Slamdunk

Slamdunk

by Henry Lee Summer
     
 
A Henry Lee Summer album in 1993 could only be a fish out of water. A slick Bryan Adams/Michael Stanley-style heartland rocker who holds the dubious and undisputed title of "all-time most popular entertainer in Indiana," Summer in some ways represents the antithesis of alternative rock and grunge even more than the hair metal bands.

Overview

A Henry Lee Summer album in 1993 could only be a fish out of water. A slick Bryan Adams/Michael Stanley-style heartland rocker who holds the dubious and undisputed title of "all-time most popular entertainer in Indiana," Summer in some ways represents the antithesis of alternative rock and grunge even more than the hair metal bands. Though possessing a powerhouse sandpaper voice that at times sounds strikingly like the great Steve Marriott, the feathered mullet-sporting singer has always unfortunately seemed to fall just outside of the "still considered cool" zone inhabited by stylistically similar artists like Bob Seger and John Mellencamp. Slamdunk is fairly typical Henry Lee, with it's huge L.A.-type production, fist-pounding rockers, sensitive Michael Bolton-esque ballads, and over-emotive vocals. Though he's obviously got loads of talent, it's almost as if the guy takes all the best elements of Meat Loaf, the Faces, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, puts them all in a blender (bought at Wal-Mart), and then chops and dices every last ounce of flavor and originality out of them. In the end, the whole thing comes out just as bland as a Hardees breakfast menu. It's a real shame, 'cause Henry Lee Summer truly knows how to rock out (a few tunes on Slamdunk are pretty ferocious, especially "The Boys and Girls Are Doin' It"). It would be interesting to see what he could do with a set of less cliché-ridden tunes and a band that isn't afraid to make a few mistakes.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/1993
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074645272122
catalogNumber:
52721

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Henry Lee Summer   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Earl Slick   Guitar
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Robert Bailey   Vocals
Kevin Bents   Keyboards
Jack Daley   Bass
Peter Denenberg   Guitar
Kirk Eberhard   Bass
Kim Fleming   Vocals,Background Vocals
Vicki Hampton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Anthony Krizan   Guitar
Frankie La Rocka   Percussion,Drums
Stan Lynch   Percussion,Drums
Dale Oliver   Guitar
Michael Organ   Drums
Rory Young   Synthesizer
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Henry Lee Summer   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bill Deaton   Engineer
Peter Denenberg   Producer,Engineer
Derrick Garrett   Engineer
Frankie La Rocka   Producer,Engineer
Patrick MacDougall   Engineer
Brian Malouf   Engineer
F. Miller & J. Barry   Composer
Dale Oliver   Arranger
D. Warren   Composer
Rory Young   Programming
Mark Burdett   Art Direction
Frank Ockenfels   Cover Photo
Hans Neleman   Cover Photo

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