Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Songs from Ally McBeal featuring Vonda Shepard (1998)


Record exec: "Vonda, we've got good news and bad news for you. The good news: we're gonna release CD of your recordings! The bad news: you won't get top billing and we're gonna put another woman's picture on the cover."

More covers than originals and that's fine with me. I like Vonda's voice just fine and the vague country-soft rock spin she puts on tunes. If I'm remembering the show correctly, Vonda played this music with her band as the characters interacted and occasionally mistreated her bar band as a live karoake back-up group. And that's the best way to listen to these tunes - as background music.

Billboard, May 30, 1998, p. 26
Compared to the Rembrandts. Ouch.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #7

Tracks: The better tracks are Hooked On A Feeling, You Belong To Me, Will You Marry Me?,  It's In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song), and I Only Want To Be With You. According to "The song 'Tell him' by various different artists, including the original by The Exciters, written by Bert Berns, is featured in 52 out of 112 episodes.[sic]" I will not be watching the series to confirm that number.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I have vague memories of watching the TV show, mainly for the parade of pretty women. I don't remember how many seasons it lasted, but I'm pretty sure I didn't watch more than two (my crack research staff informs me it aired 5 seasons, 1997-2002).

Previously revisited for the blog:
Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas featuring Vonda Shepard (2000)

*I recently unearthed a CD carry case that my wife used to carry in one or more of our three former minivans.  This month, in the spirit of this blog's mission, I'll be listening to that case's contents.

1 comment:

  1. I got this one digitally a number of years after the show aired. I like Vonda's vocals. As for the show, my wife and I were big fans. We have the entire series box set on DVD.