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Target
     

Target

by Tom Scott
 
Target is one of those Tom Scott records that gets forgotten about a lot. Certainly it comes from the middle of the 1980s just before the GRP era, when Scott was still leading the Saturday Night Live Band on occasion and looking around for a new sound. It's the sound of a restless musician who gets the pop game, or at

Overview

Target is one of those Tom Scott records that gets forgotten about a lot. Certainly it comes from the middle of the 1980s just before the GRP era, when Scott was still leading the Saturday Night Live Band on occasion and looking around for a new sound. It's the sound of a restless musician who gets the pop game, or at least has gotten it and is not sure of where to shift his focus next. The band is big and full of killer players: Harvey Mason, Ernie Watts, Ian Underwood, Victor Feldman, Paul Jackson, Neil Stubenhaus, Jim Horn, Trevor Feldman, Pete Christlieb, and Michael Boddicker, among others. The sound is a tad warmer than what Atlantic was releasing at the time, too. But the material, as good as some of it is -- like the funky title track -- also contains half-hearted pop ballads like "Come Back to Me" with Kenny James on vocals. "He's Too Young," with a fine vocal performance by Maria Muldaur, is marred by a terribly dated -- and it was for the time -- synth drum sound. There is also a truly bizarre moment when Lee Ving, former lead singer of Los Angeles hardcore band Fear raps and plays blues harmonica on "Gotta Get out of New York." Then there's "Lollipoppin'" which, while it contains the same dumb synth drum sound, also has some killer Rhodes by Feldman, synth work by Underwood, and a happening keyboard bassline. The grooving muted horn section on this reading of Dan Peck's "The Biggest Part of Me," has a wonderfully soulful feel with great kit work by Mason. The horn arrangements are in the pocket but restrained, allowing that lithe melody to shine through and, along with the title cut, it's a contender for best tune on the set. The set closes with the stone-gone funky groover "Burundi Bump" by Scott and Feldman with excellent basslines, pulsing Rhodes work, a boatload of percussion, and Mason running the ensemble from his kit; the entire tune is rhythm based. So Target is, ultimately, a mixed bag, a hold-over record that was throwing everything at the wall to see what worked. Interestingly, what did was the basis for Scott's sound at GRP.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2007
Label:
Wounded Bird Records
UPC:
0664140810624
catalogNumber:
8106
Rank:
195771

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Scott   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Wind,Lyricon
Pete Christlieb   Clarinet,Saxophone
Victor Feldman   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Maria Muldaur   Vocals
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer,Vocoder
Jodi Brown   Vocals
Judi Brown   Background Vocals
Trevor Feldman   Keyboards,fender rhodes
Michael Fisher   Percussion,Synthesizer Drums
Jim Gilstrap   Vocals,Background Vocals
Carmen Grillo   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jo Ann Harris   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Jim Horn   Flute,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Richard Hyde   Horn
Paul Jackson   Guitar,Percussion
Clydene Jackson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Jackson   Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar
Kenny James   Vocals
Geoffrey Leib   Vocals,Background Vocals
Harvey Mason   Percussion,Drums,Electric Drums,Electronic Drums
Leza Miller   Background Vocals
Rugenia Peoples   Vocals,Background Vocals
Carlos Rios   Guitar
Andrea Robinson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lynne Scott   Vocals,Background Vocals
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Ian Underwood   Synthesizer
Lee Ving   Harmonica,Vocals
Ernie Watts   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone

Technical Credits

Bob Mould   Composer
Victor Feldman   Composer
Tom Scott   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Kenny James   Composer
Geoffrey Leib   Composer
Harvey Mason   Composer
David Pack   Composer
Allen Sides   Engineer
Lee Ving   Composer
Jeffrey Weber   Producer
Bob Detrin   Art Direction

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