Hard Candy/Prone

Hard Candy/Prone

by Ned Doheny


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Hard Candy/Prone

A fixture within the slick soft rock scene of Southern California in the '70s, Ned Doheny never had hits under his own name, but he was well-liked and well-connected, enough so that he was the first musician signed to David Geffen's Asylum label in 1973. That album didn't climb far up the charts, and neither did the pair that followed -- 1976's Hard Candy and 1979's Prone, both of which are collected on the 2011 double-disc set from SuperBird. Under the production of Steve Cropper, Hard Candy sounds a bit like a softer Boz Scaggs, a Boz without the Allen Toussaint influence and whose love of blues is swapped for a hint of Laurel Canyon folk. Doheny strums through "When Love Hangs in the Balance" and gets stickily sentimental on the closing "Valentine (I Was Wrong About You)," but Hard Candy is a soft, blue-eyed soul album from the studio caverns of L.A. Doheny isn't quite gritty enough a singer to make these tunes stick. but there are plenty of good mellow vibes here. Released three years later, Prone picks up the thread left behind from Hard Candy, and adds funkier rhythms and a glossier sound -- both signs of disco's popular crossover -- and the slower songs have been stripped of any remnants of folk; it's all super-slick soft rock here. Again, Doheny's friendly nature is a double-edged sword -- he certainly doesn't make a song like "Funky Love" sound funky, and he also has a tendency to disappear even in the sweeter songs, the ones that match the timbre of his voice -- but the good vibes that flow throughout Prone are somewhat seductive in their unfettered smoothness. It's an artifact of big-budget studio craft, as it's more about the sound than the song, but now that that era has passed, its able, amiable professionalism sounds all the more appealing.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/2011
Label: Superbird
UPC: 5013929884823
catalogNumber: 2988482
Rank: 50855

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ned Doheny   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Cropper   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Don Henley   Background Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Background Vocals
Victor Feldman   Percussion
Don Menza   Saxophone
Tom Scott   Saxophone
John Heard   Bass
David Foster   Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer
Rosemary Butler   Background Vocals
Colin Cameron   Bass
Ernie Corello   Electric Guitar
Chuck Findley   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Steve Forman   Percussion
Glenn Frey   Background Vocals
Bryan Garofalo   Bass
David Garland   Keyboards
John Guerin   Drums
Jimmie Haskell   Conductor
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Brooks Hunnicutt   Background Vocals
Sid Sharp   Concert Master
J.D. Souther   Background Vocals
Hamish Stuart   Background Vocals
Laszlo Wicky   Bass
Fleming Williams   Background Vocals
Gary Mallaber   Drums
Greg Adams   Horn
Tower Of Power Horns   Horn
Dennis Parker   Bass

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Ned Doheny   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Hidle Brown Barnum   Vocal Arrangements
Chuck Findley   Horn Arrangements
Austin Godsey   Engineer
Jimmie Haskell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Larry Muhoberac   String Arrangements
Hamish Stuart   Composer
Greg Adams   Horn Arrangements
Chris Musto   Repackaging Design
Richard Kimball   Executive Producer
Malcolm Dome   Liner Notes

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