Painted Desert Serenade

Painted Desert Serenade

by Joshua KadisonJoshua Kadison


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Pianist Joshua Kadison's debut is chock full of odes to finding romance, longing for romance and losing romance. Propelled mostly by the enormously popular adult contemporary hit "Jessie," about the searching title heroine and the hopeful, needing narrator who gets sucked into her longing, he paints vivid portrayals of troubled and hopeful dreamers. With lyrics like "Jessie, paint your pictures/'bout how it's gonna be/by now I should know better/your dreams are never free," Kadison taps into the wanderer in all of us. His strength is much like that of the best country music songwriters: Each track brings to life and tells a story about unique characters, whether it's Lady Jane in the title song, Rachel in "Picture Postcards from L.A." or Jessie making a recurrent visit in "Georgia Rain." With Kadison being an unabashed romantic, none of these songs rock out or even come close to being edgy, but that works to their advantage because he also steers far from the middle of the road with his strong songwriting skills, yearning lyrics, pretty melodies and simple production. The best cut is "Painted Desert Serenade," a swooningly romantic song about a senior citizen trying to convince a fellow senior that it's not too late to find love. His follow-up, 1995's Delilah Blue, had no hit singles and disappeared soon off the charts.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/1993
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0077778092025
catalogNumber: 80920

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joshua Kadison   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Ruby Turner   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Gary Wright   Violin
David Lasley   Choir, Chorus
Frank Morgan   Oboe
Lance Ellington   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Rod Argent   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Choir, Chorus
Tim Renwick   Electric Guitar
Adele Bertei   Choir, Chorus
Sherwood Ball   Choir, Chorus
Mark Berrow   Violin
Rosemary Butler   Vocals,Background Vocals
Carmen Carter   Choir, Chorus
Dave "Clem" Clempson   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Mark Cresswell   Acoustic Guitar
Martin Ditcham   Percussion
Denny Fongheiser   Drums
Roger Garland   Violin
John Giblin   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Wilfred Gibson   Violin
John Gilbin   Bass
Roy Gillard   Violin
Tim Good   Violin
Susie Hansen   Viola
Kathy Hazzard   Choir, Chorus
Paul Jones   Harmonica
Paul Kegg   Cello
Ben Kennard   Cello
Carol Kenyon   Vocals
Chris Laurence   Bass
Helen Liebmann   Cello
Rita Manning   Violin
Valerie Mayo   Choir, Chorus
Arnold McCutler   Choir, Chorus
Gene Miller   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Peter Oxer   Violin
Phil Parlapiano   Accordion
Bill Penham   Violin
John Pierce   Bass,Bass Guitar
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Joseph Powell   Choir, Chorus
Frank Ricotti   Percussion,Conga
George Robertson   Viola
Ian Shaw   Choir, Chorus
Robert Smissen   Viola
Stephen Tees   Viola
Helen Terry   Choir, Chorus
Carmen Twillie   Choir, Chorus
Peter Van Hooke   Percussion,Piano,Drums
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston   Hammond Organ
Fred White   Choir, Chorus
Barry Wilde   Violin
Neal Wilkinson   Drums
Gavyn Wright   Violin,Conductor
Arnold McCuller   Choir, Chorus
Andrew Parker   Viola
Roger Smith   Cello
Benedict Cruft   Violin
Richard Morgan   Oboe
David Woodcock   Violin
Ian Thomas   Drums

Technical Credits

Rod Argent   Producer,String Arrangements
Kathy Hazzard   Contributor
David Kershenbaum   Producer
John Kurlander   Engineer
Bob Ludwig   Engineer
Simon Smart   Engineer
Kevin Smith   Engineer
Peter Van Hooke   Producer
Nick Bode   Art Direction
David Woodcock   Contributor

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Painted Desert Serenade 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If stranded on a desert island this is the one CD I would want. Kadison is a troubadour of romance. His mixes his strong "Elton John-like" voice and beautiful piano compositions with sweet enteratining lyrics, all-the-while telling a very good story. From the huge adult contemporary hit "Jessie", to the definitive love ballard "Beautiful in My Eyes", to the awesome final track, "Georgia Rain",and every song in-between; Kadison spins great yarns about longing for, enjoying and losing true love. These are songs of experiences that people from every walk-of-life can really relate to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a few years ago when I bought the CD after hearing the song "Jessie" and never have I loved a CD more after hearing just one song. Every song is great. Kadison is truly talented. The piano playing is inspirational and the lyrics are honest and heartfelt.