Crossword Puzzle

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Crossword Puzzle was the eighth LP from the Partridge Family -- a multimedia, made-for-TV project that hit marketing pay dirt learning lessons from the success of the Monkees' manufactured origins, as well as the real-life pop
ock family the Cowsills. As a weekly prime time sitcom, The Partridge Family ran on ABC-TV from September 25, 1970, through August 31, 1974. As musical artists, they further mimicked the Monkees' phenomenon by having primary cast members -- in this case, Shirley Jones vocals and David Cassidy vocals -- as the group's lead vocalists. Accompanying Cassidy and Jones was a veritable who's who of studio heavyweights ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Crossword Puzzle was the eighth LP from the Partridge Family -- a multimedia, made-for-TV project that hit marketing pay dirt learning lessons from the success of the Monkees' manufactured origins, as well as the real-life pop
ock family the Cowsills. As a weekly prime time sitcom, The Partridge Family ran on ABC-TV from September 25, 1970, through August 31, 1974. As musical artists, they further mimicked the Monkees' phenomenon by having primary cast members -- in this case, Shirley Jones vocals and David Cassidy vocals -- as the group's lead vocalists. Accompanying Cassidy and Jones was a veritable who's who of studio heavyweights such as Hal Blaine drums, Larry Carlton guitar, Joe Osborne bass, and Larry Knechtel keyboards. They were joined by the painfully sweet backing vocals of the six-member Love Generation, who participated to some degree on every one of the Partridge Family's LPs. Judging by not only the lackluster chart performance number 146, but also the complete absence of a 45 rpm single in the States, it is fair to say all remaining vestiges of Partridge-mania were becoming significantly depleted. For the most part, the formulaic unaffected pop song style of Wes Farrell, Terry Cashman, and Tommy West had grown stale. In fact the best material on Crossword Puzzle comes from Tony Romeo's lush emotive ballad "As Long as There's You," which points in the direction of Cassidy's solo efforts. Of the lighter fare, another Romeo tune, "It Means I'm in Love With You," has an airy bubblegum lilt that glides through the catchy melody. These highlights detract from the simply awful "Let Your Love Go" or the half-baked "It's a Long Way to Heaven" -- both of which are little more than mediocre filler. [In 2003, Crossword Puzzle 1973 was issued on CD with informative liner notes as well as a reproduction of the original "novelty" LP jacket, a signature of Partridge Family releases.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972392523
  • Catalog Number: 723925
  • Sales rank: 53,332

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Partridge Family Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Shirley Jones Vocals
David Cassidy Vocals
Larry Carlton Guitar
Louie Shelton Guitar
John Bahler Background Vocals
Tom Bahler Background Vocals
Hal Blaine Drums
Max Bennett Bass
Dennis Budimir Guitar
Ron Hicklin Background Vocals
Larry Knechtel Keyboards
Mike Melvoin Keyboards
Tommy Tedesco Guitar
Jackie Ward Background Vocals
Louis Shelton Guitar
Joe Osborn Bass
Technical Credits
John Bahler Vocal Arrangements
Wes Farrell Producer, rhythm arrangement
Elliott Federman Mastering
Bob Kovach Engineer
Mike Melvoin Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Lisa Sutton Liner Notes
Beverly Weinstein Art Direction
Rob Santos Reissue Producer
Pete Ciccone Redesign
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    PARTRIDGES FLY WITH CROSSWORD PUZZLE

    Wes Farrell's production lifts it way above average right from the first confident vocal touch by David Cassidy on "One Day At A Time", the Cashman and West song. And more still - the song selection is good and well varied and so holds the interest well. Listening to David Cassidy on the Tony Romeo song "As Long As There's You" stresses the fact that he really does deserve to be taken more seriously as a singer. The general consistency as on the "Up To Date" and PF "Shopping Bag" albums is there again, and on the up-tempo items alot of credit should go to drummer Hal Blaine. One slight grating aspect, some of the backing vocals are a bit over-twee and listless, but thats merely carping criticism. David Cassidy and Shirley Jones are in good nick; and Wes Farrell knows how to sustain them. "Come on Love",the gospel flavored "Sunshine" and "As Long as There's You" were international hits.

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