|Studio album by Ofra Haza|
|Released||November 1, 1988|
|Genre||Progressive electronic music
|Label||Sire/Warner Bros. Records
Teldec/WEA Records (international)
|Ofra Haza chronology|
Shaday is an album by Israeli singer Ofra Haza, released in 1988. Shaday, recorded both in Tel Aviv and England, became Haza's international breakthrough album and includes the Hebrew-English language remix singles "Im Nin'alu" and "Galbi," as well as "Shaday" and "Da'Ale Da'Ale," also released as remix singles. The name of the album is a somewhat controversial double entendre, meaning one of the acronyms for Yahweh but also a Modern Hebrew translation for "my breasts".
Album overview and single releases
Shaday was released after the international chart success of the single "Im Nin'alu (English Mix)". Like the follow-up single "Galbi", the original version of "Im Nin'alu" was included on the 1984 album Yemenite Songs, which consisted of traditional folk songs with lyrics coming from the poetry of 16th century Rabbi Shalom Shabazi. Both tracks were released in a wide array of dance remixes both in Israel and internationally, following Eric B. & Rakim, Coldcut, M/A/R/R/S, and a number of other hip-hop and dance acts sampling Haza's voice.
The hit single "Im Nin' Alu" was actually preceded by a 12" remix of "Galbi" named Special Mix (Long Version and Short Version) released by the record label Globe Style. It was an underground club hit in Israel, Europe and the United States in 1985 and 1986. For the Shaday album, the track was again remixed with an arrangement similar to that of "Im Nin' Alu" and also partly re-recorded with English language lyrics and subsequently re-issued as the follow-up single in both Europe and the United States in 1988.
"Love Song," an a cappella with lyrics from the Old Testament's "Song of Songs" (8:6-7), first recorded under the Hebrew title "Azah Ka'Mavet Ahavah" on the 1979 album Shir HaShirim (Love Songs), has, just like the original 1984 version of "Im Nin' Alu," been sampled and remixed frequently through the 1990s and 2000s.
Two further songs on the Shaday album were English-language versions of tracks previously recorded in Hebrew: "My Aching Heart" (as "Hake'ev Haze") and "Take Me to Paradise" ("Bo Venagen Otti"), both released on the Israeli pop album Yamim Nishbarim (Broken Days) in 1986.
The US Sire Records CD release of Shaday adds the 1988 12" Sehoog Mix of "Galbi" bonus track.
- "Im Nin'alu" (English Mix) (Aloni, Ashdot, Shabazi) - 3:29
- "Eshal" (Aloni, Haza) - 3:57
- "Da'ale Da'ale" (Aloni, Haza) - 3:23
- "My Aching Heart" (Ashdot, Barak, Haza) - 5:47
- "Love Song" (Aloni, Traditional) - 2:27
- "Galbi" (Aloni, Amram) - 3:13
- "Face to Face" (Aloni, Haza) - 4:52
- "Take Me to Paradise" (Barak, Haza) - 4:48
- "Shaday" (Aloni, Haza) - 5:40
- "Galbi" (The Sehoog Mix) (Aloni, Haza) - 5:04
- Ofra Haza—lead vocals
- Izhar Ashdot—all instruments trks 1 & 6, drums, bass guitar, guitar, keyboards trk 2, 3, & 9, additional percussion and keyboards trk 4
- Iki Levy—percussion trks 2, 3, & 9 drums & percussion trk 4
- Alon Oleartchik—strings, accordion trk 2
- Ruby St James—backing vocals trk 3
- Sylvia Mason-James—backing vocals trk 3
- Charles Jones—bass trks 7 & 8
- Steve Greetham—bass trks 7 & 8
- Nick Brown—drum programming trks 7 & 8
- Steve Goulding—drum programming trks 7 & 8
- Chris Jarret—guitar trks 7 & 8
- Dani Ali—keyboard programming trks 7 & 8
- Robin Langridge—keyboard programming trks 7 & 8
- Scott Davidson —keyboard programming trks 7 & 8
- Jamie Talbot—saxophone trk trks 7 & 8
- Gilad Atsmon—saxophone, flute, clarinet
- Izhar Ashdot—producer trk 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 musical arranger trk 2, 3, 4, 9
- Yair Nitzani—executive producer trk 1
- Wally Brill—producer, engineer trk 4, producer trk 5, producer, engineer & sound mix trks 7 & 8
- Bezalel Aloni—executive production and management
- Benny Nagari—arranger trk 1, 6
- Bob Kraushaar—mixing trk 1, 2, 3, 9
- Gil Toren—engineer trk 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9
- Paul Wright—assistant engineer trk 1
- Jeff Ward—engineer trk 2, 3, 4, 9
- Gili Uriel—assistant engineer trk 2, 4, 9
- Pete Frith—assistant engineer trk 2, 4, 9
- Jean Christophe Vareille—assistant engineer trks 5, 7
- Pete Schwier—engineer trk 6
- Ren—assistant engineer trk 6
- Mainartery London—artwork & design
- Trks 1–3 recorded at DB Studios, Tel Aviv, Israel. Mixed at Sarm West, London, England, UK.
- Trk 4 recorded at DB Studios, Tel Aviv and the Justice Room, Somerset, England. Mixed at Sarm West, London, England, UK.
- Trk 5 recorded at the Justice Room, Somerset, England, UK.
- Trk 6 mixed at Sarm West, London, England, UK.
- Trks 7 & 8 recorded at the Justice Room, Somerset, England, UK.
- Trk 9 recorded at DB Studios, Tel Aviv, Israel. Mixed at Sarm West, London, England, UK.