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  • This is an Enhanced CD which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
  • Personnel includes: Kathie Lee Gifford, Dolly Parton, Collin Raye.
  • Includes liner notes by Kathie Lee Gifford.
  • Personnel: Susan Jolles (harp); Marilyn Reynolds, Barry Finclair, Maura Giannini, Lisa Matricardi, Xin Zhae, Belinda Whitney-Barratt, Ron Oakland, Evan Johnson, Robert Lawrence , Marshall P. Coid, Martin Agee, Suzanne Ornstein, Laura Seaton, Richard Sortomme, Mineko Yajima (violin); Julien Barber, Kenneth Burward-Hoy, Ronald Carbone, Richard Brice, Jill Jaffe (viola); Peter Sanders, Jeanne LeBlanc, Clay Ruede (cello); William Galison (harmonica); Robert Ingliss (oboe); David Tofani, John Campo, Eddie Salkin, John Winder, Richard Heckman, Harvey Estrin (woodwinds); Christian Jaudes, Glenn Drewes, Larry Lunetta (trumpet); Sharon Moe (French horn); James Pugh, Bruce Bonvissuto, Jack Schatz (trombone); Christopher Marlowe (piano); Jeffrey D. Harris, Joseph Baker (keyboards); John Redsecker (drums); James Saporito, Joe Passaro (percussion); Dolly Parton (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: David Friedman; Frank Fagnano.
  • Photographer: Dana Fineman.
  • Arranger: Christopher Marlowe .
  • Released in the spring of 2000 to capitalize on Kathie Lee's then-impending departure from the TV show Live with Regis & Kathie Lee, Born for You is a concept album, at least according to Gifford's liner notes. She says in the preface to the album that she wanted to record a soundtrack album, except that it would be a soundtrack to a life, presumably her own. So, she and musical director Christopher Marlowe and producer David Friedman designed an album that was supposed to have the sweep of a life. To use a rock equivalent, it could have sounded like Rod Stewart's Gasoline Alley, Every Picture Tells a Story, and Never a Dull Moment. But, since Gifford's background is show tunes, this is melodramatic and overblown instead of wryly observed. Well, Kathie Lee and her fans wouldn't have it any other way. Nevertheless, it's still a little strange to hear Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison in this context, especially since it doesn't seem to add to the theme very much. Still, it has to be said that Born for You, despite its lack of subtlety, is a better-constructed record than most of her albums, thanks to a solid choice of material, relatively less-mannered vocals, and a focus that must have helped its creators, even if it isn't evident to the audience. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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