Stages

Stages

by Josh Groban

CD

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Overview

Josh Groban always skirted the edges of middlebrow pop so it's a certain relief to hear the classical singer go all in on 2015's Stages, a tribute to the great songs of the Great White Way. He throws a few movie tunes in for good measure, including the opening "Pure Imagination" from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and "Over the Rainbow," but the concentration is on A Chorus Line, Les Miserables, The Fantasticks, Into the Woods, and Sunday in the Park with George -- lots of Sondheim, lots of musicals from after the peak of '60s crossover. Nevertheless, in its handsome deliberation, Stages does feel like a throwback to '60s LPs comprised of tunes everybody knows, sung by singers everybody knows. Groban in some ways benefits from a less operatic setting, as it naturally scales back his soaring excess, and the record is also nicely modulated -- a mellow, attractive journey to the middle of the road, a place that seems to suit Groban just fine.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2015
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624934394
catalogNumber: 544964
Rank: 8188

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Groban   Primary Artist
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Tal Bergman   Percussion,Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Jerry MacPherson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Randy Waldman   Piano
Dan Needham   Drums
Bernie Herms   Piano,Keyboards
Matt Campbell   Bass
Ruslan Sirota   Piano
Craig Nelson   Bass
Gavin Greenway   Conductor

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Riccardo Cocciante   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Benny Andersson   Composer
Tal Bergman   drum programming
Alain Boublil   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Bill Elliott   Arranger
Humberto Gatica   Producer,Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Edward Kleban   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Claude-Michel Schönberg   Composer
Richard Stilgoe   Composer
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Tim Rice   Composer
Harvey Schmidt   Composer
William Ross   Arranger,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Julian Peploe   Art Direction
Bernie Herms   Arranger,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Herbert Kretzmer   Composer
Chris Walden   Arranger
Andy Selby   Programming
Luc Plamondon   Composer
Adam Michalak   Engineer
Tom Jones   Composer
Jorge Vivo   Engineer
Ellen Wakayama   Art Direction
John Barrett   Engineer
Jerome Leroy   Orchestration
Charles Elliott Hart   Composer
Yossi Shakked   Engineer
Alex Kovacs   Programming
Martin Nessi   Engineer
Mary Webster   Programming

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Stages 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
FJMHERE More than 1 year ago
To each his own!  Buy this Josh Groban treasure Stages (17 track version, which includes two Bonus Tracks) only if you wish to be enthralled by absolute excellence, the likes of which one seldom finds nowadays.  Thank you, Josh, for your top-shelf interpretations of some of today's classic/classy music.  Bravo!  More than Five Stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His best by far. Excellent
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
absolutely amazing
TiredofGarbage More than 1 year ago
Sorry, but I cannot recommend this CD. If you are buying it for a Mother's Day gift, be warned - its a real downer. I'm as surprised as anyone by this review - I'm a true blue Groban fan, and I listen to his music daily. But this one is full of depressing songs about lost love, dead friends, dead brothers, and imaginary worlds. There's one happy song in Anthem, the rest are literally sad, sad, sad. A better choice for Mother's Day would be his last CD, All That Echoes or the one before it, Illuminations, which have a good balance of happy and sad. Sorry, but this one is just a downer.