programming,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Recording
Rupert Christie   Programming
Lionel Rand   Composer
Mark Cavell   Executive Producer
George C. Cory   Composer

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That's Life 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a waste of "The Voice" If you like Frank Sinatra style it would be ok but anyone can sing that. I much prefer his album "Encore" That was great!