Evolution (Oleta Adams album)

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Evolution
Evolution Oleta Adams.jpeg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 26, 1993
RecordedAndora Studios
GenreJazz, soul
Length57:14
LabelFontana Records (PolyGram)
ProducerStewart Levine
Oleta Adams chronology
Circle of One
(1990)
Evolution
(1993)
Moving On
(1995)
Singles from Evolution
  1. "I Just Had to Hear Your Voice"
    Released: January 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]

Evolution is the fourth album (second published worldwide) by the American vocalist, pianist and songwriter Oleta Adams and was released in 1993. The album is the follow up to Adams' worldwide hit album Circle of One and is fully produced by Stewart Levine. Like its predecessor, Evolution consists of songs with a mix of jazz, soul, pop and gospel. Evolution features three cover versions: the James Taylor song "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight", Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" and Ivan Lins' "Evolution". Adams wrote six of the twelve album tracks, and it also features a song written by songwriter Diane Warren.

Commercial performance[edit]

Evolution entered the top 10 in the UK Albums Chart. However, without the aid of a big hit single, the album dropped quickly and only stayed in the charts for seven weeks. In the US, the album peaked at #67 and stayed only 13 weeks in the charts. It had more success in continental Europe, most notably in the Netherlands where it peaked at #6 and stayed in the chart for almost a year.

Singles[edit]

Five singles were taken from the album. The lead single, "I Just Had to Hear Your Voice", failed to become a big hit as "Get Here" had been for her previous album. It peaked at #42 in the UK Singles Chart and did not chart in the US Billboard Hot 100. Other singles failed to chart in both countries. However, they sold better in continental Europe. These were the gospel-tinged "Window of Hope", "Easier to Say (Goodbye)", "My Heart Won't Lie" and "The Day I Stop Loving You".

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."My Heart Won't Lie"Oleta Adams4:42
2."Hold Me for a While"Adams5:11
3."Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"James Taylor4:45
4."When Love Comes to the Rescue"Adams5:16
5."I Just Had to Hear Your Voice"Allan Rich, Jud Friedman3:38
6."Come When You Call"Aaron Zigman, Jerry Knight4:14
7."Easier to Say (Goodbye)"Adams6:32
8."Lover's Holiday"Adams4:11
9."The Day I Stop Loving You"Diane Warren5:04
10."New York State of Mind"Billy Joel5:33
11."Evolution"Brock Walsh, Ivan Lins3:41
12."Window of Hope"Adams4:24
Total length:57:12

Personnel[edit]

  • Oleta Adams – lead vocals, arrangements (all tracks), piano (1, 2, 4, 5, 7-12), synthesizer (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12), Fender Rhodes (3), backing vocals (6, 7)
  • Aaron Zigman – keyboards (1, 6), synthesizer (1, 5), programming (2, 4, 8, 10, 12), horns (7), strings (11)
  • Neil Larson – Hammond B3 organ (3, 5, 10)
  • Michael Landau – guitar (1-6, 10, 11), guitar solo (7), acoustic guitar and solo (9)
  • Ray Fuller – guitar (4, 7, 8, 12)
  • Freddie Washington – bass guitar (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11), fretless bass (3, 9)
  • Jerry Knight – bass guitar (6), backing vocals (6)
  • Larry Kimpel – bass guitar (8, 12)
  • Richie Stevens – drums (1-5, 7-12), programming (4, 7, 11, 12), additional programming (6)
  • Gota Yashiki – drums (6), programming (6)
  • Lenny Castro – percussion (2, 4, 6-9, 12)
  • David Sanborn – alto saxophone (3)
  • Tom Scott – tenor saxophone (2, 10, 11)
  • Chuck Findley – flugelhorn solo (4), muted trumpet (6), trumpet (10)
  • Stewart Levine – arrangements (all tracks)
  • Paulette Brown – backing vocals (7, 12)
  • Bunny Hill – backing vocals (7, 12)
  • Arnold McCuller – backing vocals (7, 12)
  • Ricky Nelson – backing vocals (7, 12)
  • Valerie Pinkston-Mayo – backing vocals (7, 12)
  • Fred White – backing vocals (7, 12)
  • Perri (Carolyn, Darlene, Lori and Sharon Perry) – backing vocals (12)

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Stewart Levine
  • Recorded and Mixed by Daren Klein at Andora Studios (North Hollywood, CA).
  • Second Engineer – Gonzalo "Bino" Espinoza
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Design – Peter Barrett and Andrew Biscomb
  • Photography – Randee St. Nicholas

Charts[edit]

Chart Date Position
US Billboard 200 1993 #67
US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1993 #20
Dutch album chart 1993 #6
UK Albums Chart 1993 #10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Evolution - Oleta Adams". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  2. ^ Dyson, Michael Eric. "Recordings: Evolution, Oleta Adams, 3 Stars". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on August 27, 2002. Retrieved June 4, 2016.