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Grand Hotel (2012)

Artist: Explorers Club
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Format: CD
Sku: 228272428
UPC: 677516135627
UPC 14: 00677516135627
Release Date: 2/14/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Acapulco (Sunrise) ~ The Explorers Club (Indie)
2. Run Run Run ~ The Explorers Club (Indie)
3. Anticipatin' ~ The Explorers Club (Indie)
4. Bluebird ~ The Explorers Club (Indie)
5. Grand Hotel ~ The Explorers Club (Indie)
6. Go For You ~ The Explorers Club (Indie)
7. Any Little Way ~ The Explorers Club (Indie)
8. It's No Use ~ The Explorers Club (Indie)
9. Sweet Delights ~ The Explorers Club (Indie)
10. I've Been Waiting ~ The Explorers Club (Indie)
11. It's You ~ The Explorers Club (Indie)
12. Acapulco (Sunset) ~ The Explorers Club (Indie)
13. Summer Days, Summer Nights ~ The Explorers Club (Indie)
14. Weight of the World ~ The Explorers Club (Indie)
15. Open the Door ~ The Explorers Club (Indie)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Mark Linett.
Muze PNote Recording information: Fox Force Five Recorders, Hollywood, CA; Glow In The Dark Studios, Atlanta, GA.
Muze PNote Photographers: Matthew Carter; James Abercrombie; Troy Stains.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Jason Brewer; Ian Stains; Michael Williamson.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Jason Brewer; Mark Linett; Matt Goldman

Engineer: Kevin Crothers; Gary Griffin; Dave Ellis; J.J. Blair; Michael Williamson; Matt Goldman

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/14/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : RKM2 61356
Music Label Name Label : Rock Ridge Music
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00677516135627

Professional Reviews

Uncut (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "The band's palette has expanded to include the entirety of AM radio pop....A musical time machine."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Explorers Club
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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