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Jacky Cheung (Singer)
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Private Corner (Limited Edition)
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Jacky Cheung is back, and he invites you to his Private Corner! It has been more than five years since the last time he released a Cantonese studio album - Life is Like a Dream in 2004, and no longer content with singing pop songs, the Canto-pop King has evolved to offer a new sound never heard from him. With a voice like vintage wine, Jacky can always be counted on to deliver the goods, and his vocals make a perfect match with the jazz sound of the new album. Private Corner is made with a discerning audience in mind, and producer Andrew Tuason ensured the best sound quality by using only authentic instruments.
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Product Title: Private Corner (Limited Edition) Private Corner (首批限量版) Private Corner (首批限量版) Private Corner (限定版) Private Corner (Limited Edition)
Singer Name(s): Jacky Cheung (Singer) 張 學友 (Singer) 张 学友 (Singer) 張學友(ジャッキー・チョン) (Singer) 장 학우 (Singer)
Release Date: 2010-01-29
Language: Cantonese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): CD
Package Weight: 130 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: Go East (HK)
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021965211

Product Information / Track List

Jacky Cheung 張學友 | 【PRIVATE CORNER】
This is my 「Private Corner」, come join me and you'll see... Jacky Cheung

五年了…終於等到張學友 全新粵語大碟
「 Private Corner 」 是一種享受 是一種品味 更是一種上癮的滋味
全碟 以高品質 頂級發燒錄音 製作
現今樂迷最想要聽到的完美聲音

Private choices: 迷你 十二個音 Double Trouble 不只有緣 戀上你背面

首批限量版:德國製造

01. 迷你
02. Double Trouble
03. 不只有緣
04. 十二個音
05. 月巴女且
06. 戀上你背面
07. Let It Go
08. 找對你
09. 伯爵茶
10. Everyday is Christmas (English)
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Professional Review of "Private Corner (Limited Edition)"

March 12, 2010

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Forget all the gossip about the whys and just be glad Jacky Cheung is back. After doing 100-plus shows around the world and a three-year break from the recording studio, the reigning king of Cantopop returns with Private Corner, his first Cantonese album since 2004's Life is Like a Dream. Working with veteran producer Andrew Tuason, Jacky started out making an easy listening album and ended up producing what is being labeled the first Cantopop jazz album ever. Considering the last time Jacky tried something new resulted in the ill-conceived English album Touch of Love, it's understandable to have certain reservations about his latest journey away from Cantopop.

However, once that piano intro for "Crazy About You" (Track 1), a cover of Bobby Caldwell's Stuck On You, starts playing, all worries should subside immediately. Tuason's arrangement is simply a rehash of the original (with a few additional instruments), but the jazzy sound and the use of authentic instruments help immerse the listeners immediately into the world of Private Corner. Jacky's voice is not as suitable for jazz as Caldwell's, but he proves to be the better vocalist, showing a strong control over his voice with a multi-layered vocal performance. "Crazy For You" marks a charming opening for the album and sets just the right tone for what is to come.

Even though the general tone of the album leans towards jazz-style easy listening, Jacky does go back to Cantopop at certain points. The arrangement of "Not Just Fate" (Track 3) starts off in the direction of light jazz, using only a piano to carry the first verse. As more instruments begin to enter the song, however, it begins to play like well-produced Cantopop, especially in the excessive use of percussion to single out the chorus. It's the closest thing to the Jacky Cheung the fans know and love, but it doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the album, either.

In addition to local talents like Tuason, lyricist Keith Chan, and composer Leon Ko, Jacky also brought on talents from all over the world for his endeavor. The biggest presence among them is Roxanne Seeman, who co-composes five songs in the ten-track album. In addition to "Not Just Fate", the Grammy-nominated composer also co-composed "I Found You" (Track 8), a mid-tempo lounge-style song that is a stylistic bridge between Cantopop and the jazz genre. The composition and Jacky's loose interpretation of it all seem to spell lounge, but the arrangement is rich enough and moves at a light enough pace to please Cantopop fans as well.

Listeners should have no problem with Canadian musician Peter Moore's "Earl Grey Tea" (Track 9), a mid-tempo track that is one of the closest things Private Corner has to traditional jazz. The key is not only in Moore and Holger Skepencit's arrangement, which features the typical blend of piano, bass, and percussion, but rather in Jacky's vocals. Going more with the flow of the arrangement than following Moore's composition, Jacky truly captures the essence of delivering a jazz-style vocal, giving the song an authentic jazz atmosphere.

Private Corner isn't all about mid-tempo piano and saxophone-driven jazz, though. The pacing plays very much like a pop album, with slow points and a few faster-tempo tracks to keep the listeners engaged throughout. The best out of these faster tracks is Double Trouble (Track 2), a funky track dominated by bass and brass. The arrangement by Tuason manages to be light and fast without resorting to an overly bombastic arrangement, using only the most integral instruments to keep things simple. It's light, jazzy fun that helps pick up the listeners' attention after the immersive "Crazy For You". Meanwhile, Leon Ko has the only song on the album composed by a Hong Kong musician, appropriately named "Fei Je" (Track 5). Filled with references to the deceased entertainment legend Lydia Shum (the song's title is her nickname), the big band-style track is a glamorous and lively tribute that fits Shum's personality perfectly, proving that tributes to the dead don't always have to be gloomy and serious.

As Artistic Director, Jacky knows to not alienate Hong Kong pop listeners by diving headfirst into the jazz genre. Instead, he has crafted an entertaining blend of pop and jazz that tries to please everyone, including himself. The result is something new in the veteran pop singer's discography - a rare feat, considering the length of his career - that will also satisfy fans with its impressive production value and relaxing atmosphere. It doesn't have as many radio-friendly hits as his previous works (the album was released without any radio plugs in advance, another rare feat in Cantopop), but Private Corner is easily Jacky's best work in at least a decade.

by Kevin Ma

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Customer Review of "Private Corner (Limited Edition)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (5)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (10)

Monica
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November 21, 2016

This customer review refers to Private Corner (Vinyl LP)
First Canto Jazz Album, Great! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Jacky always loves challenging new things in his music, as being the first person ever to sing jazz in Cantonese, undoubtedly he did an amazing job, the songs give a sense of easy-listening, relaxing and comfortable mood for the listeners. The first plug is 迷你 which is also the first track of the album, it leads the listeners straight to a jazzy mood. I am amazed by 十二個音 it has a wide vocal range, not an easy song and it is very likely for unskilled people to sing off key. Try listen to this album in a dim room and you will enjoy it. If you have been listening to his albums throughout the years, you will understand why Jacky has the reputation as the God of Songs!
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lam chai
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February 26, 2012

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1990-2005 very good ,2005-now very bad Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10
1990-2005 very good singer because sing old songs very good but 2005-now sing new songs very bad.All my friends also suggest this,why...?In 2010-2012 concert Jacky sing old songs very good but sing new songs very bad,so Jacky have to sing old songs only in concert don't sing new songs.
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arkista
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October 7, 2011

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Good But...no more jazz Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
Good, but lets hope he does not do another jazz album.
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Hendra Lim
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September 1, 2011

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I miss his distinctive songs Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
It is true to say that Jacky likes experimenting on new things like jazz in this album. Nevertheless, it is still beyond comparable to his everlasting hits 'True Love', 'Sing Ru Tao Ke' let alone 'Kiss Goodbye'. I miss those compositions... Yet, I still love this album because I am such a huge fan of his.
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Kevin Kennedy
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April 5, 2010

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A breath of fresh air Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Perhaps understanding the diminishing returns of a middle-aged man chasing the latest musical fad, Jacky Cheung turns from his usual pop fare to an album of Rat Pack-style jazz. And, based upon the evidence of this album, if I were to cast Jacky as a member of the Rat Pack, he'd be Sammy Davis Jr. -- exceptionally talented, amazingly versatile, and just a bit hammy.

"Private Corner" provides the best showcase yet for Jacky's impressive vocal chops and tremendous range. He croons, he swings, he soars. It really is quite an impressive display and the arrangemens and instrumental accompaniment are first-rate; the album sounds great. The songs themselves are a bit of a mixed bag. One tends to forget most of them as soon as they end; one wishes that Jacky might have mixed in a few of the classics. Still, this is a refreshing departure for the King of Songs and I, for one, hope that in the future he continues to mine this rich vein.
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