Date of Release Oct 28, 1997
Produced for Blue Iron Productions.
Mixed at Home Suite Home Studios, Valencia, CA.
Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles, CA.
Recorded at Blue Iron Gate Studios, Santa Monica CA; Jai Winding Studios, Santa Monica, CA; Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, CA; The Music Grinder, Los Angeles, CA; Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA; The Complex, Los Angeles, CA; Bitch Stevenson Sound, Los Angeles, CA; Wayne Cook Productions, Glendale, CA; EMI Studios, Los Angeles, CA; The Mother Ship, Los Angeles, CA; Chartmaker Studios, Malibu, CA; and The Hit Factory, New York, NY.
All selections newly arranged and published by Blue Iron Gate Music/EMI April Music, ASCAP/All About Me Music, adm. by WB Music Corp., BMI, except "Caro Nome" published by Blue Iron Gate Music/EMI April Music, ASCAP/All About Me Music, adm. by WB Music Corp., BMI/Sitting Pretty Music, adm. by Warner-Chappell Music, Inc./Lena May Music, adm. by Bug Music, ASCAP.
Steve Vai appears courtesy of Epic Records.
Dweezil Zappa appears courtesy of Zappa Records.
Eric Johnson Appears courtesy of Capitol Records.
Clif Magness plays Gibson Guitars.
Angelica is an intriguing blend of opera and rock spearheaded by songwriter/composer Clif Magness and lyricist Carole Bayer Sager. The project features four sopranos - Julia Bonilla, Anita DeSimone, Sewell Griffith and Rebecca Semrau - who are supported by a wide array of professional studio musicians, including bassist Nathan East, pianist David Foster, the Boys Choir of Harlem and guitarists Steve Vai, Eric Johnson and Dweezil Zappa. Essentially, the album is opera songs performed with rock spirit - big beats, big chords, big dynamics and pure intensity. Magness has rearranged selections from Verdi's Carmen, Mozart's The Magic Flute, Puccini's Madame Butterfly and Gianni Chicchi, and Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, as well as several selections from Schubert, Gounod and Franck, for a rock band, keeping the actual arrangements and feeling of the original composition. Occasionally it works, occasionally it doesn't, but Angelica is never less than intriguing, and adventurous listeners - particularly fans of prog-rock - might want to give it a try.
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