Introducing Darlene Love

Introducing Darlene Love

by Darlene LoveDarlene Love


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Darlene Love has one of the strongest and most immediately recognizable voices in the history of pop and rock music, but she's never been much of a star on her own; Love's most memorable moments were as part of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound crew, where she sang as part of the Crystals and Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, as well as cutting a few tracks under her own name and delivering the epochal version of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on Spector's legendary Christmas album. Love has always had the talent to be a frontwoman, but fate seemed to have other ideas, and none of Love's solo albums caught the ear of the larger public, despite her enduring talent. Superfan Steven Van Zandt, longtime member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, decided it was high time someone did something about that, especially after Love's appearance in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, and Van Zandt is the producer and idea man behind Introducing Darlene Love, a grand-scale album designed to give Love the glossy showcase she deserves. Van Zandt's production, however, most often aims to emulate Spector's widescreen singles of the '60s, and as a consequence most of the songs on Introducing seem determined to move Love back into the past, despite the presence of fine new material from noted Love admirers Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Jett, Linda Perry, Jimmy Webb, and Van Zandt (whose "Among the Believers," a passionate political number, is one of the few moments on this album that feels honestly contemporary). But if the album is sometimes too busy and big for its own good, Love triumphs over it all; she was in her mid-seventies when these tracks were recorded, but no one would ever guess, as she sounds as strong, passionate, and precise as she did when she was cutting those classic Crystals singles, and when she belts out "Forbidden Nights," "Just Another Lonely Mile," or "Who Under Heaven," Introducing is truly a convincer, proving Darlene Love still holds the title of one of rock and R&B's greatest vocalists. And the final two tracks, "Marvelous" and "Jesus Is the Rock (That Keeps Me Rollin')," shows her gospel chops are as strong as (maybe even stronger than) her secular gifts. In short, Introducing Darlene Love doesn't show off many new wrinkles of her talent, but if you want to know if Love still has what it takes to make a great record, this album shows the answer is an unambiguous "Absolutely!"

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2015
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888751323124
catalogNumber: 513231
Rank: 9988

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Darlene Love   Primary Artist,Vocals
Elvis Costello   Guitar
Paul Shaffer   Hammond B3
Michael Wolff   Piano,Hammond B3
Bobby Bandiera   Guitar
Elaine Caswell   Background Vocals
Crispin Cioe   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Stephanie Cummins   Cello
Barry Danielian   Trumpet
Steve Elson   Flute,Piccolo,Baritone Saxophone
Irwin Fisch   Piano
Robert Funk   Trombone
Clark Gayton   Trombone
Seth Glassman   Bass
Doug Hall   Hammond B3
Stan Harrison   Tenor Saxophone,Performing Ensemble
Ula Hedwig   Background Vocals
Dan Levine   Trombone
Joe McGinty   Piano,Hammond B3
Tim Ouimette   Trumpet
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Stewart Rose   French Horn
Steven Van Zandt   Guitar
Christopher Cardona   Violin
Nathan Larson   Guitar
Michelle Morehead   Choir, Chorus
Frank Pagano   Drums
Curt Ramm   Trumpet
Antoine Silverman   Violin,Concert Master
Adam Schlesinger   Piano,Hammond B3
Arno Hecht   Tenor Saxophone
Marc Ribler   Guitar
Hiroko Taguchi   Viola
Rich Mercurio   Drums
Jonathan Dinklage   Viola
Arne Wendt   Piano,Hammond B3
Anja Wood   Cello
Dave Taylor   Bass Trombone
John DiGiulio   Drums
Maxim Moston   Violin
Sean Carney   Violin
Entcho Todorov   Violin
Todd Low   Viola
Jeff Jacobson   Bass
Alden Banta   Bassoon
Lee Nadel   Bass
Rachel Golub   Violin
Dallin Applebaum   Piano
Robert Moe   Choir, Chorus
Sarah Whitney   Violin
Yuko Naito   Viola
Mark Baron   Piano,Hammond B3
Whitney LaGrange   Viola
Tony Kadlek   Trumpet
Larry Etkin   Trumpet
Monica Davis   Violin
Erin Benim   Violin
Ed Manion   Baritone Saxophone
Chris Jahnke   Performing Ensemble
Emily Bruskin   Violin
Jake Clemons   Tenor Saxophone
Robin Braun   Violin
Keats Dieffenbach   Violin
Michael Finn   Piano
Milton Vann   Background Vocals,Choir Conductor
Mario Gotoh   Violin
Traneé Morehead   Choir, Chorus
Laverne Askew   Choir, Chorus
Latoya Newton   Choir, Chorus
Crystal Powell   Choir, Chorus
Shayna Johansen   Choir, Chorus
Moneé Plummer   Choir, Chorus
Ivy Askew   Choir, Chorus
Baritone Williams   Background Vocals
Francesca Dardani   Violin

Technical Credits

Walter Hawkins   Composer
Elvis Costello   Composer
Joan Jett   Composer
Bruce Springsteen   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Desmond Child   Composer
Michael Des Barres   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger
Jimmy Webb   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer,Producer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Larry Hanson   Engineer
Stan Harrison   Arranger
Linda Perry   Composer
Steven Van Zandt   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Geoff Sanoff   Engineer
Jonathan Dinklage   String Contractor
Paul   Composer
Ryan Star   Engineer
Louis Arzonico   Artwork
Gor Megaera   Cover Photo
Chris Jahnke   Arranger,String Conductor
Tim Lee   Engineer

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