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Hometown Frolics/Terry Cashman

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
At a glance, it seems like a strange decision to issue a double CD that combines a 1976 album by Tommy West with a 1976 album by Terry Cashman (along with plenty of bonus tracks by each artist). With knowledge of them and the recordings' history, however, it makes some sense, as Cashman and West had collaborated on many records, as performers and songwriters, prior to these LPs, and in fact done several albums together billed to Cashman & West. The material on these 1976 LPs was originally planned as another Cashman & West album, but it was decided to record separate solo projects when it became apparent that they were going in different stylistic directions....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
At a glance, it seems like a strange decision to issue a double CD that combines a 1976 album by Tommy West with a 1976 album by Terry Cashman (along with plenty of bonus tracks by each artist). With knowledge of them and the recordings' history, however, it makes some sense, as Cashman and West had collaborated on many records, as performers and songwriters, prior to these LPs, and in fact done several albums together billed to Cashman & West. The material on these 1976 LPs was originally planned as another Cashman & West album, but it was decided to record separate solo projects when it became apparent that they were going in different stylistic directions. This package by Ace/Chiswick adds historical liner notes, though it's far afield from the kind of music Ace usually reissues. West's LP, titled Hometown Frolics (whose ten songs lead off disc one), was by far the more serious of the two LPs in tone. In many respects, it's a typical mellow mid-'70s singer/songwriter album, though perhaps a bit more downbeat and ruminative than the norm. There are slight echoes of Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, and even a speck of early solo George Harrison, though several cuts have a pronounced country feel and Western/cowboy lyrical themes. It's amiable, but a little blah, and West has the kind of slight vocal presence found in numerous songwriters who might be more used to having their compositions sung by others than they are to singing the tunes themselves. The rest of disc one includes ten bonus tracks, among them the single version of "I Know"; original/demo versions of a few of the LP's other songs; and a few previously unreleased cuts of uncertain vintage, though the ones on which West does all the instruments and vocals sound like they must have been done long after the mid-'70s, such is the mechanical feel of the percussion. Cashman's self-titled album occupies the first half of disc two, and is much more blatantly lightweight and poppy than West's Hometown Frolics. It's similar to West's effort, however, in that it's amiable but undistinguished, though Cashman took the approach of crafting somewhat retro (even in 1976) pop
ock tunes that incorporated nostalgic homages to the simpler times and styles of early rock & roll and doo wop. Cashman was still canny enough to use some elements of the mid-'70s singer/songwriter sound in his framework, like the acoustic guitars and orchestration on "There I Go Again," though overall, his outlook is considerably more chipper and romantic than West's. "New York City Blues" has a wistful piano base not far removed from Eric Carmen or early Billy Joel territory. The eight bonus tracks on Cashman's disc include four previously unreleased cuts, among them one of the better songs on the compilation ("Song for Jane," most likely an outtake from the self-titled LP) and a demo version of the album's longest song, "Back to the Dawn." The other four songs are from the early '80s or mid-'90s, and are mostly odes to baseball that are excruciatingly sentimental even as such things go.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2010
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667429221
  • Catalog Number: 6742922
  • Sales rank: 206,357

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Things Are Getting Better Now - Tommy West (3:30)
  2. 2 Old Radio - Tommy West (5:09)
  3. 3 I Know - Tommy West (2:32)
  4. 4 David and Dawn - Tommy West (3:34)
  5. 5 Nightingale - Tommy West (3:26)
  6. 6 I'm Ready For You - Tommy West (4:38)
  7. 7 Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys - Tommy West (5:07)
  8. 8 Don't Fencer Me In/Back In the Saddle Again - Tommy West (4:57)
  9. 9 Cowboy - Tommy West (6:07)
  10. 10 I'll Sing For You - Tommy West (4:04)
  11. 11 I Know - Tommy West (2:32)
  12. 12 Nightingale - Tommy West (4:13)
  13. 13 Old Radio - Tommy West (3:53)
  14. 14 I'll Sing For You - Tommy West (3:45)
  15. 15 Things Are Getting Better Now - Tommy West (3:07)
  16. 16 You Be Don and I'll Be Phil - Tommy West (2:57)
  17. 17 Be a Woman - Tommy West (3:31)
  18. 18 The Girl In My Dreams - Tommy West (3:38)
  19. 19 Still Warm (Night That We Met) - Tommy West (3:55)
  20. 20 Babalu's Wedding Day - Tommy West (2:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Baby, Baby I Love (3:30)
  2. 2 Cruisin' (3:59)
  3. 3 There I Go Again (3:59)
  4. 4 Easy To Sing a Love Song (3:51)
  5. 5 Back To the Dawn (7:25)
  6. 6 New York City Blues (5:05)
  7. 7 Young Turks (3:33)
  8. 8 I Can't See (6:16)
  9. 9 We'll Be Together (3:38)
  10. 10 The Dreamer (3:45)
  11. 11 Songs For Jane (3:26)
  12. 12 All the Goodtime Girls Are Gone (3:02)
  13. 13 Back To the Dawn (6:32)
  14. 14 All the Love (3:34)
  15. 15 Talkin' Baseball (Willie, Mickey & "The Duke") (3:20)
  16. 16 Cooperstown (3:37)
  17. 17 Now They're Writing Songs (3:49)
  18. 18 Passin' It On (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Terry Cashman Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
David Sanborn Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
John Palumbo Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Henry Gross Electric Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Guest Appearance
Eric Weissberg Fiddle
Tommy West Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Harmonium, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Mellotron, fender rhodes, Hi String, Musician, Guest Appearance
Tasha Thomas Background Vocals
Seymour Barab Cello
Jeff Bova Synthesizer
Sarah Brooks Background Vocals
Kenny Kosek Fiddle
Richard Crooks Drums
John Crowder Bass
Joey d'Amico Drums
Liberty DeVitto Drums
George Devens Percussion
Jay Hirsh Background Vocals
Joe MacRe Bass
Susan Manchester Background Vocals
George Marge Oboe, Saxophone
Lou Marini Saxophone
Rick Marotta Drums
Michael Mugrage Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Marty Nelson Background Vocals
Warren Nichols Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Paul Prestopino Dobro, Guitar (Resonator)
Mark Rivera Saxophone
David Sackson Violin
Geni Sackson Horn, Background Vocals, Woodwind
Irving Spice Violin
David Spinozza Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Scott Spray Bass
Rob Stevens Acoustic Guitar, Piano, fender rhodes
Bruce Tergesen Background Vocals
Rick Witkowski Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Stu Woods Bass
Emanuel Vardi Viola
John Colbert Keyboards
Mike Ragogna Background Vocals
Barry Kornfeld Acoustic Guitar
Tom Rossetter Percussion, Drums
Michael Terry Keyboards, Background Vocals
Ann Sutton Background Vocals
Ken Berger Saxophone
Micahel Kamen English Horn, Oboe
Jimmy Griffiths Acoustic Guitar
Rick Marota Drums
Richard Crook Drums
Rich Picardo Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Gene Autry Composer
Ed Bruce Composer
Neil Sedaka Composer
John Palumbo Composer
Terry Cashman Composer, Producer
Tommy West Composer, Producer, Vocal Overdubs
Andy Abrams Recording Assistant
Maxwell Davis Composer
Terence P. Minogue String Arrangements
Cole Porter Composer
Don Puluse Engineer
Ronnie Rogers Composer
Tony Romeo Composer
Geni Sackson String Arrangements, String Conductor
Rob Stevens Composer
Bruce Tergesen Engineer
Ray Whitley Composer
Ben Wisch Engineer
Shelly Yakus Engineer
Stan Kalina Mastering
Luther Dixon Composer
Alex Miranda Composer
David Gahr Cover Photo
Mike Ragogna Liner Notes
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Bob Monkton Cover Photo
Joe Josea Composer
Jules Taub Composer
Sam Ling Composer
William Martin Composer
Patsy Bruce Composer
Gordon Evans Composer
David Prentice Recording Assistant
Philip Cody Composer
Carlos A. Girona Composer
Peter Hodgeson Engineer
Susan Senk Cover Coordinator
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