Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Joe Cocker - Space Captain/Live In Concert

Joe Cocker - Space Captain/Live In Concert
Cube Records INT 136.309 (1982)

Side One:
1. Honky Tonk Woman
2. Cry Me A River
3. St. James Infirmary
4. Hitchcock Railway
5. Dear Landlord
6. Space Captain

Side Two:
1. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
2. High Time We Went
3. Love The One You're With
4. Midnight Rider
5. The Letter
6. Delta Lady

Jim Keltner - drums
Joe Cocker - vocals
Leon Russell - guitar, piano, producer
Chris Stainton - piano, organ, keyboards
Don Preston - guitar, backing vocals
Carl Radle - bass
Sandy Konikoff - percussion
Bobby Torres - conga
Jim Price, Rick Alphonso - trumpet
Bobby Keys - tenor saxophone
Rita Coolidge, Claudia Linnear, Donna Weiss, Pamela Polland, Matthew Moore, Donna Washburn, Nicola Barcley, Daniel Moore, Bobby Jones, Viola Willis, Virginia Ayers, Beverly Gardner, Gloria Jones - backing vocals
Denny Cordell, Nigel Thomas - producer
Alan Spenner - bass
Neil Hubbard - guitar
Jim Gordon - drums
Jim Karstein - drums
Alan White - drums
Conrad Isidore - drums
Felix Falcon - percussion
Fred Scerbo, Milton Sloane - saxophone
Jim Horn - saxophones, flute

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bryan Ferry - Avonmore

Bryan Ferry - Avonmore
BMG Rights Management BMGLP2146 (2014)

Track Listing:
1. Loop De Li
2. Midnight Train
3. Soldier Of Fortune
4. Driving Me Wild
5. A Special Kind Of Guy
6. Avonmore
7. Lost
8. One Night Stand
9. Send In The Clowns
10. Johnny & Mary

Jim Keltner - drums
Bryan Ferry - vocals, producer
Nile Rodgers - guitar
Marcus Miller - bass
Johnny Marr - guitar
Flea - bass
Ronnie Spector - vocals
Mark Knopfler - guitar
Maceo Parker - saxophone
Rhett Davies - producer
Todd Terje - loops
Cherisse Osei - drums
Steve Ferrone - drums
Andy Newmark - drums
Rick Marotta - drums
John J.R. Robinson - drums
David Gilmour - guitar

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

When Sessions Reigned Supreme

When Sessions Reigned Supreme: The Players, Studios from L.A.’s Golden Age

Editorial - By Arend

On October 1st 2014 MixOnLine.com published a great article by Robyn Flans about the golden years of the L.A. session scene. Flans was supported by David Foster, Bob Glaub, Dean Parks, Jim Keltner, John Robinson and Steve Lukather to make this a memorable story.

The Record Plant in Los Angeles was the place to be on Sunday nights in 1973, when owner Gary Kellgren convinced drummer Jim Keltner to host a weekly jam session called the Jim Keltner Fan Club Hour—despite Keltner’s distaste for “jamming,” and for the moniker.

“I said, ‘The only thing I know and love is going in and learning a song and playing a song,’” Keltner recalls. “And Gary said, ‘Well, let’s just do that and call it whatever we want to call it.’”

So many huge artists played and recordings were made, though they never saw the light of day, except for one monumental evening Keltner recalls that was bootlegged for many years and finally released by Mick Jagger on the Very Best of Mick Jagger in 2007.

“One night John [Lennon] and May [Pang] were out for dinner with Richard Perry on a Sunday night,” Keltner recalls. “I didn’t think about inviting John because I didn’t think he would want to come down and do that, but Richard told him there were these jam sessions and John said, ‘What? He’s my buddy, let’s go down there.’”

That night Lennon showed up and produced “Too Many Cooks,” which Danny Kortchmar had brought in to the session. Jagger was on vocals, Harry Nilsson on backing vocals, and among the musicians were Kortchmar, Keltner, Jesse Ed Davis, Al Kooper and Jack Bruce. According to Keltner, Ringo was just hanging out that night.

Modest as Keltner is, artists came because of his reputation, even that early on, as the Los Angeles music scene was bursting at the seams in such recording studios as the Record Plant, Village Recorders, A&M, Conway, Dawnbreaker, Westlake, United Western, Sound City, Evergreen, Ocean Way, Capitol, Sound Factory, Sunset Sound, Paramount, Larrabee and many, many others. He was one of those musicians who remained at the core as a new wave of faces began to appear on the session scene.

David Foster says Keltner was responsible for adding him to a roster of musicians that included the likes of Bob Glaub, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Waddy Wachtel, Dean Parks, Leland Sklar, Greg Phillinganes, the Porcaro brothers—Jeff, Steve and Mike—Steve Lukather, David Paich and John Robinson. These guys were taking over studios and honoring the work of their predecessors, namely The Wrecking Crew of Hal Blaine, Earl Palmer, Joe Osborne, Carol Kaye, Tommy Tedesco and Glen Campbell, a force that didn’t get much credit until much later for the magnificent work they did.

Foster describes the session scene back then as a “club.”

“We all kept a book, we all had that phone service, Your Girl, and we would wait for those calls,” he remembers. “My book for those three or four years that I was a session player was just filled with ink every day. I would do Don Piestrup’s jingles at 8:00 in the morning with glorious musicians like Hal Blaine—I was at the tail end of that—and we worked 10 to 1, then 2 to 5 on sessions like the Fifth Dimension. And then at night we would do all-nighters with the rock ’n’ rollers like Rod Stewart and George Harrison. They were 16- and 18-hour days. And the next day you’d do it all over again. You never knew who you were going to be hooked up with on those sessions. You’d get there and be surprised and thrilled that David Paich would be the other keyboard player or Michael Omartian or Jay Graydon or Ray Parker or Larry Carlton was playing guitar, and you were always anxious to see who the drummer was because that was obviously the foundation.”

The work was plentiful and the budgets bountiful. Record companies were spending money, and time, nurturing artists.

Those were the glory days of the late 1970s, or as Foster called it, “the heyday”; the Los Angeles recording scene was alive with creativity and innovation. But the innovation led to invention, which ultimately led to the technology that would dramatically change the playing field for musicians, studios and all those involved in the industry. Those first-call session players are still working, most of them a lot, but it will never be the same again. They know that.

A Different Time

Guitarist Dean Parks says back then there was an abundance of artists signed and a lot of gambles taken. He says record companies were making money so they were willing to take chances. He recalls working with Joan Baez on Diamonds and Rust at A&M after she had cut several albums that had not yielded any hits.

“They were big sessions at A&M Studios with a room full of musicians and it felt great,” Parks says. “You could tell it was going to do something. There was a glow around it while we were doing it.”

In the late ’70s, after Parks took a short detour to produce albums for such artists as Dolly Parton and Tom Snow, he missed the playing scene so much that “I put out my shingle again.”

“Say you’re on a week of tracking sessions, you’re going to do the definitive performance of 10 songs no one has ever heard with some of the greatest players in the world through the best sound system you can imagine,” Parks says. “That’s fun.”

Session bassist Bob Glaub remembers the fun in recording Nicolette Larson’s debut album, Nicolette, at Amigo Studios in the late ’70s with a rhythm section that included drummer Rick Shlosser and Bill Payne on keys with Ted Templeman at the helm. They cut “Lotta Love,” which brought the former background singer to public attention.

And down the hall, Glaub recalls, Rickie Lee Jones was cutting with Jeff Porcaro. Glaub says those were the days you’d run into your pals all the time at the studio. “There were so many musicians and we’d see each other all the time.”

They’d run from one studio to the next, booked on doubles and triples in three-hour blocks, based on union rules, and cartage was becoming a boom business.

Parks describes a typical scenario of the times:

“The 9 a.m. session ended at 1 sharp in the Valley, and I arrived at Western 3 in Hollywood at 1:49. The cartage guys had my gear set up already [a Princeton Reverb amp, a fuzz pedal, wah pedal, and a trunk with a dozen guitars].

“I cleared away the cigarette butt someone left on the music stand, saw that the stack of music called for 12-string acoustic and electric, which I got from the trunk in the hall, and brought one to the piano to tune a string, then went to my seat to tune the rest.

“The headphones were a single [one ear], so I asked the engineer for a double set, although I knew his phone mix would be mono. I heard the multitrack’s alignment tone…don’t put on the phones yet!

“2 p.m., time to begin. The leader was getting pushy; they’d need to get tracks on four songs before 5, or we’d have to go into an hour’s overtime [an extra 50-percent pay per hour]. We hoped that wouldn’t happen, so we would have more time for dinner before the 7 p.m. double-session at Sunset Sound.

“Soon, in the first take, the drummer stopped. There was something not right about the feel, and there would be no repairing a drum track, so he counted it again, looking to the engineer: Should he wait for rewind, or keep it rolling? They do the take, and go in to hear playback, discuss the tempo, etc. As expected, my electric guitar sound was completely different from my morning session. What could have changed? Different mic? Mic pre? EQ? Console? Multitrack? Compression? Engineer? Control room monitors? I was on a riser here, and this morning I was on the floor? Mic placement? Whatever, adjust accordingly and move ahead.”

Lukather says the doubles, triples and that period were “some of the best times of my life.”

“We were all studying music back then,” he remembers. “It was music, music, music all day long. You would go to school and practice, take harmony, theory, study privately, take orchestration; we lived, breathed, ate and went to bed with it. We were obsessed. There’s nothing we had to wish for anymore.”

The New Kids in Town

Jeff Porcaro told me in 1982: “[David] Paich, [David] Hungate, myself and a few other guys like David Foster and Jay Winding, all started getting into the studio at the same time. I’m talking about ’72, ’73 and ’74... We were real radical. I mean, I know myself, we hated contractors. I just remember a time observing studio sessions when nobody said anything. You didn’t speak your mind: It was, ‘Yes sir,’ and, ‘No, sir,’ and you just did your stuff. We weren’t brought up to be studio musicians. We were guys who played in power trios, rock ’n’ rollers who happened to read and play Barbra Streisand dates, too. People didn’t know how to take 19-year-old cats speaking musical sense...”

It was no coincidence that drummer John Robinson, a relative newcomer to the scene at the time, and a member of Rufus, was asked to test the waters on Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album by cutting two “B” sides, “Girlfriend” and “It’s the Falling in Love” at Allen Zentz Recording Studios. He says the record had been cut previously by other musicians, but now there was a new influx of players.

“After we cut those two, I heard them milling around in there and then they pushed the talk button and said, ‘What’re you doing Monday?’ I said, ‘Nothing.’ They said, ‘You wanna come record the rest of the album?’ I said, ‘Yes!’”

Robinson says the first group of tracks were cut at Allen Zentz because Bruce Swedien liked the Harrison console. The second batch, which included “Rock With You,” was cut at Westlake B.

Lukather says there was a period of time that it seemed to him that money was being burned. “Drum sounds would take a day,” he remembers.

“Three hours on a kick drum,” Glaub recalls. “It was crazy. We’d be making phone calls. This was back 30 years before cell phones, before even answering machines. We all had answering services, and some of the studios had a direct line like a house phone at a hotel.”

“They would hire us to sit around in the hallway,” Lukather says. “We were going, ‘Why don’t you hire the drummer for the day and hire us to come the next day?’ That was just included in the budget.”

Technology Emerging

For many varied and often unrelated but interconnected reasons, the vibrant, exciting scene took a turn in the early 1980s. Lukather attributes the changes to two main factors.

The first was a prophecy made by Jeff Porcaro, sitting in product designer Roger Linn’s apartment, circa 1978. Lukather, Jeff and Steve Porcaro, and David Paich had been invited over to check out his new gadget.

“There were alligator cables coming out of his Roland rhythm box,” Lukather recalls, “and when this f–ing little diabolical homemade box started going, ‘boom smack, boom-boom smack,’ with a kick, hi-hat and snare and it sounded pretty real, the look on Jeff’s face... Well, he looked around the room and he said, ‘We have to destroy this now, it’s going to ruin everything.’

“All of a sudden we started the era of, ‘We don’t need humans to make music anymore; we have machines to do the job.’ And when they figured out how to hook up a clock to a synthesizer to the drum machine, then the bass players were out of work.”

Case in point: Foster says he loves playing synth bass, which he learned from Gary Wright when he worked on the Dream Weaver album in 1978.

“He was an amazing synth bass player,” Foster says. “Then when I was producing Chicago XXVI in 1981, on the very first session, Peter Cetera, who is a great bass player, was playing and I was young and cocky and something went down and he was uncomfortable with what I said, and he took me aside and said, ‘Hey you know I’ve heard your synth bass playing and I don’t really want to play bass on these records. Why don’t you play.’ And I played synth bass on the next three Chicago records, and that kind of contributed to their ’80s sound.”

“For me things changed when the [Yamaha] DX7, the first digital keyboard [1983], and the LinnDrum came out,” Glaub says. “They changed everything for a lot of brass players, bass players, some drummers. Work did change for a while. I’ll credit my good friend Jim Keltner for this. A lot of guys couldn’t hang in for the long haul. He’s probably an anomaly.” Keltner was one of the first to embrace technology.

“When the home studio thing came along and the keyboard guys could do everything, if you were a drummer who had a good feel and a good sound, you probably wouldn’t be replaced by Roger Linn,” Keltner says. “The record may have been made with a Linn machine, but you would be called to replace the machine. And that’s something that hasn’t changed, except it’s no longer a Linn machine. But it really wiped out bass players because there are tremendous bass samples, and if you are a keyboard player, you can play a great bass. But, then again, as a musician, hopefully you have something unique about your playing that can’t be replaced by a machine.”

“I had slow years,” Glaub remembers. “You have to be willing to wait it out and be in for the long haul. I had a couple of slow years right then in ’83 and ’84 when I had just bought a house and we had just had a second child. But then things changed again and I started working a ton. The budgets are different, and if you want to work with some of the younger indie artists, you have to be willing to negotiate fees that make sense.”

Parks, who still remembers how great it was when the first Korg tuner hit the marketplace in the mid-’70s, says the advent of the drum machine changed recording, and it was better for some drummers than others. “Some drummers had not made friends with the click, and unless you could do that, you couldn’t replace fake drums on a track, and as a drummer you had to learn how to do that because things started to be based on a click track.”

Foster, who gave up a six-figure income in 1978 as a studio player to make $5,000 as a producer in his first year, remembers witnessing some key historical musical moments. “The first time I saw a Minimoog, I just about freaked; the first time I saw a string ARP [synthesizer], I freaked.

The first time I saw a MIDI controller, I couldn’t believe it. It was on my Olivia Newton-John record [Two of a Kind, 1983]. Steve Kipner had written a song [“Catch 22 (2 Steps Forward, 2 Steps Back)”] and brought in this machine and pressed a button and this damn track played. I couldn’t believe it. Everything was tight, the piano part was tight, the bass part was tight, the drums were tight. It was phenomenal.” Foster also remembers the birth of automation at the Complex, circa 1981.

“When I was working with Earth, Wind & Fire, George Massenburg brought me into his workshop and he said, ‘Move this fader.’ It was one fader, and he said, ‘Go up to here and go up to this mark and then come back to this mark and then go back to zero,’ and I did it and he said, ‘Now watch,’ and he pressed a bunch of electronic shit and the fader did the exact same moves that I had just done. Those were huge moments.”

MTV was the other change that hurt the industry, in Lukather’s estimation. He doesn’t mince words, but because he is a still a session musician and a member of Toto, he has a unique perspective, which he is able to share with his equally unique sense of humor.

“We were told it was a promotional thing, no one was ever going to make money, but they found a loophole, turned it into a commercial channel, turned it into a money-soaking bunch of losers that ruined music and turned musicians into actors,” he says. “In the ’60s, if there was a good-looking guy in the band, that was a plus, but it wasn’t a deal breaker because you had to be great to make records. Now all of a sudden you had to be pretty, too. Pretty became more important than good. We were forced to make videos with our own money, against our own will, with people dressing us up like idiots and we had to recoup that money with the promise that MTV was going to play it, and then they wouldn’t because there was payola involved...”

Glaub says even though the days are no longer full of doubles and he is now doing his own cartage, he still loves making music.

“The work was so abundant and I probably took it for granted for a while,” Glaub admits. “It was just such a buzz. We were working all the time. We were trying to spend time with families and get sleep and not be too hung-over the next day. It was an amazing period of about 10 years.”

Keltner, arguably one of the only session players that has spanned from the Wrecking Crew days into this current generation of studio musicians, says one session a day was really only all he has ever cared to do, anyway.

“When the Internet started shaking the record companies up and everything and sessions went way down and all that, it changed as far as the volume goes, but nothing really changed in my life,” Keltner says. “I still was doing records and I’m still doing them today and that’s all, Lord willing, I’ll be doing until I drop.”


Of the dozens and dozens of amazing L.A. session players over the years, the following contributed to our story.

David Foster

Canadian-born David Foster has done everything in the music business from having a hit song with a pop group called Skylark to making music as a session player in the ’70s, first hired by contractor Frank DeCaro. “I was living in an apartment in Coldwater Canyon and had laid out in the sun and gotten second degree burns,” Foster remembers. “I showed up at my first session—a Helen Reddy date—on crutches. At the end of the date, I overheard DeCaro saying, ‘We should get the crippled guy to play piano again.’”

Ultimately Foster went on to become one of music’s top record producers, winning 16 Grammys and recording the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Chicago, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Barbra Streisand and Beyonce.

Jim Keltner

Jim Keltner, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been a leading session drummer since the early ’70s, getting his big start with Delaney & Bonnie and then Joe Cocker. He has the auspicious distinction of having worked often with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, as well an eclectic mix of artists such as Bob Dylan, Van Dyke Parks, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton, Warren Zevon, Barbra Streisand, Bonnie Raitt, Randy Newman, Neil Young, Harry Nilsson and Bill Wyman. He was also a member of two super groups, the Traveling Wilburys and Little Village.

Bob Glaub

Originally from California, major recording and touring bassist Bob Glaub got his session start on a Jesse Ed Davis record and from there he went on to work with such artists as Dave Mason, Rod Stewart, Warren Zevon, Gladys Knight, Nicolette Larson, Cher, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne, whose band he joined in 1978 for more than a decade. He is currently back with Browne on his new record and tour.

Dean Parks

Texas-born Dean Parks moved to Los Angeles to work with Sonny & Cher in 1970, and his career took off with such artists as Steely Dan, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, B.B. King, the Crusaders and an eclectic list. He has also composed and produced.

John Robinson

Drummer John “J.R.” Robinson arrived in Los Angeles in 1978 from Iowa with Rufus after they discovered him in a bar band in his home state. Not long after, he was nabbed to work on Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall and then his phone began to ring... artists such as George Duke, Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Herbie Hancock, the Pointer Sisters, Lionel Richie, Glenn Frey, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand, with whom he’s worked since 1993.

Steve Lukather

Born in the San Fernando Valley, guitarist Steve Lukather says he owes everything to his second family, the Porcaros. From a rehearsal band with Willie Ornelas, Jai Winding and Steve Porcaro, Winding got him on a Terence Boylan record. From there, drummer Jeff Porcaro brought him into one of his earliest sessions with Boz Scaggs, “which really upped the stock,” Lukather says. Then dates with Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Chicago, Donna Summer, an endless list, going on to become a prolific composer and then a member of Toto with his buddies.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Jerry Lee Lewis - Rock & Roll Time

Jerry Lee Lewis - Rock & Roll Time
Vanguard Records 783342 (2014)

Track Listing:
1. Rock & Roll Time
2. Little Queenie
3. Stepchild
4. Sick And Tired
5. Bright Lights, Big City
6. Folsom Prison Blues
7. Keep Me In Mind
8. Mississippi Kid
9. Blues Like Midnight
10. Here Comes That Rainbow Again
11. Promised Land

Jim Keltner - drums, producer
Jerry Lee Lewis - piano, vocals
Keith Richards - guitar, backing vocals
Ron Wood - guitar
Neil Young - guitar, backing vocals
Robbie Robertson - guitar, backing vocals
Nils Lofgren - guitar, backing vocals
Doyle Bramhall II - guitar
Derek Trucks - guitar
Jon Brion - bass
Shelby Lynne - vocals
Daniel Lanois - guitar, backing vocals
Steve Bing - producer
Ivan Neville - backing vocals

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Jim Keltner Was Inducted In Hall Of Fame

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is set to induct five new members with its 2014 class this Saturday at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa.
You might not know the name Jim Keltner, but you’ve probably heard him playing drums on some of your favorite songs for the last 50 years.
Founding board member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and author of the Oklahoma Music Guide Dr. Hugh Foley says that Keltner’s status among rock drummers is unquestionable.
“He is the session drummer of the rock and pop era, from the mid-1960s to the present day. That includes an incredible list of artists. It’s one of those jaw-droppers, whether it’s John Lennon or Ringo Starr or George Harrison, with whom he played on all significant tracks by those three former Beatles.”

George Harrison was such a fan of Keltner, he created a fictitious Jim Keltner Fan Club, which was listed on the back cover of his 1973 album, Living in the Material World. Fans were told that more information would be given after they sent in a "stamped undressed elephant" to a Los Angeles postal address.
The list of artists Keltner has recorded with is exhaustive. From almost every era and seemingly every imagined genre, Keltner just keeps reappearing.
“He’s on Bob Dylan’s music, Roy Orbison, Jerry Garcia, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, The Rolling Stones and many of their solo projects, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello, Neil Young, The Bee Gees, Jackson Browne, Los Lobos, Pink Floyd…”
...you get the point. He was simply everywhere.
Keltner lived in Tulsa from his birth in 1942 until at least 7th grade, when he first learned how to read music. His father was also a drummer and his uncle played bass with Johnnie Lee Wills at the Cain’s Academy. Things were so rowdy at Cain’s then that Keltner’s parents made a conscious decision to move to California to get away from it all.
“This year’s induction is at Cain’s Ballroom – the same place that his parents essentially had moved away from fifty years ago to get away from that environment. He said that if they were still living today, they’d have a big laugh.”
At the age of 72, Keltner’s work continues to appear in popular music and film.
“His most recent projects include working on the recent John Mayer album, two number one Michael Buble albums, the most recent Diana Krall album, he’s done all three Toy Story movies, Cars, Princess and the Frog, Meet the Fockers, Charlie Wilson’s War – I mean, the drums that you hear are his in a lot of that soundtrack music.”
The other drummer being inducted on Saturday is Chuck Blackwell, who began playing drums in Tulsa bars at the age of 13, carrying a permission note from his father since he was underage.
He played early shows with other Tulsa Sound musicians like Leon Russell and David Gates and eventually became the house drummer for the TV show ‘Shindig.’
Dr. Foley says Blackwell’s drumming earned him a high level of appreciation and respect from other musicians, including Jim Keltner.
“When Jim Keltner was approached about being in the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, he said, ‘Is Chuck Blackwell in the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame?’ And we said, ‘he’s not been inducted yet, but he has been selected for induction.’ And he said, ‘I won’t go in before Chuck Blackwell because Chuck was a big hero of mine.”
Blackwell played drums for the Everly Brothers, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, and recorded with Taj Mahal, Freddie King, and Leon Russell. Dr. Foley’s says Blackwell’s style wasn’t flashy, rather steady and always providing the needed bedrock beat.
Keltner and Blackwell have been part of rock fans’ music consciousness for nearly five decades and thanks to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, their legacies will be preserved for countless decades more.
Jim Keltner and Chuck Blackwell will be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on Saturday night at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. Other inductees to the 2014 class include guitarists J.J. Cale, Lowell Fulson, and Elvin Bishop.


Smokey Robinson - Smokey & Friends

Smokey Robinson - Smokey & Friends
Verve 001901602 (2014)

Track Listing:
1. The Tracks Of My Tears (feat. Elton John)
2. You Really Got A Hold On Me (feat. Steven Tyler)
3. My Girl (feat. Miguel, Aloe Blacc, JC Chasez)
4. Cruisin' (feat. Jessie J)
5. Quiet Storm (feat. John Legend)
6. The Way You Do (The Things You Do) (feat. CeeLo Green)
7. Being With You (feat. Mary J. Blige)
8. Ain't That Peculiar (feat. James Taylor)
9. The Tears Of A Clown (feat. Sheryl Crow)
10. Ooh Baby Baby (feat. Ledisi)
11. Get Ready (feat. Gary Barlow)

Jim Keltner - Drums, Percussion
Smokey Robinson - Vocals
Ray Angry - Keyboards
Jeff Babko - Keyboards, String Arrangements, Synthesizer Flute, Synthesizer Strings
Gary Barlow, Aloe Blacc, Mary J. Blige, JC Chasez, Sheryl Crow, Cee Lo Green, Jessie J, Elton John, Ledisi, Miguel, Steven Tyler - Vocals
Terron Brooks, Sherree Brown, Sharlotte Gibson, Mischke, Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah West - Background Vocals
Jim Cox - Hammond B3, Piano, Synthesizer Strings
Theron "Neff U" Feemster - Drums, Keyboards, Programming, Synthesizer Horn
Raul Ferrando - Synthesizer Strings
James Gamble - Drums
Larry Goldings - Organ, Wurlitzer
Loris Holland - Keyboards
Randy Jackson - Bass, Producer
Jimmy Johnson, Mark Kelly, Cornelius Mims - Bass
Songa Lee - Violin
John Legend - Vocals, Piano
Wayne Linsey - Keyboards
John Mayer - Guitar
Dave O'Donnell - Producer
Tim Pierce, Doc Powell, John Shaks, Michael Landau, Randy Bowland - Guitar
Roger Squitero Tambourine
James Taylor - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Ahmir Thompson - Drums
Beate Walden - Violin
Chris Walden - String Arrangements, Synthesizer Strings
Jim Wright - Keyboards
Phil X. - Guitar

Friday, October 3, 2014

Jackson Browne - Standing In The Breach

Jackson Browne - Standing In The Breach
Inside Recordings INR 14107 (2014)

Track Listing:
1. The Birds of St. Marks
2. Yeah Yeah
3. The Long Way Around
4. Leaving Winslow
5. If I Could Be Anywhere
6. You Know the Night
7. Walls and Doors
8. Which Side?
9. Standing In the Breach
10. Here

Jim Keltner - Drums
Jackson Browne - Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Alex Al - Bass
Jay Bellerose - Cymbals, Drums (Snare), Percussion, Tambourine
Luis Conte - Djembe, Shaker, Tambourine, Udu
Aldo López-Gavilán - Piano
Bob Glaub - Bass
Mark Goldenberg - Guitar
Griffin Goldsmith - Drums, Tambourine, Vocal Harmony
Taylor Goldsmith - Bass, Vocal Harmony
Julio Cesar Gonzalez - Bass
David Goodstein - Drum Loop
Doug Haywood - Vocal Harmony
Don Heffington - Drums
Greg Leisz - 12 String Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Baritone Guitar,  Tenor Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Weissenborn
Kipp Lennon - Vocal Harmony
Mauricio Lewak - Drum Fills, Drums
Val McCallum - Baritone Guitar, Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Kevin McCormick - Bass
Alethea Mills - Vocal Harmony
Sebastian Steinberg - Bass
Chavonne Stewart - Vocal Harmony
Benmont Tench - Hammond B3 Organ, Piano
Pete Thomas - Drums
Mike Thompson - Hammond B3 Organ
Carlos Varela - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Tal Wilkenfeld - Bass
Jonathan Wilson - Vocal Harmony
Jeff Young - Hammond B3 Organ
Paul Dieter - Producer