Elaine Paige And Friends

Release Date: 2010

Label: Rhino/WEA

Catalog #: 5249828742 (CD)

What fun making this album was. It took a full 3 months of recording in NYC at Avatar Studios (originally the renowned Power Station). I had such a great band – some of the best New York musicians – including Shawn Pelton, Dave Spinozza, Rob Mounsey & Dave Finck and of course the late legendary Phil Ramone producing and keeping us all in check! What an absolute delight and a lifetime wish come true as I had been wanting to work with Phil since I first heard Paul Simon’s ‘Still Crazy After All These Years’ album in 1975 … yes patience is a virtue!!

It was such a thrill to be working with so many legendary singers many of whom I had grown up listening to such as Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Neil Sedaka, Johnny Mathis to name but a few and now here I was recording with them. The ‘fan’ in me came out big time! New York wasn’t the only place we laid down tracks. I also went to LA and recorded at Capitol Records, another iconic recording studio where Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Nat King Cole, The Beatles and Barbra Streisand – all the major stars have recorded there. I recorded with both Paul Anka and LeAnn Rimes, in those hallowed studios.

Back in NYC, I had several meetings regarding the photo shoot for the album… The usual decisions had to be made. Then a weekend was nominated and we arrived at an amazing downtown large loft apartment overlooking the East River. After a long arduous day the shots were in the can and we knew we had our album cover.

Note: ‘Elaine Paige and Friends’ attained a Gold certification by the BPI (The British Recorded Music Industry) for sales in the UK – this award marks sales of 100,000 units of an individual album title to UK retailers.

  • 1
    Mi Morena (with Jon Secada; sax solo by Kenny G)
  • 2
    Take A Bow (with Idina Menzel)
  • 3
    The Prayer (with Barry Manilow)
  • 4
    Just The Way You Are (with Paul Anka)
  • 5
    Closest Thing To Crazy (with LeAnn Rimes)
  • 6
    Where Is The Love (with John Barrowman)
  • 7
    It’s Only Life (with Sinead O’Connor)
  • 8
    You Are Everything (with Billy Ocean)
  • 9
    It Might Be You (with Johnny Mathis)
  • 10
    Amoureuse (with Olivia Newton-John)
  • 11
    Make It With You (with Neil Sedaka)
  • 12
    All The Way (with Michael Bolton)
  • 13
    Thank You For Being A Friend (with Dionne Warwick)