Roger Nichols & the Small Circle of Friends [Bonus Tracks]

Roger Nichols & the Small Circle of Friends [Bonus Tracks]

by Roger Nichols & the Small Circle of FriendsRoger Nichols & the Small Circle of Friends


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A true sleeper in the context of California pop, this album is a lot of things at once: soft pop, a smattering of rock, and a heavy dose of easy listening. As a songwriter, Roger Nichols wrote with such luminaries as Paul Williams and (fresh from his Pet Sounds collaboration with Brian Wilson) Tony Asher, who co-wrote several of the selections here. The group itself has a great vocal blend: Nichols is joined by Murray MacLeod and his sister Melinda, and the three voices combined create a wonderful soft sheen, equally effective on the ballads (Bacharach's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart") and uptempo numbers ("Don't Take Your Time"). There is an extremely gorgeous version of Goffen & King's "Snow Queen" (which was to appear a year later on the City's LP, Now That Everything's Been Said); the song here is a graceful waltz underpinned by superb vocals. The credits on the album are a virtual who's who of California pop at the time. Among those that helped out on the project in one way or another are Lenny Waronker, Van Dyke Parks, Bruce Botnick, and Randy Newman. Superbly produced by Tommy LiPuma, the album unfortunately didn't do very well at the time of its release, which is an incredible injustice. The music, though, holds up extremely well today, and is an authentic slice of California pop. Delicious. [This version of the album includes eight bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2005
Label: Rev-Ola
UPC: 5013929438620
catalogNumber: 86
Rank: 29179

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roger Nichols & the Small Circle of Friends   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Carole King   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
John Sebastian   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Nick DeCaro   Arranger
Mort Garson   Arranger,Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Marty Paich   Arranger
Nick Robbins   Sound Creation
John Tartaglia   Arranger
Valerie Watson   Copy Editing,Proof Reading
Boris Williams   Composer
MacLeod   Composer
Joe Foster   Producer,Sound Creation
Paul Williams   Composer
Steve Stanley   Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
Bob Thompson   Arranger
Roger Nichols   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tony Asher   Composer
Barbara Roberds   Composer

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