A Body of Work

A Body of Work

by Paul AnkaPaul Anka


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Given the most confusing title for an album of newly recorded material since John Prine's The Missing Years, Paul Anka's A Body of Work, despite a name that makes it sound like a compilation, is actually the singer/songwriter's first new U.S. release since Walk a Fine Line in 1983. Following the international success of 1996's Spanish-language duets album Amigos, Anka tries a little of everything in an attempt to regain a foothold at home. There are newly written songs, notably the unabashedly devotional adult love ballad "She's My Woman, She's My Friend" that opens the record. There are celebrity guest stars -- Celine Dion, Tevin Campbell, Kenny G, Barry Gibb, Patti LaBelle, and Peter Cetera turn up to one extent or another. And there are remakes of hits penned by Anka with the singers who made them famous: he duets with a living Tom Jones on "She's a Lady" and with a 1968 tape of Frank Sinatra on "My Way." For this high-profile effort, Anka has called in both adult contemporary king David Foster and Sony Music's Walter Afanasieff (Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey) as producers, though their efforts are relatively restrained. In fact, despite the celebrity firepower, the whole album is really a set of low-key ballads that Anka sings emotionally, whether the mood is happy or sad. It's a respectable return-to-action for a veteran who remains vital, even if it was not a commercial return-to-form.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/1998
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646940525
catalogNumber: 69405
Rank: 68701

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Anka   Primary Artist,Vocals
Frank Sinatra   Vocals,Track Performer
Céline Dion   Vocals,Track Performer
Patti LaBelle   Vocals,Track Performer
Kenny G   Tenor Saxophone
Tevin Campbell   Vocals,Track Performer
Tom Jones   Vocals
David Foster   Keyboards
Barry Gibb   Background Vocals
Peter Cetera   Vocals,Track Performer
Lynn Davis   Background Vocals
Leyla Hoyle   Background Vocals
Skyler Jett   Track Performer
Kenny O'Brien   Background Vocals
Francis Benítez   Background Vocals
Sergio Aranda   Background Vocals
Anthea Anka   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Paul Anka   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
David Foster   Arranger,Producer
Felipe Elgueta   Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Producer
Claude Gaudette   Arranger
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
David Gleeson   Engineer
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Producer
Dan Shea   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Norman Moore   Art Direction
Ria Lewerke   Art Direction
Maxime Piolot   Composer
Yves Dessca   Composer
Lester Mendes   Arranger
Michel Albert Louis Pelay   Composer
Alain Joseph Yves Le Govic   Composer
Kathy Stone   Composer

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