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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Cynics might point out the reality that greatest-hits packages on artists who have left a label are a ploy to milk the consumer, but the consumers care more about a solid package full of their favorite songs from the artist. The new Acoustic Alchemy with Miles Gilderdale replacing the late founding guitarist, Nick Webb, as Greg Carmichael's partner is riding high on Higher Octave Music, but the material on this collection -- part of a new GRP collection series -- will always be, to the true Acoustic Alchemy fan, the real deal. AA's post-Webb sound is fancy and feisty, extremely soulful, and very attractive. Yet, there's something more intimate about the way Carmichael ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Cynics might point out the reality that greatest-hits packages on artists who have left a label are a ploy to milk the consumer, but the consumers care more about a solid package full of their favorite songs from the artist. The new Acoustic Alchemy with Miles Gilderdale replacing the late founding guitarist, Nick Webb, as Greg Carmichael's partner is riding high on Higher Octave Music, but the material on this collection -- part of a new GRP collection series -- will always be, to the true Acoustic Alchemy fan, the real deal. AA's post-Webb sound is fancy and feisty, extremely soulful, and very attractive. Yet, there's something more intimate about the way Carmichael and Webb interacted; theirs was a union of true musical soul mates. This wonderful 16-track collection from their GRP and earlier MCA "Master Series" projects was chosen and sequenced by their manager, Stewart Coxhead, and he smartly picks all the crowd favorites: "Mr. Chow," "Catalina Kiss," "Same Road, Same Reason," and more. The range from pop to Latin to reggae is fun to experience again. There's obviously a poignancy to all this because of Webb's 1998 death, but it's more important to celebrate the legacy. As syndicated radio host and Catalina Island Jazz Trax festival promoter Art Good says simply in his liner notes, "These are good songs." More importantly, they speak of an innocent time, the early days of smooth jazz when even the gentlest of these could become radio hits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 731458923824
  • Catalog Number: 589238
  • Sales rank: 23,760

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mr. Chow (3:08)
  2. 2 Catalina Kiss (4:36)
  3. 3 Ariane (4:56)
  4. 4 Jamaica Heartbeat (5:35)
  5. 5 Caravan of Dreams (3:01)
  6. 6 Playing for Time (6:04)
  7. 7 Lazeez (4:54)
  8. 8 The Stone Circle (4:18)
  9. 9 The Alchemist (3:56)
  10. 10 Shoot the Loop (5:20)
  11. 11 Same Road, Same Reason (4:53)
  12. 12 Cool as a Rule (3:51)
  13. 13 Georgia Peach (4:26)
  14. 14 Casino (3:53)
  15. 15 Reference Point (4:32)
  16. 16 Red Dust and Spanish Lace (8:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Acoustic Alchemy Primary Artist
Rainer Bruninghaus Piano, Keyboards
Mario Argandona Percussion, Vocals
Patrick Bettison Bass
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Greg Carmichael Steel Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Terry Disley Keyboards
Klaus Genuit Percussion
Derrick James Alto Saxophone
Luis Jardim Percussion
John Parsons Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Gunnar Plumer Acoustic Bass
Bert Smaak Percussion, Drums
Klaus Sperber Bass
Dan Tomlinson Cymbals, Drums
Nick Webb Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Werner Kopal Bass
Mike Herting Synthesizer, Keyboards
Konrad Mathieu Bass
Karl Heinz Wiberny Saxophone
Paul Harriman Bass
Technical Credits
Gigi Gryce Composer
Greg Carmichael Producer
Klaus Genuit Programming, Producer
John Parsons Producer
Bert Smaak drum programming
Nick Webb Producer
Suha Gur Mastering
Hollis King Art Direction
Art Good Liner Notes
Bryan Koniarz Compilation Supervisor
Steven Dale Jones Producer
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