Tales from the Tiki Lounge

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 2/2/2010
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 884501234030
  • Catalog Number: 50123403
  • Sales rank: 188,819

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro - Sunny Crownover (0:16)
  2. 2 Bye Bye Blues - Sunny Crownover (3:07)
  3. 3 Occidental Woman - Sunny Crownover (3:22)
  4. 4 Besame Mucho - Sunny Crownover (3:23)
  5. 5 Just One More Chance - Sunny Crownover (3:15)
  6. 6 Tico Tico - Sunny Crownover (2:38)
  7. 7 I'm Still In Love With You - Sunny Crownover (2:25)
  8. 8 Sway - Sunny Crownover (2:54)
  9. 9 Put the Blame on Mame, Pt. 1 - Sunny Crownover (2:35)
  10. 10 Put the Blame on Mame, Pt. 2 - Sunny Crownover (2:01)
  11. 11 Smoke Rings - Sunny Crownover (4:25)
  12. 12 Kiss of Fire - Sunny Crownover (3:30)
  13. 13 Crazy - Sunny Crownover (4:06)
  14. 14 Goody Goody - Sunny Crownover (3:11)
  15. 15 Romance In the Dark - Sunny Crownover (3:54)
  16. 16 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) - Sunny Crownover (4:58)
  17. 17 Sway - Sunny Crownover (3:48)
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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
Les 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, Mastering
Ellis Renyolds Composer
Al J. Nelberg Composer
Zequinla De Areu Composer
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