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Over My Heart
Studio album by Laura Branigan
Released 1993
Recorded 1992-1993
Genre Pop / Rock
Length 55:20
Label Atlantic
Producer Laura Branigan,
Billy Branigan,
Jorge Casas,
Clay Ostwald,
Phil Ramone
Professional reviews
Laura Branigan chronology
The Very Best of Laura Branigan
(1992)
Over My Heart
(1993)
The Best of Branigan
(1995)
Singles from Over My Heart
  1. "Love Your Girl"
    Released: 1993
  2. "It's Been Hard Enough Getting Over You"
    Released: 1993
  3. "How Can I Help You to Say Goodbye"
    Released: 1994

Over My Heart is the seventh album by singer Laura Branigan, released in 1993 (see 1993 in music).

Over My Heart was Branigan's most personal and eclectic album and saw her again try a hand at producing, alongside the legendary Phil Ramone. While a lead single, the Gloria Estefan-penned "Love Your Girl", aimed for the clubs that made her famous, the album was a boon for ballad lovers, including the opener "How Can I Help You To Say Goodbye"; the Spanish-language "Mujer Contra Mujer"; "Mangwane (The Wedding Song)" (taught to her by her friend Stevie Godson, who was also the executive producer on the track), sung in Sotho, a South African language, and recorded there with the Mmabana Children's Choir; and several of her own compositions, including the touching "Didn't We Almost Win It All" and the steely "Over You". The album's mature personal themes of transcendence over the loss of a loved one, the nature of commitment, and coming to terms with life after a significant relationship was a sadly ironic presaging of the turn of events her own life would take in subsequent years.

Track listing

  1. "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye" (Collins, Taylor-Good) – 4:29
  2. "The Sweet Hello, the Sad Goodbye" (Gessle, Gessle) – 5:07
  3. "Over My Heart" (Martin, Pessis) – 4:24
  4. "It's Been Hard Enough Getting Over You" (Bolton, James) – 3:41
  5. "Is There Anybody Here but Me?" (Pessis, Wells) – 4:51
  6. "Love Your Girl" (Casas, Estefan, Ostwald) – 4:34
  7. "Didn't We Almost Win It All" (BecVar, Branigan) – 5:09
  8. "Only Time Will Tell" (Pessis, Wells) – 4:25
  9. "I'll Wait for You" (Branigan, Wells) – 4:40
  10. "Mujer Contra Mujer" – 5:07
  11. "Over You" (Branigan, Branigan) – 5:20
  12. "Mangwane (The Wedding Song)" (Traditional) – 4:02

Personnel

  • Laura Branigan: vocals, background vocals
  • Children's chorus: Beatrice Akuoko, Dela Amuzu, Gloria Ayee, Manuela Ayee, John:Carol Bukenya, Ann Davis, Rena Davis, Slaveca Gavrilovic, Khumo Khaole, Malebogo Felicity Mabille, Bruce Molema, Mpho Pharasi, Mokgoberg Refilwe Phirwa, Thenjiwe Roda, Refilwe Roselinda Moiloa, Golda Schultz, Barbara Sentongo, Sphumele Sibeko, Khanyisa Thakula
  • Vocals: Jacob Bantsejang, Gladys Kgadiete, Bushy Monakwane, Grace Msumbu, Patricia Tong, Ingrid Tubo
  • Choir: John:Benjamin Bukrnya, Christina Luboyera, Neo Carol Matte, Valetnine Kgothatso Motlhabi
  • Background vocals: Billy Branigan, Jill Dell'Abate, Rory Dodd, Joy Francis, Karen Kamon, Curtis King, Charles Mangold
  • Drums: Tony Beard, Kevin Wells
  • Keyboards: Brian BecVar, Jeff Jacobs, Clay Ostwald, Eric Rehl, Peter "Ski" Schwartz
  • Bass: Billy Branigan, Jorge Casas, Bushy Monakwane
  • Acoustic guitar: Billy Branigan, Charlton Pettus, David Spinozza
  • Electric guitar: John McCurry
  • Alto saxophone: Dave Greenfield, Jeff Greenfield, Steve Greenfield
  • Percussion: Bashiri Johnson
  • Tenor saxophone: Lenny Pickett

Production

  • Producers: Laura Branigan, Billy Branigan, Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald, Phil Ramone, Stevie Godson
  • Engineers: Charles Dye, Danny Grigsby, Lolly Grodner, Richard Mitchell, Clay Ostwald
  • Assistant engineer: Louis Alfred III, Jim Caruana, Sean Chambers, Tom Fritze, Alister Glyn, Andy Grassi, Ron London, Jennifer Monnar, Michael Thompson
  • Mixing: Danny Grigsby, Lolly Grodner, Jay Healy, Andy Smith
  • Mixing Assistant: Andy Smith
  • Mastering: Greg Calbi
  • Programming: Jorge Casas, Ray McDonald, Clay Ostwald
  • Project coordinator: Jill Dell'Abate
  • Sampling: Ray McDonald, Roy McDonald
  • Arranger: Laura Branigan, Billy Branigan, Jorge Casas, Jeff Jacobs, Clay Ostwald, Phil Ramone, Eric Rehl, Peter "Ski" Schwartz
  • Computers: Roy McDonald







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