Lou Adler: A Musical History

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2014
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 029667057523
  • Catalog Number: 1124116
  • Sales rank: 36,394

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wonderful World - Sam Cooke (2:07)
  2. 2 Deana Baby - Johnny "Guitar" Watson (2:10)
  3. 3 Bim Bam - Sam Butera & the Witnesses (2:06)
  4. 4 Baby Talk - Jan & Dean (2:32)
  5. 5 All of My Life - Sam Cooke (2:23)
  6. 6 Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight - Untouchables (2:15)
  7. 7 Alley-Oop - Dante & The Evergreens (2:53)
  8. 8 Honolulu Lulu - Jan & Dean (2:16)
  9. 9 Crying In the Rain - The Everly Brothers (2:00)
  10. 10 Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire (3:34)
  11. 11 Go Where You Wanna Go - The Mamas & the Papas (2:27)
  12. 12 California Dreamin' - The Mamas & the Papas (2:40)
  13. 13 San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie (2:57)
  14. 14 Stoney End - The Blossoms (3:12)
  15. 15 Wonderful - The Blossoms (2:29)
  16. 16 Snow Queen - The City (4:09)
  17. 17 Wear Your Love Like Heaven - Peggy Lipton (3:33)
  18. 18 The Times They Are a-Changin' - The Brothers and Sisters of L.A. (2:43)
  19. 19 Oh No Not My Baby - Merry Clayton (3:25)
  20. 20 It's Too Late - Carole King (3:53)
  21. 21 It's Going To Take Some Time - Carole King (3:35)
  22. 22 Gimme Shelter - Merry Clayton (3:31)
  23. 23 I Got a Line On You - Spirit (2:42)
  24. 24 Earache My Eye - Cheech & Chong (2:30)
  25. 25 Sweet Transvestite - Tim Curry (3:25)
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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
Nick Robbins Mastering
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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