Hard Workin Man: The Jack Nitzsche Story, Vol. 2

Hard Workin Man: The Jack Nitzsche Story, Vol. 2


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Ace Records' follow-up to their superb 2005 collection The Jack Nitzsche Story: Hearing Is Believing 1962-1979 doesn't quite live up to that disc's high standards, but this sampling of 26 tracks in which Nitzsche had a hand -- as producer, arranger, conductor or songwriter -- is still a powerful testament to the singular talents of one of rock's most remarkable behind-the-scenes figures. On Hard Workin Man: The Jack Nitzsche Story, Vol. 2, Tony Rounce and Mick Patrick have attempted to give some picture of how broad the man's musical palate could be, and what's most surprising is that as these songs sway from the hard-edged blues of "Hard Workin' Man" (with Captain Beefheart wailing over a band anchored by Ry Cooder), the snarling garage punk of the Gas Company's "Blow Your Mind," the lush neo-psych grandeur of "Porpoise Song" by the Monkees, and the beautifully crafted studio pop of Bobby Vee's "Like Someone in Love." A common thread manifests itself throughout -- Nitzsche had the ability to bring something unexpected whenever he took an act into the studio, and each time he came up with something that fit the song (and the artist) like a charm. He also had a real vision of how to cast the players for a session -- most folks would never have dreamed of putting John Lee Hooker, Miles Davis and Taj Mahal on the same number, but Nitzsche's score for the Dennis Hopper picture featured all three, and Hooker's gutbucket boogie proves to be an ideal foil for Davis' spare but soulful trumpet figures on " Bank Robbery," featured here. And while, as on the first disc, a number of Nitzsche's best known projects are missing (most notably his work with the Rolling Stones and Neil Young), the ace obscurities show just how consistently strong the man's vision could be -- the Everly Brothers' cover of "Mr. Soul," Tammy Grimes' take on a rare Randy Newman number "Nobody Needs Your Love More Than I Do," and Merry Clayton's remake of "It's in His Kiss" may not have been hits, but they leave an indelible impression once you've heard them. Nitzsche released only a small handful of records under his own name, but Hard Workin Man: The Jack Nitzsche Story, Vol. 2 confirms he was as vital and creative an artist as anyone he worked with, and this is remarkable listening.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/31/2006
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667022323
catalogNumber: 1130
Rank: 52014

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Nitzsche   Conductor
Russ Titelman   Conductor
Alec Palao   Acetate

Technical Credits

Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers   Producer
Michael Hoenig   Producer
Ry Cooder   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Dave Pell   Producer
Gerry Goffin   Producer
Barry Mann   Composer
Terry Melcher   Producer
Ron Nagle   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger,Composer,Director,Producer,String Arrangements
Phil Spector   Composer,Producer
Ken Scott   Producer
Marty Cooper   Liner Notes
Ronald Barrett   Producer
Garry Bonner   Composer
Sonny Bono   Composer
Bruce Botnick   Producer
Jimmy Bowen   Producer
Martin Cooper   Composer
Mike Curb   Producer
Jackie DeShannon   Composer
Greg Dempsey   Composer
Alan Gordon   Composer
David Hassinger   Producer
Cyril Neville   Composer
Jim O'Rourke   Author
Terry Phillips   Composer
Sharon Sheeley   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Nick Venet   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Joseph Wissert   Producer
Sonny Burke   Producer
Darian Sahanaja   Author
George Fischoff   Composer
John Steven Lasher   Author
Norman Jopling   Photo Courtesy
Paul Schrader   Composer
Rudy Clark   Composer
Mick Patrick   Song Notes
Tony Powers   Composer
Robert Downey   Producer
Baker Knight   Composer
Dennis Hopper   Executive Producer,Author
Brian Chidester   Photo Courtesy
Mike Minor   Producer

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