Tears on My Pillow

Tears on My Pillow

by Johnny Nash
     
 

Johnny Nash's embrace of reggae had revitalized his career as well as giving the Jamaican sound a new audience in the United States, but that clearly wasn't all he was interested in, and Nash's 1975 album Tears on My Pillow kicks off with "Why Did You Do It," a fine example of polished Philly soul with an understated disco groove. See more details below

Overview

Johnny Nash's embrace of reggae had revitalized his career as well as giving the Jamaican sound a new audience in the United States, but that clearly wasn't all he was interested in, and Nash's 1975 album Tears on My Pillow kicks off with "Why Did You Do It," a fine example of polished Philly soul with an understated disco groove. Bunny Sigler produced the track, along with two other numbers on Tears on My Pillow. Nash's clear but emphatic vocals mesh beautifully with the arrangements, and it's intriguing to imagine what Nash could have done with an entire album recorded with the legendary Sigma Sound crew. Much of the rest of the set was recorded in London and Kingston, with Nash moving back and forth between light but flavorful reggae numbers (including three songs written by Bob Marley) and solid traditional soul, with the title song (a number one hit in the U.K.) offering a little bit of both. The unifying element on this album is Johnny Nash's voice, and the man rarely gets his due as one of the most gifted singers of his era. Nash's approach was simple and straightforward, but he also knew how to deliver a potent emotional performance without showboating; his solid delivery on an eclectic set of material confirms his gift with a song. (He also had a knack for surrounding himself with talent -- these sessions included guest appearances by Bobby Womack, Herbie Hancock, and Hugh Masekela.) Tears on My Pillow was hardly Nash's best or most interesting album, but there's more than enough here to appeal to fans of classic reggae and soul, and it's fine stuff from an underappreciated artist.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2007
Label:
Rpm-Retro
UPC:
5013929598195
catalogNumber:
819
Rank:
224388

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Nash   Primary Artist,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Bobby Womack   Guitar
Hugh Masekela   Trumpet
Madeline Bell   Background Vocals
Bunny Sigler   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Robert Bailey   Drums,Keyboards
John "Rabbit" Bundrick   Keyboards
Winston Delandro   Guitar
Paul Douglas   Drums
Val Douglas   Bass,Bass Guitar
Tyrone Downie   Keyboards
Raymond Earl   Bass,Bass Guitar
Rosko Gee   Bass,Bass Guitar
Theodore Life   Guitar
Willie Lindo   Guitar
Vince Montana   Vibes
Emmanuel Rentzos   Keyboards
Jerome Rimson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Liza Strike   Background Vocals
Ron Tyson   Background Vocals
Melvin Webb   Drums
Joanne Williams   Background Vocals
Terry Wilson   Bass,Bass Guitar
G.T. Moore   Guitar
Scott Miller   Drums
George E. Lee   Saxophone
GTS   Background Vocals
Paul Khouri   Percussion
Kim Miller   Guitar
Bettye Wright   Background Vocals
TJs   Background Vocals
Hugh Maskela   Trumpet
George Lee   Saxophone
Emmanuel Rentzos   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Ray Jackson   Arranger
Bunny Sigler   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Luchi de Jesus   Arranger
Norman Harris   Arranger
Jay Mark   Arranger
Johnny Nash   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Bernie O'Gorman   Arranger
Kenny Present   Arranger
Ernie Smith   Composer
Roger St. Pierre   Liner Notes
Adam Yeldham   Artwork
Ronnie Baker   Arranger
Ken Khouri   Producer

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