The Jack Nitzsche Story: Hearing Is Believing: 1962-1979

The Jack Nitzsche Story: Hearing Is Believing: 1962-1979

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Jack Nitzsche was one of the true wildmen of American popular music. His reputation was made as arranger on Phil Spector's classic recordings and a pillar of his Wrecking Crew, but his reach is so much wider and deeper than that that's it's a wonder that Hearing Is Believing isn't a multi-disc box set instead of a 26-track, single-CD compilation. Indeed, his long association with figures like the Rolling Stones and Neil Young, his film scores (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest among them), his work as a conductor and producer with the likes of not only the legendary Judy Henske and Link Wray but also Mink Deville, as well as a recording artist in his own right -- his Lonely Surfer album from 1963 is widely regarded as a classic of the genre -- classify him as a true journeyman. And if all that weren't enough, he co-wrote Jackie DeShannon's monster smash "Needles and Pins" in 1963 with another Spector associate, Sonny Bono! Hearing Is Believing contains 26 cuts, nearly all of them prime. What is here is amazing: the aforementioned DeShannon single, Stevie Wonder's "Castles in the Sand," Lesley Gore's "No Matter What You Do," Link Wray's "Rumble," Graham Parker & the Rumour's "You Can't Be Too Strong," Henske's edgy "Road to Nowhere," Gene McDaniels' "Walk With a Winner," Bobby Darin's "Not for Me," the Righteous Brothers' "Hung on You," Lou Christie's "Wild Life's in Season," Tim Buckley's "It Happens Every Time," and Doris Day's "Move Over Darling!" How's that for diversity? The thread that runs trough it all: Nitzsche's genius as an arranger -- his ability to color a song just the shade it should be and give it exactly what it needed -- made him an artist in the studio, someone who could create masterpieces from chord changes and simple melodies. While the producer looked for a sound, Nitzsche made that sound live. It's true that licensing caused some problems in the contents table (perhaps that there's no box set?) but it's a small complaint overall. The Rolling Stones are not here in name, but Marianne Faithfull and "Sister Morphine" are, with the band playing behind her. Young isn't here in name, but Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Helpless" is a stellar addition anyway because Young's band, Crazy Horse, is backing her. The set is bookended and riddled with Nitzsche's own work -- the title track "The Lonely Surfer," his own version of "Rumble," and the theme song "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.." The CD package comes with a booklet chock-full of notes by Mick Patrick, and reminiscences by many of the artists and producers who worked with him. There are also some fine rare photographs. The music found here inspires, awes, and delights. Nitzsche deserves more than this of course, but it's a welcome first step thanks to Ace. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2005
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667008327
catalogNumber: 1030
Rank: 47991

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Nitzsche   Primary Artist,Conductor

Technical Credits

Judy Henske   Author
Buffy Sainte-Marie   Producer,Audio Production
Tim Buckley   Arranger,Composer
Lou Christie   Composer,Author
Bobby Darin   Composer
Marianne Faithfull   Composer,Author
Mick Jagger   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
James Gang   Arranger
Carole King   Composer
Graham Parker   Composer
Joe Walsh   Composer
Link Wray   Composer
Neil Young   Composer,Author
Quincy Jones   Producer,Audio Production
Willy DeVille   Composer
Mike Post   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Terry Melcher   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Author,String Arrangements,Audio Production,Cover Photo
Jill Jones   Composer
Bob Lind   Composer,Author
Phil Spector   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Steve Barri   Composer
Garry Bonner   Composer
Sonny Bono   Composer
Jimmy Bowen   Producer,Audio Production
Martin Cooper   Composer
stack   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Hal Davis   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jackie DeShannon   Author
Greg Dempsey   Composer
Dick Glasser   Producer,Audio Production
Alan Gordon   Composer,Author
Mack Gordon   Composer
Jac Holzman   Producer,Audio Production
Irwin Levine   Composer
Andrew Loog Oldham   Author
Dale Peters   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Paul Rothchild   Producer,Audio Production
Joe Saraceno   Producer,Audio Production
Phil Sloan   Composer
Bill Szymczyk   Producer,Audio Production
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Philip Springer   Composer
Bodie Chandler   Composer
Keith Colley   Composer
Dick St. John   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes
Joe Lubin   Composer
Edward McKendry   Composer
Hal Kanter   Composer
Twyla Herbert   Composer
Hudson Marquez   Author
Marc Gordon   Producer,Audio Production
Mark Grant   Composer

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