Ear Candy/We'll Sing in the Sunshine

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Raven's 2010 two-fer combines Helen Reddy's final two albums for Capitol Records: 1977's Ear Candy and 1978's We'll Sing in the Sunshine, both co-productions with Kim Fowley. Ear Candy qualifies as a genuine oddity in Reddy's catalog, a record that finds the queen of Australian soft rock paired with the king of L.A. sleaze, Kim Fowley, and his henchman Earle Mankey, a pair who were just coming off of the teenage kicks of the Runaways. Fowley and Maneky pushed Reddy toward unusual territory, but that doesn't mean they lead her toward the gutter: they encouraged Reddy to write, prompting a surprising five originals on this ten-track album, let her dabble with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Raven's 2010 two-fer combines Helen Reddy's final two albums for Capitol Records: 1977's Ear Candy and 1978's We'll Sing in the Sunshine, both co-productions with Kim Fowley. Ear Candy qualifies as a genuine oddity in Reddy's catalog, a record that finds the queen of Australian soft rock paired with the king of L.A. sleaze, Kim Fowley, and his henchman Earle Mankey, a pair who were just coming off of the teenage kicks of the Runaways. Fowley and Maneky pushed Reddy toward unusual territory, but that doesn't mean they lead her toward the gutter: they encouraged Reddy to write, prompting a surprising five originals on this ten-track album, let her dabble with synthesizers on the lurching "Long Distance Love" and had her do a Cajun stomp with "Laissez Les Bontempts Rouler." While "Midnight Skies" bears trace elements of Fowley's bubblegum -- it could have been the theme song for a sugary Saturday morning Sid & Marty Krofft ripoff in 1972 -- and the reverbed "Baby, I'm a Star" plays a bit like diluted Lee Hazlewood, Fowley and Mankey keep Reddy within her soft rock wheelhouse, and while there are no big hits here, there are few dull spots, and the odd moments help make this one of Reddy's most interesting LPs. Following a sojourn to film Pete's Dragon for Disney, Reddy returned in 1979 with We'll Sing in the Sunshine, another co-production from the king of L.A. weirdness. Here, Fowley teamed with veteran L.A. arranger Nick DeCaro instead of Sparks guitarist Earle Mankey, and the results are considerably slicker and redolent of the polyester lounge of the late '70s, filled with shiny strings and disco flirtations that all wind up sounding a bit like TV theme songs. There are some changes of pace -- everybody works up a pretty good head of steam on a rollicking cover of the Beatles' "One After 909," and the vaudevillian shuffle of the title track doesn't fit with the rest -- but the rest of this is spangly soft rock, often fairly well-crafted but riding on its slick commercial sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657031223
  • Catalog Number: 312
  • Sales rank: 47,206

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Helen Reddy Primary Artist
Chris Darrow Conductor
Kim Fowley Conductor
David Carr Conductor
Earle Mankey Conductor
Rick Henn Conductor
Marc Peters Conductor
Technical Credits
Helen Reddy Composer
Stephen Bishop Composer
John Lennon Composer
Jeff Lynne Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Chris Darrow Arranger
Kim Fowley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Bruce Roberts Composer
Gale Garnett Composer
Alan O'Day Composer
Becky Hobbs Composer
Steve Gibb Composer
David Carr Arranger
Nick DeCaro Arranger, Producer
Casey Kelly Composer
Charles Koppelman Executive Producer
Earle Mankey Arranger, Producer
Joe Raposo Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Warren Barnett Mastering
Ian McFarlane Liner Notes
Julie Didier Composer
Rick Henn Arranger
G. Paoli Composer
B. Wiseman Composer
Marc Peters Arranger
Louise Cook Layout
Jack Sawyer Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Two of Helen Reddy's best albums

    Although not as commercially successful as some of her other albums, these two albums are definitely worth purchasing. You're My World, We'll Sing in The Sunshine and the Jeff Lynne of ELO's Poor Little Fool are fantastic - it should have been released as a single. Every song on this disc is worthwhile-no filler. She certainly looks great on the covers. It's great that after years of waiting, this CD can finally be purchased - Raven Records is great!

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