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These Are the Good Times: The Complete Capitol Recordings

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Donna Loren has a loyal cult following among fans of '60s pop largely for her appearances in several movies in American International Pictures' Beach Party series, in which she showed off (a) her skills as a vocalist, and (b) how good she looked in a swimsuit. Loren enjoyed a successful career as an actress and model, but she never scored a hit as a singer, and this overview of her two-year tenure at Capitol Records during the peak of her fame makes clear the problem was the material, not her skills as a performer. These Are the Good Times: The Complete Capitol Recordings features all ten tracks from Loren's sole album of the '60s, Beach Blanket Bingo, as well as the A- and...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Donna Loren has a loyal cult following among fans of '60s pop largely for her appearances in several movies in American International Pictures' Beach Party series, in which she showed off (a) her skills as a vocalist, and (b) how good she looked in a swimsuit. Loren enjoyed a successful career as an actress and model, but she never scored a hit as a singer, and this overview of her two-year tenure at Capitol Records during the peak of her fame makes clear the problem was the material, not her skills as a performer. These Are the Good Times: The Complete Capitol Recordings features all ten tracks from Loren's sole album of the '60s, Beach Blanket Bingo, as well as the A- and B-sides from five stand-alone singles and eight unreleased numbers, and it's obvious that by the standards of a teen pop star of the era, Loren had an impressive voice and the intelligence to know what to do with it; there's a strength and maturity in her performances on tunes like "A Woman in Love (With You)," "Hold Your Head High," and "Leave Him to Me" that outstrips a significant majority of her peers -- all the more impressive considering she was just 18 when most of this was recorded. However, in many respects, that may be why she never hit the charts; Loren was at her best on songs that were more emotionally complex than the typical AM radio fodder of the mid-'60s, and when she tackled more radio-ready material, she tended to sound technically expert but less than fully engaged. (And given the low ebb of songs like "So, Do the Zonk" and "Drop the Drip," it's easy to see why.) Oddly enough, this is most evident on the ten tunes from the Beach Blanket Bingo LP, while some of the strongest material here didn't even earn a release until now (in particular "It's Gotta Be," in which she's backed by the Beau Brummels, and "You Can't Lose Something You Never Had"). Most of these tracks were produced by Steve Douglas, with arrangements from Jack Nitzsche and Billy Strange and accompaniment by the finest studio players of the day, and the best stuff here is delicious, beautifully crafted '60s West Coast pop, with a gifted and savvy vocalist front and center. If not everything on this collection is a slam-dunk, These Are the Good Times makes it clear Donna Loren was much, much more than just another pretty face, and if she and her crew didn't quite know how to climb the charts, they could sure make a fine record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2014
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5013929064720
  • Catalog Number: 2520531
  • Sales rank: 6,038

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Donna Loren Primary Artist
Glen Campbell Guitar
Ron Elliott Guitar
Leon Russell Piano, Keyboards
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Don Randi Piano, Keyboards
Gerald Wiggins Piano, Keyboards
Al Viola Guitar
John Gray Guitar
Lyle Ritz Bass
Julius Wechter Percussion, Vibes
Jack Nitzsche Conductor
Gene Page Conductor
Billy Strange Guitar, Conductor
Hal Blaine Percussion, Drums, Vibes
H.B. Barnum Conductor
Arnold Belnick Violin
Harry Bluestone Violin
Nick Bonney Guitar
Robert Bryant Trumpet
Dennis Budimir Guitar
Roy Caton Trumpet
Ralph Collier Percussion, Vibes
Al DeLory Piano, Keyboards
Jesse Ehrlich Celli
Gene Estes Percussion, Vibes
James Getzoff Violin
Jack Gootkin Violin
William Green Oboe, Woodwind
Rene Hall Guitar
Milt Holland Percussion, Vibes
Carol Kaye Bass, Guitar
Lou Klass Violin
Larry Knechtel Piano, Keyboards
Bernard Kundell Violin
Leonard Malarsky Violin
Lew McCreary Trombone
Ron Meagher Bass
Jay Migliori Saxophone
Ollie Mitchell Trumpet
Alexander Neiman Viola
Wilbert Nuttycombe Viola
Earl Palmer Drums
John Peterson Drums
Bill Pitman Guitar
Ray Pohlman Bass
Emil Richards Percussion, Vibes
Nathan Ross Violin
Henry Roth Violin
Emmet Sargeant Celli
Harold Schneier Celli
Jack Shulman Violin
Paul Shure Violin
Tommy Tedesco Guitar
Darrel Terwilliger Viola
Sal Valentino Guitar
Allen DeRienzo Trumpet
Stevan Dweek Drums
Steve Douglas Saxophone
Sidney Sharp Violin
John Vidusich Violin
Al Casey Guitar
Don Irving Guitar
Irving Weinper Violin
Laurence Lesser Celli
David Wells Trombone
Armand Kaproff Celli
William Kurasch Violin
Robert Knight Trombone
Johnny Vidor Violin
James Bond Bass
Justin Ditullo Celli
Louis Blackburn Trombone
Henry Laubach Trumpet
Lou Morell Guitar
Marshall Samson Violin
Gary Nuttycombe Viola
Technical Credits
Ron Elliott Composer
Carole King Composer
Al Kooper Composer
Randy Newman Composer
David Axelrod Producer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Jack Nitzsche Arranger
Gene Page Arranger
Billy Strange Arranger
Phil Spector Composer
H.B. Barnum Arranger
Mike Curb Composer
Jackie DeShannon Composer
Al DeLory Producer
Tony Hatch Composer
Guy Hemric Composer
Buddy Kaye Composer
Irwin Levine Composer
Ben Raleigh Composer
Jerry Styner Composer
Gary Usher Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Billy Page Composer
Steve Douglas Producer
Steve Stanley Producer, Reissue Producer, Art Direction, Layout
Sheryl Farber Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Lester Carr Composer
Roger Christian Composer
Alan Brownstein Mastering
Bob Halley Composer
Bob Montgomery Composer
Phil Springer Composer
Robert Brass Composer
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