Before the Rain

Before the Rain

by Lee Oskar
     
 

Here's why all serious music lovers still need a turntable: there are so many worthwhile LPs from the '60s and '70s that will probably never be reissued on CD. Before Avenue Records came into the picture, it seemed unlikely that Lee Oskar's solo albums of 1976-1980 would ever be reissued on CD -- labels usually reissue titles they think there is a heavy demand for,… See more details below

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Here's why all serious music lovers still need a turntable: there are so many worthwhile LPs from the '60s and '70s that will probably never be reissued on CD. Before Avenue Records came into the picture, it seemed unlikely that Lee Oskar's solo albums of 1976-1980 would ever be reissued on CD -- labels usually reissue titles they think there is a heavy demand for, and Oskar's solo efforts weren't the mega-blockbusters that War's albums were. But Avenue pleasantly surprised listeners in the '90s by making Oskar's solo output available on CD, including 1978's Before the Rain. Did this album outsell War classics like Why Can't We Be Friends? and All Day Music? Hardly. Reissued in 1995, this mostly instrumental album deserved to come back into print simply because it is good. From a commercial standpoint, the problem with Before the Rain is that it's difficult to categorize -- is it funk, pop-jazz, quiet storm, or fusion? Arguably, Before the Rain is all of those things, and Oskar's harmonica playing is expressive whether he is getting mildly funky on "Steppin'" or being mellow and laid-back on "More Than Words Can Say" and the title track. "Steppin'" certainly isn't typical of funk instrumentals; the tune opens with bagpipes -- not exactly an instrument that one ordinarily associates with funk. But then, Oskar is no stranger to multiculturalism; how many harmonica players who were born in Copenhagen, Denmark, went on to play with one of the top soul/funk bands of the '70s? Before the Rain may not have set the world on fire when it was first released in 1978, but it was certainly nice to see the album making its CD debut in 1995.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/1995
Label:
Avenue Records
UPC:
0081227172121
catalogNumber:
71721

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Oskar   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals
Chambers Brothers   Vocals
Michael Harris   Clarinet
Jerome Richardson   Horn
Robert Hunter   Bagpipes
Gene Page   Performing Ensemble
Eloise Laws   Background Vocals
Clive Anstee   Cello
Irvine Arditti   Violin
Israel Baker   Violin
Howard Ball   Violin
Paul Barrett   Trombone
Steve Beckmeier   Electric Guitar
Paul Beer   Trombone
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Stella Castellucci   Harp
Emilio Castillo   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Chambers   Vocals
Gene Cipriano   Horn
Paul Cosh   Trumpet
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Linda Creed   Background Vocals
Steve Davis   Choir, Chorus
Duke Dobing   Flute,Oboe
Bonnie Douglas   Violin
Herman Eberitzsch   Piano,Keyboards,Clavinet
Liz Edwards   Violin
Jesse Ehrlich   Cello
English Chorale   Choir, Chorus
Greg Errico   Percussion,Drums
Jamie Faunt   Bass
Martyn Ford   Performing Ensemble
Travis Fullerton   Background Vocals
Roger Garland   Violin
Mic Gillette   Trumpet
Gary Grant   Horn
Anatol Kaminsky   Violin
Jacob Krachmalnick   Violin
Bernard Kundell   Violin
Stephen "Doc" Kupka   Baritone Saxophone
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Virginia Majewski   Viola
Lew McCreary   Horn
Ollie Mitchell   Horn
Alexander Neiman   Viola
Gareth "Garry" Nuttycombe   Viola
Robert Ostrowsky   Viola
Don Palmer   Violin
Lenny Pickett   Piccolo,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Pat Rizzo   Saxophone
Nathan Ross   Violin
Henry Roth   Violin
Paul Shure   Violin
Malcolm Smith   Trumpet
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Gloria Strassner   Cello
Stephen Tees   Viola
Bianca Thornton   Vocals
Bobby Vega   Bass
Christopher Warren-Green   Violin
Hillary Weston   Choir, Chorus
Stephen Kupka   Baritone Saxophone
William Lamb   Trombone,Trumpet
Ian Mackenzie   Violin
Terry Mederios   Acoustic Guitar
Charles Miller   Saxophone
Stephen Rowlinson   Violin
San Francisco Bay Singers   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jack Schulman   Violin
Leonard Pickett   Piccolo,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Lyricon
Greg Adams   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Lee Gibson   Choir, Chorus
Thomas Shepard   Horn
Andrew Cauhry   Oboe
Barbara Courtney-King   Choir, Chorus
Linda Hibbard   Choir, Chorus
Mike Huwitz   Cello
Ian Kennedy   Choir, Chorus
Donald McVay   Viola
Michael Parkinson   Bassoon
Jan Schlapp   Viola
Roger Smith   Cello
Shirley Smith   Choir, Chorus
Roger Best   Viola
David Woodcock   Violin
Jenny O'Grady   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Gene Page   Arranger
Paul Buckmaster   Arranger
Greg Errico   Producer
Chris Huston   Engineer
Greg Adams   Arranger
Keri Oskar   Composer

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