Congress Hotel

Congress Hotel

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by Ernie Halter
     
 
When Ernie Halter released his debut, Lo-Fidelity, in 2005, it was obvious that his voice was an extraordinary instrument, but the recording lived up to its name -- just Halter's pipes and acoustic guitar, dicey, distant-sounding two-track recording -- and it was not yet possible to ascertain just what he had in him. Congress Hotel is more like it. Here

Overview

When Ernie Halter released his debut, Lo-Fidelity, in 2005, it was obvious that his voice was an extraordinary instrument, but the recording lived up to its name -- just Halter's pipes and acoustic guitar, dicey, distant-sounding two-track recording -- and it was not yet possible to ascertain just what he had in him. Congress Hotel is more like it. Here the Southern Californian works with a full complement of musicians (including a delicious Hammond organ on most tracks) that expose the range of his smooth, soulful singing. And soul is the key word here: like John Mayer and James Hunter, Halter draws from the best of the classic R&B generation (Stevie Wonder is an especially prominent influence, his phrasing apparent in several of Halter's songs), but there's an equally significant nod to the classic rock of Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello (whose drummer, Pete Thomas, is present here) and Billy Joel in the pop-ish arrangements. Halter is an easygoing sort, not a shouter, and his songs -- there's a preponderance of simple declarations of love -- don't always say a lot. But his vocal delivery is so convincing, and these tunes so appealing, that it seems like he's saying a lot anyway.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2007
Label:
Rock Ridge Music
UPC:
0677516110822
catalogNumber:
61108

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Performance Credits

Ernie Halter   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Claves,Clavier,fender rhodes,Guitar (Nylon String)
Howard "Buzz" Feiten   Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Kalish   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Weissenborn
Neil Larsen   Accordion,Claves,Clavier
David Leach   Percussion
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Barrie Maguire   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Reggie McBride   Bass
Lee Thornburg   Horn,Brass
Jake Andrews   Electric Guitar
Jeff Scott Young   Organ,Hammond Organ
Ronnie Manaog   Drums
Luke Miller   Organ,Hammond Organ,Claves,Clavier
John Austin Hughes   Guitar
Chris Joyner   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Gary Ferguson   Drums

Technical Credits

Billy Joel   Composer
David Batteau   Composer
Miguel Matamoros   Composer
Franne Golde   Composer
Daniel Ho   Composer
David Kalish   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Barrie Maguire   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Lee Thornburg   Brass Arrangment
Jason Yates   Composer
Stephen Lu   Composer
Mike Farley   Publicity
Shane Smith   Engineer
Kasia Livingston   Composer
Ernie Halter   Composer

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Congress Hotel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful blend of pop, rock, r&b, soul, gospel and latin, Ernie Halter brings listeners brand new takes on some of his most familiar songs. His previous CD, "Lo- Fidelity", was a raw and stripped down take on his originals and some covers, and the new CD is a more polished presentation. There's something for everyone to enjoy on this album, and something that everyone can relate to. "Congress Hotel" is definitely a must have for music lovers. (to read more, visit BandHumor.net!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are very few album's that this can be said about: Every song is awesome! Ernie has an amazing voice and is extremely talented. If you don't buy this album, you really will be missing out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
His voice is simply amazing, but the tracks are similar if not identical to Gavin Degraw's Chariot Stripped CD with less originality. I'm at a crossroad with this album, although it does its job in showcasing his wonderful voice the material falls short.