Hometown Frolics/Terry Cashman

Hometown Frolics/Terry Cashman

by Terry Cashman


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Hometown Frolics/Terry Cashman

At a glance, it seems like a strange decision to issue a double CD that combines a 1976 album by Tommy West with a 1976 album by Terry Cashman (along with plenty of bonus tracks by each artist). With knowledge of them and the recordings' history, however, it makes some sense, as Cashman and West had collaborated on many records, as performers and songwriters, prior to these LPs, and in fact done several albums together billed to Cashman & West. The material on these 1976 LPs was originally planned as another Cashman & West album, but it was decided to record separate solo projects when it became apparent that they were going in different stylistic directions. This package by Ace/Chiswick adds historical liner notes, though it's far afield from the kind of music Ace usually reissues. West's LP, titled Hometown Frolics (whose ten songs lead off disc one), was by far the more serious of the two LPs in tone. In many respects, it's a typical mellow mid-'70s singer/songwriter album, though perhaps a bit more downbeat and ruminative than the norm. There are slight echoes of Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, and even a speck of early solo George Harrison, though several cuts have a pronounced country feel and Western/cowboy lyrical themes. It's amiable, but a little blah, and West has the kind of slight vocal presence found in numerous songwriters who might be more used to having their compositions sung by others than they are to singing the tunes themselves. The rest of disc one includes ten bonus tracks, among them the single version of "I Know"; original/demo versions of a few of the LP's other songs; and a few previously unreleased cuts of uncertain vintage, though the ones on which West does all the instruments and vocals sound like they must have been done long after the mid-'70s, such is the mechanical feel of the percussion. Cashman's self-titled album occupies the first half of disc two, and is much more blatantly lightweight and poppy than West's Hometown Frolics. It's similar to West's effort, however, in that it's amiable but undistinguished, though Cashman took the approach of crafting somewhat retro (even in 1976) pop
ock tunes that incorporated nostalgic homages to the simpler times and styles of early rock & roll and doo wop. Cashman was still canny enough to use some elements of the mid-'70s singer/songwriter sound in his framework, like the acoustic guitars and orchestration on "There I Go Again," though overall, his outlook is considerably more chipper and romantic than West's. "New York City Blues" has a wistful piano base not far removed from Eric Carmen or early Billy Joel territory. The eight bonus tracks on Cashman's disc include four previously unreleased cuts, among them one of the better songs on the compilation ("Song for Jane," most likely an outtake from the self-titled LP) and a demo version of the album's longest song, "Back to the Dawn." The other four songs are from the early '80s or mid-'90s, and are mostly odes to baseball that are excruciatingly sentimental even as such things go.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/03/2010
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667429221
catalogNumber: 6742922

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Terry Cashman   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Michael Kamen   English Horn,Oboe
David Sanborn   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
John Palumbo   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Henry Gross   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Guest Appearance
Eric Weissberg   Fiddle
Tommy West   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Mellotron,fender rhodes,Hi String,Musician,Guest Appearance
Tasha Thomas   Background Vocals
Seymour Barab   Cello
Jeff Bova   Synthesizer
Sarah Brooks   Background Vocals
Kenny Kosek   Fiddle
Richard Crooks   Drums
John Crowder   Bass
Joey d'Amico   Drums
Liberty DeVitto   Drums
George Devens   Percussion
Jay Hirsh   Background Vocals
Joe MacRe   Bass
Susan Manchester   Background Vocals
George Marge   Oboe,Saxophone
Lou Marini   Saxophone
Rick Marotta   Drums
Michael Mugrage   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Marty Nelson   Background Vocals
Warren Nichols   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Paul Prestopino   Dobro,Guitar (Resonator)
Mark Rivera   Saxophone
David Sackson   Violin
Geni Sackson   Horn,Background Vocals,Woodwind
Irving Spice   Violin
David Spinozza   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Scott Spray   Bass
Rob Stevens   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,fender rhodes
Bruce Tergesen   Background Vocals
Rick Witkowski   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Stu Woods   Bass
Emanuel Vardi   Viola
John Colbert   Keyboards
Mike Ragogna   Background Vocals
Barry Kornfeld   Acoustic Guitar
Tom Rossetter   Percussion,Drums
Michael Terry   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ann Sutton   Background Vocals
Ken Berger   Saxophone
Jimmy Griffiths   Acoustic Guitar
Rick Marota   Drums
Richard Crook   Drums
Rich Picardo   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer
Ed Bruce   Composer
Neil Sedaka   Composer
John Palumbo   Composer
Terry Cashman   Composer,Producer
Tommy West   Composer,Producer,Vocal Overdubs
Andy Abrams   Recording Assistant
Maxwell Davis   Composer
Terence P. Minogue   String Arrangements
Cole Porter   Composer
Don Puluse   Engineer
Ronnie Rogers   Composer
Tony Romeo   Composer
Geni Sackson   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Rob Stevens   Composer
Bruce Tergesen   Engineer
Ray Whitley   Composer
Ben Wisch   Engineer
Shelly Yakus   Engineer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Alex Miranda   Composer
David Gahr   Cover Photo
Mike Ragogna   Liner Notes
Bob Monkton   Cover Photo
Joe Josea   Composer
Jules Taub   Composer
Sam Ling   Composer
William Martin   Composer
Patsy Bruce   Composer
Gordon Evans   Composer
David Prentice   Recording Assistant
Philip Cody   Composer
Carlos A. Girona   Composer
Peter Hodgeson   Engineer
Susan Senk   Cover Coordinator

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