by Toni Childs



Union's release in 1988 announced a bold, incendiary new voice in the singer/songwriter sweepstakes in Toni Childs. The well-traveled Childs, the short-term original lead singer for Berlin, draws upon the vast experiences of her life and delivers them with an urgency that is hypnotically compelling. It's all tied together by David Tickle's production and aided by first-rate backing by musicians including songwriting collaborator David Ricketts, drummer Rick Marotta and guitarist David Rhodes. The single "Don't Walk Away" kicks things off in high gear and Childs rarely looks back. Her take-no-prisoners vocal drives the funky, horn-driven track, which is backed by the gospel swell of the background vocalists. Although the rest of the album is a little more sedate, Childs never loses the urgent edge to her dusky voice. "Stop Your Fussin'" is sung to a restless lover over a Caribbean rhythm and "Hush" has a playful bounce to it. Elsewhere, "Zimbabwae" is a parable detailing African strife complete with chanting background vocals and "Dreamer" provides her with a bed of keyboards that shimmer like stars. The twice Grammy-nominated Union received universal critical acclaim and is riveting right through the moody poetry of the final track, "Where's the Ocean."

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/1993
Label: Fontana A&M
UPC: 0075021517523
catalogNumber: 215175

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toni Childs   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Renee Geyer   Background Vocals
Gary Barlough   Synthesizer
Gary Barnacle   Horn
Paul Hanson   Bassoon
Steve Hogarth   Keyboards
Rick Marotta   Drums
David Rhodes   Guitar
David Ricketts   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
John Thirkell   Horn
Alex Weir   Guitar
Crystal Wilson   Background Vocals
Penni Wilson   Background Vocals
Hans Christian   Cello

Technical Credits

Bill-Dog Dooley   Engineer
Chris Fuhrman   Engineer
Julie Last   Engineer
Steve MacMillan   Engineer
David Ricketts   drum programming
Joe Schiff   Engineer
David Tickle   Producer
Bob Vogt   Engineer
Saul Raye   Engineer
Chuck Beeson   Art Direction
Melanie Nissen   Art Direction
John Howard   Paintings
Angus Davidson   Engineer

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