A Tribute to Nicolette Larson: Lotta Love Concert

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2006
  • Label: Rhino Mod Afw
  • UPC: 081227330323
  • Catalog Number: 73303
  • Sales rank: 15,755

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lotta Love @@Ensemble
  2. 2 Part of the Plan
  3. 3 Rocky Mountain Way
  4. 4 Cold, Cold, Cold @@Little Feat & Bonnie Raitt
  5. 5 Love Has No Pride
  6. 6 Wonderful Life
  7. 7 Up on the Roof
  8. 8 For a Dancer
  9. 9 Running on Empty
  10. 10 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  11. 11 Blue Bayou
  12. 12 In My Life
  13. 13 Southern Cross
  14. 14 Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett
  15. 15 You've Got a Friend
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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
Stephen 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
Stephen 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
Doug Sax Mastering
Paul R. Gurian Liner Notes, Author
Peter Max Author
Joe Melson Composer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Gil Morales Engineer
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