In a way, it's a shame that Luther Vandross' Songs, his 1994 album of other people's hits, became the biggest hit of his career, for it obscured one of his greatest talents: songwriting. The best soul singer of the '80s is back with Your Secret Love, his first album of original, non-Christmas songs since 1993's Never Let Me Go. He hasn't lost his knack for big, emotional melodies and for scenarios that find happiness tantalizingly close, but still out of reach.
This trio (Dieter Moebius from Cluster, Jürgen Engler from Die Krupps & Mani Neumeier from Guru Guru) came together for four days in 1996 to record the album "Other Places". Though the album was labeled "Cosmic Couriers 1" no second album ever materialized. The three musicians did work together again in 2007 as part of Amon Guru.
Secret Garden is a duo composed by Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and Norwegian composer and pianist Rolf Lovland. Both managed to win the Eurovision Festival Song Contest 1995 with the composition "Nocturne'. The refined instrumental style of Secret Garden is also accompanied with a select group of instrumentalists alternating in different themes (added guitar and mandolin, harp, bagpipes, oboe, English horn, flute, clarinet, percussion and various vocal effects, whistles and ethereal chorus of voices) along with the Irish Concert Orchestra RTÉ.
Sally Oldfiled is the lesser known sister of musician Mike Oldfield who is most famous for TUBULAR BELLS, the theme from the original EXORCIST. The quality of her voice cannot be denied nor can her talent at arranging and orchestrating…