Haven for Sale/St Elmo's Fire

Haven for Sale/St Elmo's Fire

by Alan Haven
     
 

Two albums by British organist Alan Haven, 1969's Haven for Sale and 1971's St. Elmo's Fire, are combined onto one CD on this 2010 reissue. With its covers of rock and pop standards like "Goin' Outta My Head," "Exodus," "Norwegian Wood," "Our Day Will Come," and "Deep Purple," Haven for Sale seems targeted for the hipper end of the instrumental…  See more details below

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Two albums by British organist Alan Haven, 1969's Haven for Sale and 1971's St. Elmo's Fire, are combined onto one CD on this 2010 reissue. With its covers of rock and pop standards like "Goin' Outta My Head," "Exodus," "Norwegian Wood," "Our Day Will Come," and "Deep Purple," Haven for Sale seems targeted for the hipper end of the instrumental easy listening market. Recorded with his trio, it was later overdubbed with orchestral arrangements by producer Keith Mansfield, with jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson guesting on trumpet. It's hardly the most challenging outing, even in a field that by definition wasn't the most challenging. But it's not dispensable either, as Haven gets a mighty groovy sound out of his Lowrey organ, and the backing usually cooks along in an agreeably swinging jazz-pop go-go manner. If you go for this kind of thing, it's a quality outing, Haven drawing penetrating tones and swoops out of his instrument with imagination, though the backup arrangements (including some wordless scat vocals by the Ladybirds) sometimes get on the saccharine side. St. Elmo's Fire was a far more creative project on Haven's end, as about half of it was comprised of his own compositions. Too, Haven was responsible for the arrangements and instrumental effects, the only accompanists being percussionists Robin Jones and Tony Uter. It would thus be satisfying to hail it as a far more expressive and edifying work. But it's not nearly as enjoyable as its predecessor, Haven delving into slicker, early bland fusion that makes much use of busy Latin rhythms. There's still some impressive and at times soulfully powerful organ work, as you'd expect. But it's still lounge-ish, instrumental, easy listening pop, and not as dynamic as Haven for Sale despite some modernization of the beats and technology. The historical liner notes include memories from Haven himself.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2010
Label:
Rpm Records Uk
UPC:
5013929598645
catalogNumber:
2959864
Rank:
114157

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Haven   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Robin Jones   Drums,Timbales
Tony Uter   Latin Percussion
Ladybirds   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Franz Lehár   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Leonard Borisoff   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Mort Garson   Composer
Ernest Gold   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
John Madara   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Michael Heatley   Liner Notes
Paul Bevoir   Artwork
Jimmy Davis   Composer
James Sherman   Composer
Roger Ramirez   Composer
Mike Ross   Engineer
Alan Haven   Arranger,Composer,Producer
David White   Composer
Bobby Weinstein   Composer
Keith Masnfield   Producer

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