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After being apart for 20 years, the Sons of Champlin re-formed in 1997 on a part-time basis and, in January 1998, cut a live album, appropriately called Live, released by Arista Records. The band then lapsed again, only to reunite in 2001, and this second live album was cut at the Ex'pression Center for Media in Emeryville, CA, on February 2, 2002; a DVD version was released simultaneously. The obvious difference between the 1998 band and this one is that founding member and lead guitarist Terry Haggerty is no longer present and has been replaced by Tal Morris. This is a significant change, of course. It is analogous to a Jefferson Airplane lineup without Jorma ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After being apart for 20 years, the Sons of Champlin re-formed in 1997 on a part-time basis and, in January 1998, cut a live album, appropriately called Live, released by Arista Records. The band then lapsed again, only to reunite in 2001, and this second live album was cut at the Ex'pression Center for Media in Emeryville, CA, on February 2, 2002; a DVD version was released simultaneously. The obvious difference between the 1998 band and this one is that founding member and lead guitarist Terry Haggerty is no longer present and has been replaced by Tal Morris. This is a significant change, of course. It is analogous to a Jefferson Airplane lineup without Jorma Kaukonen or Quicksilver Messenger Service without John Cipollina. Both configurations have existed, in fact, although Jefferson Airplane had the decency -- or the legal necessity -- to change their name to Jefferson Starship at the time. Actually, in their long and twisted history, the Sons of Champlin even performed for a time without their namesake, singer/keyboard player/guitarist Bill Champlin, but they never recorded in that form. As it turns out, Morris sounds like he learned to play guitar by listening to Haggerty; his lines have much of Haggerty's timbre, attack, and complexity. So, the sound is much the same, even if the personnel has changed so that the Sons of Champlin, like so many other veteran groups, have taken one more step toward being a tribute band to themselves. That sound, as heard clearly on this cleanly produced set is, as ever, much further away from the expected style of a 1960s San Francisco acid rock band than casual observers would expect. The Sons came from Marin County, north of San Francisco, and their roots were always more in gritty R&B than the electrified folk that inspired their peers on the Bay Area ballroom circuit. This was, and is, especially true of Champlin himself, whose gruff, expressive vocals have always been in the mode of Ray Charles or James Brown. And then, of course, there's the horn section, which none of the other San Francisco bands had. So, the Sons are more of a progressive/blue-eyed soul unit, with solos that hark more toward jazz than acid rock adventurism. And that is as true of this well-played album as any of their records. Familiar tunes such as "Rooftop" date back as far as their debut album, Loosen Up Naturally, and the CD contains one song, "Poppa Can Play," not included on the DVD, that is making its first appearance since it was used as the Sons' track on the Fillmore: The Last Days box set more than 30 years ago. This is a good place to discover, or rediscover, a band that always managed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but, somehow, is still around and all the better for it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2004
  • Label: SONS OF CHAMPLIN
  • UPC: 828477100128
  • Catalog Number: 12

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hold On/For Joy (8:33)
  2. 2 Rooftop (5:12)
  3. 3 Look Out (4:00)
  4. 4 Right On (5:18)
  5. 5 Maybe (6:56)
  6. 6 Get High (6:30)
  7. 7 Gold Mine (10:57)
  8. 8 Poppa Can Play (4:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Sons of Champlin Primary Artist
Bill Champlin Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals
Geoffrey Palmer Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vibes
Mic Gillette Vocals, Brass
Tom Saviano Keyboards, Saxophone
David Schallock Bass, Vocals
Charlie Roberts Guitar
Tal Morris Guitar, Vocals
Stephen Kopels Guitar
Technical Credits
Bill Champlin Composer
The Sons of Champlin Arranger
Geoffrey Palmer Horn Arrangements
George Borden Mastering
Tim Caine Horn Arrangements
Mic Gillette Horn Arrangements
Charles Kelly Equipment Technician
Gary Platt Producer
Tom Saviano Horn Arrangements
John Scanlon Stage Manager
Steven Tollestrup Composer
William Champlin Composer
Jeffrey Ocheltree Equipment Technician, Stage Manager
Hani Gadalah Monitor Engineer
Geoff Garnett Stage Manager
Aaron Goldstein Engineer, Live Sound
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Check out the DVD too!

    The Sons continue to break ground in progressive 60's rock/jazz/funk fusion with a taste of the 70's. It would have been better if they did more of their older stuff, but there's plenty to enjoy here. Find out where Chicago and Blood Sweat and Tears learned a few tricks from in the late 1960's. The new lead player, Tal Morris, does a decent job at filling in for the West Coast Guitar God, Terry Haggerty. Be sure to check out the early Sons of Champlin albums to experience Terry's psychedelic leads. Geoff Palmer continues to tear up on vibes and classic keyboards. Tom Saviano and his new sidekick wail on their horns. The rhythm section is solid as a rock. Finally, The Father, Bill Champlin, currently playing with Chicago (his arch rival band) shows where the name for this historic, underrated band came from.

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