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Love Me by Name [Bonus Tracks]
     

Love Me by Name [Bonus Tracks]

by Lesley Gore
 
Lesley Gore and Quincy Jones reunite 11 years after their last of ten hit records with a who's who of industry names and faces, many included in the group photo on the inner sleeve. The music is all grade-A, but given the collective star power here, this could (and should) have been a monster comeback album. Including the Brothers

Overview

Lesley Gore and Quincy Jones reunite 11 years after their last of ten hit records with a who's who of industry names and faces, many included in the group photo on the inner sleeve. The music is all grade-A, but given the collective star power here, this could (and should) have been a monster comeback album. Including the Brothers Johnson on "Sometimes" was smart, but the disco beat doesn't have the charm of "I'll Be Good to You" or "Strawberry Letter 23," the Brothers' own hits. Imagine if Gore had covered one of those two songs here, or perhaps did a '70s version of "It's My Party," "Judy's Turn to Cry," or, better still, updated with a sequel to the sequel. The title track, "Love Me By Name," like "Other Lady" on side two, is good, slick adult contemporary pop, but the songs remain decent album tracks with none of the appeal that Linda Ronstadt, Helen Reddy, and Rita Coolidge were having success with -- solid pop songs that helped establish Gore's legacy years before the new divas came to town. "Immortality," with its strong hook and Motown foundation, doesn't have the authority "You Don't Own Me" displayed. "Paranoia" is fun, but the album just doesn't resonate with the Gore that fans know and love. On some tracks she sounds like Lulu backed up by the Captain & Tennille -- certainly not a bad thing for pop fans, but it isn't the Gore who, when performing live, still packs a punch. That she and brother Michael Gore have had success as songwriters is another question mark here. The talent, the connections, and the fan base are all in order, but the album -- despite the "class reunion" feel to it all, tries too hard. A disc jockey on an open-minded, middle-of-the-road station could play "Along the Way" or the dramatic "Give It to Me Sweet Thing" and listeners would probably stay tuned. Tom Scott's intuitive saxophone on "Give It to Me Sweet Thing" is some of his best work on someone else's disc. The song is very artsy adult contemporary; intelligent music that's superbly produced. It's the most commercial moment on a good record that could have been so much more. Trading in "Don't Stop Me Now" for a slow cabaret version of "Maybe I Know" or "California Nights" (her 11th hit, which Jones did not produce), the way Neil Sedaka paid tribute to his past with the sublime update of "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," would have helped the audience grasp this impressive outing. The reprise of "Love Me By Name" also works. Selling this at her shows would be a boon for those who follow Gore, but the intent of the album was to bring her back to the limelight, and Jones missed out here. A Jackson Five cover, say "Maybe Tomorrow," "ABC," or I'll Be There the way Isaac Hayes beautifully tortured "Never Can Say Goodbye" -- now that would have been something on an album too original for its own good.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2017
Label:
Real Gone Music
UPC:
0848064005513
catalogNumber:
551
Rank:
2551

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lesley Gore   Primary Artist,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Brenda Russell   Vocals
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Pete Christlieb   Reeds
Leslie Drayton   Trumpet,Bass Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Herbie Hancock   Keyboards,Accompaniment
Quincy Jones   Keyboards,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Tom Scott   Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
John Bahler   Vocals
Tom Bahler   Vocals
Eddie "Bongo" Brown   Percussion
Chris Brunt   Hand Clapping
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Gene Cipriano   Reeds
Dave Grusin   Keyboards,Soloist
Assa Drori   Violin
Clare Fischer   Keyboards
Allan Harshman   Viola
George Johnson   Guitar
Louis Johnson   Bass
Jesse Kirkland   Vocals
Marvin Limonick   Violin
Harvey Mason   Percussion,Drums
Myrna Matthews   Vocals
Marti McCall   Vocals
David Paich   Keyboards
Karin Patterson   Vocals
William Peterson   Trumpet
Stanley Plummer   Violin
Ray Pohlman   Bass
Greg Poree   Guitar
Warren Ray   Vocals
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
Marilyn Robinson   French Horn
David Schwartz   Viola
Jessica Smith   Vocals
Tony Terran   Trumpet
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Jackie Ward   Vocals
Carolyn Willis   Vocals
Patricia Hodges   Vocals
William Hungate   Bass
Larry Quinn   Hand Clapping
Ellen Weston   Hand Clapping
Allan Robinson   French Horn
Maria Fera   Celli
Robert Greenridge   Steel Drums
Raymond J. Kelly   Celli
Jean Sheffield   Vocals

Technical Credits

Lesley Gore   Composer
Leslie Drayton   Horn Arrangements
Herbie Hancock   keyboard arrangements
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Vocal Arrangements,keyboard arrangements,Vocal Group
Keely Smith   Vocal Arrangements
John Bahler   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Tom Bahler   Arranger,Producer
Chris Brunt   Engineer
Dave Grusin   Arranger
Patricia Hodges   Vocal Arrangements
Jim Pierson   Reissue Producer
Roland Young   Art Direction
David McMacken   Illustrations
Ellen Weston   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Reissue Producer
Tom D. Kline   Reissue Design
Matt Tunia   Reissue Assistant
Phil Schier   Engineer
Peter Chaiken   Engineer

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