Sands of Time/Wax Museum/Capture the Moment

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
By the end of the '60s, no one was expecting any sounds of merit to come from the Jay & the Americans camp. Entering their tenure as a toned-down vocal group in 1962, they racked up a respectable number of doo wop-influenced, bubblegum-leaning hits, but their sound was old news by the mid-'60s, and a footnote at best by the time the Woodstock generation got into full swing. When Sands of Time arrived in 1969, it made the most of the loose, groovy production vibrations going around at the time while revisiting hits from earlier in the decade in a new peace, love, and flower power style. Early soul classic "This Magic Moment" was revamped into a freewheeling microbus ...
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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
By the end of the '60s, no one was expecting any sounds of merit to come from the Jay & the Americans camp. Entering their tenure as a toned-down vocal group in 1962, they racked up a respectable number of doo wop-influenced, bubblegum-leaning hits, but their sound was old news by the mid-'60s, and a footnote at best by the time the Woodstock generation got into full swing. When Sands of Time arrived in 1969, it made the most of the loose, groovy production vibrations going around at the time while revisiting hits from earlier in the decade in a new peace, love, and flower power style. Early soul classic "This Magic Moment" was revamped into a freewheeling microbus romp, complete with a carefree horn section, lackadaisical guitar shimmers, and a somewhat blown-out-sounding rhythm section. The entire album sounds closer to Blood, Sweat & Tears than the Drifters, opting for a stoned and soulful approach to songs like "Since I Don't Have You" or beachy dream numbers like "Hushabye." The response was enough to afford Jay and crew a full-fledged comeback with over a million records sold, as well as a Top Ten hit in "This Magic Moment." The band followed the same approach on 1970's Wax Museum, with less notable successes. The album-opening cover of the Ronettes' "Walkin' in the Rain" was a minor hit, switching out girl group perfection for hazy crooning and ambling basslines. Also included on this three-album double-disc collection is Capture the Moment, also released in 1970. This especially relaxed collection of folk-rock breeziness failed to turned heads, but singles like the title track and the confusing pseudo-protest song "Tricia Tell Your Daddy" are still prime examples of lost gems of the era. String and horn arrangements for a few of the songs on Capture the Moment are credited to two young players named Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, who after doing a stint backing up Jay & the Americans would strike out on their own with Steely Dan, using some of the same groovy techniques they honed while woodshedding on this album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2012
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261210463
  • Catalog Number: 6121046
  • Sales rank: 58,099

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jay & the Americans Primary Artist
Seldon Powell Saxophone, Soloist
Kenny Vance Guitar
Buzz Brauner Saxophone, Soloist
John Discepolo Drums
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Paul Griffin Organ, Piano, Celeste, Roxichord
Paul Naumann Guitar
Benny Powell Trombone
Sally Rosoff Cello
Earl Williams Drums
Mike Ratti Drums
Marty Sanders Guitar
Sandy Yaguda Organ, Piano, Celeste, Roxichord
Thomas Kaye Conductor
Magic Murray Shiffrin Guitar
Bill Colby Bass
Tommy Kaye Organ, Guitar, Piano, Celeste, Roxichord
Elliot Rosoff Conductor, Concert Master
Sonny Land Trumpet
Ken Laguna Organ, Piano, Celeste, Roxichord
Jackie Jeffers Trombone
Bobby Rizzo Bass
Technical Credits
Chuck Berry Composer
Jay & the Americans Arranger, Producer
Mort Shuman Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Thomas Jefferson Kaye Arranger, Producer
Kenny Vance Arranger, Producer
Bobby Bloom Special Effects, Producer
Henry Jerome Producer
Hutch Davie Arranger
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Steve Nathanson Special Effects
Doc Pomus Composer
Elliot Scheiner Engineer
Michael Heatley Liner Notes
Marty Sanders Producer
Sandy Yaguda Arranger, Producer
Frank Gauna Art Direction
Thomas Kaye Arranger, Producer
Celeste Throndson Cover Art
Fred Marcellino Cover Art
Fricker Composer
Vince Poncia Jr. Composer
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Verscharen Composer
Straigis Composer
Delanoe Composer
Motola Composer
Andreoli Composer
Spector Composer
Paul Harris Arranger
Yaguda Composer
Vinnie Oddo Engineer
Jim Spanfeller Cover Illustration
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