Congress Hotel

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • Label: Rock Ridge Music
  • UPC: 677516110822
  • Catalog Number: 61108

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One You Need (3:51)
  2. 2 Love Look at Me Now (3:00)
  3. 3 Melissa (3:49)
  4. 4 Lisa (2:52)
  5. 5 Moving Along (2:54)
  6. 6 Whisper (3:23)
  7. 7 Into This Life (3:41)
  8. 8 And So It Goes (3:42)
  9. 9 Love in L.A. (4:01)
  10. 10 Something's Come Over Me (3:29)
  11. 11 Better (3:15)
  12. 12 When the Lights Go Down (3:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ernie Halter Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, 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, 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
Bill-Dog Dooley Mastering
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
Matt Chiaravalle Mastering
Shane Smith Engineer
Kasia Livingston Composer
Ernie Halter Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another singer with great talent but an ok album

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Every song is awesome!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ernie Halter is The One You Need

    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!)

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