Diana and James

Diana and James

by Greg Copeland


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A mere 26 years have passed since Geffen Records released the Jackson Browne-produced debut album by Greg Copeland, Revenge Will Come, including Copeland's best-known composition, "El Salvador," a song that took on the administration of President Ronald Reagan and its Vietnam-like policy of support for the right-wing regime in that Central American country. (The song was covered by Peter, Paul and Mary.) The rest of Revenge Will Come was a rocking singer/songwriter effort, with Danny Kortchmar's guitar leading driving songs like "Full Cleveland." Unfortunately, the album, which sounded at the time like an auspicious beginning to Copeland's career, did not sell. Copeland returns, again under Browne's aegis, with Diana and James. (Browne is the executive producer this time, and the disc is being released by his Inside Recordings label.) The rock style is gone, replaced by country-folk arrangements and a sound that will be practically unrecognizable to the lucky few who bought Revenge Will Come. "The Only Wicked Thing," for example, has a Western swing feel, while "I Am the One" sounds like old-timey country. "Typical" boasts a pedal steel guitar that makes it sound like traditional country, and "Palace of Love" is a Mexican-flavored ballad sung as a duet with violinist Carla Kihlstedt. The tunes, all written by Copeland, constitute a song cycle about the necessity of love as a bulwark against life's vagaries, told in imagery that mixes rural references and Los Angeles scenes. Copeland sings them in a wheezy croak that lends gravitas to the sentiments. He remains a thoughtful writer, even as he remains in the shadow of his mentor, Browne.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2008
Label: Inside Recordings
UPC: 0696751810076
catalogNumber: 81007
Rank: 133261

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Greg Copeland   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jennifer Condos   Bass
Danny Frankel   Percussion,Drums
Bob Glaub   Bass
Don Heffington   Drums
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Mandola,Mandocello,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Tenor),Weissenborn,Guitar (Baritone)
Danny Ott   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Phil Parlapiano   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Euphonium,Mellophonium,Pump Organ
David Piltch   Acoustic Bass
Patrick Warren   Piano,Keyboards,Pump Organ
Jay Bellerose   Percussion,Drums
Carla Kihlstedt   Violin,Vocals,Background Vocals,Nyckelharpa
Gabe Witcher   Violin
Heather Waters   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
David Pitch   Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Jackson Browne   Executive Producer
Greg Copeland   Composer
Bill Lane   Engineer
Greg Leisz   Producer,Audio Production
Brian Porizek   Artwork

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