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Breakfast in Bed [CD]

Joan OsborneAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: March 22, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Time Life Records
  • ASIN: B000O78KZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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1. I've Got To Use My Imagination
2. Ain't No Sunshine
3. Midnight Train To Georgia
4. Baby Is A Butterfly
5. Breakfast In Bed
6. Cream Dream
7. Natural High
8. Heart Of Stone
9. Sara Smile
10. Eliminate The Night
11. Break Up To Make Up
12. I Know What's Goin' On
13. Alone With You
14. Kiss And Say Goodbye
15. Heat Wave
16. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted

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Product Description

Breakfast In Bed, Joan Osborne's recently recorded new studio album, pays homage to the great Soul and R&B songs of the late '60s and early '70s. The album features a unique combination of unforgettable interpretations of timeless R&B classics and Joan's newly penned songs powerfully faithful to those classics. While the singer/songwriter, whose Top-5 single (What If God Was) One Of Us, propelled her album Relish into the Top-10 and went on to sell 3 million copies, has long explored different musical genres, there is no doubt that R&B is her first love. This new release highlights six of Joan's original songs and ten emotion-filled classics including: Midnight Train to Georgia, I've Got to Use My Imagination, Ain't No Sunshine, Breakfast in Bed, Kiss and Say Goodbye, Heat Wave and What Becomes of the Brokenhearted. The latter two are bonus tracks taken from the highly successful soundtrack of the music documentary Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

On Breakfast in Bed, her first release on Time Life Records (yes, that Time Life) Joan Osborne tackles a crop of hand-picked soul and R&B favorites with equal parts sass and sensitivity. Long an underappreciated artist, Osborne is a performer with the wisdom to exercise vocal restraint for an effect that's more Dusty Springfield than Christina Aguilera. Her fine previous outing interpreting soul standards was aptly titled How Sweet It Is, and witness her contribution to the terrific 2002 film Standing in the Shadows of Motown, where Osborne's astute readings of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Heatwave" outshone performers like Ben Harper and Gerald Levert (happily, both songs are included here). The title track and Hall and Oates' "Sara Smile" are both canny choices that play to her strengths in delivering credible blue-eyed soul, and six new Osborne-penned songs fit neatly into the record. If her compositions pale a bit next to the classics she covers (with the sultry and slithery exception of the excellent "Eliminate the Night"), give Osborne credit for bravely placing herself side-by-side with songwriting luminaries like Holland-Dozier-Holland and Bill Withers. Breakfast in Bed makes for a leisurely listen on a sunny Sunday morning, so put up your feet and stay awhile. --Ben Heege

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars way to go Joan! May 26, 2007
By J. Niss
Format:Audio CD
Fantastic vocal work (man what taste in phrasing!), great playing, great new versions of soul standards (easily the best covers she's recorded) - and her best writing to date make this my favorite J.O. recording since she covered "blue million miles".

3 minutes in and I too was thinking "Dusty level"!!! I've never had that thought before while listening to anybody. Joan Osborne is getting better and better, sounding a little more mature and completely comfortable in her own skin/with her own pipes. supremely understated throughout!

took me almost the entire song to adjust to the change in lyric on "ain't no sunshine" but by the time Joan comes back in after a KILLER keyboard solo you cant help but be down with it.

It is great to see HER smile on the back cover and I cant wait to listen to her sing "baby is a butterfly" again, so i'm outa here. thank you Joan.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic voice and song list July 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Most know Joan for her 90's hit "If God Was One of Us." She is far from those days. Most would be astounded to hear what Joan;s voice is capable of, as that song only trapped her into a simple octave throughout its verses.

Here in "Breakfast In Bed", Joan takes the jazz practice of covering American classics and favorites in her dynamic, raspy alto voice. This is a great CD, my favorites include the live performances of "Heatwave" and "What Becomes of a Broken Hearted" with Motown's Funk Brothers; and classics "Natural High" and "Sara Smile."

Check the song list, if you find any of your old favorites the GET THIS CD, you will definately not be disappointed. However "What Becomes of a Broken Hearted" is worth the $13 alone.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong. July 24, 2007
By Soit78
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This intriguing mix cover songs and originals make this a very enjoyable collection, although the covers are not as varied as say Annie Lennox's Medusa but still engaging all the same. The tracks seem to pull you in more and more with each listen. "Baby is a Butterfly", "Sarah Smile" and "Cream Dream" were all particularly absorbing the first time through. The production is very good and clean. Her voice is as mesmerizing and sensual as always. You can't go wrong.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groovy as groovy gets! June 3, 2007
By CDjunky
Format:Audio CD
This album could be a soundtrack to anyone's life. It is performed masterfully, but retains that gritty, natural vibe of a singer who really feels "it." One of the best things I can say about it is that the covers sound like they have been recorded for the first time. Though the original versions are amazing, it feels like I am hearing them for the first time. Joan's songs are written very well (didn't know she could write this way) - could have been penned by Gamble and Huff themselves. All in all, there is not a weak moment on the cd, from the arrangements,Ivan Neville's soulful keys, the moderate and swelling strings, the whole production is a lesson in how albums should be made. Remember albums? Well, this is a great one!!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harbor of Love September 3, 2007
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Joan Osborne's soul homage "Breakfast in Bed" is a generous 16-track package, much of it riveting listening. Her band includes Ivan Neville and jazz great Greg Osby on sax. While the covers may tend to overshadow her self-penned tracks, particularly because she has written to fit the style, she has some great new gems. Joan's original "Baby Is a Butterfly" is a softer tune with a soaring string section that highlights its lovely melody. "You suffer so pretty like a ragged apostle, you burn oh so brightly like soldering gun*; I gave my body & soul to relieve you, Now you have told me that I'm not the one," Joan smokes on her self-penned "Heart of Stone." Another of Joan's originals is "Eliminate the Night" that has a delightful soul groove as the track builds elegantly, "I don't want to be the other woman; I know you're not the cheating kind, but I see you every night in a fever dream; I just can't get you out of my mind." This is one of the best tracks on the CD. Joan's original "I Know What's Goin' On" has an addictive midtempo groove in this tale of romantic betrayal, "Did you try to resist? Was she longing to be kissed? ... You have changed who you are; I've been watching from afar." She follows this with a happier original "Alone With You" with a sweet soul groove, a pretty melody & her bold romantic declaration, "I'm a full grown woman & I'm in my prime; I know how to love you & I'll take my time."

Of the covers, the set starts with a smoking Gladys Knight hit co-written by (former Mr. Carol King) Gerry Goffin and recorded by others like Joe Cocker ("One Night of Sin"), Tom Jones & Bobby "Blue" Bland. Joan cuts a soulful groove on the track. While the track doesn't explode, it does smoke in the grooves.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So sexy and soothing June 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Okay, guys, here's some advice from a woman...BUY THIS CD!!!! Joan has done an amazing job re-interpreting some incredible soul classics and added a few new ones of her own! First of all, Midnight Train to Georgia couldn't be sexier or more meaningful. She certainly solved the issue about singing a legend's song (Gladys Knight) in a different way. Somehow, it's sexier. Breakfast in Bed, though still Dusty-esque, is now a Joan Osborne song (not to take anything away from the original). Though I was concerned about Sara Smile being that Hall and Oates were one of my favorite groups, fear not. She kills it with a new idea about phrasing.

Joan is the queen of laying back, taking your time and finally blowing you away...sounds sexy to me! Of equal note are the original songs which, until I read the booklet, did not know were original. Joan somehow has incarnated a writing style that sounds right in the period of music she's covering. That is not easy to do, but she did it justice in a huge way.

Last but not least is the production of this album. While so many CD's produced today sound, well, way over-produced, this album pays homage to the great concept albums of all time.You hear there is one idea and it is carried through splendidly. The strings add body, but don't overpower or become to "lush." The producer should be congratulated for not giving in to modern "everything must be perfect" idea. My advice? Put this album on next Sunday, serve your wife breakfast in bed and wait for your surprise!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
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Published 2 months ago by Raul Roy Davila
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great voice great songs. A fabulous easy listening album. Some excellent interpretations of songs. Great backing musicians.
Published 2 months ago by Margaret Phelps
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
She's always good
Published 2 months ago by larry d
5.0 out of 5 stars best female singer songwiter cd of the last 10 years THAT NO ONE...
I will get right to the point everytime I listen to this cd I want to have this women to have my baby. I kills me that she isnt a mega star buy it and you will agree.
Published 8 months ago by Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars Concepts of Joan Osbourne
I heard this young lady for the first time on the video "Shadows of Motown". She just blew me away. Only wish I knew of her sooner.
Published 8 months ago by Edward A Clay
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid effort
I very much appreciate Joan Osborne's singing and my only reservation on this particular recording has to do with what I suspect may be production values. Read more
Published 8 months ago by James Deforest
5.0 out of 5 stars like a great dry wine
Some great covers such Aint No sunshine, Midnight Train, but most of the tracks are winners for me, a very engaging album. Great band and production as usual.
Published 9 months ago by drumsagogo
4.0 out of 5 stars The other Osborne
One of the best blue-eyed soul vocalists around. Her two numbers from Standing in the Shadows of Motown, will testify to that fact. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Boudy
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