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Very Best of Nicolette Larson

The Very Best of Nicolette Larson

by Nicolette Larson

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Nicolette Larson was a staple of California pop and soft rock in the '70s, not only as a solo artist, but as a backing vocalist for artists as diverse as Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Van Halen, and Neil


Nicolette Larson was a staple of California pop and soft rock in the '70s, not only as a solo artist, but as a backing vocalist for artists as diverse as Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Van Halen, and Neil Young. As a matter of fact, Young gave Larson her breakthrough hit, "Lotta Love." The song turned out to be the peak of her popularity, climbing into the Top Ten in early 1979. She never had that kind of widespread popularity again, even if she had a few smaller pop hits to her credit, along with some success on the country charts. The charts may have changed, but the music really didn't -- she always walked the line separating country-pop and Californian soft rock. Throughout it all, her sweet voice was continually engaging, even when she worked with material that wasn't always convincing. That much is evident from Rhino's definitive retrospective, The Very Best of Nicolette Larson. Spanning her entire solo career, from her 1978 debut to her 1994 children's album, the 16-song collection contains all the major highlights, but its momentum sort of sags toward the end of the disc, as her material grew weaker and her productions became too clean. Nevertheless, this is an accurate portrait of her career. If The Very Best Of isn't quite as cohesive as her first few albums, so be it -- it charts the ups and downs of her career quite well, and in doing so, it offers a definitive, warts-and-all summary.

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Performance Credits

Nicolette Larson   Primary Artist,Percussion,Tambourine,Vocals,Hi String
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Steve Wariner   Track Performer
Paul Davis   Synclavier
Albert Lee   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Michael McDonald   Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Background Vocals
Victor Feldman   Maracas,Background Vocals
Plas Johnson   Flute
Paul Barrére   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Andrew Gold   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Patrick Simmons   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Deborah Allen   Background Vocals
Richard Rodney Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar
Larry Byrom   Electric Guitar
Scott Chambers   Bass,Bass Guitar
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Bob Glaub   Bass,Bass Guitar
Emory Gordy   Bass,Bass Guitar,Synclavier
Hollis Halford   Synclavier
Jimmie Haskell   Strings,Conductor
John Hobbs   Keyboards
Jim Horn   Saxophone,Soloist
David Hungate   Bass,Bass Guitar
John Jarvis   DX-7
Jerry Jumonville   Saxophone
David Kalish   Guitar
Keith Knudsen   Drums
Bobby LaKind   Conga
Doug Livingston   fender rhodes
Andrew Love   Saxophone
Arno Lucas   Conga
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
John McFee   Guitar
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Bill Payne   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Herb Pedersen   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Tiran Porter   Bass,Bass Guitar
Tom Salisbury   Piano
Rick Shlosser   Drums
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
James Stroud   Drums
Fred Tackett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ted Templeman   Percussion,Background Vocals
Rafe Van Hoy   Background Vocals
Klaus Voormann   Bass,Bass Guitar
Billy Joe Walker   Electric Guitar
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar
Lee Thornberg   Trumpet
Billy Joe Walker   Electric Guitar
Mark Jordan   Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Mark Wilson Jordan   Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Matt Morse   Synclavier
Billy Payne   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Paul Matthew Davis   Synclavier

Technical Credits

Stephen Bishop   Producer
Graham Nash   Liner Notes,Author
Linda Ronstadt   Liner Notes,Author
Burt Bacharach   Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Producer
Andrew Gold   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Author,Instrumentation
Nicolette Larson   Arranger,Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Tony Brown   Producer,Liner Notes,Author
Mark J. Coddington   Engineer
Jack Crymes   Engineer
Nick DeCaro   String Arrangements
Ken Deane   Engineer
Val Garay   Producer
Emory Gordy   Producer
Jimmie Haskell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Bill Inglot   Producer
James Isaacson   Engineer
Tim Kish   Engineer
Russ Kunkel   Liner Notes,Author
Donn Landee   Engineer
Cary E. Mansfield   Compilation Research
David McIntosh   Licensing
Gene Meros   Engineer
Russ Miller   Engineer
Michael Omartian   Producer
Bill Payne   Composer
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
J.D. Souther   Liner Notes
Ted Templeman   Sound Effects,Producer,Executive Producer
Steve Tillisch   Engineer
Robert K. Oermann   Liner Notes
Steve McManus   Engineer
Elizabeth Pavone   Editorial Coordinator
Norma Edwards   Editorial Research
Loyd Clifft   Engineer
Peter Max   Cover Painting
Wilburns   Composer
Steve Kish   Engineer
Wendi Cartwright   Licensing
Christine Cha   Cover Design
Keith Cole   Engineer

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