by k.d. langk.d. lang


$21.61 $21.99 Save 2% Current price is $21.61, Original price is $21.99. You Save 2%.
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


This two-disc retrospective -- which includes favorites like "Constant Craving" and "Smoke Rings," as well as ten tracks that never appeared on k.d. lang albums; and interpretations of classic songs like Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and The Hollies "The Air That I Breathe" -- illustrates how lang got to this significant point in her career, 25 years after the independent release of her debut, A Truly Western Experience. As lang moved from the subversively whimsical cow-punk sound of her early career in Western Canada to a broader pop palette, she has shown an ever-increasing sophistication, both as songwriter and interpreter. Dramatic, country-meets-lounge opener "Trail of Broken Hearts," from her 1989 Grammy Award-winning Absolute Torch and Twang album, encapsulates where she came from and where she was heading. The luxurious adult pop of "Constant Craving," from the platinum-selling 1992 Ingenue, garnered her a Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female Grammy and remains her best known and most successful single. The effervescent "Miss Chatelaine," also from Ingenue, remains a concert favorite and "I Dream of Spring," is a particularly lush example of what she so artfully created for the acclaimed Watershed.

Her bravura rendition of "Crying," originally cut with Orbison for the soundtrack to the movie Hiding Out, has become a showstopper in her live performances, perhaps rivaled only be her beautifully restrained version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." This soaring signature tune appears here as both a new recording, and in its original studio version. On her 2004 Nonesuch debut, Hymns of the 49th Parallel, she explored the work of her fellow Canadian songwriters, including Neil Young ("Helpless") and the woefully underrated Jane Siberry (the sublime "The Valley"). Regardless of its source, her choice of cover material has always been inspired, as evidenced by her take on the Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe," Joni Mitchell's "Help Me," the Beatles' Golden Slumbers," and Chris Isaak's "Western Stars," produced by Nashville legend Owen Bradley, Patsy Cline's mentor, for Shadowlands. lang is equally adept with such standards as Cole Porter's "Love For Sale" and "So In Love," and the jazz classic "Moonglow" (performed here with Tony Bennett), and that has endeared her to a multi-generational audience. From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 02/09/2010
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597979893
catalogNumber: 523268
Rank: 4942

Album Credits

Performance Credits

k.d. lang   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Harp,Keyboards,Vocals
Jane Siberry   Keyboards,Vocals
Roy Orbison   Vocals
Tony Bennett   Vocals
Gary Burton   Vibes
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Steve Kujala   Flute
David Torn   Guitar Loops
Ralph Sharon   Piano
Bob Telson   Keyboards
Lincoln Adler   Alto Saxophone
John Borg   Viola
Teddy Borowiecki   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Graham Boyle   Percussion
Harold Bradley   Bass
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Clayton Cameron   Drums
Jimmy Capps   Rhythm Guitar
Roy Christensen   Cello
Larry Corbett   Cello
Michael Creber   Piano
Brian Dembow   Viola
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Danny Frankel   Drums
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Connie Grauer   Keyboards
Buddy Harman   Drums
Michael Jerome   Drums
Martin Laba   Guest Appearance,Pizzicato
Lee Larrison   Violin
Greg Leisz   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Sue Leonard   Vocals
John Leventhal   Guitar
Ted Madsen   Violin
Bob Mason   Cello
Gordie Matthews   Acoustic Guitar
Terry McMillan   Harmonica
John Medeski   Piano,Keyboards
Ben Mink   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Strings,Violin,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Ukulele,Viola,Mandola,Beatbox
Dennis Molchan   Violin
Ken Myhr   Guitar
Dean Parks   wah wah guitar
David Piltch   Bass,Guitar,Electric Bass,Keyboards,Fretless Bass Guitar,Loops,Acoustic Bass,Guitar (Baritone)
Michel Pouliot   Drums
Tom Ralls   Trombone
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
David Stenske   Violin
Gordon Stoker   Vocals
Randall Stoll   Drums
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Pete Wade   Electric Guitar
Ian Walker   Bass
Duane West   Vocals
Albert Wing   Saxophone
Kim Zick   Drums
Kevin Breit   Guitar
Gayle Levant   Harp
Billy Martin   Drums
Smokey Hormel   Guitar
Doug Richeson   Bass
Annie King   Baritone Saxophone
Chris Stephens   Banjo
Damian leGassick   Keyboards
Tony Migliore   Piano
Neal Matthew   Vocals
Chris Wood   Bass
Daphne Chen   Violin
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Grecco Buratto   Guitar
Daniel Clarke   Piano
Matt Fish   Cello
Melissa Reiner   Violin
Cynthia Fogg   Viola
Joshua Grange   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Strings,Vocals,Wurlitzer
David Briggs   Keyboards
Lauren Chipman   Viola
Shawn Davis   Bass
Armen Ksajikian   Cello
Louis Nunley   Vocals
Tiffany Yi Hu   Violin
George Binkley   Violin
Ralph Morrison   Violin,Concert Master
Sarah Parkins   Violin
Ann Patterson   Trumpet
Eumir Deodato   Conductor
Wendy Melvain   Guitar
John Friesen   Cello

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Jane Siberry   Composer,Producer
Chris Isaak   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Albert Hammond   Composer
Bob Telson   Composer,Producer
Danny Bennett   Producer
Bobby Bradley   Engineer
Owen Bradley   Producer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
John Harris   Engineer
Jimmie Haskell   Orchestration
Will Hudson   Composer
David Kahne   Producer
Danny Kopelson   Engineer
k.d. lang   Composer,Producer
David Leonard   Engineer,Remixing,Additional Production
Bill McElhiney   Arranger
Ben Mink   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Greg Penny   Producer,Engineer
Michael Phillip Wojewoda   Engineer
David Piltch   Composer,drum programming
Cole Porter   Composer
Marc Ramaer   Producer,Engineer
Roger Squitero   Hands
Craig Street   Producer
Ian Walker   String Arrangements
David Weiss   Producer
Don Was   Producer
Mitch Maketansky   Engineer
Damian leGassick   Producer,String Arrangements
Linda C. Cobb   Art Direction
Propellerheads   Vocal Arrangements
Jason Mauza   Engineer
Joe Melson   Composer
Morrie Eaman   Engineer
Joshua Grange   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Michael Hazlewood   Composer
Lynne Earls   Engineer
Joe Seta   Engineer
Eumir Deodato   String Arrangements

Customer Reviews