Crushed! The Love Song Collection

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Holly Near would be the first to admit that love songs are not her métier, and in fact, she admits it right up front in her liner notes to this compilation: "I was never much for writing love songs," she writes. "My passion was in social change music." But there have been a few love songs over the years, and now that she is repackaging her old Redwoods Records recordings into new thematic collections for Calico Tracks Music, she has assembled some of them here. The obvious exception to her aversion for love songs -- and the one that proves the rule -- is her 1987 album Don't Hold Back, on which she decided to try her hand at making a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Holly Near would be the first to admit that love songs are not her métier, and in fact, she admits it right up front in her liner notes to this compilation: "I was never much for writing love songs," she writes. "My passion was in social change music." But there have been a few love songs over the years, and now that she is repackaging her old Redwoods Records recordings into new thematic collections for Calico Tracks Music, she has assembled some of them here. The obvious exception to her aversion for love songs -- and the one that proves the rule -- is her 1987 album Don't Hold Back, on which she decided to try her hand at making a conventional pop
ock LP. With its synthesizers and heavy drums, its guest vocalists Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Loggins, and its unconvincing songs, it was her weakest album. And it is compressed into the first eight tracks here, sounding no better in fact, given the trendiness of its sound, a little worse than it did before. After that, things improve, with songs like "The Letter" a farewell to a dying friend and "Backing off and Pulling Away" providing individual takes on companionship and romance. "The Right to Love," a 1963 Lalo Schifrin/Gene Lees composition previously heard on the 1998 album Fruit Cocktail, has a different tone from the originals and suggests that Near perhaps should have included more cover material. As it is, Crushed! The Love Song Collection illustrates one of the weaker aspects of an otherwise strong talent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2002
  • Label: Calico Tracks Music
  • UPC: 646506000627
  • Catalog Number: 6
  • Sales rank: 319,635

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crushed - Bonnie Raitt (4:02)
  2. 2 How Bold (4:08)
  3. 3 The Promise - Kenny Loggins (4:38)
  4. 4 Don't Hold Back (3:20)
  5. 5 How Was I to Know (3:52)
  6. 6 Bony Jaw Baby (3:43)
  7. 7 Bird Gonna Fly (3:50)
  8. 8 Plain and Simple Love (3:49)
  9. 9 Back Off - Sheila Escovedo (4:06)
  10. 10 Fire in the Rain (4:07)
  11. 11 The Right to Love (2:52)
  12. 12 The Letter (3:12)
  13. 13 Sit With Me (4:30)
  14. 14 Backing Off and Pulling Away (3:49)
  15. 15 Dancing Bird (3:55)
  16. 16 Lonely Days (4:18)
  17. 17 Room for Me (3:24)
  18. 18 Once or Twice (3:49)
  19. 19 I Really Didn't Want To (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Holly Near Primary Artist, Vocals
Barbara Higbie Piano
Michael Manring Bass
Linda Tillery Vocals
Kenny Loggins Vocals
Bonnie Raitt Vocals
Robben Ford Electric Guitar
June Millington Guitar, Percussion
Ray Obiedo Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Nancy Vogl Guitar
John Bucchino Piano, Keyboards
Carrie Barton Bass, Electric Bass
Judy Chilnick Vibes
Sheila Escovedo Percussion
Beth Fitchet Guitar, Vocals
Tris Imboden Drums
Jeff Jorgenson Tenor Saxophone
Joe Lala Percussion
Jan Martinelli Acoustic Bass
Sapphron Obois Horn
Vicki Randle Percussion
Pam Sawyer Horn
Guy Thomas Vocals
Doug Webb Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Dave Wells Trombone
Bernice Brooks Drums
Sarah T. Cline Horn
Caille Colburn Harp
Bonnie Johnson Drums
Susan Laraine Horn
Ylonda Nickell Horn
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar
Adrienne Torf Piano, Keyboards, Prophet Synthesizer
Cam Davis Drums
Bob Glub Bass
Steve Wood Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
Holly Near Producer, Engineer
Mary Watkins Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Robin Gibb Composer
Evie Sands Producer, Engineer
June Millington Producer, Engineer
John McCutcheon Producer, Engineer
Barry Gibb Composer
Tom Anderson Producer, Engineer
Richard Corsello Producer, Engineer
Maurice Gibb Composer
Leslie Ann Jones Producer, Engineer, Rhythm Track Arrangement
Terry Kath Composer
Terry Nelson Producer, Engineer
Doug Parry Producer, Engineer
Joanie Shoemaker Producer, Engineer
Jo-Lynne Worley Producer, Engineer
Irene Young Cover Photo
Wayne Carson Thompson Composer
Mark Adam Miller Composer
Susan Gottlieb Producer, Engineer
Steve Wood Producer, Engineer
Susan Glaser Graphic Design
Will Brady Horn Arrangements
Donald E. Myers Composer
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