The Sweetest Illusion

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The Sweetest Illusion
Basia - The Sweetest Illusion album cover.jpg
Studio album by Basia
Released May 3, 1994 (1994-05-03)
Recorded Whitfield Street Recording Studios
(London, England)
Genre
Label Epic
Producer Basia Trzetrzelewska, Danny White
Basia chronology
London Warsaw New York
(1989)
The Sweetest Illusion
(1994)
Basia on Broadway
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Q 3/5 stars[2]

The Sweetest Illusion is the third solo studio album by Polish jazz and pop singer–songwriter Basia, released in the United States on May 3, 1994 by Epic Records. It was her final major-label release of the 1990s, though a live album and a greatest hits collection followed. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on December 14, 1994 for sales in excess of 500,000 units within the U.S.,[3] and earned Basia her first (and so far only) chart-topper on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart with "Drunk on Love".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Basia Trzetrzelewska and Danny White, except where noted.

  1. "Drunk on Love" (Trzetrzelewska, White, Peter Ross) – 4:46
  2. "Third Time Lucky" – 5:01
  3. "Yearning" – 5:22
  4. "She Deserves It/Rachel's Wedding" (featuring Trey Lorenz) – 4:52
  5. "An Olive Tree" (Kevin Robinson, Trzetrzelewska, White) – 5:01
  6. "The Sweetest Illusion" (Trzetrzelewska, White, Ross) – 4:58
  7. "Perfect Mother" – 3:50
  8. "More Fire Than Flame" (Trzetrzelewska, White, Ross) – 4:13
  9. "Simple Pleasures" – 4:53
  10. "My Cruel Ways" – 4:54
  11. "The Prayer of a Happy Housewife" – 4:56

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
French Albums Chart[4] 39
Japanese Albums Chart[5] 6
U.S. Billboard 200[6] 27

Personnel[edit]

  • Arranged By [Strings] - Nick Ingman (tracks: 3, 10)
  • Artwork By [Design & Artwork] - Blii Smith Studio, London
  • Artwork By [Paintings] - Halina Tymusz
  • Backing Vocals - Basia (tracks: 3, 11), Mark Anthoni (tracks: 3, 11)
  • Bass - Andres Lafone (tracks: 2, 5, 7), Julian Crampton (tracks: 1, 3, 6, 9, 11), Randy Hope-Taylor (tracks: 8, 10)
  • Drums - Andy Gangadeen
  • Flugelhorn - Kevin Robinson (4) (tracks: 2, 5, 9 to 11)
  • Guitar - Andy Ross (tracks: 6, 10, 11), Peter White (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 11)
  • Keyboards - Danny White
  • Leader [Strings] - Gavyn Wright (tracks: 3, 6, 10)
  • Management - Dee Anthony
  • Mastered By - Vlado Meller
  • Mixed By - Dave Bascombe
  • Other [Make-up] - Helen Whiting
  • Percussion - Bosco De Oliveira (tracks: 2, 7), Karl Vanden Bossche (tracks: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 to 11)
  • Photography - Paul Cox
  • Producer, Arranged By - Basia Trzetrzelewska, Danny White
  • Recorded By - Mark Chamberlain
  • Recorded By [Assistant] - Jason Scott Westbrook
  • Recorded By [Pianos - Assistant] - Lee Phillips
  • Recorded By [Pianos] - Paul Mortimer
  • Trombone - Fayyaz Virji (tracks: 2, 5, 8 to 10)
  • Trumpet - Kevin Robinson (4) (tracks: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8)
  • Vocals - Basia Trzetrzelewska, Trey Lorenz (tracks: 4)
  • Words By - Basia Trzetrzelewska (tracks: 2 to 5, 7, 9 to 11), Peter Ross (tracks: 1, 6, 8)

Recording studios[edit]

  • Recorded at Whitfield Street Recording Sudios, London.
  • Pianos recorded at Westside Studios, London.
  • Mastered at Sony Music studios, New York.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Q review
  3. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum". RIAA. December 14, 1994. Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  4. ^ "Tous les Albums classés par Artiste (see "BASIA")". InfoDisc (in French). Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  5. ^ "The Sweetest Illusion – Oricon". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Sweetest Illusion > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-04-25.