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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Up to Date 1971 quickly followed on the heels of the enormous success of both The Partridge Family weekly television program -- which debuted on ABC-TV on September 25, 1970 -- as well as their eponymous self-titled long-player. In fact, some of the tracks used on this, the second album issued under the Partridge moniker, were actually left over from the prolific sessions that produced the first full-length platter. The wholly manufactured musical group was inspired at least financially by the overwhelmingly positive profits that the Monkees had made for Screen Gems television in the mid-'60s. Coupled with an equally brilliant storyline about a family who performed ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Up to Date 1971 quickly followed on the heels of the enormous success of both The Partridge Family weekly television program -- which debuted on ABC-TV on September 25, 1970 -- as well as their eponymous self-titled long-player. In fact, some of the tracks used on this, the second album issued under the Partridge moniker, were actually left over from the prolific sessions that produced the first full-length platter. The wholly manufactured musical group was inspired at least financially by the overwhelmingly positive profits that the Monkees had made for Screen Gems television in the mid-'60s. Coupled with an equally brilliant storyline about a family who performed together -- which was inspired by the real-life pop
ock family the Cowsills -- the Partridge Family became a cultural icon. In a further nod to the prefabricated foursome's phenomenon, primary cast members -- in this case, Shirley Jones vocals and David Cassidy vocals -- also served double duty as Partridge Family lead vocalists. On Up to Date, Cassidy and Jones are again backed up by an army of recording session stalwarts, including Hal Blaine drums, Larry Carlton guitar, Joe Osborne bass, and Larry Knechtel keyboards. Providing the saccharine-sweet, make-your-teeth-hurt backing vocals are the six-member Love Generation. The formula continued to work and the hits just kept on coming, with both "I'll Meet You Halfway" and "Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted" shooting into the Top Ten on the singles chart. Interestingly, the latter title was initially balked at by Cassidy and subsequently instigated the first of many heated "discussions" between the star and Partridge musical guru Wes Farrell. There are other standouts on Up to Date, including the moody ballad "I'm Here You're Here." Although slightly dated, "Umbrella Man" contains a noir sensibility and swing that also bear repeated listening. Cassidy 's songwriting prowess blooms for his first Partridge contribution on the track "Lay It on the Line." The emotive "She'd Rather Have the Rain" is also a keeper with its haunting yet lyrical chord progressions and solid vocals.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972433226
  • Catalog Number: 724332
  • Sales rank: 5,524

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Partridge Family Primary Artist
Louie Shelton Guitar
Hal Blaine Drums
Dennis Budimir Guitar
Mike Melvoin Keyboards
Joe Osborn Bass
Technical Credits
Buddy Holly Composer
Norman Petty Composer
Ken Perry Remastering
Jerry Allison Composer
John Bahler Vocal Arrangements
Tom Bahler Vocal Arrangements
Wes Farrell Producer, Contributor, rhythm track
Ron Hicklin Vocal Arrangements
Stix Hooper Composer
Bill Inglot Remastering
Bob Kovach Engineer
Mike Melvoin Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Vincent Rose Composer
Larry Stock Composer
Jackie Ward Vocal Arrangements
Ken Sharp Liner Notes
Lisa Sutton Liner Notes, Art Direction
Beverly Weinstein Art Direction
James Cavanaugh Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT SECOND INSTALLMENT IN THE PF SERIES

    The second album from the first season finds the PF sound developing well with eleven great songs including the Top 10 hits ''Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted'' and ''I'll Meet You Halfway''. David Cassidy has lead on the entire album and co-wrote the rockin' ''Lay It on the Line''.

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    Posted November 8, 2008

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