Gentle Soul [Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Gentle Soul's sole album is suffused with pretty and wistful folk-rock tunes, deftly produced by Terry Melcher to incorporate dreamy orchestral instrumentation -- harpsichord, flute, and cello -- while retaining an understated subtlety. If you like the Stone Poneys, who made similar material in the late 1960s, there's no way you're not going to like this album. If you're sitting on the fence after that conditional recommendation, it might be too mellow for your tastes. If you want to know how exactly it might differ from the Stone Poneys, it's a little more on the soft-rock side, and definitely heavier on the male-female harmonies. All of which might be ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Gentle Soul's sole album is suffused with pretty and wistful folk-rock tunes, deftly produced by Terry Melcher to incorporate dreamy orchestral instrumentation -- harpsichord, flute, and cello -- while retaining an understated subtlety. If you like the Stone Poneys, who made similar material in the late 1960s, there's no way you're not going to like this album. If you're sitting on the fence after that conditional recommendation, it might be too mellow for your tastes. If you want to know how exactly it might differ from the Stone Poneys, it's a little more on the soft-rock side, and definitely heavier on the male-female harmonies. All of which might be underselling the record, which is pretty attractive, though not astounding, on its own terms. That's probably Ry Cooder making his presence felt on the gutsiest and bluesiest tunes, "Young Man Blue" and "Reelin'," both of which feature excellent acoustic slide guitar. Although Pamela Polland and Rick Stanley sing and write well together, it's Polland whose personality comes through stronger, particularly as she takes the occasional unharmonized lead vocal and is the sole composer of one of the record's strongest tunes, "See My Love (Song for Greg)." Is this worth the three figure prices it commands on auction lists? No. But what is? It's decent music if you can get it. It was finally reissued on CD by Sundazed in 2003 with the addition of nine bonus cuts, including all five songs from their late-'60s non-LP singles, an alternate take of the single "Tell Me Love," and three previously unreleased outtakes, among them the early Jackson Browne composition "Flying Thing." With the exception of a bluesy 1968 version of "2:10 Train" (also covered by the Stone Poneys and the Rising Sons), most of these have a poppier sound than the album, sometimes showing the influence of the Byrds and the Mamas & the Papas in the harmonies and guitar parts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771112323
  • Catalog Number: 11123

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (4:34)
  2. 2 Marcus (2:54)
  3. 3 Song for Eolia (2:16)
  4. 4 Young Man Blue (2:34)
  5. 5 Renaissance (3:14)
  6. 6 See My Love (Song for Greg) (3:59)
  7. 7 Love Is Always Real (2:59)
  8. 8 Empty Wine (Woods of a Song) (2:39)
  9. 9 Through a Dream (4:00)
  10. 10 Reelin' (3:20)
  11. 11 Dance (3:27)
  12. 12 Tell Me Love (2:27)
  13. 13 Song for Three (3:00)
  14. 14 2:10 Train (2:55)
  15. 15 Flying Thing (3:18)
  16. 16 God Is Love (2:22)
  17. 17 You Move Me (2:16)
  18. 18 Our National Anthem (2:31)
  19. 19 Tell Me Love (2:26)
  20. 20 Love Is Always Real (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gentle Soul Primary Artist
Paul Horn Flute
Ry Cooder Guitar
Van Dyke Parks Harpsichord
Jerry Cole Guitar
Bill Plummer Bass
Mike Deasy Sr. Guitar
Pamela Polland Guitar, Vocals, Interviewee
Hal Blaine Drums
Tony Cohan Tabla
Larry Knechtel Organ
Sanford Konikoff Drums
Gayle Levant Harp
Rick Stanley Guitar, Vocals
Joe Osborn Bass
Ted Michel Cello
Technical Credits
Jackson Browne Composer
Terry Melcher Arranger, Producer
Jack Nitzsche Arranger
Pamela Polland Composer
T.C. Campbell Composer
Jud Cost Liner Notes
Bob Irwin Mastering
Rick Stanley Composer
Jugo Nagisa Liner Notes
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