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Bill Quateman
     

Bill Quateman

by Bill Quateman
 

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Singer/songwriter Bill Quateman's 1972 debut is adored by a small cult of '70s pop fans. While it's a good record, Bill Quateman rarely advances beyond "good" into "excellent," which makes it primarily of interest to '70s completists and fans of artists like Harry Nilsson, Steve Forbert,

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Singer/songwriter Bill Quateman's 1972 debut is adored by a small cult of '70s pop fans. While it's a good record, Bill Quateman rarely advances beyond "good" into "excellent," which makes it primarily of interest to '70s completists and fans of artists like Harry Nilsson, Steve Forbert, Eric Carmen, and Elton John (most of John's band appears on this album), all of whom Quateman resembles at various points. Quateman is a solid singer with an unusually expressive (without slipping into histrionics) voice, and a fairly good lyricist with a knack for substantial choruses but an unfortunate tendency to overstuff his verses. The album's one real drawback is the typically '70s glossy production, where every instrument (and there are too many of them) is in its own neat little box. While this kind of production always worked for the likes of Billy Joel and Fleetwood Mac, it's hard to hear this album without imagining what the songs must have sounded like on the demos, with a small four-piece band behind Quateman's appealing vocals. Still, even with the overstuffed and sterile production, the obvious charms of songs like "Only the Bears Are the Same," and the heartfelt piano ballad "Too Many Mornings" show through.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/2009
Label:
Renaissance
UPC:
0630428025325
catalogNumber:
253

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Performance Credits

Bill Quateman   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Lesley Duncan   Background Vocals
Davey Johnstone   Guitar
Clive Anstee   Cello
Kenny Ascher   Keyboards
Ray Cooper   Percussion
Paul Keogh   Guitar
Caleb Quaye   Guitar
Tom Radtke   Drums
Denny Seiwell   Drums
Sid Sims   Bass
Liza Streik   Background Vocals
Jeffrey Brown   Cor anglais
Jeffery Brown   English Horn

Technical Credits

Bill Quateman   Composer
Kenny Ascher   Producer,Audio Production
Robin Geoffrey Cable   Producer
Michael Stone   Engineer
Robin Geoffery Cable   Audio Production

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