- Personnel: Jennifer Warnes, Max Carl, Blondie Chaplin, Donald Fagen (vocals); Eric Johnson, Richard Thompson, David Grissom, Michael Landau, Robben Ford, Mitch Watkins (guitar); David Mansfield (guitars, fiddle); Joel Derouin, Sid Page (violins); Robert Becker, Novi Novog (violas); Larry Corbert, Suzie Katayama (cello); Larry Williams, Bob Malach (saxophones); Jerry Hey (flugelhorn); Bill Reichenbach (trombone); Van Dyke Parks (accordion); Judd Miller (wind synthesizer); Randy Kerber (piano, synthesizer); Bill Ginn (piano, marxophone, synthesizer, Synclavier); Russell Ferrante (keyboards, organ); Kim Bullard (keyboards); Stephen Croes, Stephen Barber (Synclavier); Rob Meurer (keyboards, synthesizer); Larry Steelman (string synthesizer); Jorge Calderon (bass); Roscoe Beck (bass, guitar, synthesizers, programming); Tom Brechtlein, Vinnie Colaiuta, John Robinson (drums); Lenny Castro, Paulinho Da Costa, Steve Forman (percussion); Perla Batalla, Frank Floyd, Arnold McCuller, Kevin Dorsey, Phillip Ingram (background vocals).
- Producers: C. Roscoe Beck, Elliot Schenier.
- The follow-up to Jennifer Warnes' well received Leonard Cohen covers album, FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT, THE HUNTER finds Warnes applying her velvety voice to tunes by everyone from Todd Rundgren ("Pretending to Care") to the Waterboys ("The Whole of the Moon"). Cohen himself lends a hand too, co-writing "Way Down Deep." While Warnes began her career as a straight-ahead pop singer, she stretches her sound out on THE HUNTER to accommodate ballads and more rock-oriented tracks with equal aplomb. It's miles away from her early-'80s pop success with "Up Where We Belong," and definitively confirms her status as a mature, sophisticated song stylist.
New York Times (Publisher) (9/11/92, p.C24) - "..[Warnes is] a singer whose plaintively lovely folk-pop voice is matched by an impeccable taste in material.."