Monday, June 14, 2010

Stephen Bishop

Stephen Bishop - Bish
ABC AA 1082 (1978) - US LP

Side One

1 - If I Only Had A Brain
2 - Losing Myself In You
3 - Looking For The Right One
4 - Everybody Needs Love
5 - Guitar Interlude
6 - A Fool At Heart
7 - What Can Love Do

Side Two

8 - Prelude
9 - Vagabond From Heaven
10 - Bish’s Hideaway
11 - Only The Heart Within You*
12 - Recognized
13 - I’ve Never Known A Nite Like This
14 - When I Was In Love

Stephen Bishop - Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Tromblone (sic), Guitars, Electric Guitar, Background Vocal
Leland Sklar - Bass (11), Piccolo Bass (11)*
Ray Brown - Bass
David Hungate - Bass
Nathan Watts - Bass
David Shields - Bass
Abraham Laboriel - Bass
Keith Hollar - Bass
Ed Shaughnessy - Drums
Rick Shlosser - Drums
Ray Pounds - Drums
Hal Atkinson - Drums
Michael Sembello - Guitar
Ray Parker - Guitar
Steve Cropper - Electric Guitar
Jeffrey Staton - Guitar, Electric Guitar (solos), Vocal, Background Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Guitars (solo)
Michael Staton - Steel Guitars, Vocal, Elka String Ensemble, Background Vocals
David Foster - Electric Piano, Acoustic Piano
Greg Phillinganes - Synthesizers, Electric Piano
John Jarvis - Electric Piano, Acoustic Piano
Bill Payne - Electric Piano
Steve Porcaro - Keyboards, Synthesizers
Bob Chadwick - Electric Piano
Tom Scott - Sax Solo
Paulinho Da Costa - Percussion (as Paulinho da Costa)
Tommy Vig - Percussion
Leah Kunkel - Vocal
Michael McDonald - Background Vocals (as Mike McDonald)
Chaka Khan - Background Vocal
Natalie Cole - Background Vocal
Art Garfunkel - Background Vocals
The James Lee Hoosett Choir - Background Voices
The Whistling Bishettes - Whistlers
The Whistling Bishettes: Michael Sheehy, Macey Lipman, Tanya Tucker, Michael Staton, Stephen Bishop, Carrie Fisher, Jeffrey Staton, Marc Quinci, Mrs. Louise Quinci, Katye Leiser, John Landis, Kenny Lavit, Henry Lewy, Shana Passman, Trudy Green, Diane Norton-Hill, Leah Kunkel, John Kaufer, Mary Frampton, Cameron Crowe, Kathy Carey, Kenny Farrell, Don Passman, Russ Kunkel, James Lee Stanley, Michael Whitney, Dennis Bishop, Andy Williams, Phil Ames, Nancy Ames, Richard Green, Michael Barackman, Steve Morris, Spencer Proffer, Mark Meyerson

Produced by Stephen Bishop
Dee Robb - Associate Producer

Artie Butler - String Arrangement (1), String Conduction (1), Orchestra Arrangements (7, 12), Orchestra Conduction (7, 12)
Marty Paich - String Arrangements (3, 14), String Conduction (3, 14)
Gene Page - Rhythm Chart Arrangement (4), String Arrangement (9), String Conduction (9)
Tom Scott - Horn Arrangement (13)

Joe Robb - Engineer (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)
Dee Robb - Engineer (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14), Mixing Engineer (1, 7, 12)
Jerry Masters - Mixing Engineer (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14)
Richard Leech - Assistant Engineer
George Tutko - Assistant Engineer
Anthony D’Amico - Assistant Engineer
Joe Chicarelli - Assistant Engineer
Steve Katz - Assistant Engineer
Kevin Ryan - Assistant Engineer
Steve Gursky - Assistant Engineer
Susan Conley - Assistant to Dee Robb

Recording Studio:
Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, Calif. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

Mixing Studios:
Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, Fla. (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14)
Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, Calif. (1, 7, 12)

Lee Herschberg - Mastering Engineer

Mastering Studio:
Warner Bros. Recording Studios, No. Hollywood, Calif.

Management: Trudy Green c/o Ames & Assoc. 433 No. Camden Dr. #860 Beverly Hills, Calif. 90210

David Alexander - Photography
Kosh - Design, Art Direction

Track 7:
“Dedicated to Yip Harburg”.

Track 9:
“Thank you, Mom”.

“Special Thanks: // Richard Green // Phil Ames // Diane Norton-Hill // Jeffrey Staton // Steve Diener // Mark Meyerson // Don Passman and ‘Holly’ // Lenny Waronker // Terry Rhodes and all at ICM // Charlie Minor // Michael Staton // Carol Peters // Henry Lewy // Trevor Veitch // Wilbur James Gould, M.D. // Harold Gelb, D.M.D. // Dr. Paul Petersen // All the wonderful people at Cherokee and Criteria Recording Studios”.

“A Very Special Thanks To Phil Ramone”.

“Whatever happened to Deed Abbatte?”.

Stephen Bishop
Harold Arlen
E.Y. Harburg

source/pic: my records

Stephen Bishop - Sleeping With Girls
Vivid Sound VSCD 2256 (2010) - Japan CD

Side One

1 - Fallin’
2 - Rhythm Of The Rain*
3 - Sleeping With Girls
4 - Leaving The Hall Light On
5 - Separate Lives

Side Two

6 - Mister Wonderful
7 - Something New In My Life - theme from “Micki And Maude”
8 - Someone’s In Love
9 - It Might Be You - theme from “Tootsie”

Notes: 1) This is Stephen Bishop’s unreleased 4th album, originally due for release - according to dates on this issue's packaging - in 1985. 2) No recording date is indicated for the individual tracks, however track 9 is same version as included in the “Tootsie” OST album on Warner Bros. (1982). As for the “Micki + Maude” theme song (track 7) I was not able to check out the OST album: web resources indicate this movie’s theatrical release year as being 1984. 3) It is unclear whether this 2010 CD release is an official issue licensed by Mr. Bishop himself or not, as album is not included in the artist’s discography on his official website at 4) Above picture and following credits were taken from the Korea pressing on Big Pink 88 (2010). 5) Although release is on CD, artwork shows side one/two track list breakdown on back of cover. 6) Credits on this Korea release come with a certain amount of typos: following write-up has had this corrected. Also, some tech credits are not listed, and the liner notes mention some ‘insert pictures’ that are not included. 7) Korea release comes with lyrics and credits insert. This might be true also for the Japan release. 8) According to forum discussions on the Stephen Bishop website, Japan release comes with better sound quality. I have had no way to compare the two pressings but the Korea release sounded rather lacking in dynamics right away, even before I became aware of the issue itself.

Stephen Bishop (also as Bish, Stephen Bishopolis, Stephen Bishmanton) - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer, Sitar, Acoustic Electric Guitar w/Choral, Guitar, Solo Guitar, Background Vocals, Background Singer
Lee Sklar - Bass (2)*
Paul Westwood - Bass
Nathan East - Bass
Jeff Staton - Bass
Sting - Bass, Vocal Guest
Abraham Laboriel - Bass
Graham Jarvis - Drums
Carlos Vega - Drums (2, 6, 9)
Phil Collins - Drums, Roland Rhythm Machine
Martin Jenner - Spanish Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ebo
John Goux - Electric Guitar
Lee Ritenour - Electric Guitars
Mister Teardrop - Rhythm Guitar
Eric Clapton - Electric Guitars
Rod Lathau - Electric Guitars
Don Felder - Guitar Solos
Gary Kambra - Guitar Solo
Mitch Holder - Guitar
George Doering - Guitar
Paul Jackson, Jr. - Guitar
Pete Wingfield - Piano, Casio, Keyboards
Paul Johnson - Synthesizer
George Bitzer - DX7 Rhodes, Parts
Matthew McCauley - Oberheim, Chorus Synthesizer
Michael Boddicker - Effects Synthesizer
Greg Mathieson - Bass Synthesizer
Dave Grusin - Synthesizers
Jim Hochanadel - Sax
GOD - Thunder & Rain
Nebadon of Urantia - Nem Nom’s
Steve Foreman - Percussion
Tavares - Background Singers
Randy Crawford - Background Singer, Background Vocal
Brenda Russell - Background Singer, Background Vocal
Leah Kunkel - Background Singer
Randell Kirsch - Background Vocal
Jeff Foskett - Background Vocal

Produced by Gus Dudgeon and Stephen Bishop (1, 3, 8)
Produced by Stephen Bishop, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Sting (4)
Produced by Gus Dudgeon (5)
Produced by Stephen Bishop and Greg Matheson (2, 6)
Produced and Arranged by Lee Holdridge with additional help by Spencer Proffer (7)
Produced by Dave Grusin (9)

James Newton Howard (as James Newton-Howard) - String Arrangement (1), String Conduction (1, 5)
Marty Paich - String Arrangement (5)
Lee Holdridge - Arrangement (7)
Gus Dudgeon - Roland Rhythm Machine Programming (3)
Barrett - Roland Rhythm Machine Programming (3)
Stephen Bishop - Roland Rhythm Machine Programming (3)
Graham Jarvis (as Graham) - Roland Rhythm Machine Programming (3)

Russell Schmidt - Engineer
Graham Dickson - Engineer (3, 5)
Tchad Blake - Engineer (3, 6), Additional Overdubs Engineer (8),
Mixing Engineer (4, 5, 8)
David Leonard - Engineer (3, 6)
Paul Stillman - Engineer (6)
Franz Pusch - Engineer (6), Mixing Engineer (6)
Humberto Gatica - Engineer (9)
Nick Launay - Recording Engineer (4)
Steve Jackson - Assistant Recording Engineer (4)

Recording Studios:
Air Montserrat Studios In The Caribbean (4)
Maison Rouge Studios, London, England (5, 8)
Harlequinn Studios in Sherman Oaks, Calif (8)
Sunset Sound Factory (additional overdubs) (8)

Mixing Studios:
Sunset Sound Factory (4, 5, 8)
Radical Records in Malibu, California (6)

Lee Herschberg - Mastering Engineer

Mastering Studio:
Amigo Studios

Joohyung Lee - Digital Remaster Engineer, Reissue Supervisor for Big Pink Music
Youngjun Kim - Reissue Coordinator for Big Pink Music

Management: Trudy Green Mgnt.

Dean Torrence (of Jan and) - Art Direction
Charles Churchill Villiers - Album Cover Painting
Audrey and Debra Onaga - Graphics On Back Cover
Howard Rosenberg - Back Photo
Design Power Station - CD Package, CD Art Work
Baek Song - Sleeve Printing

“Engineers: Graham Dickson, Russell Schmidt, Tchad Blake, Franz Pusch, Umberto Gatica, and the best of assistance engineers.”.

“To all of my friends in Hong Kong: I dedicate this record album to you. Please enjoy this music like you would with a cool drink on a warm day. This is my 4th album and I feel honored that Hong Kong will be the very first city to hear “Sleeping With Girls.” Remember to always “new nom”, at work and at play. // Go see, “Micki And Maude” you’ll love it, // Stephen Bishop”.

“Insert photos by various pals o mine.”.

“Made under license from Stephen Bishop”.

Track 1:
“Thanks to Burt Bacharach and The Stylistics and Tavares for their inspiration.”.

Track 2:
“Special thanks to The Cascades and the Red Coat Inn.”.

Track 3:
“Drums: Phil Collins, Roland Rhythm Machine (programmed by Gus Dudgeon, Barrett, Bish, Graham and various passerby).”.

Track 4:
“There’s so many people in this world…”.
“Major Thanks to go to the true humans who made The Spunky Merchants a reality, if only for a day.”.

Track 5:
“Mixed at The Sunset Sound Factory in Little Hollywood”.

Track 6:
“Mixed by Franz Pusch at Radical Records in Malibu, California. Apologies to the housekeeper.”.

Track 7:
“Credits: A great bunch o’ guys and gals”.

Track 8:
“I’m tired of typing these credits, don’t tell Steve!!!!)”.

Stephen Bishop
Alan Bergman
Marilyn Bergman
Dave Grusin
John Gummoe
Michel Legrand

source/pic: my records
Japan catalog #: the web

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