Lou Adler: A Musical History

Lou Adler: A Musical History

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Lou Adler is a giant of Los Angeles and, like many giants of Los Angeles, he could not be contained by a single category. Songwriter, record producer, movie producer, label head, film director -- Adler wore all those hats many times over and, in those capacities, he was one of the key behind-the-scenes men in many beloved 20th century pieces of pop culture: Sam

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Lou Adler is a giant of Los Angeles and, like many giants of Los Angeles, he could not be contained by a single category. Songwriter, record producer, movie producer, label head, film director -- Adler wore all those hats many times over and, in those capacities, he was one of the key behind-the-scenes men in many beloved 20th century pieces of pop culture: Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World," the Everly Brothers' " Cryin' in the Rain," the Mamas & the Papa's "California Dreamin'," Scott McKenzie's "San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)," Carole King's Tapestry, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke, Hollywood's Roxy Theatre, and the cult favorite Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains. Ace's wildly entertaining and quite necessary collection, Lou Adler: A Musical History touches upon all of these outside of The Fabulous Stains (which may be appropriate, as its absence preserves the 1981 film as the stuff of legend) and it showcases an entrepreneur who always had his finger on the pulse of what would leap from the underground to the mainstream. Adler was 25 when rock & roll broke through in 1956 -- young enough to know what was happening, old enough to make something of it -- and this savvy blend of the commercial and the hip is evident throughout the 25 songs on this compilation. His big breaks with Cooke are bookended by harder R&B from Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Sam Butera; he rides a surf wave with Jan & Dean, then figures out how to market folk-rock rebellion via Barry McGuire and the Mamas & the Papas. After that, Adler was a star and he put that fame to use, starting Ode Records whose key artist, Carole King, is showcased here through the hit "It's Too Late," and her earlier band the City. Adler perfected the lush, warm sound of the studio but still had a taste for sleaze, evidenced by the ludicrously vulgar Cheech & Chong and Rocky Horror cuts that conclude this collection. He pretty much abandoned pop music after that, but he left on a high note which, in retrospect, offers a road map on how teen culture moved from R&B to surf, through folk and hippies, then split off, either winding up in well-appointed apartments sipping tea or slumming down at the Roxy.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2014
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0029667057523
catalogNumber:
1124116
Rank:
77298

Tracks

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Herb Alpert   Composer,Producer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Laura Nyro   Composer
Randy California   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
John Phillips   Composer,Producer
Michelle Phillips   Composer
Lou Adler   Composer,Director,Producer,Musical Supervision
Jan Berry   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Jill Gibson   Composer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
James Hudson   Composer
Fanita James   Photo Coloring
Cheech Marin   Composer
Richard O'Brien   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Phil Sloan   Composer,Producer
Don Altfeld   Composer
Rudy Calvo   Photo Coloring
Jim McCrary   Cover Photo
Stephen J. McParland   Photo Coloring
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes
Melvin Schwartz   Composer
Toni Stern   Composer
Gaye DeLorme   Composer
Donovan Leitch   Composer
Roger Christian   Composer
Eric Charge   Photo Coloring
Thomas Chong   Composer
James Bracken   Composer
Fred Weider   Composer

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