Live Across America (Live) CD (2002)

Artist: Rippingtons

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Label Peak Records
SKU 60524249
UPC 013431850823
UPC 14 00013431850823
Format CD
Release Date 3/12/2002
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Author Rippingtons
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-The Originals
Compilation Appearance Smooth Jazz Hits:for Lovers
Compilation Appearance Smooth Jazz Hits:ultimate Grooves
Technical Info
Engineer D. Ogas; Nick Sodano
Producer Russ Freeman; Nick Sodano
CatalogID PKD 85082
Lable Name Peak Records
Released 03/18/2002
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 65m : 38s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00013431850823
Album Notes and Credits
The Rippingtons include: Russ Freeman (guitar); Paul Taylor, Eric Marienthal (saxophone); Bill Heller, Dave Kochanski (keyboards); Kim Stone (bass); Dave Hooper, Dave Karasony (drums); Ramon Yslas, Scott Breadman (percussion).
Personnel: Russ Freeman (guitar); Nick Sodano (recorder); Eric Marienthal, Paul Taylor (saxophone); Bill Heller (keyboards); Dave Hooper, Dave Karasony (drums); Ramon Yslas, Scott Breadman (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Russ Freeman ; Nick Sodano.
Recording information: America (1999).
While most artists merely appreciate the applause of their fans, Russ Freeman and his Rippingtons literally take requests; though they had put out Live in L.A. in 1993, their rabid fans flooded the band's official website with requests for another live date, and this set (recorded in numerous locations throughout the U.S. on 1999's Topaz tour) is the fun-filled result. Several factors make this essential even for fans who have the first live disc: first, there are three new key players who help turn the energy level higher than before, saxman Paul Taylor, drummer Dave Hooper and percussionist Ramon Yslas. There's also a looser, more jamming and improvisational feeling, with many of the familiar tracks given significant arrangement facelifts apart from their studio counterparts. Cases in point are the eight and a half minute clapalong "Jewel Thieves" (which showcases Kim Stone's intense bass soloing) and "Summer Lovers," which breaks at one point for Taylor to blow off some soulful, spontaneous steam. Freeman's rock guitar chops have gotten more confident over the years, which makes the blistering Hendrix tribute "Purple Haze/Fire" (featuring loopy vocals by Stone and Taylor), an unforgettable reminder that the leader is a monster player as well as a great composer/producer. Bookending the set are the hard-edged guitar- and sax-driven "Road Warriors" (which sums up the frenetic tour experience) and the laid-back "Kabuki," which Freeman and Stone wrote and recorded one day at sound check. ~ Jonathan Widran
Disc 1
1 Road Warriors
2 Summer Lovers
3 Welcome To The St. James Club
4 Hideaway
5 Black Diamond
6 South Beach Mambo
7 She Likes To Watch
8 Jewel Thieves
9 Rain
10 Avenida Del Mar
11 Purple Haze
12 Fire
13 Star Spangled Banner
14 Are We There Yet - (bonus track)
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