Up to Date

Up to Date

by The Partridge Family

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Up to Date

Up to Date (1971) quickly followed on the heels of the enormous success of both The Partridge Family weekly television program -- which debuted on ABC-TV on September 25, 1970 -- as well as their eponymous self-titled long-player. In fact, some of the tracks used on this, the second album issued under the Partridge moniker, were actually left over from the prolific sessions that produced the first full-length platter. The wholly manufactured musical group was inspired (at least financially) by the overwhelmingly positive profits that the Monkees had made for Screen Gems television in the mid-'60s. Coupled with an equally brilliant storyline about a family who performed together -- which was inspired by the real-life pop
ock family the Cowsills -- the Partridge Family became a cultural icon. In a further nod to the prefabricated foursome's phenomenon, primary cast members -- in this case, Shirley Jones (vocals) and David Cassidy (vocals) -- also served double duty as Partridge Family lead vocalists. On Up to Date, Cassidy and Jones are again backed up by an army of recording session stalwarts, including Hal Blaine (drums), Larry Carlton (guitar), Joe Osborne (bass), and Larry Knechtel (keyboards). Providing the saccharine-sweet, make-your-teeth-hurt backing vocals are the six-member Love Generation. The formula continued to work and the hits just kept on coming, with both "I'll Meet You Halfway" and "Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted" shooting into the Top Ten on the singles chart. Interestingly, the latter title was initially balked at by Cassidy and subsequently instigated the first of many heated "discussions" between the star and Partridge musical guru Wes Farrell. There are other standouts on Up to Date, including the moody ballad "I'm Here You're Here." Although slightly dated, "Umbrella Man" contains a noir sensibility and swing that also bear repeated listening. Cassidy 's songwriting prowess blooms for his first Partridge contribution on the track "Lay It on the Line." The emotive "She'd Rather Have the Rain" is also a keeper with its haunting yet lyrical chord progressions and solid vocals.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972433226
catalogNumber: 724332

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Partridge Family   Primary Artist
Louie Shelton   Guitar
Hal Blaine   Drums
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Mike Melvoin   Keyboards
Joe Osborn   Bass

Technical Credits

Buddy Holly   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Jerry Allison   Composer
John Bahler   Vocal Arrangements
Tom Bahler   Vocal Arrangements
Wes Farrell   Producer,Contributor,rhythm track
Ron Hicklin   Vocal Arrangements
Stix Hooper   Composer
Bob Kovach   Engineer
Mike Melvoin   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Vincent Rose   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Jackie Ward   Vocal Arrangements
Ken Sharp   Liner Notes
Beverly Weinstein   Art Direction
James Cavanaugh   Composer
Lisa M. Sutton   Liner Notes,Art Direction

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Up to Date 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The second album from the first season finds the PF sound developing well with eleven great songs including the Top 10 hits ''Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted'' and ''I'll Meet You Halfway''. David Cassidy has lead on the entire album and co-wrote the rockin' ''Lay It on the Line''.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago