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Album: As If to Nothing
Artist: Craig Armstrong
2002 Virgin
CD: CDSAD13

Musicians:
Craig Armstrong: keyboards (1), piano (4, 6, 9-11), programming (1), guitar (2, 13)
Evan Dando: featured vocal (2)
Antye Greie-Fuchs: featured vocal (6)
David McAlmont: featured vocal (9)
Bono: featured vocal (11)
Wendy Stubbs: featured vocal (13)
Steven Lindsay: featured vocal (14)
Swati Natekar: vocals (3)
Catherine Bott: soprano (8)
Steven Lindsay: backing vocals (2)
Richard Norris: keyboards (1), programming (1)
Stephen Hilton: keyboards (2, 4, 7, 10, 11, 13), programming (2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 13), additional programming (8, 9, 12)
Photek: keyboards (8), programming (8)
Jake Davies: keyboards (12), programming (5, 12)
David Donaldson: programming (9)
John Parricelli: guitar (2)
Ali MacLeod: guitar (2, 7, 13)
Scott Frazer: bass guitar (9)
Hanif Khan: tabla (3)

Featured artists: Mogwai, reworked by John Cummings/Stuart Braithwaite (3); Photek (8)

Orchestra:
Contractor: Isobel Griffiths
Leader: Gavyn Wright
Conductor: Cecilia Weston
Violins: Perry Montague-Mason, Rita Manning, Jim McLeod, Simon Fischer, Jackie Shave, Boguslav Kostecki, Kathy Shave, Cathy Thompson, Rebecca Hirsch, Maciej Rakowski, Ralph de Souza, Jonathan Evans-Jones, Sonia Slany, Mike McMenemy, Alison Kelly, Rachel Allen, Mark Berrow, Antonia Fuchs, Iain King, Pauline Lowbury, Dave Woodcock, Julian Leaper, Warren Zielinski, Douglas Mackie, Pat Kiernan, Ben Cruft, Peter Hanson, Everton Nelson, Eddie Roberts, Dermot Crehan
Violas: Peter Lale, Bruce White, Katie Wilkinson, Bob Smissen, Laurence Power, Bill Benham, Ivo Van Der Werff, Don McVay, Kate Musker, Gustav Clarkson, Tim Grant
Celli: Anthony Pleeth, Martin Loveday, Paul Kegg, Dave Daniels, Naomi Wright, Tony Lewis, Sophie Harris, Frank Schaefer, Ben Chappell
Basses: Chris Laurence, Mike Brittain, Mary Scully, Paul Morgan, Simon Benson, Leon Bosch, Paddy Lannigan
Piano: Simon Chamberlain
Electric/acoustic guitar: John Parricelli
Harp: Fiona Hibbert
Flutes: Andy Findon, Nina Robertson
Oboe: John Anderson
Horns: Richard Bissill, Paul Gardham
Trumpets: Andy Crowley, Paul Archibald
Trombone: Lindsay Shilling
Percussion: Stephen Henderson

Choral co-ordinator: Jenny O'Grady
Choir: Jenny O'Grady and The Metro Voices (Tom Pearce, John Bowley, Michael Pearn, David Thomas, Andrew Gray, Michael Dorf, Simon Preece, Claire Henry, Susan Flannery, Cherith Milburn-Fryer, Heather Cairncross, Simon Grant, Sarah Eyeden, Mary Carewe, Rosalind Waters, Paul Badley, Helen Parker, Sarah Leonard, Jenny O'Grady, Michael Clarke)
 

Recorded by Geoff Foster; assisted by Ricky Graham (1-3, 5-8, 12, 15), Keith Uddin (4, 9-11, 13, 14)
Vocals recorded by Donaldson (2, 13), David Paterson/Donaldson (6), Geoff Allan/Donaldson (9), Mark "Spike" Stent (11), Norris (14); vocal recording engineer: John Clark (3)
Protools: Jan "Stan" Kybert (2, 7, 9, 13), Donaldson (11, 13)
Mixed by Foster (1, 6, 14, 15), Stent (2, 7, 9, 11, 13), Andy Bradfield (4, 5, 10, 12), Bradfield/Donaldson/John Clark (3), Photek (8); assisted by Mat Fields/David Treahearn (2, 7, 9, 13); additional mix by Pdub (2, 9)

Assistant to C. Armstrong & album co-ordinator: Emma Ford
A&R idea from Emma Ford (2)
Music supervisor: Sarah Dolan
Produced by Craig Armstrong
 

Tracks:
1. Ruthless Gravity [Armstrong] (5:50)
2. Wake Up in New York [Armstrong/Dando] (3:30)
3. Miracle [Armstrong] (3:19)
4. Amber [Armstrong/Hilton] (5:09)
5. Finding Beauty [Armstrong] (3:38)
6. Waltz [Armstrong/Greie-Fuchs] (5:16)
7. Inhaler [Armstrong] (4:55)
8. Hymn 2 [Armstrong] (4:49)
9. Snow [Armstrong/McAlmont] (3:52)
10. Starless II [Armstrong/Fripp/Bruford/Wetton/Cross/Palmer-James] (4:36)
11. Stay (Faraway, So Close!) [U2] (6:01)
12. Niente [Armstrong] (4:48)
13. Sea Song [Armstrong] (5:54)
14. Let It be Love [Armstrong] (3:50)
15. Choral Ending [Armstrong] (2:47)

Arranged by Armstrong, except (10) by Armstrong/Hilton
Orchestral arrangement by Armstrong; choral arrangement by Armstrong (1, 8, 11, 15); vocal arrangement by Armstrong (8)
MIDI transcription & additional orchestration: Matt Dunkley (9)
 

Notes: (****) The second solo album from Craig Armstrong, better known for his orchestral arrangements for pop stars and film soundtracks. (10) is based on a lengthy sample from King Crimson's "Starless" (on Red). (HP, 22 Nov 03)


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