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Late Music

Late Music

by Dennis Diken
     
 
Since 2000, the Smithereens have shown little to no interest in recording original material, preferring to scavenge the back catalog of the Beatles and the Who for songs, but someone in the band has been working up some new tunes of their own -- drummer Dennis Diken, who has

Overview

Since 2000, the Smithereens have shown little to no interest in recording original material, preferring to scavenge the back catalog of the Beatles and the Who for songs, but someone in the band has been working up some new tunes of their own -- drummer Dennis Diken, who has teamed up with multi-instrumentalist and singer Pete DiBella to form the combo Bell Sound. Their album, Late Music, delivers 13 pieces of retro-styled pop that pay explicit homage to various musical styles of the past -- "Lost Bird" is easygoing light jazz with a Latin touch, "Standing in That Line" was clearly written under the influence of Brian Wilson, "So Hard to Say Goodbye" chugs along like some lost late-'60s AM pop nugget, "Long, Lonely Ride" is a dead ringer for the Who circa 1966, "Tell All the Fools" is dancefloor-friendly R&B, and the lighter side of psychedelia seeps into "Temptation Cake." Diken and DiBella (and a handful of guest players, including Andy Paley and Andrew Sandoval) have their studio craft down, approximating the sound and style of the various past eras with skill and no small enthusiasm, and while DiBella isn't quite as versatile as a vocalist, his solid and capable singing finds a way to fit each of these selections. The songs often work better as homage than as original creations, but they certainly honor their sources well, and Late Music's enthusiasm for a decade of great pop record making is infectious -- this is an album made by music fans for music fans, and anyone who spins "Happy Jack," Pet Sounds, or Odessey and Oracle on a regular basis will find something here that will give them a big smile.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/2009
Label:
Cryptovision
UPC:
0820360138522
catalogNumber:
3852

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dennis Diken   Primary Artist,Percussion,Autoharp,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Mellotron,Group Member
Honeys   Background Vocals
Ginger Blake   Background Vocals
Jason Falkner   Bass,Guitar
Andy Paley   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Celeste,Glockenspiel,Rhythm Guitar,Harpsichord,Triangle,Background Vocals,6-string bass
Diane Rovell   Background Vocals
Andrew Sandoval   Percussion,Piano
Dave Amels   Organ,Piano,Autoharp,Harpsichord,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Mellotron,Wurlitzer,Electric Harpsichord,Marxophone,Mini Moog
Nick Walusko   Guitar,Electric Sitar
Brian Kehew   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion
Dan Markell   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Soloist
Probyn Gregory   Electric Guitar,French Horn
Jude Christodal   Background Vocals
Paul Verna   Autoharp
Nelson Bragg   Percussion,Vocals
Chris Bolger   Electric Guitar
Nicky "Wonder" Walusko   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Electric Sitar
Ben Jaffe   Background Vocals
Monica Kirste   Hand Clapping
Marilyn Wilson-Rutherford   Background Vocals
Pete DiBella   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Eric Pressley   Bass

Technical Credits

Dennis Diken   Composer,Producer
Dave Amels   Producer,Engineer
Jon Hammer   Artwork,Graphic Design
Paul Verna   Engineer
Chris Bolger   Engineer
Jon Hammer   Graphic Design
Pete DiBella   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Chris Aiden   drum programming

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