Life In The Streets (ALBUM)
:: PRINCE ITAL JOE feat. MARKY MARK
:: introduction : publication : tracklisting : production : reviews

:: INTRODUCTION

You don't like rap? You don't like reggae? Well after listening to this album you may change your mind. The two styles are woven innovatively together by clever dance rhythms and counterpointed by emotive female vocal choruses. It's a fantastic album, demonstrating the versatility of Frank Peterson's composition power. As a heart-felt tribute to homeless youths it became a major success in Europe for Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen. The lead-single United featured in movies such as "Renaissance Man" and "The Neverending Story III".

:: PUBLICATION DETAILS

Release Date 29 April 1994
Label EastWest Records GmbH
Catalogue # 4509-96318-2 / CA-851 / LC1557
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:: TRACKLISTING
 
1. Life In The Streets (Intro)
1:43
 
  Music: Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen / Lyrics: Mark Wahlberg, Joe Paquette, Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen
2. United SINGLE
4:02
 
  Music: Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen / Lyrics: Mark Wahlberg, Joe Paquette, Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen
3. Rastaman Vibration
3:35
 
  Music: Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen / Lyrics: Mark Wahlberg and Joe Paquette
4. Happy People SINGLE
3:58
 
  Music: Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen / Lyrics: Mark Wahlberg, Joe Paquette, Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen
5. To Be Important
3:54
 
  Music: Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen / Lyrics: Mark Wahlberg and Joe Paquette
6. In Love
3:40
 
  Music: Matthias Meissner, Thomas Schwarz and Frank Peterson / Lyrics: Mark Wahlberg, Joe Paquette and Alex Christensen
7. Babylon
3:54
 
  Music: Frank Peterson / Lyrics: Mark Wahlberg, Joe Paquette, Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen
8. Love Of A Mother
3:38
 
  Music: Joe Paquette, Fabian Cooke and Tyrone Downing / Lyrics: Joe Paquette and Mark Wahlberg
9. Into The Light
3:56
 
  Music: Frank Peterson / Lyrics: Mark Wahlberg, Joe Paquette, Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen
10. In The 90's
3:16
 
  Music: Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen / Lyrics: Mark Wahlberg and Joe Paquette
11. Prankster
5:02
 
  Music: MC Shan / Lyrics: Mark Wahlberg and Joe Paquette
12. Life In The Streets SINGLE
3:44
 
  Music: Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen / Lyrics: Mark Wahlberg, Joe Paquette, Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen

:: PRODUCTION DETAILS

Tracks 1 — 7, 9, 10 & 12 Produced by: Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen
Track 8 Produced by: Tyrone Downing, Joe Paquette and Fabian Cooke
Track 11 Produced by: MC Shan and Fabian Cooke

Lead Female Vocals by: Melina Bruhn, Bridget Fogle and Linda Fields
Track 11 Additional Vocals by: Fabian Cooke
Tracks 1 — 7, 9, 10 & 12 All Instruments by: Frank Peterson
Guitars: Thomas Schwarz
Track 6 Keyboards by: Matthias Meissner
Background Vocals: Penny Lane, Kelvyn Hallifax, Reggie Montgomery, Sophie St. Claire, Betsy Miller, Jane Commerford, Sandra Blake and The London Gospel Community Choir

All Tracks (except 8 & 11) Recorded & Mixed at: Nemo Studios (Hamburg)
Track 8 Recorded at: Galaxy Studio (Los Angeles)
Track 11 Recorded at: Bayside Studio (New York)
Tracks 8 & 11 Remixed by: Fabian Cooke at Unique Recording (New York)

Photography: Paul Cox
Art Direction & Design: Mainartery (London)

:: TRACK BY TRACK ANALYSIS & REVIEW

Life In The Streets — Intro (Music: Peterson, Christensen / Lyrics: Wahlberg, Paquette, Peterson, Christensen)
A storm is heard brewing in the distance, when the introductory acoustic guitar chords begin playing. Joe begins his brief monologue, later answered by the strong-voiced London Gospel Community Choir. This under two minute intro song is primarily a sample of the full title-track Life in the Streets which is at the end of the album. If one puts the album on repeat this first track and the last blend perfectly. TRACKLISTING

United (Music: Peterson, Christensen / Lyrics: Wahlberg, Paquette, Peterson, Christensen)
An organ leads in this song playing a gentle melody, which is soon overtaken with the expressive vocals of the gospel choir who we heard in the previous track. The female vocal cuts through as the beat suddenly bursts in. This song alone makes the album a must-buy for anyone who likes dance music, it is an infectious and powerful anthem of the 1990s dealing with the unification of the nations, people and the world. This is one of the best Eurodance anthems of all time.

Rastaman Vibration (Music: Peterson, Christensen / Lyrics: Wahlberg, Paquette)
A complete change around from United as we move into, as the title suggests, a reggae style song with a European-based chorus featuring violins. Mark's rap is more laid-back than on other tracks. An enjoyable song even if you do not like reggae music. TRACKLISTING

Happy People (Music: Peterson, Christensen / Lyrics: Wahlberg, Paquette, Peterson, Christensen)
It seems the songs with the London Community Gospel Choir are the stand-out tracks on the album. Another infectious Eurodance anthem, similar in style to United. What makes these Eurodance songs better than most is the good combination of rap, reggae vocals and the female/choir chorus. TRACKLISTING

To Be Important (Music: Peterson, Christensen / Lyrics: Wahlberg, Paquette)
Whereas Rastaman Vibration was a reggae style song this is a rap-based song with heavy rock guitars in the background of the verses and very prominent hip-hop beats. The chorus sings "how nice to be, to be important" with Joe answering "it's more important to be nice". This song also features a verse by a guest rap-artist, JBR. TRACKLISTING

In Love (Music: Meissner, Schwarz, Peterson / Lyrics: Wahlberg, Paquette, Christensen)
After all this upbeat rap and dance music, the album slows down into a gentle ballad. A very tender, emotive track reminiscent of some of the ballad songs on Sarah Brightman's album Dive which is probably in part due to the involvement of Matthias Meissner and Thomas Schwarz (who had also worked on Dive. This song was also featured in the movie "Renaissance Man". TRACKLISTING

Babylon (Music: Peterson / Lyrics: Wahlberg, Paquette, Peterson, Christensen)
At long last, a Peterson-only song. A very rhythmic track with some acoustic and pick bass. The chorus is again very expressive, featuring a strong-voiced female singer, which nicely contrasts the more instrumentally-sparse verses. TRACKLISTING

Love Of A Mother (Music: Paquette, Fabian Cooke, Tyrone Downing / Lyrics: Paquette, Wahlberg)
Very disappointing, this song lacks the style of Frank Peterson. A derivative reggae song, with the only highlight being the inclusion of some female vocals in the background of the chorus. I would have far preferred another Peterson song instead, but this merely shows what the album would sound like without Frank Peterson or Alex Christensen. TRACKLISTING

Into The Light (Music: Peterson / Lyrics: Wahlberg, Paquette, Peterson, Christensen)
A brilliant song, with all the characteristics of Frank Peterson. Dark, brooding synths and a driving rhythm. Joe intones an adaptation of the Lord's Prayer for his verses. To serve as an introduction to the chorus we hear a brief Gregorian monk chant in the background which adds to the unsettling atmosphere. The chorus features a small group of people singing an inspiring theme. This song rates alongside the very best Frank Peterson songs. TRACKLISTING

In The 90's (Music: Peterson, Christensen / Lyrics: Wahlberg, Paquette)
The verses are unremarkable, but the chorus makes good use of trumpets and hip-hop beats. Mark also makes reference to his modelling career during his rap, stating that "Calvin Klein ain't no friend of mine". TRACKLISTING

Prankster (Music: MC Shan / Lyrics: Wahlberg, Paquette)
Although not written by Peterson, this song is far better than Love Of A Mother (which also had not been written by Peterson). MC Shan, who wrote the music for this track, was the composer for the rap artist Snow and offers us this rap song. "They call themselves gangsters, but when you check them out they, man, pranksters." TRACKLISTING

Life In The Streets (Music: Peterson, Christensen / Lyrics: Wahlberg, Paquette, Peterson, Christensen)
The main melody and chorus of this song was heard back on track one, but it is more enjoyable to hear the complete song. The chorus heralds the return of the gospel choir who lend powerful support for a chorus that you will be humming for some time after the end of the album. Another song featured in the film, "Renaissance Man". TRACKLISTING