Americana: Rock Your Soul, Vol. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The cover of BBE's Americana compilation is a shot of the Statue of Liberty, but a Los Angeles photo would have been more fitting. These rare recordings, most of which were released during the latter half of the '70s and the year 1980, resemble -- and, in some cases, are -- L.A. records, meaning that they have the relaxed and polished "smooth soul meets soft rock" sound that L.A. studios pumped out in torrents. The most "L.A." inclusion here would have to be Jaye P. Morgan's fluid version of "Can't Hide Love," written by Skip Scarborough and also recorded by Creative Source, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Dionne Warwick; the singer is surrounded by an L.A.-based cast heard on...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The cover of BBE's Americana compilation is a shot of the Statue of Liberty, but a Los Angeles photo would have been more fitting. These rare recordings, most of which were released during the latter half of the '70s and the year 1980, resemble -- and, in some cases, are -- L.A. records, meaning that they have the relaxed and polished "smooth soul meets soft rock" sound that L.A. studios pumped out in torrents. The most "L.A." inclusion here would have to be Jaye P. Morgan's fluid version of "Can't Hide Love," written by Skip Scarborough and also recorded by Creative Source, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Dionne Warwick; the singer is surrounded by an L.A.-based cast heard on heaps of other releases, including a pre-fame David Foster, Harvey Mason, Ray Parker Jr., a handful of Toto members, and the horn section from Tower of Power. A close second would be "Living Off the Love," an elegant number from Lee Ritenour associate Eric Tagg. Several artists were actually based in Hawaii, and all of them would have been worthy of warming up for the state's Seawind. Just the names of certain acts -- Midnight Flyer, Tender Leaf, and the unhyphenated 1619 Bad Ass Band among them -- are likely to attract or repulse listeners. Indeed, this aims for insatiable, unapologetic lovers of smooth soul and soft rock -- those who will fall for Michael Franks playbook swipes like "Having my morning coffee/Peeling the cobwebs off me," as heard in Lil' Albert's "My Girl Friday." Some of these songs can be slipped between well-known hits with no perceptible dip in quality, while the remainder is, at the very least, entertaining.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2011
  • Label: Bbe
  • UPC: 730003118128
  • Catalog Number: 181
  • Sales rank: 43,254

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Love Music - Babadu (3:48)
  2. 2 Living Off the Love - Eric Tagg (4:47)
  3. 3 Can't Hide Love - Jaye P. Morgan (4:56)
  4. 4 I've Got the Feelin' - James Walsh Gypsy Band (3:49)
  5. 5 Thought You Ought To Know - Jesse McFall and the Funk Elegant Orchestra (3:37)
  6. 6 My Girl Friday - Lil' Albert (3:59)
  7. 7 Love One Another - Mike Lundy (4:56)
  8. 8 Coast To Coast - Tender Leaf (4:04)
  9. 9 Just For You - 1619 Bad Ass Band (4:17)
  10. 10 A Little More Time - Michael Killen (3:21)
  11. 11 Who Was It This Time - Breakaway (5:19)
  12. 12 I Just Wanna Love You - Midnight Flyer (3:31)
  13. 13 Four In the Morning - Ian Willson (4:24)
  14. 14 Slow Dancer - Life Force (5:01)
  15. 15 Between Hello and Goodbye - Society of Seven (3:59)
  16. 16 Never Gonna Leave You - Evans Pyramid (6:46)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Bill Champlin Composer
Teddy Randazzo Producer
James Walsh Composer
Randy Irwin Producer
Eric Tagg Composer
Kit Ebersbach Producer
B.J. Cook Foster Composer, Producer
Jake Holloway Graphic Design
Bill Brewster Liner Notes
David Taylor Composer
Mike Lundy Composer, Producer
Sean Pennycook Mastering
Jimmy Johnson Composer
Gary Shimabukuro Producer
Duke Hall Producer
A. Evans Composer
Kirk Thompson Producer
T. Randazzo Composer
Bill Schulenburg Producer
Michael Killen Composer, Producer
Ian Willson Composer
Breakaway Producer
Berry Becket Composer
Babadu Davis Composer
Khalid Abdul Shalid Composer
Jeanine Da Silva Producer
Mark Worthy Composer
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