by Terry CallierTerry Callier

CD(German Import)

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While it was perhaps inevitable that LifeTime would fail to recapture the cathartic intensity of Terry Callier's comeback effort TimePeace -- a remarkably pure expression of a soul and spirit finally granted freedom after years trapped in limbo -- it's nevertheless surprising how many comparatively few peaks the album actually does reach. Brian Bacchus' slick production, which often teeters precariously close to overkill on TimePeace, tumbles completely over the edge here -- songs like "Holdin' On," "When the Music Is Gone," and "Fix the Blame" are rendered with so much gloss they seem trapped in amber, while the reggae-lite "Comin' up From Babylon" is as ill-conceived as the attempts at disco which marred Callier's records for Elektra two decades earlier. It's hardly shocking that LifeTime's most memorable moments are also its most unaffected ones, allowing Callier's remarkable voice and exquisite guitar the space to breathe -- the supple, sensual opener "When My Lady Danced" is vintage folk-jazz, while "Sunset Boulevard" offers a potent reminder that no one sings this kind of protest soul with quite so much wisdom and compassion. Best of all is "Love Can Do," a shimmering duet with Beth Orton that is as rich and resonant as any of their past collaborations.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2005
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731454772822
catalogNumber: 547728
Rank: 78252

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Terry Callier   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mark Edwards   fender rhodes
Dave Barnard   Bass
Eric Hochberg   Bass
Morris Jennings   Snare Drums
Jim Mullen   Guitar
David Onderdonk   Acoustic Guitar
Paul Wertico   Snare Drums
Pennington McGee   Percussion
John McLean   Electric Guitar
Beth Orton   Vocals
Gary Plumley   Tenor Saxophone
John Moulder   Guitar
Visual Ministry Choir   Choir, Chorus
Richie Fudoli   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bosco d'Olivera   Percussion
Mike Kocour   Organ
Toni Moore   Vocals
Dave Trigwell   Snare Drums

Technical Credits

Terry Callier   Composer
Brian Bacchus   Producer
Eric Hochberg   Composer
Ben Kape   Engineer
Gus Mossler   Engineer
Larry Wade   Composer
Pennington McGee   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Edward O'Dowd   Graphic Design
Mike Benn   Engineer
Gus Mosser   Engineer

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