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He might be better known to the younger generation as the father of the same-named Strokes guitarist, but Anglo-Gibraltarian singer/songwriter Albert Hammond penned more hits in the early '70s than his son's garage rock revivalists will probably manage in a lifetime, a sentiment celebrated by this 2010 collection of his most classic material. Avoiding the bog-standard compilation formula, Legend sees the former Family Dogg frontman revisit both his solo back catalog and the tracks he wrote for other artists, on 15 reworkings, mostly performed as duets with longtime friends and some of the musicians he's influenced. His collaborations with the Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
He might be better known to the younger generation as the father of the same-named Strokes guitarist, but Anglo-Gibraltarian singer/songwriter Albert Hammond penned more hits in the early '70s than his son's garage rock revivalists will probably manage in a lifetime, a sentiment celebrated by this 2010 collection of his most classic material. Avoiding the bog-standard compilation formula, Legend sees the former Family Dogg frontman revisit both his solo back catalog and the tracks he wrote for other artists, on 15 reworkings, mostly performed as duets with longtime friends and some of the musicians he's influenced. His collaborations with the Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor and Al Stewart on "The Free Electric Band," and "It Never Rains in Southern California" may be the only two of his own six hits included that made any impact in the U.S. and U.K., but they're far from the only recognizable tunes. "The Air That I Breathe" is a string-soaked interpretation of the Hollies' chart-topper, which combines his world-weary tones with the sprightly pop harmonies of Cliff Richard; Ron Sexsmith lends his troubadour vocals to a sax-fueled cocktail-lounge take on Leo Sayer's number one "When I Need You," while Bonnie Tyler takes the Grace Slick role on a faithful rendition of Starship's colossal '80s hit "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now." Other than the unnecessary use of Auto-Tune on Tina Turner B-side, "Don't Turn Around" (later made famous by Aswad), the production doesn't appear to have moved on from the originals, as "Tangled Up in Tears," a duet with Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou, could have been a contest entry from the '80s; the tinny Wurlitzers and game show synths of Leapy Lee's "Little Arrows" sound like they were recorded on a retro-children's keyboard, while the Fortunes' "Freedom Come Freedom Go" is subjected to a cheesy faux-reggae make-over which makes Ace of Base sound like Bob Marley. Legend is much less obtrusive when its sound is more stripped-down, as on the acoustic Latin pop of Julio Iglesias duet, "Echame a Mi la Culpa" (one of three foreign-language songs included), and the Beatlesque (and only new) composition, "Changing Me," a touching duet with his namesake son. When it comes to songwriting, Hammond more than lives up to the album title's status, but apart from a few exceptions, this disappointing set of adaptations perhaps explains why he's more renowned for his behind-the-scenes work than his on-state performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2010
  • Label: Ariola Germany
  • UPC: 886978174123
  • Catalog Number: 7817412

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It Never Rains In Southern California (3:52)
  2. 2 The Air That I Breathe (4:13)
  3. 3 My Heart is Failing Me (3:36)
  4. 4 When I Need You (4:12)
  5. 5 Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (4:19)
  6. 6 The Free Electric Band - Courtney Taylor-Taylor (3:37)
  7. 7 Changing Me - Albert Hammond Jr. (3:53)
  8. 8 Freedom Come Freedom Go (3:30)
  9. 9 Échame a Mí La Culpa (3:03)
  10. 10 Don't Turn Around (3:56)
  11. 11 Tangled Up In Tears - Helena Paparizou (3:31)
  12. 12 Little Arrows (2:55)
  13. 13 I'm a Train (3:22)
  14. 14 99 Miglia Da L.a. - Claudio Baglioni (3:33)
  15. 15 A Tous Les Amours de Ma Vie - Jeane Manson (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Albert Hammond Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Albert Hammond Jr. Electric Guitar
Courtney Taylor-Taylor Bass, Drums, Vocals
Denis Valerga Guitar
Technical Credits
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Albert Hammond Composer, Producer, Engineer
Holly Knight Composer
Laurence Juber Vocal Engineer
Claudio Baglioni Adaptation
Hal David Composer
Roger Greenaway Composer
Annette Humpe Composer
Diane Warren Composer
Keith Bessey Vocal Engineer
Ludovico Vagnone Vocal Coach, Vocal Mixing
Charles Rees Pro-Tools
Gus Oberg Vocal Engineer
Simone Mammucari Vocal Engineer
Jeremy Sherrer Engineer
Claire Severac Adaptation
Molly-Ann Leikin Composer
Alberto Sánchez Vocal Mixing
Mike Hazlewood Composer
Luis Del Toro Vocal Engineer, Vocal Mixing
Nikos Papadopoulos Engineer
Don Derr Vocal Engineer
Denis Valerga Engineer
José Ángel Espinoza Aragón Composer
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