Ariola Years

The Ariola Years

by The Sons of Champlin
     
 
The Sons of Champlin's "Ariola years," 1975-1977, might be thought of as the third phase of the band, at least in recording terms, following their "Capitol years," 1969-1971, which resulted in three albums, and their "Columbia year," 1973, marked by the LP Welcome to the Dance. That album suffered from record company politics (Clive

Overview

The Sons of Champlin's "Ariola years," 1975-1977, might be thought of as the third phase of the band, at least in recording terms, following their "Capitol years," 1969-1971, which resulted in three albums, and their "Columbia year," 1973, marked by the LP Welcome to the Dance. That album suffered from record company politics (Clive Davis, who signed the Sons to Columbia, was fired just after the album was released), and the Sons regrouped on their own mail-order label, Gold Mine Records, which released a self-titled LP (CD2 of this collection) in 1975. It found the Sons, who had always been one of the jazzier and funkier of the '60s San Francisco bands, moving in a distinct blue-eyed soul/white funk direction with a punchy horn section that included a young Mark Isham. Startup label Ariola America picked up the album for national distribution, and the Sons then produced a commercial-sounding follow-up in A Circle Filled with Love (CD1, Tracks 1-12) that almost resulted in a Top 40 hit in "Hold On" at a time when the Average White Band and Boz Scaggs were playing similar-sounding music. Loving Is Why (CD1, Tracks 13-22) was slightly less impressive, though there were some pretty ballads, and then lead singer Bill Champlin, dissatisfied by the band's lack of success, decamped, ending the Ariola years and, not long after, the group itself. Gathering the three albums together, Acadia presents a time capsule of mid-'70s pop music that is slicker than what the Sons played in the '60s, but still musically effective, particularly through the singing of Champlin, who has gone on to solo work and to singing hits with Chicago.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2007
Label:
Acadia Records
UPC:
0805772817227
catalogNumber:
8172

Related Subjects

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Hold On
  2. Here Is Where Your Heart Belongs
  3. Follow Your Heart
  4. Knickanick
  5. Imagination's Sake
  6. Still in Love with You
  7. Circle Filled with Love
  8. To the Sea
  9. You
  10. For a While
  11. Slippery When It's Wet
  12. Helping Hand
  13. Saved by the Grace of Your Love
  14. Loving Is Why
  15. Whatcha' Gonna' Do?
  16. West End
  17. Big Boss Man
  18. Time Will Bring You Love
  19. Doin' It for You
  20. Where I Belong
  21. Let That Be a Lesson
  22. Love Can Take Me Now

Disc 2

  1. Lookout
  2. Like to Get to Know You
  3. Marp
  4. Planet Ripper
  5. All and Everything
  6. Without Love
  7. Rainbow's End
  8. Geoff's Vibe
  9. Queen of the Rain
  10. Goldmine

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sons of Champlin   Primary Artist
Mark Isham   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Brass
David Foster   Piano
Bill Champlin   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Geoffrey Palmer   Synthesizer,Horn,Keyboards,Baritone Saxophone,Vocals,Vibes
Michael Andreas   Woodwind
Christopher Bond   Conductor
Alan Estes   Percussion,Guest Appearance
David Farey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Steve Frediani   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
James Getzoff   Concert Master
Terry Haggerty   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Julie   Background Vocals
Rob Moitoza   Bass,Harmonica,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
David Schallock   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Gayle Levant   Harp,Guest Appearance
James Preston   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Phil Woods   Keyboards,Vocals,Brass
Jim Preston   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Laura Allan   Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
KC   Background Vocals
Rita   Background Vocals
Jeffrey Husband   Background Vocals
Laura   Background Vocals
Mike Firgate   Brass,Guest Appearance
Gail Harp   Harp,Guest Appearance
Ken "The Wizard" Hopkins   Background Vocals
Larry Keilman   Harmonica
Glen Kronkite   Percussion
Janis Larkham   Handwriting
Rahni   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Foster   String Arrangements
Christopher Bond   Arranger,Producer
David DeVore   Engineer
Dick Moore   Concept,Graphic Conception
Keith Olsen   Producer,Engineer
Alan Robinson   Liner Notes
David Schallock   Composer
Armin Steiner   String Arrangements
Bruce Walford   Producer
Tom Drennon   Art Direction
David Larkham   Art Direction
Zero Nylin   Management,Assistant Management
John H.R. Mills   Engineer
Walltraut Haas   Management
Debby Barlow   Contributor
Mark Deadman   Equipment Technician
Mike Firgate   Arranger
Walt Haas   Management
Richard W. Halem   Management
Howard Hammerman   Electrician
Jack Rabbit   Management

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