In the Naked City

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Ah, New York, New York! The big apple! City of dreams! The town so nice they named it twice! Where would songwriters be without having the Big Town to use as a metaphor and/or a setting where big hopes and bigger challenges face every person who walks those mean streets? Two dozen classic rock and R&B songs about life in the Big City are collected on In the Naked City, a compilation from Kent Soul that pays musical homage to New York and its musical identity. These tunes were recorded between 1962 and 1972, with most dating from the mid-'60s, and while not all of the songs specifically namecheck New York City, all tell stories of the hustle and bustle of metropolitan ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Ah, New York, New York! The big apple! City of dreams! The town so nice they named it twice! Where would songwriters be without having the Big Town to use as a metaphor and/or a setting where big hopes and bigger challenges face every person who walks those mean streets? Two dozen classic rock and R&B songs about life in the Big City are collected on In the Naked City, a compilation from Kent Soul that pays musical homage to New York and its musical identity. These tunes were recorded between 1962 and 1972, with most dating from the mid-'60s, and while not all of the songs specifically namecheck New York City, all tell stories of the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life, from the celebratory (Chuck Jackson's "Big New York" and Marva Josie's "I Love New York") to the bittersweet ("No Pity in the Naked City" by Jackie Wilson and "I Don't Want to Hear It Anymore" by Jerry Butler). Appropriately, most of these tracks lean to the polished Brill Building production style that ruled the airwaves in the mid-'60s, though Ralfi Pagan's cover of "Up o the Roof" adds some potent Latin flavor to the disc (as does Aretha Franklin's "Spanish Harlem"), and the great Arthur Alexander transplants a bit of Southern soul to his window box with "Concrete Jungle." A few key songs appear in cover versions, most notably Little Eva's recording of "Uptown" (a major hit for the Crystals), but compilers Mick Patrick and Tony Rounce have done a splendid job of tracking down great performances of tunes related to their theme, and In the Naked City is superb listening either for native New Yorkers celebrating their hometown or outsiders who've fallen in love with Manhattan's image in the media.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2008
  • Label: Kent Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667229920
  • Catalog Number: 299
  • Sales rank: 242,771

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Big New York - Chuck Jackson (2:59)
  2. 2 On Broadway - The Cookies (1:59)
  3. 3 I Love New York - Marva Josie (2:24)
  4. 4 In My Apartment (2:56)
  5. 5 Concrete Jungle - Arthur Alexander (2:24)
  6. 6 Second Window, Second Floor - Clyde McPhatter (2:49)
  7. 7 No Pity (In the Naked City) - Jackie Wilson (3:32)
  8. 8 I Don't Want to Hear It Anymore - Jerry Butler (3:04)
  9. 9 A Quiet Place (2:21)
  10. 10 Three Rooms - Audrey Freeman (2:18)
  11. 11 In My Tenement - Jackie Shane (2:43)
  12. 12 Uptown (2:25)
  13. 13 I Found a Daisy (In the City) - Barry Davell (2:24)
  14. 14 Nights in New York City (2:42)
  15. 15 Song of the Street (2:45)
  16. 16 Strange Neighborhood - Imaginations (2:36)
  17. 17 Up in the Streets of Harlem - The Drifters (3:01)
  18. 18 Those City Lights (2:34)
  19. 19 That Old Neighborhood - Eric "E Ballad" Williams (2:11)
  20. 20 Street Talk - The Tymes (3:00)
  21. 21 No Butterflies - Walter Jackson (3:13)
  22. 22 City of Fools (4:04)
  23. 23 Up on the Roof (Interpolation: Some Kinda Wonderful) - Palfi Pagan (3:06)
  24. 24 Spanish Harlem (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alan Lorber Conductor
Jimmy Wisner Conductor
Artie Butler Conductor
Riley Hampton Conductor
Arif Mardin Strings
Horace Ott Conductor
Garry Sherman Conductor
Technical Credits
Randy Newman Composer
Joe South Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
Gerry Goffin Producer
Bill Justis Arranger
Jerry Leiber Composer
Alan Lorber Arranger
Barry Mann Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
Kenny Vance Arranger
Jimmy Wisner Arranger, Composer, Producer
Phil Spector Composer
John Abbott Arranger
Chuck Barksdale Composer
Bert Berns Composer, Producer
Herb Bernstein Arranger
Artie Butler Arranger
Calvin Carter Producer
Claus Ogerman Arranger
Ted Cooper Producer
Tom Dowd Producer
Fred Foster Producer
Riley Hampton Arranger
Dick Jacobs Director, Producer
Irwin Levine Composer
Arif Mardin Producer
Jerry Masucci Executive Producer
Michael McGill Composer
Horace Ott Arranger
Jimmy Radcliffe Composer, Producer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Bobby Scott Composer
Garry Sherman Arranger
Ed Silvers Arranger
Shelby Singleton Producer
Mike Stoller Composer
Ed Townsend Composer, Producer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Teacho Wiltshire Arranger
Teddy Vann Composer, Producer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Material
Jan Bradley Composer
Dean Rudland Material
Samuel Bell Composer
Malcolm Baumgart Material
Mick Patrick Liner Notes, Material
Norman Blagman Producer
Rob Hughes Material
Donald Height Composer
Larry Graves Composer
Norman Meade Composer
Gary Knight Composer
Bob Halley Arranger, Composer
Arthur Resnick Composer
Ray Allen & The Embers Producer
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