Tales from the Tiki Lounge

Tales from the Tiki Lounge

by Duke Robillard
     
 

Tales from the Tiki Lounge is Duke Robillard and Sunny Crownover's tribute to Les Paul & Mary Ford. Robillard, an accomplished veteran guitarist with a background in blues and swing, demonstrates that he knows his way around a Gibson Les Paul model guitar in the ways that See more details below

Overview

Tales from the Tiki Lounge is Duke Robillard and Sunny Crownover's tribute to Les Paul & Mary Ford. Robillard, an accomplished veteran guitarist with a background in blues and swing, demonstrates that he knows his way around a Gibson Les Paul model guitar in the ways that Paul played and overdubbed it on his series of hit recordings with his then-wife, Ford, singing from the early '50s to the early '60s. Crownover, whose voice producer Robillard sometimes double-tracks or adds echo to in emulation of Paul's recording approach, has a warm tone consistent with Ford's. The selections include many of the Paul/Ford hits, including "Bye Bye Blues," "Just One More Chance," "Smoke Rings," and "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)," as well as songs Robillard has wisely selected that, while not actually recorded by Paul and Ford, can be performed in their style. These include "Occidental Woman," a song sung by Mae West in her 1936 movie Klondike Annie that sounds like it could have been written by Hoagy Carmichael on the same afternoon as "Hong Kong Blues" (it's actually by Gene Austin and predates the Carmichael composition by three years); "Put the Blame on Mame" (broken into two tracks with different verses and arrangements), the song lip-synced by Rita Hayworth (but actually sung by Anita Ellis) in the 1946 film noir Gilda; and "Crazy," Willie Nelson's song for Patsy Cline that became a hit in the early '60s. The selections thus predate and postdate the Paul/Ford era, but the music is all of a piece with it. The album title is slightly off-topic, but, despite Robillard's obvious affection for and appreciation of the music, there is an inescapably camp feel to it that helps it fit into the lounge/exotica style, especially given the frequent use of Latin rhythms including tango and rhumba. It's all in fun, of course, but Robillard effectively eulogizes Paul's guitar technique only a short time after his death.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/2010
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0884501234030
catalogNumber:
50123403

Tracks

  1. Intro  - Sunny Crownover
  2. Bye Bye Blues  - Sunny Crownover
  3. Occidental Woman  - Sunny Crownover
  4. Besame Mucho  - Sunny Crownover
  5. Just One More Chance  - Sunny Crownover
  6. Tico Tico  - Sunny Crownover
  7. I'm Still In Love With You  - Sunny Crownover
  8. Sway  - Sunny Crownover
  9. Put the Blame on Mame, Pt. 1  - Sunny Crownover
  10. Put the Blame on Mame, Pt. 2  - Sunny Crownover
  11. Smoke Rings  - Sunny Crownover
  12. Kiss of Fire  - Sunny Crownover
  13. Crazy  - Sunny Crownover
  14. Goody Goody  - Sunny Crownover
  15. Romance In the Dark  - Sunny Crownover
  16. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)  - Sunny Crownover
  17. Sway  - Sunny Crownover

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Robillard   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bongos,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Tenor Banjo
Marty Ballou   Acoustic Bass
Doug James   Bass Clarinet
Carl Querfurth   Trombone
Mark Teixeira   Bongos,Conga,Drums,Shaker,Wood Block
Sunny Crownover   Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Composer
Paul   Composer
Duke Robillard   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Pablo Beltrán Ruiz   Composer
Gene Austin   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Mary Ford   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Chauncey Gray   Composer
Bert Lown   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Doc Daugherty   Composer
Angel Villoldo   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Thom Hiller   Engineer
Fred Hamm   Composer
Sunny Crownover   Executive Producer
Lillian Green   Composer
John Mailoux   Remixing
Ellis Renyolds   Composer
J. Nelberg   Composer
Zequinla De Areu   Composer

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