Santa Ana Winds

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Issued just after his death from leukemia in the fall of 1984, Steve Goodman's Santa Ana Winds was the third release from his Red Pajamas record label following Artistic Hair and Affordable Art. It differed from those LPs in being a more polished, stylistically consistent work, rather like the albums Goodman had made for Asylum Records during the second half of the 1970s. Artistic Hair was a collection of live tracks, and Affordable Art mixed live and studio work, the arrangements ranging from full-band ensembles to solo performances. But Santa Ana Winds featured a band dubbed "the Amazing Eclectos" throughout, and it was the closest thing to a country record Goodman ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Issued just after his death from leukemia in the fall of 1984, Steve Goodman's Santa Ana Winds was the third release from his Red Pajamas record label following Artistic Hair and Affordable Art. It differed from those LPs in being a more polished, stylistically consistent work, rather like the albums Goodman had made for Asylum Records during the second half of the 1970s. Artistic Hair was a collection of live tracks, and Affordable Art mixed live and studio work, the arrangements ranging from full-band ensembles to solo performances. But Santa Ana Winds featured a band dubbed "the Amazing Eclectos" throughout, and it was the closest thing to a country record Goodman ever made. Two songs, "Face on the Cutting Room Floor" and the rock & roll-styled "The One That Got Away" repeated from the Asylum album High and Outside were co-written by Goodman with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band members Jeff Hanna and Jimmy Ibbotson, while the country tearjerker "Fourteen Days," written solely by Goodman, featured Emmylou Harris. Kris Kristofferson and Herb Pedersen also turned up as background vocalists. "Hot Tub Refugee" had a bluesy style, but otherwise the tracks were in country-pop mode, and while Goodman could not resist leaning toward novelty material, his sense of humor was kept more in check than usual. The result was one of his safer albums, but not one of his better ones, a valedictory that emphasized his craftsmanlike qualities over his appealing eccentricity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/1989
  • Label: Red Pajamas
  • UPC: 092941100321
  • Catalog Number: 411003
  • Sales rank: 129,089

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Goodman Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Emmylou Harris Vocals
Kris Kristofferson Vocals
Rick N. Backer Electric Guitar
Byron Berline Fiddle
Linda Dillard Vocals
Chuck Fiore Bass
Steve Fishell Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
George Marinelli Electric Guitar
Herb Pedersen Vocals
Jim Rothermel Harmonica, Recorder, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Wells Drums
Red Young Piano, DX-7
The Amazing Eclectos Group
Technical Credits
Steve Goodman Arranger, Producer
Gary Brandt Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Hank Neuberger Engineer
Jim Rothermel Arranger
Rich Warren Engineer
Maple Byrne Composer
Mary Gaffney Composer
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