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Tribute to Nicolette Larson: Lotta Love Concert

A Tribute to Nicolette Larson: Lotta Love Concert

Singer Nicolette Larson, who died in 1998 after suffering a brain hemorrhage, was best known to music fans for having a huge hit with her cover of Neil Young's "Lotta Love." But to Larson's peers -- who gathered two months after her passing for the concert documented on this disc -- she was admired for her


Singer Nicolette Larson, who died in 1998 after suffering a brain hemorrhage, was best known to music fans for having a huge hit with her cover of Neil Young's "Lotta Love." But to Larson's peers -- who gathered two months after her passing for the concert documented on this disc -- she was admired for her breathtaking voice and her uncanny ability to wrap that voice around just about any material offered. The collection features some of the biggest names from Larson's circle of singer-songwriter friends, including Jackson Browne, who turns in a poignant version of "Running on Empty," and Carole King, whose shimmering "Up on the Roof" is sure to bring a smile. In addition to straight-ahead performances, the set features a passel of intriguing collaborations, notably Bonnie Raitt's teaming with Little Feat for a cutting rendition of "Cold, Cold, Cold." The disc is bookended by all-hands-on-deck recordings of the title track, which opens the set in moving fashion, and "You've Got a Friend," which closes the proceedings on a warm note that lingers in the mind long after the final chorus resounds.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released eight years after the actual event, Rhino's A Tribute to Nicolette Larson: Lotta Love Concert compiles highlights from two concerts at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in February 1998. Larson passed away in December 1997, and a group of her friends and colleagues in the California soft rock and singer/songwriter scene gathered together to pay tribute. So, the concert featured such heavyweights as Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett, Carole King, Dan Fogelberg, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Little Feat, and, of course, Crosby, Stills & Nash. Many of these artists, but not all, had Larson sing on their records and the songs here do not necessarily reflect songs that featured Nicolette on backing vocals. Instead, this is an all-star concert where the stars sing their all-star songs: Walsh does "Rocky Mountain Way," Browne does "Running on Empty," Ronstadt does "Blue Bayou," CSN do "Southern Cross," and Buffett does "Margaritaville." In other words, no real surprises, other than that the performances are infused with a genuine sense of warmth and love that's rare on superstar concerts like these. Perhaps that's because these two concerts functioned as a public wake for a singer who was an integral part of the Californian scene in the '70s, and her friends are celebrating her life and music while re-creating that '70s spirit for a brief time. Whatever the case, there's a real feeling of love and affection on this tribute, which makes it not only a fitting tribute, but a record worth hearing for anybody who's had deep and lasting fondness for the sound of Southern California in the '70s.

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Rhino Mod Afw

Related Subjects


  1. Lotta Love @@Ensemble
  2. Part of the Plan
  3. Rocky Mountain Way
  4. Cold, Cold, Cold @@Little Feat & Bonnie Raitt
  5. Love Has No Pride
  6. Wonderful Life
  7. Up on the Roof
  8. For a Dancer
  9. Running on Empty
  10. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  11. Blue Bayou
  12. In My Life
  13. Southern Cross
  14. Margaritaville
  15. You've Got a Friend

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emmylou Harris   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jackson Browne   Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Buffett   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Crosby & Nash   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dan Fogelberg   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Carole King   Piano,Vocals
Graham Nash   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bonnie Raitt   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Stills   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Walsh   Vocals,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Paul Barrére   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Valerie Carter   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Vitale   Drums
Michael Ruff   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rosemary Butler   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Sam Clayton   Percussion,Vocals
Jon Cleary   Synthesizer,Flute,Electric Piano
Craig Doerge   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano
Steve Farris   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mike Finnegan   Hammond Organ,Electric Piano
John Gilutin   Hammond Organ,Electric Piano
Kenny Gradney   Bass
Rudy Guess   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Richie Hayward   Drums,Vocals
Gerald Johnson   Bass
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Mary Kay Place   Background Vocals
Fred Tackett   Electric Guitar
Waddy Wachtel   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Leland Sklar   Bass
Sherry Kondor   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rodney Crowell   Composer
Emmylou Harris   Author
Jackson Browne   Composer,Author
Jimmy Buffett   Composer,Author
Dan Fogelberg   Composer,Author
Carole King   Composer,Author
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Graham Nash   Producer,Author,Art Direction
Roy Orbison   Composer
Bonnie Raitt   Author
Linda Ronstadt   Author
Steve Stills   Composer
Joe Walsh   Composer
Paul Barrére   Author
Lowell George   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Eric Kaz   Composer
Libby Titus   Composer
Joe Vitale   Composer
Kenny Passarelli   Composer
Michael Ruff   Composer
Stephen Barncard   Engineer
Michael Curtis   Composer
Richard Curtis   Composer
Rocke Grace   Composer
Ross Hogarth   Engineer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Producer
Russ Kunkel   Producer,Liner Notes
Paul R. Gurian   Liner Notes,Author
Peter Max   Author
Joe Melson   Composer
Gil Morales   Engineer

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