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Love Island

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All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
1978's Love Island found Deodato in pretty much the same space he'd been for much of the decade, concocting his own ineffable brew of fusion and funky disco, with the help of friends and cover songs along the way. Love Island finds him unleashing yet another passel of songs which are all pleasant to the ear, if not completely fresh -- what makes it most interesting is that it could almost be considered a concept album, every song title apparently revolving around jungle tropics, warm winds, sandy beaches, and, more likely than not, a few beauties bearing cocktails to complete the picture. The album kicks off with "Area Code 808," which places the initial action in Hawaii, a ...
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All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
1978's Love Island found Deodato in pretty much the same space he'd been for much of the decade, concocting his own ineffable brew of fusion and funky disco, with the help of friends and cover songs along the way. Love Island finds him unleashing yet another passel of songs which are all pleasant to the ear, if not completely fresh -- what makes it most interesting is that it could almost be considered a concept album, every song title apparently revolving around jungle tropics, warm winds, sandy beaches, and, more likely than not, a few beauties bearing cocktails to complete the picture. The album kicks off with "Area Code 808," which places the initial action in Hawaii, a twitchy extended fusion revolving around quite a nice funk bassline. The remainder of the set carries on from there, with the groove ebbing and flowing from the punchy "Whistle Bump" to the pleasant and decidedly mellow strains of "San Juan Hut," and on to the title track. It is unfortunate hindsight alone, and no fault whatsoever of Deodato's, that it conjures up nothing so much as scenes from The Love Boat. Damn pop culture. Also of note is "Tahiti Hut," co-written by Deodato and Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, and buoyed by guest appearances by three more EW&F members: Verdine White, Freddie White, and the percussive genius of Philip Bailey. A pleasing piece of easy listening, Love Island probably won't thrill the pants off anyone but the most rabid fan. By this late in the decade, one had kind of heard it all before. But if you should need to hear it all again, Love Island sounds great when the sun is shining.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/24/2002
  • Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
  • UPC: 081227362126
  • Catalog Number: 273621
  • Sales rank: 76,958

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Area Code 808 (6:45)
  2. 2 Whistle Bump (4:32)
  3. 3 Tahitti Hut (4:27)
  4. 4 San Juan Sunset (4:15)
  5. 5 Love Island (6:40)
  6. 6 Chariot of the Gods (3:09)
  7. 7 Piña Colada (5:55)
  8. 8 Take the "A" Train (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Deodato Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Conductor, Conga, Keyboards, Vocals, Human Whistle, Soloist
Philip Bailey Flute, Percussion, Strings, Horn
John Tropea Guitar
George Benson Guitar, Soloist
Larry Carlton Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Victor Feldman Flute, Percussion, Strings, Horn
Ray Gomez Guitar, Soloist
Jimmy Maelen Flute, Percussion, Strings, Horn
Wayne Andre Trombone, Soloist
Ray Armando Flute, Percussion, Strings, Horn
Sandra Billingslea Violin, Cello
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Bill Buffington Horn
James Buffington French Horn
Sam Burtis Trombone, Soloist
Gerry Chamberlain Trombone
Selwart Clarke Violin, Cello
Charlie Conrad Flute, Percussion, Strings, Horn
Joe Correro Drums
Gordon Edwards Bass
John Gatchell Trumpet
Walter Kane Flute
Joel Kaye Flute
Jesse Levy Violin, Cello
Rick Marotta Drums
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Charles McCracken Violin, Cello
Al McKay Guitar
Bob Millikan Trumpet
Kermit Moore Violin, Cello
George Parrish Guitar
Romeo Penque Flute, Wind
Max Pollikoff Violin, Cello
Tony Posk Violin, Cello
Richard Sortomme Violin, Cello
Irving Spice Violin, Cello
Brooks Tillotson Horn, French Horn
Fred White Drums
Verdine White Bass
Wally Kane Flute
Michael Comins Violin, Cello
Stanley Pollock Violin, Cello
Michael Spivakowsky Violin, Cello
Charles Lisbove Violin, Cello
Erica Norimar Vocals
Paul Winter Consort Violin, Cello
Freddie White Drums
George Parrish Jr. Guitar
Tony Price Tuba
Paul Winter Violin, Cello
Robert "Pops" Popwell Bass
Technical Credits
Deodato Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Audio Production, Whistle
Charlie Conrad Engineer
Jeffrey Kawalek Engineer
Tommy LiPuma Producer, Audio Production
Al Schmitt Engineer
John Cabalka Art Direction
Bill Imhoff Cover Illustration
Garth Cartwright Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fresh air and Jazz!

    George Benson contributed beautifully, though far too shortly on the Love Island title song....This album left its sensual/soulful mark: a mellow fusion of disco & jazz with a Latin flavor. One of my favorites of the genre for the times.

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