Captain Nemo

Captain Nemo

by The Sundowners
     
 
The Sundowners' sole album suffers from the problems afflicting many similarly obscure late-'60s pop
ock LPs on major labels. One, the group can't really decide what they want to be, which though leading to some admirable versatility, also ensures a sort of anonymity. Two, there aren't any really good songs, though one or two come close. It might be backhanded

Overview

The Sundowners' sole album suffers from the problems afflicting many similarly obscure late-'60s pop
ock LPs on major labels. One, the group can't really decide what they want to be, which though leading to some admirable versatility, also ensures a sort of anonymity. Two, there aren't any really good songs, though one or two come close. It might be backhanded praise, but as those sort of records go, this is considerably above the average; the production's very good and full, the singing and harmonies are decent and committed, and the Sundowners play pretty well. Still, they almost sound like different groups from track to track, or at the very least like they're not quite sure whether to be all-out commercial, or try and slip some hipness in on the side. There are some engaging near-Association-strength vocal harmonies and bouncy melodies that put them close to the sunshine pop camp at times, yet at other times they skirt mushy easy listening rock. "Dear Undecided," clearly the best track, is like a fusion of the Hollies and (if this isn't a contradiction in terms) Herman's Hermits at their toughest, and the one you're most likely to have heard before, since they played it onscreen in an episode of the popular late-'60s TV show It Takes a Thief. Other passages indicate they might have been serious Byrds and Who fans -- "Ring Out Wild Bells" has heavy traces of both groups -- yet they don't pursue those inclinations as all-out as they could have, to their detriment. Then there's a mediocre soul-rock instrumental, slightly psychedelic pop
ock (the title cut), and forced blue-eyed soul. It's not that bad on the whole, but certainly not all it could have been.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
Label:
Rev-Ola
UPC:
5013929450127
catalogNumber:
201

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sundowners   Primary Artist
Nick Robbins   Synthesizer
George Bianchi   Percussion,Vocals
Eddie Brick   Percussion,Vocals
Dominick DeMieri   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Lead
Bobby Dick   Bass,Vocals
Benny Grammatico   Drums,Vocals
Eddie Placidi   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Soprano),Lead
Joe Foster   Synthesizer
Kim Capli   Drums

Technical Credits

Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
George Chandler   Engineer
Manny Curtis   Composer
Charles Bud Dant   Executive Producer
Pierre Delanoé   Composer
Phil Yeend   Engineer
Dominick DeMieri   Composer,Producer
Bobby Dick   Sleeve Photo
Eddie Placidi   Composer
Joe Foster   Producer
Andy Morten   Producer,Liner Notes,Artwork
George Candler   Engineer

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