Grand Hotel CD (2012)

Artist: Explorers Club

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Label Rock Ridge/ada
SKU 228272428
UPC 677516135627
UPC 14 00677516135627
Format CD
Release Date 2/14/2012
Author Explorers Club
Technical Info
Engineer Kevin Crothers; Gary Griffin; Dave Ellis; J.J. Blair; Michael Williamson; Matt Goldman
Producer Jason Brewer; Mark Linett; Matt Goldman
CatalogID RKM2 61356
Lable Name Rock Ridge Music
Released 02/14/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 38m : 52s
UPC 00677516135627
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Justin James (vocals, guitar, steel guitar); Dave Ellis (vocals, guitar, mandolin, accordion, percussion); Jason Brewer (vocals, guitar, organ, Wurlitzer organ); Troy Stains (vocals, electric sitar); Paul Runyon (vocals, piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Michael Williamson (vocals, keyboards, bass guitar); Wally Reddington (vocals, bass guitar); Krista Brewer, Catherine Whitten, Pete Schottleutner, Jen Schottleutner, Jonathan Whitten, James Abercrombie (vocals); Matt Goldman (strings, drums, hand claps); Craig Sorells, Probyn Gregory (horns); Trey Cooper (keyboards); Neil Thomas (drums, percussion); Kyle Polk (drums).
Audio Mixer: Mark Linett.
Recording information: Fox Force Five Recorders, Hollywood, CA; Glow In The Dark Studios, Atlanta, GA.
Photographers: Matthew Carter; James Abercrombie; Troy Stains.
Arrangers: Jason Brewer; Ian Stains; Michael Williamson.
Most bands vehemently deny that they're attempting to overtly re-create the sound of their influences, often going to great lengths to distance themselves from their inspirations. The Explorers Club seems to have no such issues with the sounds that inspired them -- that's not to say that they are mere copyists, but rather that they are experts at the art of homage. Much in the manner of the High Llamas or contemporaries like Brent Cash, the Explorers Club set out to salute the sophisticated, forward-looking pop sounds that emerged from L.A. in the second half of the `60s. On their first album, Freedom Wind, they focused very specifically on one of their major influences, the Beach Boys, ending up with the greatest album Brian Wilson and company never made. But for the follow-up, the band has branched out a bit.
While there's an undeniable, late-`60s sunshine pop vibe to many of the arrangements here, from the vocal harmonies to the horn sections, the Explorers Club nevertheless seems to have simultaneously inched along a little further on the calendar and widened their target. More than anything, Grand Hotel seems concerned with offering up tunes that could have been hits on early-`70s AM radio. It's like one of those Have a Nice Day collections of songs by `70s one-hit wonders, except that all the tracks are by the same artist. The band hasn't gotten the Beach Boys entirely out of its system, though, and Pet Sounds-worthy harmonies pop up on even the most `70s-sounding of these songs, with agreeable results; Burt Bacharach-style arrangements adorn some tracks as well, enabling the Explorers Club to achieve a kind of momentary state of lounge-pop satori. And one of the most impressive aspects of the whole endeavor is the fact that a bunch of South Carolina musicians were able to spiritually transport themselves so definitively to a Southern California state of mind. Of course, it didn't hurt that Beach Boys' engineer Mark Linnett was on board to mix Grand Hotel either. ~ J. Allen
Professional Reviews
Uncut (magazine) (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The band's palette has expanded to include the entirety of AM radio pop....A musical time machine."
Disc 1
1 Acapulco (Sunrise)
2 Run Run Run
3 Anticipatin'
4 Bluebird
5 Grand Hotel
6 Go For You
7 Any Little Way
8 It's No Use
9 Sweet Delights
10 I've Been Waiting
11 It's You
12 Acapulco (Sunset)
13 Summer Days, Summer Nights
14 Weight of the World
15 Open the Door
Product Attributes
Artist Explorers Club
Music Format Compact Disc
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