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Before the Rain

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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. ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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: 1/24/1995
  • Label: Avenue Records
  • UPC: 081227172121
  • Catalog Number: 71721

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Before the Rain (8:02)
  2. 2 Steppin' (6:08)
  3. 3 San Francisco Bay (7:20)
  4. 4 Feelin' Happy (3:45)
  5. 5 More Than Word Can Say (4:42)
  6. 6 Sing Song (6:50)
  7. 7 Haunted House (6:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Oskar Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals
The 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, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lee Oskar does it good!!!!!

    Never heard of Lee Oskar until recently although album was done in the 70's. The man can put some smooth music together. Before the rain track is the best. Put it on and let it send you to nirvana. It will put you in dreamland!!!!

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