Careless

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Even before Stephen Bishop guitar, trombone, vocals issued his debut long-player, Careless, in 1978, he'd already become a music industry insider. Bishop was discovered by Art Garfunkel in the 1970s as a publisher, where he penned songs for a diversity of artists ranging from Barbra Streisand to the Four Tops. His well-crafted melodies were matched by his strengths as a lyricist, evoking strong imagery with more than a touch of organic whimsy. This album is a star-studded affair, and among the talent on hand is Rufus vocalist Chaka Kahn, who had previously been the recipient of a few Bishop compositions. Eric Clapton contributes guitar to several cuts, including some ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Even before Stephen Bishop guitar, trombone, vocals issued his debut long-player, Careless, in 1978, he'd already become a music industry insider. Bishop was discovered by Art Garfunkel in the 1970s as a publisher, where he penned songs for a diversity of artists ranging from Barbra Streisand to the Four Tops. His well-crafted melodies were matched by his strengths as a lyricist, evoking strong imagery with more than a touch of organic whimsy. This album is a star-studded affair, and among the talent on hand is Rufus vocalist Chaka Kahn, who had previously been the recipient of a few Bishop compositions. Eric Clapton contributes guitar to several cuts, including some tasty electric slide work on the midtempo rocker "Sinking in an Ocean of Tears," and both Kahn and Clapton are featured on the light and faintly tropical Top 40 entry "Save It for a Rainy Day." The biggest hit extracted from Careless is truly the stuff of adult contemporary heaven, as the somnolent "On and On" made it all the way to number 11 on the Pop Singles survey in early 1977. There are shades of other '70s singer/songwriters such as Harry Chapin and Janis Ian throughout, especially on the portentous and introspective ode "Madge," made all the more affective as Bishop's lone acoustic guitar accompaniment is increasingly poignant thanks to the stirring orchestration from Lee Holdridge. The quirky verses and adeptly placed chord changes on the title track, "Careless," stand out, bearing a bit of a resemblance to Paul McCartney's "Here, There and Everywhere," with an ever so slightly lilting gait ably pushing the melody forward. Bishop demonstrates his inimitable tongue-in-cheek wit on "Rock and Roll Slave." With a name like that, one might expect a ballsy and uptempo slasher, right? Listeners will be pleasantly surprised as the artist's phraseology is particularly stellar, with examples including "There'll be a million tomorrows tonight." Enthusiasts of the genre will not be disappointed with Careless, which was resurrected onto compact disc in 2005 by Hip-O Select -- available exclusively online at www.hip-oselect.com -- after nearly two decades out of print. There is even a miniaturized double-sided four-panel poster, replicating the original LP inner sleeve artwork and lyrics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1993
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811084028
  • Catalog Number: 10840

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On and On
  2. 2 Never Letting Go
  3. 3 Careless
  4. 4 Sinking in an Ocean of Tears
  5. 5 Madge
  6. 6 Every Minute
  7. 7 Little Italy
  8. 8 One More Night
  9. 9 Save It for a Rainy Day
  10. 10 Rock and Roll Slave
  11. 11 The Same Old Tears on a New Background
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephen Bishop Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Trombone, Vocals, Background Vocals
Art Garfunkel Vocals
Larry Carlton Acoustic Guitar
Victor Feldman Organ, Percussion, Marimbas, Vibes
Ray Pizzi Saxophone
Andrew Gold Guitar, Electric Guitar
Leah Kunkel Vocals, Background Vocals
Jim Gordon Drums
Max Bennett Bass
Larry Brown Drums
Chaka Khan Vocals, Background Vocals
Eric Clapton Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Mac Cridlin Bass
Craig Doerge Keyboards, Electric Piano
Jay Graydon Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Guerin Drums
Lee Holdridge Conductor
John Jarvis Keyboards
Larry Knechtel Organ, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Russ Kunkel Drums
Alan Lindgren Synthesizer
Steve Paietta Accordion
Reinie Press Bass
Lee Ritenour Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Jeffrey Staton Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Michael Staton Steel Guitar, Vocals
Tommy Tedesco Mandolin
Ian Freebairn-Smith Conductor
John Barlow Jarvis Piano, Electric Piano
Ray Pizzo Saxophone
Technical Credits
Stephen Bishop Producer
Bernie Grundman Engineer
Lee Holdridge String Arrangements
Henry Lewy Producer, Engineer
Ian Freebairn-Smith Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Woodwind Arrangement
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