1995 Joan Armatrading – What’s Inside

What’s Inside is the fourteenth studio album by British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading. The album was written, arranged and produced by Armatrading, co-produced by David Tickle and recorded at the A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood. The strings were recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, with the Kronos Quartet’s contribution recorded at The Plant Recording Studios, Sausalito, California and The Memphis Horns recorded at Kiva Recording Studio, Memphis, Tennessee. The album was released in 1995 by RCA and was Armatrading’s only album for the label. She had left A&M in 1992 after an eighteen-year association with the company.

Armatrading used a string orchestra on several tracks. She used the London Metropolitan Orchestra, along with the Kronos Quartet on one track and The Memphis Horns on two songs. Because of this, the album had several arrangers (see Personnel list) including Armatrading herself.

B. J. Cole returned to play slide guitar, the first time he had played on an Armatrading album since 1976, when he played on the track “Down to Zero” from the eponymous Joan Armatrading album; and Manu Katché once more returned to play drums. After a twelve-year gap, Tony Levin reprised his role as one of the album’s bass guitarists – he had previously played on Walk Under Ladders in 1981 and The Key in 1983. Other than those, Armatrading and her co-producer David Tickle worked with a new set of musicians for the album, including some very experienced artists guesting on several tracks, such as Darryl Jones, who had worked with Miles Davis and Eric Clapton, among others, and who went on to join the Rolling Stones; Greg Phillinganes, a keyboardist who had worked with Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin and many others, and Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Tracks

1  In Your Eyes (Caroline Dale) 02:42
2  Everyday Boy (Joan Armatrading) 04:37
3  Merchant Of Love (Joan Armatrading) 04:49
4  Shapes And Sizes (Joan Armatrading) 03:15
5  Back On The Road (Joan Armatrading) 02:43
6  Lost The Love (Joan Armatrading) 03:43
7  Songs (Joan Armatrading) 03:49
8  Would You Like To Dance (Joan Armatrading) 04:01
9  Recommend My Love (Joan Armatrading) 04:30
10  Beyond The Blue (Joan Armatrading) 03:52
11  Can’t Stop Loving You (Joan Armatrading) 03:25
12  Shape Of A Pony (Joan Armatrading) 04:42
13  Trouble (Joan Armatrading) 04:06

Media

Musicians

1 In Your Eyes

BassTony Levin
DrumsManu Katche
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
VocalsJoan Armatrading


2 Everyday Boy

BassDarryl Jones
BassTony Levin
DrumsManu Katche
GuitarJoan Armatrading
KeyboardsBenmont Tench
VocalsJoan Armatrading


3 Merchant Of Love

BassTony Levin
DrumsManu Katche
GuitarJoan Armatrading
KeyboardsBenmont Tench
PercussionAlex Acuna
Background VocalsK La
Background VocalsRay Williams
Background VocalsTerry Evans
Background VocalsWillie Greene
VocalsJoan Armatrading


4 Shapes And Sizes

BassTony Levin
DrumsManu Katche
Acoustic GuitarHojah Farah
KeyboardsTodd Cochran
PercussionAlex Acuna
VocalsJoan Armatrading


5 Back On The Road

BassTony Levin
DrumsManu Katche
GuitarJoan Armatrading
KeyboardsBenmont Tench
VocalsJoan Armatrading


6 Lost The Love

BassDarryl Jones
DrumsManu Katche
GuitarJoan Armatrading
KeyboardsTodd Cochran
PercussionAlex Acuna
Background VocalsK La
Background VocalsRay Williams
Background VocalsTerry Evans
Background VocalsWillie Greene
VocalsJoan Armatrading


7 Songs

BassTony Levin
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
DrumsManu Katche
PercussionAlex Acuna
VocalsJoan Armatrading


8 Would You Like To Dance

BassDarryl Jones
DrumsManu Katche
GuitarJoan Armatrading
KeyboardsPeter Robinson
HornsThe Memphis Horns
Background VocalsK La
Background VocalsRay Williams
Background VocalsTerry Evans
Background VocalsWillie Greene
VocalsJoan Armatrading


9 Recommend My Love

BassDarryl Jones
DrumsManu Katche
E-BowJoan Armatrading
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
Background VocalsK La
Background VocalsRay Williams
Background VocalsTerry Evans
Background VocalsWillie Greene
VocalsJoan Armatrading


10 Beyond The Blue

BassDarryl Jones
DrumsManu Katche
GuitarBJ Cole
Acoustic GuitarJoan Armatrading
KeyboardsBenmont Tench
PercussionAlex Acuna
VocalsJoan Armatrading


11 Can’t Stop Loving You

BassTony Levin
DrumsManu Katche
GuitarJoan Armatrading
KeyboardsBenmont Tench
HornsThe Memphis Horns
PercussionAlex Acuna
Background VocalsK La
Background VocalsRay Williams
Background VocalsTerry Evans
Background VocalsWillie Greene
VocalsJoan Armatrading


12 Shape Of A Pony

BassTony Levin
DrumsManu Katche
GuitarJoan Armatrading
KeyboardsBenmont Tench
Penny WhistleBoz Burrell
PercussionAlex Acuna
VocalsJoan Armatrading


13 Trouble

BassTony Levin
DrumsManu Katche
KeyboardsTodd Cochran
PercussionAlex Acuna
VocalsJoan Armatrading

Other Musicians


Strings – The London Metropolitan Orchestra

Liner Notes

Producer – David Tickle, Joan Armatrading
Arranged By – Joan Armatrading
Arranged By (Strings) – Caroline Dale (Track 1)
Arranged By (Strings) – Joan Armatrading (Tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
Arranged By (Strings) – Dana Brayton (Track 4)
Engineer – Wolfgang Amadeus
Engineer (Second, Horns) – Malcolm Springer
Engineer (Second, Quartet) – Tom Luekens
Engineer (Second, Strings) – Simon Rhodes
Engineer (Second) – Chad Munsey
Engineer (Additional) – Graham Dickson, Mike Ging (Track 2)
Mixed By – David Tickle (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
Mixed By – Shelly Yakus (Track 2)
Orchestrated By – Caroline Dale
Recorded By – David Tickle

Design, Illustration – Sherri Maxwell

Recorded At A&M Studios
Recorded At Abbey Road Studios
Recorded At Record Plant, Sausalito
Recorded At Kiva Recording Studio
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