California

California

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by Wilson Phillips
     
 

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The progeny of three Left Coast music legends -- Beach Boy Brian Wilson and John and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas -- the gals of Wilson Phillips take a close-to-home approach for their first album in a dozen years, packing the disc with songs drawn from the golden age of southern California soft rock. Much like Nancy Sinatra did with her 2002 outing, See more details below

Overview

The progeny of three Left Coast music legends -- Beach Boy Brian Wilson and John and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas -- the gals of Wilson Phillips take a close-to-home approach for their first album in a dozen years, packing the disc with songs drawn from the golden age of southern California soft rock. Much like Nancy Sinatra did with her 2002 outing, California Girl, this honey-voiced vocal trio use their affection for their home state as a springboard for a comeback. Carnie and Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips seek help directly from the source in such noted L.A. session vets as Russ Kunkel and Larry Klein, who played on many of the original recordings, and producer Peter Asher, who's worked with Linda Ronstadt and gives Wilson Phillips' cover of Ronstadt's "You're No Good" an R&B gloss complete with loops and a dance beat. Brian Wilson contributes piano, vocals, and words of encouragement to a delightful rendition of the Beach Boys' "In My Room," which winds up a touching disc highlight. The trio sound equally at home on a sparsely arranged version of the Boys' surf nugget "Dance, Dance, Dance," with the Wilson sisters appropriately taking the lead, and the Mamas & the Papas' "Monday, Monday," embellished by Chynna Phillips's gritty vocals, prominent guitar, and an urgent tempo. Other artists given an extreme makeover by the lovely ladies include Neil Young (a dreamy "Old Man," revamped with lush orchestration), Fleetwood Mac (the meandering "Go Your Own Way"), and the Eagles (a chugging "Already Gone" that Phillips gives a winsome edge). With California, Wilson Phillips do justice to their hefty musical legacy, ushering the good vibrations into the next century.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972480824
catalogNumber:
724808
Rank:
43095

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wilson Phillips   Primary Artist,Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Guest Appearance
Brian Wilson   Piano,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Michelle Phillips   Choir, Chorus
James Baldwin   Choir, Chorus
Robert Bonfiglio   Electric Guitar,Choir, Chorus,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Guitar (Baritone)
Peter Asher   Choir, Chorus,sleigh bells
David Campbell   Conductor
Larry Corbett   String Quartet
Joel Derouin   String Quartet
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar
John Gilutin   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Larry Klein   Bass,Bass Guitar
Russ Kunkel   Conga,Drums,Tambourine,Cajon
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Chynna Phillips   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lee Sklar   Bass
Carnie Wilson   Keyboards,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Evan Wilson   String Quartet
Wendy Wilson   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Roger Manning   Mellotron
Tiffany Miller   Choir, Chorus
Dave Way   Choir, Chorus
Aaron Wilson   Choir, Chorus
David Rolfe   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Fuzz Bass,Hi String
Bill Baldwin   Choir, Chorus
Roger Joseph Manning   Piano,Mellotron,farfisa organ,Wurlitzer
Jay Ruston   Choir, Chorus
Vance Baldwin   Choir, Chorus
Maria Carcamo   Choir, Chorus
Owen Elliot   Background Vocals
René Succa   Choir, Chorus
Michele Richards   String Quartet

Technical Credits

Pete Seeger   Composer
Jackson Browne   Composer
Lindsey Buckingham   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Jack Tempchin   Composer
Peter Asher   Producer,Audio Production,Percussion Programming
David Campbell   String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
George Massenburg   Engineer
Wilson Phillips   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Chester Powers   Composer
Robb Strandlund   Composer
Gary Usher   Composer
Mitchell Cohen   Liner Notes,Concept
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Mary Maurer   Art Direction
Clint Ballard   Composer
Tiffany Miller   Executive Producer
David Rolfe   Producer,Percussion Programming
Kevo Sassouni   Illustrations
Jay Ruston   overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer,Percussion Programming
Sherratt Reicher   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Tiffany Miller   Audio Production

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