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California Nights [Bonus Tracks]

California Nights [Bonus Tracks]

by Lesley GoreLesley Gore


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When Lesley Gore recorded California Nights in 1967, it had only been two years since her last big hit -- "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows," which made it to 13 in 1965 -' but it felt like even longer due to all the shifting trends of the late '60s. Assisted by producers Bob Crewe (who helmed seven of the LP's ten tracks) and Quincy Jones (who is responsible for the three other cuts, all arranged by Jack Nitzche), Gore dove right into the fashionable sounds of Los Angeles in 1967. It was hardly hippie and not quite psychedelic but those trippy sounds were certainly in the air and can be heard on California Nights via fuzz guitars, mind-bending echoes, and whirling strings, but all this is tempered by a good dose of go-go beats and middle of the road pop. All these accouterments make California Nights very much a record of its time, and if it didn't make many waves at the time -- the appealingly hazy title track made it to 16 but the album stalled at 169 -- it stands as something of an underrated period piece, anchored by the gorgeous, cinematic productions of Crewe and enlivened by the savvier Jones, who is responsible for the snappy rock & roll of "Off & Running" and the liquid pulse of "Cry Like a Baby," which effectively splits the difference between uptown soul and hip Hollywood flair. [Ace's 2015 reissue expands California Nights with 16 bonus tracks, most taken from the 1965 albums My Town, My Guy & Me and All About Love, along with a few singles and three cuts that first surfaced on Bear Family's big Lesley Gore box from 1994. All this material is more straightforward than California Nights, falling somewhere between middle of the road pop and pop-soul, and while that may mean it's not quite as distinctive, it's still well-crafted and pleasurable.

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Release Date: 06/02/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0029667071826
catalogNumber: 5017932
Rank: 50148


  1. California Nights
  2. Treat Me Like a Lady
  3. Bad
  4. I'm Going Out (the Same Way I Came In)
  5. Maybe Now
  6. Love Goes On Forever
  7. Off and Running
  8. Lilacs and Violets
  9. The Bubble Broke
  10. Cry Like a Baby
  11. My Town, My Guy and Me
  12. Let Me Dream
  13. Start the Party Again
  14. I Won't Love You Anymore (Sorry)
  15. I Just Can't Get Enough of You
  16. To Know Him is To Love Him
  17. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
  18. Only Last Night
  19. With Any Other Girl
  20. I Can Tell
  21. We Know We're In Love
  22. Yeh, Yeh, Yeh (That Boy of Mine)
  23. That's What I'll Do
  24. Happiness is Just Around the Corner
  25. Hold Me Tight

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lesley Gore   Primary Artist
Alan Lorber   Conductor
Jack Nitzsche   Conductor
Teddy Randazzo   Conductor
Herb Bernstein   Conductor
Don Costa   Conductor
Hutch Davie   Conductor

Technical Credits

Eydie Gorme   Liner Notes
Lesley Gore   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Quincy Jones   Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Alan Lorber   Arranger
Van McCoy   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger
Larry Weiss   Composer
Kenny Young   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer,Producer
Teddy Randazzo   Arranger,Composer
Steve Lawrence   Liner Notes
Phil Spector   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Joshie Armstead   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Herb Bernstein   Arranger
Don Costa   Arranger
Hutch Davie   Arranger
Michael Gore   Composer
Joel Hirschhorn   Composer
Kasha   Composer
Charles Koppelman   Composer
Don Rubin   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Shelby Singleton   Producer
Toni Wine   Composer
Steve Duboff   Composer
Artie Kornfeld   Composer
Rickie Page   Composer
Reed   Composer
Malcolm Baumgart   Liner Notes
Howard Liebling   Composer
Lou Stallman   Composer
Fred Anisfield   Composer
Raymond Bloodworth   Composer
Shelly Coburn   Composer
Bob Elgin   Composer
Gary Knight   Composer
Barry Mason   Composer
Larry Brown   Composer
Paul Kaufman   Composer
George Motola   Composer
Bobby Weinstein   Composer
Artie Resnick   Composer

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