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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A fixture within the slick soft rock scene of Southern California in the '70s, Ned Doheny never had hits under his own name, but he was well-liked and well-connected, enough so that he was the first musician signed to David Geffen's Asylum label in 1973. That album didn't climb far up the charts, and neither did the pair that followed -- 1976's Hard Candy and 1979's Prone, both of which are collected on the 2011 double-disc set from SuperBird. Under the production of Steve Cropper, Hard Candy sounds a bit like a softer Boz Scaggs, a Boz without the Allen Toussaint influence and whose love of blues is swapped for a hint of Laurel Canyon folk. Doheny strums ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A fixture within the slick soft rock scene of Southern California in the '70s, Ned Doheny never had hits under his own name, but he was well-liked and well-connected, enough so that he was the first musician signed to David Geffen's Asylum label in 1973. That album didn't climb far up the charts, and neither did the pair that followed -- 1976's Hard Candy and 1979's Prone, both of which are collected on the 2011 double-disc set from SuperBird. Under the production of Steve Cropper, Hard Candy sounds a bit like a softer Boz Scaggs, a Boz without the Allen Toussaint influence and whose love of blues is swapped for a hint of Laurel Canyon folk. Doheny strums through "When Love Hangs in the Balance" and gets stickily sentimental on the closing "Valentine (I Was Wrong About You)," but Hard Candy is a soft, blue-eyed soul album from the studio caverns of L.A. Doheny isn't quite gritty enough a singer to make these tunes stick. but there are plenty of good mellow vibes here. Released three years later, Prone picks up the thread left behind from Hard Candy, and adds funkier rhythms and a glossier sound -- both signs of disco's popular crossover -- and the slower songs have been stripped of any remnants of folk; it's all super-slick soft rock here. Again, Doheny's friendly nature is a double-edged sword -- he certainly doesn't make a song like "Funky Love" sound funky, and he also has a tendency to disappear even in the sweeter songs, the ones that match the timbre of his voice -- but the good vibes that flow throughout Prone are somewhat seductive in their unfettered smoothness. It's an artifact of big-budget studio craft, as it's more about the sound than the song, but now that that era has passed, its able, amiable professionalism sounds all the more appealing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2011
  • Label: Superbird
  • EAN: 5013929884823
  • Catalog Number: 2988482
  • Sales rank: 49,777

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ned Doheny Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Background Vocals
Steve Cropper Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Don Henley Background Vocals
Linda Ronstadt Background Vocals
Victor Feldman Percussion
Don Menza Saxophone
Tom Scott Saxophone
John Heard Bass
David Foster Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer
Rosemary Butler Background Vocals
Colin Cameron Bass
Ernie Corello Electric Guitar
Chuck Findley Trombone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Horn
Steve Forman Percussion
Glenn Frey Background Vocals
Bryan Garofalo Bass
David Garland Keyboards
John Guerin Drums
Jimmie Haskell Conductor
Jim Horn Saxophone
Brooks Hunnicutt Background Vocals
Sid Sharp Concert Master
J.D. Souther Background Vocals
Hamish Stuart Background Vocals
Laszlo Wicky Bass
Fleming Williams Background Vocals
Gary Mallaber Drums
Greg Adams Horn
Tower of Power Horn Section Horn
Dennis Parker Bass
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Ned Doheny Composer, Horn Arrangements
H.B. Barnum Vocal Arrangements
Chuck Findley Horn Arrangements
Austin Godsey Engineer
Jimmie Haskell Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Roger Lomas Mastering
Larry Muhoberac String Arrangements
Hamish Stuart Composer
Greg Adams Horn Arrangements
Chris Musto Repackaging Design
Richard Kimball Executive Producer
Malcolm Dome Liner Notes
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