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Terry Melcher - Terry Melcher (1974) © 2005 Reprise Records

Artist: Terry Melcher
Album: Terry Melcher
Label: Reprise Records
Catalog#: WPCR-2321
Format: CD, Album
Released: 2005

Made in Japan
Genre: Rock, Pop, Soft Rock
Format: FLAC (track+.cue+log)
Bitrate: lossless
Duration: 00:34:54

Although he'd been a fixture in the West Coast rock & roll scene since his teens, Terry Melcher only issued two solo long-players. His 1974 self-titled outing indeed reflects the unique tastes of one-time 'Golden Penetrator,' -- an elite group of Los Angeles scene-makers consisting of Melcher, Beach Boy Dennis Wilson and Gregg Jackobson. Melcher calls on a notable cast of support from his days as a staff producer for Columbia Records in the early- to mid-'60s, where he worked with the Byrds as well as Paul Revere & the Raiders. Chief among the luminaries is singer/songwriter Bruce Johnston, with whom Melcher had previously collaborated in the short-lived surf-rock combo Bruce & Terry, which evolved into the Rip Chords. The latter aggregate is best remembered for the Top 40 entry "Hey, Little Cobra." Johnston co-produces and provides the occasional vocal alongside Spanky & Our Gang's Spanky MacFarlane and Melcher's mother Doris Day (yes, that Doris Day). The project is split between the artist's compositions and eclectic reworkings of familiar tunes, such as the rural rock reading of "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms," recalling latter-era Byrds-meets-Tower of Power horns. Conductor/arranger Jimmie Haskell's refined string score accompanying the cover of Jackson Browne's "These Days" gently unfurls with an added hue of wistful nostalgia. "Dr. Horowitz" -- co-penned by Johnston -- is a derisive observation of 'cure-all' psychic physicians and the intentionally schmaltzy melody is assuredly a sonic send-up, matching the tongue-in-cheek lyrical content perfectly. The dubious down-home lamentation "Beverly Hills" is given an incongruously twangy rural feel and the opening line "Beverly Hills is funky/Just plain folks, livin' close out there" is equally surreal and perhaps depicts Melcher's point of view better than any documentary or bio ever could. Granted, Melcher's interpretation of "Arkansas" doesn't bear the same authenticity as the Osborne Brothers or the Wilburn Brothers respective renditions, yet it remains a standout, mirroring a Randy Newman-like introspection with Melcher's expressive leads. The countrified waltz infused into the remake of Bob Dylan' s "4th Time Around" is a recommended spin, as is the medley containing Melcher's own "Halls of Justice" and the Dylan titles "Positively 4th Street" and "Like a Rolling Stone." - Review by Lindsay Planer.

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01. Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms 03:16
02. These Days 04:23
03. Dr. Horowitz 02:51
04. Beverly Hills 03:24
05. These Bars Have Made A Prison Out Of Me 03:12
06. Arkansas 03:20
07. Stagger Lee 02:36
08. 4th Time Around 02:31
09. Just A Season 03:21
10. Medley:
Halls Of Justice/Positively 4th Street/Like A Rolling Stone 03:57

11. The Old Hand Jive 02:05

     Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
     Licensed From – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
     Manufactured By – Rhino Entertainment Company . 

Horns Arranged – Jim Horn
Strings Arranged – Jimmy Haskell
Backing Vocals – Bruce Johnston, Doris Day, Spanky McFarlane
Bass – Chris Hillman, Joe Osborne
Design – Dean Torrence
Drums – Hal Blaine, Jim Keltner, Michael Clark
Guitar – Clarence White, Mike Deasy, Ry Cooder, Tony Martin Jr.
Horns – Chuck Findley, Jim Horn, Slyde Hyde
Piano – Larry Knechtel, Spooner Oldham, Terry Melcher
Steel Guitar – J.D. Maness, Sneaky Pete Kleinow

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3 комментария:

  1. Thanks Grapher I downloaded both Melcher albums, interesting they are. Many thanks, Nick

  2. Links are dead - can't find this anywhere. Re-up please?

  3. Thanks for writing about this record, would you mind re-posting the link?