Calling You (ALBUM)
:: PRINCESSA
:: introduction : publication : tracklisting : production : notes : reviews

:: INTRODUCTION

An exceptionally happy and well-produced album. The dance songs are on average better than the other tracks, and only one of the cover versions was the equal of the Nemo-staff songs. Her second album was also her first English-lyric album, although there are Spanish-vocal versions of 6 songs on the album — however there is not much different in arrangement or music. Japan being the huge Princessa fans that they are, had a variety of singles off this album released there that were not made available elsewhere.

1996 RELEASE

:: PUBLICATION DETAILS

Release Date 25 October 1996
Label EastWest
Catalogue # 0630-16653-2
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Lyrics Available

1997 RELEASE

:: TRACKLISTING
 
1. Calling You (A Message From Love City)
SINGLE
3:41
  Music: Peterson / Lyrics: Peterson, Christensen
2. Anyone But You
SINGLE
3:41
  Music: Schwarz, Meissner / Lyrics: Schwarz, Silveira
3. Try To Say I'm Sorry
SINGLE
3:23
  Music: Schwarz, Meissner / Lyrics: Schwarz, Silveira
4. Like A Nun
4:16
  Music: Brightman, Peterson / Lyrics: Peterson, Silveira
5. Summer Of Love
SINGLE
4:17
  Music: Hoffner / Lyrics: Burton
6. Seven Days A Week
4:14
  Music: Schwarz, Meissner / Lyrics: Schwarz
7. Baila Al Ritmo
SINGLE
3:24
  Music: Peterson, Christensen, Princessa / Lyrics: Peterson, Princessa, Espelleta
8. I Do What You Want Me To Do
4:02
  Music: Peterson / Lyrics: Peterson, Brightman
9. The Night
4:45
  Music: Nicolosi / Lyrics: Addoms
10. He's On The Phone
3:59
  Music & Lyrics: Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs, Daho
11. Do You Wanna Be Loved
4:21
  Music: Schwarz, Peterson, Meissner / Lyrics: Schwarz, Brightman
12. Again & Again
4:14
  Music: Schwarz, Meissner / Lyrics: Schwarz, Silveira
13. Rompete
4:33
  Music: Peterson / Lyrics: Espelleta
14. Vivo
SINGLE
3:48
  Music: Schwarz, Meissner / Lyrics: Espelleta
15. Me Duelen Tus Mentiras
3:03
  Music: Schwarz, Meissner / Lyrics: Espelleta
16. Desnudare
4:14
  Music: Brightman, Peterson / Lyrics: Espelleta
17. Duerme Junto A Mi
4:14
  Music: Schwarz, Meissner / Lyrics: Espelleta
18. Calor De Amor
4:13
  Music: Schwarz, Meissner / Lyrics: Espelleta

:: PRODUCTION DETAILS

Produced by: Frank Peterson
Tracks 1, 7, 9, 13 Produced by: Frank Peterson and Alex Christensen
Tracks 2, 3, 6, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18 Co-Produced by: Thomas Schwarz and Matthias Meissner

Keyboards & Programming: Matthias Meissner and Frank Peterson
Guitars: Nils Tuxen, Peter Weihe and Mo
Add. Keyboards & Programming: Michael Soltau and Martin Himmelsbach
Backing Vocals: Princessa, Sarah Brightman, Alex Christensen, Susana Espelleta, Thomas Schwarz, Martin Himmelsbach, Frank Peterson, Linda Fields, Penny Lane, Ziggy, Sandra Blake, Marion Schwaiger, Andreas Salam, Members of The Vocal Line (Hamburg)

Digitally Recorded & Mixed at: Nemo Studios (Hamburg)
Engineered by: Frank Peterson, Matthias Meissner and Thomas Schwarz
Tracks 1 - 9 & 12 - 18 Mixed by: Frank Peterson
Track 10 Mixed by: Michael Soltau and Frank Peterson
Track 11 Mixed by: Tom Lord-Alge and Frank Peterson
Mastered by: Peter Harenberg at Ham Audio

Photography: Matthias Bothor
Design: Kirschstein + Partner

Management: Susana Espelleta

:: NOTES
 
— album re-released as Princessa on 30 May 1997 in Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Germany with new cover and inlay-design as well as minor change made to the tracklisting. Tracks 1, 2 and 3 detailed above were reversed and appear as Try To Say I'm Sorry, Anyone But You and Calling You. Some people incorrectly refer to this re-release as Princessa's first album due to the fact that the 1993 and 1997 Princessa albums used the same title
— Princessa received Gold and Platinum awards in Finland at the 1997 Rantarock Festival for this album's sales there

:: TRACK BY TRACK ANALYSIS & REVIEW

Calling You (Music: Peterson / Lyrics: Peterson, Christensen)
The album kicks off with this wonderful dream-dance track. Princessa gives us a nice sensual whisper before the thumping beat, Spanish-style guitar, high strings and electronic basslines begin. A very epic break with strings, introduces us to a rising sound as the song builds tension before exploding into the anthem-like chorus. The final chorus features a whole host of people singing, which adds a breathtaking and powerful ending. Superb piece of music, one of the Peterson masterpieces and also the most layered on this album. TRACKLISTING

Anyone But You (Music: Schwarz, Meissner / Lyrics: Schwarz, Silveira)
Easily the most infectious song on the album. A simple chorus melody is followed by forceful electric piano and Princessa humming. Very eurodance and electronic in approach, creating a carefree atmosphere that puts one in a good mood. Personally I feel this song should have started the album. This song is also featured as a separate track on the album with Spanish lyrics, called Vivo which actually sounds better than this English version! TRACKLISTING

Try To Say I'm Sorry (Music: Schwarz, Meissner / Lyrics: Schwarz, Silveira)
This is the first pop-ballad on the album with its acoustic guitar strumming and catchy chorus. As the song progresses, more electronic instruments and basslines are added. Although Frank Peterson is the main producer for the Princessa project, Matthias Meissner and Thomas Schwarz have been generally responsible for her three albums. TRACKLISTING

Like A Nun (Music: Brightman, Peterson / Lyrics: Peterson, Silveira)
This song starts with the surprising use of a Gregorian-like chant. Once again, Frank takes a different approach to using chants and mixes them with a fast rhythm and bouncy instrumentation with electric drawbar organs. A dramatic break allows for a quiet interlude before returning us to the chorus. It is interesting to note that this song was co-composed with Sarah Brightman who also provides backing vocals for the album. TRACKLISTING

Summer Of Love (Music: Hoffner / Lyrics: Burton)
After all those fantastic songs composed by the Nemo staff, we have a cover version. These are obviously never as enjoyable as the Peterson-composed songs. Hip-hop rhythms and verse vocals that are almost rap-like! As on the other songs, there is a lot of electric piano and nice use of backing vocals. The song is appropriate for this album, as it deals with growing up during summer, but it hasn't got one of the strongest melodies. TRACKLISTING

Seven Days A Week (Music: Schwarz, Meissner / Lyrics: Schwarz)
Chirpy synths introduce this track with its more hip-hop beat. A romantic track utilising detuned electric pianos for a more gentle, dreamy atmosphere. The main chorus melody is also repeated by strings which serves to make it even more infectious. The song breaks briefly towards the end and then the chorus is sung in a higher key. The drumloop was previously used in Sarah Brightman's song I Loved You from Fly. TRACKLISTING

Baila Al Ritmo (Music: Peterson, Christensen, Princessa / Lyrics: Peterson, Princessa, Espelleta)
A complete change in direction takes this song to a Rio de Janeiro carnival sound. The voices are all Spanish, supported by acoustic guitar, Latin-American rhythms, salsa-style piano and brass instruments. Also to be heard before Princessa's choruses are the continuous vocals of Susana Espelleta and she also wrote all the Spanish lyrics for this album. TRACKLISTING

I Do What You Want Me To Do (Music: Peterson / Lyrics: Peterson, Brightman)
Aggressive rhythm and synthesisers introduce us to this dance song. With it's catchy doo-doo-doo-do-do vocals for the chorus, while Princessa sings the title inbetween. Like many of the songs on this album, it is happy and joyous. TRACKLISTING

The Night (Music: Nicolosi / Lyrics: Addoms)
This cover of the 1980's classic is a little more funky, with the verses featuring the supporting vocals of Alex Christensen who co-produces this song. Compared to the other songs on the album, this track sounds a little out of date and Princessa's vocals are a bit like Sandra here. TRACKLISTING

He's On The Phone (Music & Lyrics: Cracknell, Stanley, Diggs, Daho)
Another cover-version, but this one suits Princessa's sweet vocals a lot better. Beginning with cascading piano notes, the listener is led to believe this track will be a ballad. However a synthetic drum interrupts the atmosphere and suddenly the song jumps into an upbeat, bouncy dance piece. The piano featured in the introduction leads into the wonderful sing-along choruses, further enhancing this eurodance number. In some ways the arrangement is reminiscent of Aqua (although this song predates that group by a few years). TRACKLISTING

Do You Wanna Be Loved (Music: Schwarz, Peterson, Meissner / Lyrics: Schwarz, Brightman)
This is the only song on the album composed by the whole Nemo staff, and features island drums and a more reggae rhythm. Princessa's vocals are nicely echoed and deformed in places. The chorus once again features a catchy and repetitive chorus of na-na-na-na interlaced with Princessa singing the title (which is similar in approach to I Do What You Want Me To Do). TRACKLISTING

Again & Again (Music: Schwarz, Meissner / Lyrics: Schwarz, Silveira)
After all those dance numbers, we need to slow down for this ambient and beautiful ballad. Schwarz and Meissner always write superb ballads, and this track is no exception with it's moody synthesisers, organs, acoustic guitar, gentle brush drums and the occasional solitary high piano note. This song makes a wonderful close to the album and this is technically where the album ends. It is also a song that would not have sounded out of place on albums like Brightman's Dive or Prince Ital Joe's Life On The Streets. TRACKLISTING

Rompete (Music: Peterson / Lyrics: Espelleta)
Spanish-lyric version of Calling You. Rating and review are the same as for that song. TRACKLISTING

Vivo (Music: Schwarz, Meissner / Lyrics: Espelleta)
Spanish-lyric version of Anyone But You. Rating and review are the same as for that song, although if possible I'd give this version a higher rating because the Spanish vocals seem to fit it better (the word "Vivo" sounds more catchy) and there is an added 'laser-gun' sound occasionally in this version. TRACKLISTING

Me Duelen Tus Mentiras (Music: Schwarz, Meissner / Lyrics: Espelleta)
Spanish-lyric version of Try To Say I'm Sorry. Rating and review are the same as for that song. TRACKLISTING

Desnudare (Music: Brightman, Peterson / Lyrics: Espelleta)
Spanish-lyric version of Like A Nun. Rating and review are the same as for that song. TRACKLISTING

Duerme Junto A Mi (Music: Schwarz, Meissner / Lyrics: Espelleta)
Spanish-lyric version of Seven Days A Week. Rating and review are the same as for that song. TRACKLISTING

Calor De Amor (Music: Schwarz, Meissner / Lyrics: Espelleta)
Spanish-lyric version of Again & Again. Rating and review are the same as for that song. TRACKLISTING