Intimate Session

Intimate Session

by Bonnie Guitar


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Intimate Session

In the early 1960s, Bonnie Guitar was briefly signed to RCA, though not much resulted from the association aside from a couple of singles. Both of those singles are included on this 14-track compilation, which has everything she recorded for the label at the time over the course of two separate sessions in Hollywood on July 18, 1961 and January 24, 1962. Combining the four tracks from the two singles with ten previously unreleased cuts (though two of those are alternate takes), it adds up to something of a missing album in Guitar's discography. While it's useful in filling in a gap in her recording career, it's not hard to see why RCA might not have been too excited by the material at the time. It's a little bit pop, a little bit country, and an even littler bit of rock & roll, with a very early-'60s pop sound to the production, using violins on the 1961 songs and choral backing vocals on the 1962 session. Some of the numbers tread slightly on the Nashville country-pop territory that Patsy Cline was working at the time, despite having been done in Hollywood. But though there's backup by some Wrecking Crew stalwarts like guitarist Billy Strange, arrangements by Perry Botkin, Jr., and little known compositions by Harlan Howard, Jeff Barry, and Hal David (who co-wrote "If My Tears Could Talk" with Sherman Edwards), the songs just aren't that interesting. It's early-'60s sentimental crossover pop that doesn't rise above a mild temperature, due as much to Guitar's average vocals as the adequate compositions, a couple of which she wrote or co-wrote. "An Old Fashioned Love" slips in some odd criticism of consumer culture ("television with its magic eye tells where to go and what to buy"), but it's actually one of the more contrived and less impressive efforts.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2012
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127168788
catalogNumber: 16878
Rank: 148539

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bonnie Guitar   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Lyle Ritz   Bass
Billy Strange   Guitar
Perry Botkin   Leader
Herman Clebanoff   Violin
Elliott Fisher   Violin
James Getzoff   Violin
Benny Gill   Violin
Raymond Johnson   Piano
Leonard Malarsky   Violin
Gene Merlino   Choir, Chorus
Don Shelton   Choir, Chorus
Betty Jane Baker   Choir, Chorus
Howard Leslie Heitmeyer   Guitar
William K. "Bill" Pitman   Guitar
Alton R. "Al" Hendrickson   Guitar
Louis "Lou" Raderman   Violin
John Jesse Sailes   Drums
Ervan F. "Bud" Coleman   Guitar
Ian Fresbairn   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Bonnie Guitar   Composer,Producer,Illustrations
Don Robertson   Producer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Ray Bennett   Composer
Hal Blair   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Todd Everett   Liner Notes
Naomi Ford   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Bill Post   Composer
Doree Post   Composer
Sid Tepper   Composer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Jimmy MacDonald   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Fred Burch   Composer
Allan Flynn   Composer
John Sellards   Artwork,Photo Restoration
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Frank Madden   Composer
Sherman Edwards   Composer
Johnny Olsen   Composer
Billie Weber   Composer

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