He's a Rebel: The Gene Pitney Story Retold

He's a Rebel: The Gene Pitney Story Retold

     
 
Short of a full-on Gene Pitney revival, with banners and headlines, the next best thing is To M'Lou's sensational tribute record He's a Rebel. The singer cannot be considered exactly obscure, but this album makes a good case that he is much more bafflingly overlooked than his artistry merits. Of course, it is near-impossible for any other artist to

Overview

Short of a full-on Gene Pitney revival, with banners and headlines, the next best thing is To M'Lou's sensational tribute record He's a Rebel. The singer cannot be considered exactly obscure, but this album makes a good case that he is much more bafflingly overlooked than his artistry merits. Of course, it is near-impossible for any other artist to capture the resounding glory of Pitney's primary instrument -- that astonishing voice -- but this album's 25 songs accomplish the next best thing: to remind you just how impressive was his run of chart singles through the 1960s, only a few of them still accorded any rotation space on oldies radio. So important a transitional figure does he represent, in fact, that this project enticed some heavy guns -- Michael Shelley, Al Kooper (whose "I Must Be Seeing Things" is also given a fresh, Spector-esque polishing by the Waking Hours), the Deviants -- as contributors. As becomes immediately apparent from Randell Kirsch and Billy Cowsill's radiant rendering of "It Hurts to Be in Love," Pitney was making pop songs as vibrant as anything by the early Beatles, roughly his contemporaries, and even more versatile (though the British combo would soon pass him in that regard), another quality that comes shining through here. He could knock out lighthearted rockabilly (Tommy Womack on "Louisiana Mama"), a sandy beach tune ("Summertime Dreamin?" breezily done by Sparkle*Jets U.K.), or moonlit romance (Gail George's "Mr. Moon, Mr. Cupid and I") with silky ease. His teen ballads could be near-operatic expressions of angst and agony ("Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart," made even tearier in Chris Von Sneidern's version; the classic "Only Love Can Break a Heart," beautifully handled by Sleeping Giant) or simple and affecting (Shelley's "Walk," Glowfriends' shimmering "Oh, Annie, Oh"), but always contained a slowly escalating sensual tension just beneath the surface. He could also handle delightful bubblegum (Ed James' "Nobody Needs Your Love"; "Hello Mary Lou," written by Pitney and performed here by Ron Flynt), while Ferdinand even teases out garage possibilities, and Jeremy and the See Saw illuminating psychedelic ones. And few artists have been as good as Pitney at transforming camp into an art form, as an over-the-top cover of "Town Without Pity" by the Now People proves. An exquisite album and artist, each song an almost perfectly realized three-minute melodrama.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/10/2002
Label:
TO M'LOU MUSIC
UPC:
0650245040721
catalogNumber:
7

Tracks

  1. Prelude
  2. I Must Be Seeing Things
  3. It Hurts to Be in Love
  4. Walk
  5. Louisiana Mama
  6. Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart
  7. Town Without Pity
  8. Summertime Dreamin'
  9. Mr. Moon, Mr. Cupid and I
  10. Only Love Can Break a Heart
  11. One Day
  12. Nobody Needs Your Love (More Than I Do)
  13. Every Breath I Take
  14. Donna Means Heartbreak
  15. Hello Mary Lou
  16. Dream World
  17. I'm Afraid to Come Home
  18. Backstage
  19. Teardrop by Teardrop
  20. Take It Like a Man
  21. I'm Gonna Be Strong
  22. That Boy Belongs to Yesterday
  23. Half the Laughter Twice the Tears
  24. (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance
  25. Oh, Annie, Oh
  26. He's a Rebel

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Lloyd   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Vocals
Mick Farren   Vocals
Gordon Waller   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Kevin Lee   Theremin,Guest Appearance
John Hahn   Drums
Mark Morris   Guitar
Phil Angotti   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals
Phil Bloch   Drums
Dave Carroll   Guitar
John Cowsill   Drums,Vocals
Dennis Diken   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Ron Flynt   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Gary Griffin   Hammond Organ,Stylophone
Randell Kirsch   Guitar,Vocals
Robby Scharf   Bass,Guitar (Baritone)
LuAnn Olson   Vocals
Paul Panchezak   Drums,Claves
Dave Amels   Organ,Glockenspiel,Vocals
Jim Blazer   Keyboards
Darian Sahanaja   Bass
Jon Niefeld   Percussion,Snare Drums
Michael Simmons   Vocals
Andy Colquhoun   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Tom Richards   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Michael Shelley   Vocals
Don Griffin   Guitar
Steve Stanley   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Barry Holdship   Vocals
Ricky Tubb   Guitar,Background Vocals
Aubrey   Vocals
Tommy Womack   Guitar,Vocals
Dan Markell   Harmonica
Carolyn Edwards   Piano,Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Jamie Knight   Bass
Robbie Rist   Bass
Rick Gallego   Accordion,Electric Sitar
Jeffrey Glenn   Acoustic Guitar,Bongos,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Shaker
David Guerrero   Guitar
Charlie Piper   Electric Guitar
Dan Miller   Bass,Guitar,Percussion
Lisa Mychols   Bass,Guitar
Nelson Bragg   Percussion,Trombone,Drums,Background Vocals
Cara   Vocals
Andy Kirkland   Guitar,Vocals
Glen King   Drums,Vocals
Eddie James   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Ruby Rubens   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rick Andrew   Vocals
Joe Kory   Vocals,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Paul Kanack   Bass,Drums
Dave Perlman   Bass,Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Susan West   Guitar,Vocals
Andy Sykora   Drums
Chris Bolger   Vocals
Mikey McCormack   Percussion,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Lloyd   Producer,Engineer
Kooper   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Mick Farren   Arranger
Gordon Waller   Producer
Ron Flynt   Producer
Randell Kirsch   Producer
Robby Scharf   Engineer
Chris Von Sneidern   Producer
Lester Bangs   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Shane Faubert   Cover Design
Andy Colquhoun   Arranger,Producer
Tom Richards   Producer,Engineer
Michael Shelley   Producer
Barry Holdship   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Tommy Womack   Producer
Jeffrey Glenn   Producer,Administrative Assistant
David Guerrero   Producer
Charlie Piper   Engineer
Dan Miller   Producer,Engineer
Gary Pig Gold   Producer
Now People   Arranger,Producer
Glowfriends   Producer
Lisa Mychols   Producer,Liner Notes
Eddie James   Producer
John Giotto   Producer,Engineer
James D. Kimberlin   Cover Design
Ruby Rubens   Engineer
Rick Andrew   Producer
Jamie Andrew   Engineer
Dave Perlman   Producer
Mark Johnson   Producer

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