Free Spirit (Bonnie Tyler album)

Free Spirit is the eleventh studio album by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. It was first released in 1995 by EastWest Records in Europe, and by Atlantic Records in the United States.

Free Spirit
Bonnie Tyler - Free Spirit.jpg
Studio album by
Released1995 (original)
26 March 1996 (re-release)
Recorded1995
GenrePop rock
Length75:02
LabelEastWest
Producer
Bonnie Tyler chronology
Silhouette in Red
(1993)
Free Spirit
(1995)
All in One Voice
(1998)
Singles from Free Spirit
  1. "Making Love Out of Nothing at All"
    Released: 1995
  2. "You're the One"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad"
    Released: 1995
  4. "Limelight"
    Released: 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

BackgroundEdit

Tyler's three previous albums, Bitterblue (1991), Angel Heart (1992) and Silhouette in Red (1993), were released in Europe by Hansa Records. She signed to EastWest Records in 1994 and travelled to Los Angeles to record Free Spirit.[2] Dieter Bohlen, Tyler's producer under Hansa, took her leave very personally, describing Free Spirit and All In One Voice" as "one of the most expensive flops in the history of EastWest."[3]

Release and promotionEdit

Tyler first released the album in Europe through EastWest Records and in the United States through Atlantic Records. She recorded the Alan Parsons Project song "Limelight", which was used as an Olympic theme by ZDF, and featured on EastWest's Atlanta '96 - The Sound of Winners compilation album, in association with the 1996 Summer Olympics, which took place in Atlanta, Georgia.[4] The song appeared on a re-release of Free Spirit in March 1996.

The Free Spirit Tour began on 1 April 1996, where Tyler performed 22 shows in Germany.

Track listingEdit

Free Spirit — Standard edition[5]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Nothing to Do with Love"
4:53
2."You're the One"
  • Gatica
  • Franglen
3:59
3."Making Love Out of Nothing at All"Jim Steinman7:47
4."Given It All"
Hill5:44
5."What You Got"WilliamsChristopher Neil5:32
6."Bridge over Troubled Water"Paul SimonDavid Foster4:59
7."Time Mends a Broken Heart"Lynne3:30
8."Driving Me Wild"Stuart EmersonEmerson5:12
9."Sexual Device"EmersonEmerson4:10
10."Make It Right Tonight"HillHill5:43
11."All Night to Know You"EmersonEmerson5:40
12."Forget Her"Paul MillnsNeil4:13
13."Two Out of Three Ain't Bad"Steinman
  • Steinman
  • Rinkoff[a]
8:40
14."Sexual Device" (Vari Mix)EmersonEmerson5:00
Total length:75:02
Free Spirit — Re-release[6]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Limelight" (Overture Mix)Stephen Power5:12
2."Nothing to Do with Love"
4:53
3."You're the One"
  • Gatica
  • Franglen
3:59
4."Making Love Out of Nothing at All"Jim Steinman7:47
5."Given It All"
Hill5:44
6."What You Got"WilliamsChristopher Neil5:32
7."Bridge over Troubled Water"Paul SimonDavid Foster4:59
8."Time Mends a Broken Heart"Neil3:30
9."Driving Me Wild"Stuart EmersonEmerson5:12
10."Sexual Device"EmersonEmerson4:10
11."Make It Right Tonight"HillHill5:43
12."All Night to Know You"EmersonEmerson5:40
13."Forget Her"Paul MillnsNeil4:13
14."Two Out of Three Ain't Bad"Steinman
  • Steinman
  • Rinkoff[a]
8:40
Total length:75:14
Notes

Production creditsEdit

There were numerous producers involved with the Free Spirit album as well as a large production crew. Those involved with the production appear below:

ProducersEdit

Track numbers based on regular issue:

Also, Charles Vasoll served as an assistant producer for the album.

Other creditsEdit

  • Engineers - Doug Cook, Felipe Elgueta, Stuart Emerson, Simon Franglen, Humberto Gatica, Dan Gellert, Daniel Priest, Steve Rinkoff, Brian Tench
  • Assistant engineers - Scott Austin, Tony Black, Osie Bowe, James Saez, Robbes Stieglitz
  • Arrangers - Jeff Bova, David Foster, Stuart Emerson, Simon Franglen, Andy Hill, Christopher Neil, Jim Steinman
  • Mixing - Doug Cook, Stuart Emerson, Humberto Gatica, Tony Phillips
  • Mastering - Ted Jensen
  • Production coordination - Don Ketteler
  • String arrangements - Steve Pigott
  • Keyboard programming - Jeff Bova, Steve Pigott
  • Drum programming - Jimmy Bralower
  • Synclavier programming - Simon Franglen
  • Keyboards - Jeff Bova, Stuart Emerson, David Foster, Andy Hill, Steve Pigott
  • Drums - Graham Broad, Stuart Emerson, Gary Wallis
  • Piano - Simon Brooks
  • Electric piano - Paul Millns
  • Guitar - Dave "Clem" Clempson, Alan Darby, Stuart Emerson, Andy Hill, Eddie Martinez, Michael Thompson, Jeff Lynne
  • Bass guitar - Stuart Emerson
  • Bass - Andy Hill, Chucho Merchán
  • Percussion - Gary Wallis
  • Background vocals - Tawatha Agee, Glen Burtnik, Alan Carvell, Robin Clark, Lorraine Crosby, Stuart Emerson, Curtis King, Gene Miller, David Morgan, Miriam Stockley, Kasim Sulton, Chris Thompson, Fonzi Thornton, Eric Troyer, Yvonne Williams

ChartsEdit

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[7] 43
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[8] 22
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 39


SinglesEdit

Year Single Chart Position
1995 Making Love Out of Nothing at All Eurocharts Border Breakers Airplay [10] 5
1995 Making love Out of Nothing at All UK Singles Chart [11] 45
1995 Making love Out of Nothing at All GfK Dutch ChartsMegaCharts[12] 12
1996 Two Out of Three Ain't Bad US Breakouts Hot Dance Maxi-Singles Sales (Billboard)[13] 4
1996 You're the One Germany GfK Entertainment Charts [14] 99
1996 Limelight Germany GfK Entertainment Charts [15] 76

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Billboard Vol. 106, No. 49. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1994. p. 58. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ Bohlen, p. 205.
  4. ^ Billboard Vol. 108, No. 32. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1996. p. 83. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ "Free Spirit". Amazon.com (UK) Amazon.com Inc. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Free Spirit (New Version)". Amazon.com (UK) Amazon.com Inc. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Bonnie Tyler – Free Spirit" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Bonnie Tyler – Free Spirit". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Bonnie Tyler – Free Spirit". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Charts Airplay" (PDF). Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  11. ^ "UK Charts". Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  12. ^ "Charts Airplay". Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  13. ^ Billboard Vol. 108, No. 22. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1996. p. 29. ISSN 0006-2510.
  14. ^ "Offiziellecharts". Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  15. ^ "Offiziellecharts". Retrieved February 2, 2019.

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