Live the Life

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Live The Life
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Studio album by Michael W. Smith
Released 1998
Recorded 1997
Genre Christian rock
Length 56:52
Label Reunion
Producer Mark Heimmerman, Michael W. Smith, Stephen Lipson
Michael W. Smith chronology
I'll Lead You Home
(1995)I'll Lead You Home1995
Live The Life
(1998)
Christmastime
(1998)Christmastime1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Live the Life is an album by Michael W. Smith.[2] One notable song on this album was "In My Arms Again," which Michael W. Smith wrote for the film Titanic. There were 26 songs written and completed for the album, whose release date was pushed back twice as Smith wasn't fully satisfied with the track list. Along with the 12 songs which eventually made it on the album, the tracks "Greater Than We Understand" and "Evening Show" were released on the B-sides of the CD singles for "Live the Life" and "Love Me Good" respectively. The remaining 12 songs appeared in some form on Smith's 1999 album This Is Your Time.

"Song for Rich" is an instrumental tribute to Rich Mullins who died in a car crash in September 1997.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Missing Person"Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick6:01
2."Love Me Good"Smith, Kirkpatrick4:41
3."Live the Life"Smith, Brent Bourgeois4:36
4."Never Been Unloved"Smith, Kirkpatrick4:39
5."I Believe in You Now"Smith, Kirkpatrick4:44
6."Don't Give Up"Smith, Bourgeois4:20
7."Let Me Show You the Way"Smith, Nik Kershaw, Stephen Lipson4:12
8."I Know Your Name"Smith, Beverly Darnall4:00
9."Matter of Time"Smith, Bourgeoi3:42
10."In My Arms Again"Smith, Joanna Carlson, Cindy Morgan (singer)6:11
11."Song for Rich"Smith1:53
12."Hello, Goodbye"Smith, Kirkpatrick5:22
13."Live the Life (Reprise)" (hidden track)Smith, Bourgeois2:30

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael W. Smith: lead vocals, keyboards (1, 4-8, 10, 11, 12), piano (2, 3, 5), programming (2, 5, 6, 10), guitars (3, 5, 7, 9), Hammond B3 organ (6), BGV's (7, 10)
  • Mark Heimmerman: keyboards (1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12), Hammond B3 organ (1), BGV's (1, 3, 5, 8, 9)
  • Bryan Lenox: programming (2, 6, 10), keyboards (10)
  • Phil Madeira: Hammond B3 organ (2)
  • Marc Harris: Hammond B3 organ (5)
  • Stephen Lipson: programming (7), guitars (7)
  • Dan Needham: drums (1, 3, 4)
  • Neil Conti: drums (7)
  • Scott Williamson: drums (8, 9, 12)
  • Terry McMillan: percussion (1-5, 9)
  • Luis Jardim: percussion (7)
  • Steve Brewster: percussion (8, 12)
  • Jackie Street: bass guitar (1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12)
  • Brent Milligan: bass guitar (1)
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas: bass guitar (4)
  • Jerry McPherson: guitars (1-4, 6, 8, 12)
  • Will Owsley: guitars (1)
  • George Cocchini: guitars (1, 3)
  • Tom Hemby: guitars (4)
  • Micah Wilshire: guitars (3)
  • Nik Kershaw: guitars (7)
  • Robbie McIntosh: guitars (7)
  • Chris Rodriguez: guitars (8, 9, 12)
  • Dann Huff: guitars (9)
  • Brent Barcus: guitars (10)
  • The Nashville String Machine: strings (9, 10)
  • Tom Howard: string arrangements and conductor
  • Woodwind section (11): Peter Cairney, William Verdier, John Mock and Hunter Lee; arranged by John Mock
  • John Mock: tin whistle (12)
  • BGV's: Judson Spence (1, 3, 5), Micah Wilshire (1, 5, 6), Wayne Kirkpatrick (4, 9, 12), Michael Black (5), Lori Wilshire (6), Chris Rodriguez (6) and Brent Bourgeois (8)
  • Choir (2): George Pendergrass, Mark Heimmerman, Micah Wilshire, Lori Wilshire, Da'dra Crawford, Nicole C. Mullen, Scat Springs and Vicki Hampton

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Mark Heimmerman and Michael W. Smith (1-5, 8, 9, 11, 12), Michael W. Smith (6, 10), Stephen Lipson (7).
  • Executive Producer: Michael Blanton
  • Engineers: Todd Robbins, Tom Laune, Bryan Lenox, Keith Compton and Heff Moraes.
  • Assistant engineers: Shawn McLean, Dave Dillbeck, Alan Litten, Patrick Kelly, Tim Putnam, Rob Burrell and Robert "Void" Caprio.
  • Recorded at Deer Valley, Fun Attic, The Bennett House and Dark Horse Recording Studio (Franklin, TN); The Tracking Room (Nashville, TN); The Aquarium (London, England).
  • Mix engineers: Joe Baldridge, Bryan Lenox and Heff Moraes; assisted by Joe Costa and Adam Hatley.
  • Mixed at Deer Valley and The Playground (Franklin, TN); 16th Avenue Sound (Nashville, TN); The Aquarium (London, England).
  • Computer editing: Dan Rudin
  • Mastering: Hank Williams at Master Mix (Nashville, TN).
  • Photography: Jimmy Abegg
  • Art direction and design: Diana Lussenden

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Billboard - 13 Dec 1997 - Page 45 " "Live The Life" has already won the hearts of Smith's faithful fans in Christian music circles."
  3. ^ "www.philcallaway.com". www.philcallaway.com. Retrieved 2011-12-23.