Hip Li'l Dreams

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
While never major-league San Francisco hitters back in the day, the Sons of Champlin made some pleasantly soulful noises, and this return to the studio could make longtime fans drool. In many ways the music is what they always did, just a bit longer in the tooth and more sophisticated. Certainly the opener, "For Joy," gets off to a cracking start. Time has only sharpened their musical chops, and their sound is often as smooth as cream. Sometimes, however, that's a bit too much -- "Bring Home the Gold" ends up sounding unfortunately as if they're auditioning to be a Chicago tribute band, and "I'm Not Your Lover" could almost have come out of the '80s Cyndi Lauper ballad ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
While never major-league San Francisco hitters back in the day, the Sons of Champlin made some pleasantly soulful noises, and this return to the studio could make longtime fans drool. In many ways the music is what they always did, just a bit longer in the tooth and more sophisticated. Certainly the opener, "For Joy," gets off to a cracking start. Time has only sharpened their musical chops, and their sound is often as smooth as cream. Sometimes, however, that's a bit too much -- "Bring Home the Gold" ends up sounding unfortunately as if they're auditioning to be a Chicago tribute band, and "I'm Not Your Lover" could almost have come out of the '80s Cyndi Lauper ballad book. At times they try to make the rhythm sound programmed, to offer a contemporary edge, and the "Yo" at the beginning of "Star Outa' You" gives that very faint urban touch. But for the most part, other than the production gloss, this album could have stepped straight out of the 1970s, although whether that's a good thing or not depends on your point of view. "Swim" has Tal Morris' guitar flying all over the place, but for the most part it's Bill Champlin's voice and unobtrusive keyboard style that glues everything together. The vocal harmonies are so tight you couldn't slip a dime between them, and the songwriting is good, but not always inspired. But whether it will really appeal to anyone who's not already a long-term committed fan remains to be seen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • Label: Dig Music
  • UPC: 766057026621
  • Catalog Number: 114

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 For Joy (5:32)
  2. 2 Dream On (3:55)
  3. 3 I'm Not Your Lover (4:58)
  4. 4 Swim (4:15)
  5. 5 Hip Li'l Dreams (4:22)
  6. 6 Soul Explosions (4:41)
  7. 7 Bring Home the Gold (4:51)
  8. 8 Maybe (5:22)
  9. 9 Star Outa' You (4:48)
  10. 10 "74" (4:48)
  11. 11 Light Up the Candles (5:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Sons of Champlin Primary Artist
Bill Champlin Guitar, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals
Geoffrey Palmer Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vibes
Tamara Champlin Guest Appearance
Bruce Gaitsch Guest Appearance
Mic Gillette Trombone, Trumpet
Carmen Grillo Guest Appearance
Bobby Kimball Guest Appearance
Steve Madaio Guest Appearance
Tom Saviano Saxophone
David Schallock Electric Bass, Vocals
Tal Morris Guitar, Vocals
Will Champlin Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Bill Champlin Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Geoffrey Palmer Composer
Terry Becker Engineer
Tamara Champlin Composer
Dave Duncan Staff
Bruce Gaitsch Composer
Mic Gillette Horn Arrangements
Sean Green Engineer
Carmen Grillo Engineer
Dennis Matkosky Composer
Kenji Nakai Engineer
Gary Platt Producer, Engineer
Tom Saviano Composer, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Michael Caruso Composer
Jeffrey Ocheltree Staff
Andreas Carlsson Composer
Nancy Matter Engineer, Mastering
Dennis Newhall Executive Producer
Colin Gradek Engineer
Alley Aldamen Engineer
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