|More Than Words: The Best of Kevin Kern|
|Compilation album by Kevin Kern|
|Producer||Terence Yallop, Kevin Kern|
|Kevin Kern chronology|
More Than Words: The Best of Kevin Kern, or simply More Than Words, is the first compilation album from American new-age pianist Kevin Kern. As with his preceding and succeeding albums, it is an album of instrumental songs. The compilation contains two new compositions, plus songs from all five of Kern's previous studio albums. It was released on September 3, 2002.
A compilation album comprises tracks, which may be previously released or unreleased, usually from several separate recordings by either one or several performers. If by one artist, then generally the tracks were not originally intended for release together as a single work, but may be collected together as a greatest hits album or box set. If from several performers, there may be a theme, topic, time period, or genre which links the tracks, or they may have been intended for release as a single work—such as a tribute album. When the tracks are by the same recording artist, the album may be referred to as a retrospective album or an anthology.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
New-age music is a genre of music intended to create artistic inspiration, relaxation and optimism. It is used by listeners for yoga, massage, meditation, reading as a method of stress management to bring about a state of ecstasy rather than trance, or to create a peaceful atmosphere in their home or other environments, and is associated with environmentalism and New Age spirituality.
"Out of the Darkness into the Light" is not actually a new composition for the album per se; the liner notes indicate that it was composed for a Real Music compilation album called Freedom to Love,and that it was only re-arranged for More Than Words. "Children at Play", however, was specifically made for this album.
In music, an arrangement is a musical reconceptualization of a previously composed work. It may differ from the original work by means of reharmonization, melodic paraphrasing, orchestration, or development of the formal structure. Arranging differs from orchestration in that the latter process is limited to the assignment of notes to instruments for performance by an orchestra, concert band, or other musical ensemble. Arranging "involves adding compositional techniques, such as new thematic material for introductions, transitions, or modulations, and endings... Arranging is the art of giving an existing melody musical variety".
The track listing printed is incorrect; track 14 is actually "A Gentle Whisper", taken from the same album as "Blossom on the Wind" was from. However, Kevin Kern's official website still lists the song as "Blossom on the Wind" and plays a snippet of that song when selected; on the other hand, Allmusic correctly depicts the snippet and duration, but still incorrectly labels the song title. In addition to this, the liner notes incorrectly print the durations of "Out of the Darkness Into the Light" and "Children at Play".
|1.||"Above the Clouds"||Kevin Kern||Embracing the Wind||5:25|
|2.||"Sundial Dreams"||Kevin Kern||In the Enchanted Garden||4:47|
|3.||"Out of the Darkness Into the Light"||Kevin Kern||previously unreleased||4:16|
|4.||"In My Life"||John Lennon, Paul McCartney||In My Life||3:29|
|5.||"Through the Arbor"||Kevin Kern||In the Enchanted Garden||3:46|
|6.||"From This Day Forward"||Kevin Kern||Embracing the Wind||4:50|
|7.||"Threads of Light"||Kevin Kern||Beyond the Sundial||3:10|
|8.||"Pastel Reflections"||Kevin Kern||Summer Daydreams||4:32|
|9.||"We All Fall in Love Sometimes"||Elton John, Bernie Taupin||In My Life||4:24|
|10.||"Where Paths Meet"||Kevin Kern||Beyond the Sundial||5:15|
|11.||"After the Rain"||Kevin Kern||In the Enchanted Garden||4:06|
|12.||"Children at Play"||Kevin Kern||previously unreleased||5:07|
|13.||"Twilight's Embrace"||Kevin Kern||Summer Daydreams||7:00|
|14.||"A Gentle Whisper"||Kevin Kern||Embracing the Wind||4:00|
From five highly successful and internationally acclaimed albums comes a wondrous collection of favorite Kevin Kern classics.
Kevin Kern is an American pianist, composer and recording artist of new-age music. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. He is now generally recognized as a representative of the new-age style. Born legally blind, Kern is aided in studio by SONAR’s accessibility and Dancing Dots’ assistive music technologies for the vision impaired.
Fourteen songs, including exquisite new compositions especially for this collection, to heal, uplift or simply bring a smile of tranquility to the listener. As reviewers have said,
|“||A beautiful and uplifting event you will savor as it is experienced and carry with you long after the final note has played.||”|
|“||Kevin [Kern]'s dreamy, romantic music sort of sneaks in between the openings in our armor and works a loving melody right into the heart.||”|
The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700, in which the strings are struck by hammers. It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings.
A keyboard instrument is a musical instrument played using a keyboard, a row of levers which are pressed by the fingers. The most common of these are the piano, organ, and various electronic keyboards, including synthesizers and digital pianos. Other keyboard instruments include celestas, which are struck idiophones operated by a keyboard, and carillons, which are usually housed in bell towers or belfries of churches or municipal buildings.
A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.
David Vickerman Bedford was an English composer and musician. He wrote and played both popular and classical music. He was the brother of the conductor Steuart Bedford and the grandson of the composer, painter and author Herbert Bedford and the composer Liza Lehmann.
"(She Was A) Hotel Detective" is a song and single by alternative rock band They Might Be Giants. It was released as a single two years after the release of They Might Be Giants, the album on which it originally appeared. The "Hotel Detective" title has become a somewhat recurring theme for the band.
When the Eagle Flies is the seventh studio album released by English rock band Traffic, in 1974. It was the final album released by the band until their 1994 reunion Far from Home. The album featured Jim Capaldi on drums, keyboards and vocals; Rosko Gee on bass guitar; Steve Winwood on guitar, keyboards, and vocals; and Chris Wood on flute and saxophone. The album uses a broader variety of keyboard instruments than previous Traffic albums, adding Moog to their repertoire.
In the Enchanted Garden is the debut album from American new-age pianist Kevin Kern. As with his succeeding albums, it is an album of instrumental songs. It was released on February 27, 1996.
Through Your Eyes: Kevin Kern Collection, or simply Through Your Eyes or Kevin Kern Collection, is a compilation album from American new-age pianist Kevin Kern, released in Japan only in 2002.
Summer Daydreams is the third album from American new-age pianist Kevin Kern. As with his preceding and succeeding albums, it is an album of instrumental songs. It was released on August 4, 1998.
Imagination's Light is the seventh studio album from American new-age pianist Kevin Kern. As with his preceding albums, it is an album of instrumental songs, this time with one song being a cover version of a song by Sting. It was released on July 19, 2005.
Endless Blue Sky is the eighth studio album from American new-age pianist Kevin Kern. As with his preceding albums, it is an album of instrumental songs. It was released on January 27, 2009.
Exposure - The Best of Gary Numan 1977–2002 is a compilation album by Gary Numan featuring tracks from his Beggars Banquet Records years together with later and newly re-recorded material in non-chronological order.
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Love Is Everything is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released by Mercury Records on March 5, 1965, and included covers of hit songs from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s as well as new songs from the composers of "Fly Me to the Moon", "What Will Mary Say", and "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year".
"Mandolin Wind" is a song written by Rod Stewart. It was first released on Stewart's 1971 album Every Picture Tells a Story and later as the b-side of a single from that album, his cover of "(I Know) I'm Losing You." In 1972, it was covered by The Everly Brothers on their album Stories We Could Tell, and in 1977 it was covered by Earl Scruggs on his album Strike Anywhere. The song has also appeared on numerous Rod Stewart compilation and live albums, including Sing It Again Rod, Storyteller – The Complete Anthology: 1964–1990 and Unplugged...and Seated. It has also appeared on Everly Brothers and Earl Scruggs compilation albums.
Beyond the Sundial is the second album from American new-age pianist Kevin Kern. As with his preceding and succeeding albums, it is an album of instrumental songs. It was released on April 8, 1997.
In My Life is the fourth album from American new-age pianist Kevin Kern. As with his preceding and succeeding albums, it is an album of instrumental songs. It was released on August 24, 1999.
Embracing the Wind is the fifth album from American new-age pianist Kevin Kern. As with his preceding and succeeding albums, it is an album of instrumental songs. It was released on April 3, 2001.
Enchanted Piano is the ninth studio album from American new-age pianist Kevin Kern, and his tenth overall. As with his preceding and succeeding albums, it is an album of instrumental songs. It was released on January 17, 2012.
Always Near - A Romantic Collection is the second compilation album from American new-age pianist Kevin Kern and his first since 2002's More Than Words: The Best of Kevin Kern. As with his other albums, it is an album of instrumental songs. Unlike More Than Words, Always Near is not merely a "best-of" album, but a compilation of Kevin Kern songs considered most romantic, hence the title. Also, unlike More Than Words, there are no new songs on this album. It was released on September 16, 2014.
"Help, I'm a Rock" is a song written by American experimental musicians Frank Zappa and Kim Fowley. It was recorded by Zappa along with the rock band the Mothers of Invention, and the first full-length version appeared on the group's debut album Freak Out!, which was released on Verve Records on June 27, 1966. A section of "Help, I'm a Rock" called "Third Movement: It Can't Happen Here" was also featured as the B-side of the DJ-only "How Can I Be Such a Fool?" single. With a running time of nearly nine minutes, "Help, I'm a Rock" remains one of the Mothers of Invention's most lengthy and experimental pieces in their catalogue.
Between 1993 and 2000, a series of Ramones covers albums were released by Selfless Records, an independent record label based in Garland, Texas specializing in punk rock, on which bands influenced by seminal punk group the Ramones performed cover versions of entire Ramones albums. Under the Selfless label, Screeching Weasel, the Queers, and the Vindictives respectively covered the first three Ramones albums: Ramones (1976), Rocket to Russia (1977), and Leave Home (1977). Selfless then became Clearview Records and continued the series, with Boris the Sprinkler, the Parasites, the Mr. T Experience, the Beatnik Termites, and the McRackins respectively covering End of the Century (1980), It's Alive (1979), Road to Ruin (1978), Pleasant Dreams (1981), and Too Tough to Die (1984).