MP3 Crewation - Heads And Hearts
An inspiring, romantic collection of eleven of the greatest love songs ever written. Produced by Larry Crew and performed by an outstanding ensemble of studio musicians, featuring the soulful vocals of Perry Danos, Connye Florance, and Annette Dickson.
11 MP3 Songs in this album (42:54) !
Related styles: Pop: New Romantic, Easy Listening: Love Songs, Type: Vocal
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A Personal Note……
There comes a time for every creative artist to express their true voice at one time or another. I had dreamed of producing this project for many years, while backing scores of other artists dutifully, as a working musician, playing casuals, recordings, and shows. Although this is a necessary requirement for any musician wanting to make a living in the entertainment industry, there was a very personal, musical need inside of me that was yearning to speak for quite some time. This collection of songs is my first attempt at the fulfillment of that desire. “Heads And Hearts”, is a collection of eleven of my favorite all time love songs and ballads. They were all uniquely arranged, while retaining a touch of the flavor from the original recordings (and what a time I had trying to sift through favorites, and figure out which tunes I eventually chose!). It was quite a daunting task, attempting to share company with the likes of Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Roberta Flack, The Beach Boys, Johnny Hartman, Nat King Cole, George Gershwin, Billy Preston, etc…, while trying to take the masterpieces they had created to a new level. But what I discovered through this process is that great songs really do stand the test of time, no matter what spin you put on them! All of these tracks were conceived totally out of a pure love of creating and sharing great music, and nothing else. They were all chosen, arranged, and recorded without regard to financial benefit or mass appeal. It was no accident that I opted for a very simplistic, understated approach. Also, the sound that I wanted to capture was largely based on that of live instruments and vocals, in a small ensemble setting, without a lot of sound effects, which is quite a departure from most contemporary, commercial recordings. My professional background includes numerous settings with small groupings, so this approach felt very natural for me. There is also a common thread throughout this collection, incorporating a strong lyrical and melodic element that has proven timeless, and will continue to last, as with most recorded music of enduring value. But regardless of how personalized my method may have been, I am totally humbled by the exceptional level of skill shown by those that agreed to offer their amazing talents to be a part of this musical journey, and all of them wanting to share for the same reasons. And they all just happen to be some of the finest talent on earth, not to mention, personal friends as well. Their musical backgrounds enable them to crisscross every genre of music with unequaled ease and professionalism. They have also shared their talents with millions of listeners on many hit recordings, major artist tours, and other live concerts worldwide. I feel truly honored by their altruism to this endeavor.
Thank you all for sharing with me, and the listeners that will hear this recording!
Kevin Madill, Tom Wild, Mel Deal, Jim Long, Steve Herrman, Mike Casteel, Sam Levine, Mark Douthit, Dave Lawbaugh, Ray VonRotz, Ron Sorbo, Tom Roady, Perry Danos, Connye Florance, and Annette Dickson.
I think the world of each and every one of you, and I could have never attained such a noble musical achievement without your skills. My personal gratitude for your contributions has no end. I also especially thank you, the listener, for your continuing support of quality recorded music, by listening to, and sharing the sounds of, “Heads And Hearts”.
All songs arranged and produced by Larry Crew
Recorded at: The Londree Room, dBeat, The Groovehouse, Picture This, Big Bang Theory, Nashville TN
Recording by: Larry Crew
Overdub assistance by: Tim Smith, Mark Douthit, Ron Sorbo, Dave Lawbaugh, Tom Roady
Mixed at The Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN
Mixing Engineer: Gordon Hammond
Vocals: Perry Danos (“You Are So Beautiful”, “Our Love Is Here To Stay”, “Let’s Fall In Love”, “My One and Only Love”), Connye Florance (“God Only Knows”, “Something”), Annette Dickson (“Fever”, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”)
Flugel/Trumpet: Mike Casteel (“Let’s Fall In Love”, “God Only Knows”, “You Are So Beautiful”, “Our Love Is Here To Stay”), Steve Herrman (“Fever”, “Dance With Me”)
Tenor Sax: Sam Levine (“Our Love Is Here To Stay”), Mark Douthit (“My One And Only Love”)
Flute/Alto Flute: Sam Levine
Keyboards: Kevin Madill
Vibes/Mallets/Percussion: Ron Sorbo, Tom Roady, Dave Lawbaugh
Electric Guitar: Jim Long (“Fever”, “You Are So Beautiful”, “God Only Knows”, “My One and Only Love”, “Dance With Me”), Mel Deal (“Let’s Fall In Love”), Tom Wild (“Something”, “Our Love Is Here To Stay”)
Acoustic Guitar: Mel Deal (“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, “In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning”)
Bass/Finger Snaps: Larry Crew
Drums: Dave Lawbaugh, Ray VonRotz
You Are So Beautiful - B. Preston, B. Fisher
Fever - E. Cooley, J. Davenport
God Only Knows - B. Wilson, T. Asher
Dance With Me – John Hall, Johanna Hall
Let’s Fall In Love - H. Arlen, T. Koehler
Something - G. Harrison
Our Love Is Here To Stay - I. Gershwin, G. Gershwin
In The Wee Small Hours - B. Hilliard, D. Mann
My One And Only Love - G. Wood, R. Mellin
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Mac Coll Ewan
And I Love Her - J. Lennon, P. McCartney