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Heaven & Hell (Joe Jackson album)

Heaven & Hell is a 1997 album by Joe Jackson, a musical interpretation and song cycle representing the seven deadly sins.[2][3]

Heaven & Hell
Studio album by
Released2 September 1997
GenreRock, pop, classical music
LabelSony Classical
ProducerJoe Jackson and Ed Roynesdal
Joe Jackson chronology
This Is It! (The A&M Years 1979-1989)
Heaven & Hell
Symphony No. 1
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]

Billed to Joe Jackson & Friends; the friends included vocalists Dawn Upshaw ("Angel (Lust)"), Joy Askew ("Tuzla (Avarice)"), Suzanne Vega ("Angel (Lust)"), Brad Roberts from the Crash Test Dummies ("Passacaglia/A Bud and a Slice (Sloth)"), Jane Siberry ("The Bridge (Envy)"); and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg ("Prelude", "Fugue 2/Song of Daedalus (Pride)").[2]

This album was subsequently performed on tour with Jackson on piano, accordion and melodica, Valerie Vigoda on violin and vocals, and Elise Morris on keyboards, glockenspiel and vocals. The drums were computerised.

Dramatic adaptationEdit

In Boston in 2007, the album was adapted into a jukebox musical under the name Heaven & Hell: The Fantastical Temptation of the 7 Deadly Sins, with the script written by Jason Slavick. The play followed the album's track listing, with each vice presented through a mixture of dance and a representation of each sin in daily life. Heaven & Hell had a five-day run at the Boston Conservatory.[4]

Track listingEdit

All songs written and arranged by Joe Jackson.

2."Fugue 1/More Is More" (Gluttony)5:32
3."Angel" (Lust)7:11
4."Tuzla" (Avarice)7:33
5."Passacaglia/A Bud and a Slice" (Sloth)8:36
6."Right" (Anger)4:40
7."The Bridge" (Envy)5:59
8."Fugue 2/Song of Daedalus" (Pride)7:55


  • Joe Jackson - bongos on "Prelude", vocals on "Fugue 1/More is More", "Passacaglia/A Bud and a Slice" and "Fugue 2/Song of Daedalus", voice of Soul in Torment on "Angel", voices of Cynicism and Greed on "Tuzla"
  • Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg - solo violin on "Prelude" and on "Fugue 2/Song of Daedalus"
  • Dawn Upshaw - voice of Angel on "Angel", voice of Forgetfulness on "Tuzla"
  • Suzanne Vega - voice of Fallen Angel on "Angel"
  • Mary Rowell - violin on "Angel"
  • Allison Cornell - viola on "Angel"
  • Sue Hadjopoulos – congas and bongos on "Angel" and on "The Bridge"
  • Joy Askew - voice of Conscience on "Tuzla"
  • Brad Roberts - vocals on "Passacaglia/A Bud and a Slice"
  • Judith LeClair - bassoon on "Passacaglia/A Bud and a Slice"
  • Dan Hickey - drums (left) on "Right"
  • Kenny Aronoff - drums (right) on "Right"
  • Jared Crawford - plastic buckets on Times Square
  • Jane Siberry - vocals on "The Bridge"
  • Mary Rowell, Laura Seaton, Sandra Park, Joyce Hammann, Todd Reynolds, Mark Feldman, Naomi Katz, Cenovia Cummins, James Tsao - violins
  • Juliet Haffner, Allison Cornell, David Blinn, Katherine Beeson, Mary Rowell - violas
  • Erik Friedlander, Stephanie Cummins, Richard Locker - cellos
  • William Sloat - acoustic bass


  1. ^ Griggs, Tim. Heaven and Hell at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Joe Jackson Biography". Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  3. ^ Morse, Steve (5 September 1997). "Stepping Out: Pop star turned classical composer, Joe Jackson takes on the Seven Deadly Sins". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Santa Cruz, CA. Retrieved 2 August 2016 – via  
  4. ^ Anderman, Joan (4 March 2007). "Temptation begets inspiration: Joe Jackson's album 'Heaven & Hell' is basis for a new musical production". The Boston Globe. Boston, MA. Retrieved 2 August 2016.

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