Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pamela Polland



Pamela Polland (Photo by Janet Becker)

Pamela Polland - Unreleased 2nd Solo Album (aka: The One About The Gas Station Attendant)
Columbia (1973) - US LP

1 - The Refuge*
2 - Willsdon Manor
3 - You Stand By Me
4 - Wild Roses
5 - For Earl
6 - Thank You Operator*
7 - The Ship
8 - Untitled (Dusty Rose)
9 - Interlude
10 - The Clearing

Notes: 1) This entry is about singer-songwriter Pamela Polland’s second solo album, a work that was completed for the Columbia label in 1973 and that remained unreleased. When Columbia Records President Clive Davis got fired from CBS’s music division later that same year, the already completed project got pulled from its scheduled distribution. Davis had personally helped shape this artist’s career and supervised the genesis of that record itself, helmed by Elton John’s producer of that period, Gus Dudgeon, and tentatively titled “The One About The Gas Station Attendant” after the lyrics of one of the numbers in its tracklist (“For Earl”). While the bulk of the sessions had been done in London, three songs were recorded in Los Angeles, two of which with Lee and Russ Kunkel as the rhythm section. After 40 years of shelving, the original and as yet unmastered tapes have now resurfaced from Columbia’s vaults, enabling Ms. Polland to finally make these songs available for listening on her own website. You may enjoy the complete album here: www.pamelapolland.com. Just select “Unreleased 2nd Solo Album” from the navigation bar at the top of page and click on each song title to activate the player. My thanks go to Ms. Polland for graciously allowing me to link back to this content. You may find more detailed info and notes about this story at the above address. 2) Please note that the following personnel list and tech credits are incomplete. Cheers!

Pamela Polland - Vocals, Piano, Background Vocals
Leland Sklar - Bass (1, 6)*
Russ Kunkel - Drums (1, 6)
Davey Johnstone - Guitar (1)
Taj Mahal - National Slide Guitar (6)
Kendell Kardt - Piano (6)
Ray Cooper - Percussion, Water Gong (10)
Joan Armatrading - Backing Vocal (4)

Produced by Gus Dudgeon

Paul Buckmaster - String Arrangements (3, 7, 8)
Tom Campbell - Live String Quartet Arrangement (5)

Recording Locations:
London - full tracks (2, 3, 4, 7, 8), overdubs (1)
Los Angeles, Fall 1972 - full track (5, 6), basic tracks (1)

Songwriter:
Pamela Polland



source/pic: www.pamelapolland.com.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Judith Owen



Judith Owen - Ebb & Flow
Twanky Records TWR 00133 (2014) - 2-record set US LP

Side A

1 - Train Out Of Hollywood*
2 - I Would Give Anything*
3 - In The Summertime

Side B

4 - Hey Mister, That’s Me Up On The Jukebox*
5 - Under Your Door*
6 - About Love*

Side C

7 - I’ve Never Been To Texas*
8 - You’re Not Here Anymore*
9 - One In A Million*

Side D

10 - You Are Not My Friend*
11 - Sweet Feet
12 - Some Arrows Go In Deep*

Notes: 1) Album was released in the US also as a single-disc CD on Twanky Records TWR 00131 (2014). 2) Album comes with liner notes by Judith Owen. Please see original packaging for these.

Judith Owen - Vocals, Piano, Hammond B3
Leland Sklar - Bass (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12)*
Geoff Gascoyne - Double Bass
Russell Kunkel - Drums (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12)
Waddy Wachtel - Guitar
Jeff Young - Hammond B3
Chris Caswell - Hammond B3
Gabriella Swallow - Cello
Lenny Castro - Percussion (1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12)
Pedro Segundo - Percussion (3, 6)
Carmen Carter - Backing Vocals
Lori Perry - Backing Vocals
Oren Waters - Backing Vocal

Produced by David Z and Judith Owen (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12)
Produced by Judith Owen (3, 11)

David Z - Recording Engineer (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12)
Olga Fitzroy - Recording Engineer (3)
Nathaniel Kunkel - Recording Engineer (11), Mixing Engineer (11)
David Bianco - Mixing Engineer (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12)
Geoff Neal - Engineer (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12)
David Schwerkolt - Engineer (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12)
John Prestage - Assistant Engineer (3)
Masa Fukudome - Assistant Engineer (11)

Recording Studios:
Sunset Sound, Hollywood (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12)
Air, Lyndhurst, London (3)
Neptune Valley Studios, LA (11)

Mixing Studios:
Dave’s Room, North Hollywood (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12)
The Village Recorder, West LA (11)

Bernie Grundman - Mastering Engineer
Adam Woloszyn - Assistant Mastering Engineer

Mastering Studio:
Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood

Sue Flood - Photographs
Will Knapp - Additional Photographs
Matt Mindlin - Additional Photographs
Serena Westwell - Additional Photographs
Judith Owen - Artwork
Brian Porizek - Art Direction, Album Package Design

“Ebb & Flow // (a recurrent or rhythmical pattern of coming and going or decline and regrowth)”.

judithowen.net

Songwriters:
Judith Owen
Raymond Dorset
James Taylor



source/pic: my records
CD cat #: the web

Singles



“In The Summertime” - 5-track iTunes deluxe EP - digital booklet (front page)

Judith Owen - In The Summertime EP
Twanky Records (2014) - 5-track iTunes deluxe single with song video, video interview and digital booklet

1 - In The Summertime (radio edit) - 3:39
2 - Blue Jeans - 2:43
3 - Summer Nights - 3:41
4 - It Might As Well Rain Until September - 3:25*
5 - Summer Breeze - 3:35
6 - In The Summertime - 4:41 - video
7 - Judith Owen interview - 2:38 - video

Notes: 1) This is a 5-track deluxe EP available for download exclusively on iTunes. A non-deluxe option comes without the two video additions and the digital booklet. 2) All songs are covers of hits, namely from Mungo Jerry, David Dundas, Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta, Carole King and Seals & Crofts. 3) Original title of track 2 was “Jeans On”. 4) No mixing credits are given for track 4.

Audio Credits

Judith Owen - Piano, Vocals
Leland Sklar - Bass Guitar (4)*
Geoff Gascoyne: Double Bass
Russell Kunkel - Drums (4)
Waddy Wachtel - Guitar
Gabriella Swallow: Cello
Pedro Segundo - Percussion, Additional Percussion (4)
Lenny Castro - Percussion (4)

Produced by Judith Owen (1, 2, 3, 5)
Produced by Judith Owen and David Z (4)

Olga Fitzroy - Recording Engineer (1, 2, 3, 5)
David Bianco - Mixing Engineer (1, 2, 3, 5)
Geoff Neal - Engineer (4)
David Schwerkolt - Engineer (4)
John Prestage - Assistant Recording Engineer (1, 2, 3, 5)

Recording Studios:
AIR Studios, London - October 20, 2013 (1, 2, 3, 5)
Sunset Sound, Hollywood - July 27, 2013 (4)

Mixing Studio:
Dave’s Room, North Hollywood (1, 2, 3, 5)

Bernie Grundman - Mastering Engineer
Adam Woloszyn - Assistant Mastering Engineer

Mastering Studio:
Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood

Video Credits

“In The Summertime”
Nick Leopold - Director
Greg Shappell - Camera
Serena Westwell - Coordinator
Jordan Ryan - Production

Sue Flood - Digital Book Photography (pp. 1, 2, 9)
Greg Shappell - Digital Book Photography (pp. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

“Thanks to the guys from Pyramid (International Ltd.) for the RAW Mungo Jerry clip”.

judithowen.net

Songwriters:
Warren Casey
Darrell Crofts
Raymond Dorset
David Dundas
Gerry Goffin
Roger Greenaway
Jim Jacobs
Carole King
James Seals



source/pic: my records