1100 Bel Air Place

1100 Bel Air Place

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by Julio Iglesias

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1100 Bel Air Place was designed as Julio Iglesias' breakthrough to the American audience, finding the Latin superstar recording with producer Richard Perry -- the architect behind blockbusters by Barbra Streisand, Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson -- and duetting with such


1100 Bel Air Place was designed as Julio Iglesias' breakthrough to the American audience, finding the Latin superstar recording with producer Richard Perry -- the architect behind blockbusters by Barbra Streisand, Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson -- and duetting with such established American superstars as Diana Ross, Stan Getz, the Beach Boys and Willie Nelson. The latter, of course, provided Iglesias with the key to his crossover with a duet on Hal David and Albert Hammond's "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," a song that became ubiquitous in 1984. If 1100 Bel Air Place is a bit too tied to that year -- not just through the presence of its blockbuster hit, but also through Perry's cavernous '80s production, a brittle affair where even studio pros sound like synthesizers -- it is nevertheless a testament to the commercial savviness of all involved. Perry captured the sound of adult contemporary radio circa 1984 just perfectly, creating the ideal vehicle for Iglesias' smooth vocals, which skirted just on the edge of being schmaltzy but never went over that edge. The material was well selected -- heavy on Hammond songs, including his other signature song "The Air That I Breathe" and "Moonlight Lady," and it was expertly executed according the conventions of mid-'80s soft rock. As a matter of fact, apart from "Me Va, Me Va" (also written by Hammond) and the accent in Iglesias' voice, this could pass as a straight-up adult contemporary record from the '80s -- which is why it was a hit, turning Iglesias into a true star in America, the one market he hadn't conquered -- but it's also why 1100 Bel Air Place may sound a little too dated to some ears: it is truly, thoroughly, an artifact of its time. But according to those standards, it works very well, and even if the sound of the record don't necessarily hold up, it's still easy to listen to this and realize exactly how it made Julio Iglesias a star in 1984. [1100 Bel Air Place was reissued in 2006 in a remastered version containing a bonus track, "I Don't Want to Wake You."]

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Julio Iglesias   Primary Artist,Vocals
Willie Nelson   Vocals
Ray Kelley   Cello
Beach Boys   Vocals
Diana Ross   Vocals
Stan Getz   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
James Newton Howard   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Jeremy Lubbock   Strings
David Foster   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Nicky Hopkins   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Marilyn Baker   Viola
Richard Todd   French Horn
Arnold Belnick   Violin
Meyer Bello   Viola
Benedict   Trombone
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Alexandra Brown   Background Vocals
Robbie Buchanan   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Erich Bulling   Horn,Brass
Kenny Cetera   Background Vocals
Michel Colombier   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Luis Conte   Percussion
Ronald Cooper   Cello
Larry Corbett   Cello
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Isabelle Daskoff   Violin
Douglas Davis   Cello
George Doering   Guitar
Assa Drori   Violin
Nathan East   Bass
Chuck Findley   Trumpet,Brass
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Frederick Seykora   Cello
Steve George   Background Vocals
Pamela Goldsmith   Viola
Joseph Goodman   Violin
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Brass
Allan Harshman   Viola
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Brass
Reginald Hill   Violin
William Hymanson   Violin
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Tom Kelly   Background Vocals
Randy Kerber   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Abraham Laboriel   Bass
Michael Landau   Guitar
Kathleen Lenski   Violin
Charles Loper   Trombone
Jacqueline Lustgarten   Cello
Virginia Majewski   Viola
Richard Marx   Background Vocals
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Steve Mitchell   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Dick Nash   Trombone
Bill Nuttycombe   Violin
Gareth "Garry" Nuttycombe   Viola
Richard Page   Background Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Stanley Plummer   Violin
Mike Porcaro   Bass
Bob Sanov   Violin
Sheldon Sanov   Violin
David Schwartz   Viola
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Stephanie Spruill   Background Vocals
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Robert Sushel   Violin
John Van Tongeren   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Carlos Vega   Drums
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
David Williams   Guitar
Shari Zippert   Violin
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Rafael Ferro   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Dave Schwartz   Viola
Reg Hill   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Charlie Davis   Trumpet,Brass
Henry Ferver   Violin
Fred Seydora   Cello
Stan Ackerman   Viola
Larry Hall   Trumpet,Brass
John Barnes   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
David H. Speltz   Cello

Technical Credits

Brian Wilson   Vocal Arrangements
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger,String Arrangements
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
David Gates   Composer
Albert Hammond   Composer
Nicky Hopkins   Arranger
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger
Erich Bulling   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Terry Christian   Engineer
Michel Colombier   Arranger,String Arrangements
Paulinho Da Costa   Arranger
Larry Ferguson   Engineer
Tom Fouce   Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Larry Greenhill   Engineer
Randy Kerber   Arranger,String Arrangements
Richard Perry   Producer
Bill Scheniman   Engineer
Gabe Veltri   Engineer
Michael Brooks   Engineer
Ramón Arcusa   Arranger,Producer
Ricardo Ceratto   Composer
Steve Schmitt   Engineer
Tony Renis   Arranger
Stuart Furusho   Engineer
Ramon Acrusa   Arranger,Producer
John Barnes   Arranger

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