Lover Land

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The remarkable thing about this album is the makeup of the Jeff Pryor Band, presumably a one-time, studio-only configuration, which brings together a bunch of high-priced session aces. It usually costs a lot of money to buy the time of bassist Leland Sklar, who accompanies people like James Taylor, keyboardist David Paich of Toto, and Simon Phillips, who has drummed for the Who, among many others. Even rhythm guitarist Stephen Bruton, an alumnus of Kris Kristofferson's backup band, has quite a list of session credits. Yet these musicians seem to have willingly turned up to play with journeyman West Coast rock guitarist Pryor and the equally traveled singer Joey Bowen, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The remarkable thing about this album is the makeup of the Jeff Pryor Band, presumably a one-time, studio-only configuration, which brings together a bunch of high-priced session aces. It usually costs a lot of money to buy the time of bassist Leland Sklar, who accompanies people like James Taylor, keyboardist David Paich of Toto, and Simon Phillips, who has drummed for the Who, among many others. Even rhythm guitarist Stephen Bruton, an alumnus of Kris Kristofferson's backup band, has quite a list of session credits. Yet these musicians seem to have willingly turned up to play with journeyman West Coast rock guitarist Pryor and the equally traveled singer Joey Bowen, probably at the behest of producer Daniel Moore. Predictably, the music shows evidence of the chops of the musicians playing it -- the performances are crisp and tight, presenting professional rock with turn-on-a-dime changes for a sound both smooth and tasty. If you were only judging this album by the rhythm section, it would get high marks. But all that musicianship is in the service of Pryor's songs, a bunch of pedestrian tunes with conventional melodies and cliché-ridden love lyrics. And those songs are sung by the relentlessly competent but undistinguished Bowen, who sounds like a Gregg Allman wannabe most of the time. Then, too, the arrangements, which touch on rock, pop, and blues, never really abandon professionalism for passion, either. So, Lover Land is an album that reflects the talent of its performers without becoming something to care about for itself. This version of the release, available on the band's website, www.jeffpryorband.com, comes with an 11-minute "making of" documentary that features interviews with the musicians.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2003
  • Label: TEZE RECORDS
  • UPC: 825717100122
  • Catalog Number: 1001
  • Sales rank: 311,817

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Turn Around - Jeff Pryor Band (3:14)
  2. 2 Forever True - Jeff Pryor Band (4:46)
  3. 3 Affectionate Fools - Jeff Pryor Band (3:55)
  4. 4 Raining Love - Jeff Pryor Band (4:16)
  5. 5 Melody - Jeff Pryor Band (4:21)
  6. 6 Into the Night - Jeff Pryor Band (4:07)
  7. 7 Ticket to Malibu - Jeff Pryor Band (3:39)
  8. 8 Dream It True - Jeff Pryor Band (5:21)
  9. 9 Love in Limbo - Jeff Pryor Band (7:25)
  10. 10 Pull Me Through - Jeff Pryor Band (4:59)
  11. 11 Love Is Gone - Jeff Pryor Band (4:07)
  12. 12 Love Bullets - Jeff Pryor Band (4:40)
  13. 13 Instra-Mental - Jeff Pryor Band (3:28)
  14. 14 Loverland - Jeff Pryor Band (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Pryor Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Simon Phillips Percussion, Drums
Stephen Bruton Guitar, Mandolin, Rhythm Guitar, Slide Guitar, wah wah guitar
Glen Clark Background Vocals
Teresa James Vocals, Background Vocals
Kipp Lennon Background Vocals
Mark Lennon Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Lennon Background Vocals
David Paich Keyboards
Jerry Peterson Saxophone
Lee Thornburg Horn
David Woodford Horn
Leland Sklar Bass
Joey Bowen Vocals, Background Vocals
Dusty Wakemond Triangle
Technical Credits
Morgan Cavett Director
Daniel Moore Composer, Producer
Matthew Moore Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Jeff Pryor Composer, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice blues/soul/rock.

    Great instrumental arrangements, with lots of nice sounds. Generally sophomoric lyrics, but on a couple of bands the whole thing comes together. Definitely worth a few listens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CROSS BETWEEN EAGLES & JACKSON BROWNE

    The first album by The Jeff Pryor Band, LOVERLAND, is completely a RETRO POP-ROCK PROJECT! Why? Because it is journeyman musicians playing real instruments -- guitars, bass, drum and keyboards -- with virtually no synths, definitely no hip-hop rhythms, no samples, no rapping, no body piercings, no navels showing. These musicians threw modern recording techniques out the window when they all went into the studio TOGETHER for two weeks and recorded at the same time as a band. How Seventies, man. In addition, the songs all have choruses (remember those?) and hooks. Plus, the entire album has a theme, LOVE; what could be better? This is simply great original music played by great musicians

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