Love Island

Love Island

by Deodato


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Love Island

1978's Love Island found Deodato in pretty much the same space he'd been for much of the decade, concocting his own ineffable brew of fusion and funky disco, with the help of friends and cover songs along the way. Love Island finds him unleashing yet another passel of songs which are all pleasant to the ear, if not completely fresh -- what makes it most interesting is that it could almost be considered a concept album, every song title apparently revolving around jungle tropics, warm winds, sandy beaches, and, more likely than not, a few beauties bearing cocktails to complete the picture. The album kicks off with "Area Code 808," which places the initial action in Hawaii, a twitchy extended fusion revolving around quite a nice funk bassline. The remainder of the set carries on from there, with the groove ebbing and flowing from the punchy "Whistle Bump" to the pleasant and decidedly mellow strains of "San Juan Hut," and on to the title track. It is unfortunate hindsight alone, and no fault whatsoever of Deodato's, that it conjures up nothing so much as scenes from The Love Boat. Damn pop culture. Also of note is "Tahiti Hut," co-written by Deodato and Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White, and buoyed by guest appearances by three more EW&F members: Verdine White, Freddie White, and the percussive genius of Philip Bailey. A pleasing piece of easy listening, Love Island probably won't thrill the pants off anyone but the most rabid fan. By this late in the decade, one had kind of heard it all before. But if you should need to hear it all again, Love Island sounds great when the sun is shining.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/24/2002
Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
UPC: 0081227362126
catalogNumber: 273621

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deodato   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Conductor,Conga,Keyboards,Vocals,Human Whistle,Soloist
Philip Bailey   Flute,Percussion,Strings,Horn
John Tropea   Guitar
George Benson   Guitar,Soloist
Larry Carlton   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Victor Feldman   Flute,Percussion,Strings,Horn
Ray Gomez   Guitar,Soloist
Jimmy Maelen   Flute,Percussion,Strings,Horn
Wayne Andre   Trombone,Soloist
Ray Armando   Flute,Percussion,Strings,Horn
Sandra Billingslea   Violin,Cello
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Bill Buffington   Horn
James Buffington   French Horn
Sam Burtis   Trombone,Soloist
Gerry Chamberlain   Trombone
Selwart Clarke   Violin,Cello
Charlie Conrad   Flute,Percussion,Strings,Horn
Joe Correro   Drums
Gordon Edwards   Bass
John Gatchell   Trumpet
Walter Kane   Flute
Joel Kaye   Flute
Jesse Levy   Violin,Cello
Rick Marotta   Drums
Harvey Mason   Drums
Charles McCracken   Violin,Cello
McKay   Guitar
Bob Millikan   Trumpet
Kermit Moore   Violin,Cello
George Parrish   Guitar
Romeo Penque   Flute,Wind
Max Pollikoff   Violin,Cello
Tony Posk   Violin,Cello
Richard Sortomme   Violin,Cello
Irving Spice   Violin,Cello
Brooks Tillotson   Horn,French Horn
Fred White   Drums
Verdine White   Bass
Wally Kane   Flute
Michael Comins   Violin,Cello
Stanley Pollock   Violin,Cello
Michael Spivakowsky   Violin,Cello
Charles Lisbove   Violin,Cello
Erica Norimar   Vocals
Paul Winter Consort   Violin,Cello
Freddie White   Drums
George Parrish   Guitar
Tony Price   Tuba
Paul Winter   Violin,Cello
Robert "Pops" Popwell   Bass

Technical Credits

Deodato   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production,Whistle
Charlie Conrad   Engineer
Jeffrey Kawalek   Engineer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer,Audio Production
Schmitt   Engineer
John Cabalka   Art Direction
Bill Imhoff   Cover Illustration
Garth Cartwright   Liner Notes

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