Countdown to Love

Countdown to Love

by Kenny Vance & The Planotones
     
 

If jazz musicians can honor the past and be called "classicist" instead of "dated," is there any reason why rock and R&B artists cannot do the same? Of course not. And Kenny Vance & the Planotones honor the past with consistently worthwhile results on Countdown to Love, a 49-minute CD that came out in 2007 but generally salutes '50s doo wop. Countdown to…  See more details below

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If jazz musicians can honor the past and be called "classicist" instead of "dated," is there any reason why rock and R&B artists cannot do the same? Of course not. And Kenny Vance & the Planotones honor the past with consistently worthwhile results on Countdown to Love, a 49-minute CD that came out in 2007 but generally salutes '50s doo wop. Countdown to Love is not the work of doo wop purists; a few of the tracks are more '60s-sounding than '50s-sounding. Vance offers a big dose of doo wop (including performances of the Drifters' "There Goes My Baby" and Rosie & the Originals' "Angel Baby"), but he also embraces the Burt Bacharach/Hal David favorite "Anyone Who Had a Heart" (which was a major hit for Dionne Warwick in 1963). The alliance of Bacharach/David and Warwick became profitable a few years after the heyday of doo wop, not before. Nonetheless, doo wop is the album's primary focus -- and besides, "Anyone Who Had a Heart" climbed the charts at a time when the '60s still felt a lot like the '50s. Historians equate the '60s with social, political, and artistic upheaval, but it was during the late '60s (as opposed to the early to mid-'60s) that the most dramatic upheaval came about in the United States and Canada as well as Great Britain. The Beatles, let's not forget, started out performing Little Richard and Chuck Berry songs but ended up becoming major contributors to psychedelic rock, and Countdown to Love is an album that celebrates the pre-psychedelic days of rock and R&B. There is a lot to enjoy on Vance's inspired homage to the '50s and -- to a lesser degree -- the early to mid-'60s.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431696521
catalogNumber:
6965

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Vance & The Planotones   Primary Artist
Kenny Vance   Indexed Contributor,Background Vocals
Andy Burton   Piano,Keyboards
James Campagnola   Saxophone
Eddie Hokenson   Background Vocals
Bobby Jay   Bass (Vocal)
Jay Leslie   Saxophone
Johnny Gale   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobby Jay and the Hawks   Bass (Vocal)
Brian 'School Bus' Posner   Hand Clapping
Jay Leslie   Saxophone
Tony Gallino   Drums

Technical Credits

Richard Berry   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Kenny Vance   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jerome Kern   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Lou Gimenez   Engineer
Kenny Martin   Composer
Jesse Powell   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Marty Joe Kupersmith   Composer
George Treadwell   Composer
Don Burch   Composer
Julius McMichael   Composer
Esther Navarro   Composer
Johnny Gale   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production,Duet
Steve Stanley   Tray Photo
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Sam Ling   Composer
Leroy Swearingen   Composer
Rosemary Gallagher   Composer
Paul Winley   Composer
Ben Frazier   Composer
Donald Travis   Composer
Lover Patterson   Composer
Ricky Jackson   Composer
Benjamin Nelson   Composer

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