Love on a Shoestring

Love on a Shoestring

by Kerry ChaterKerry Chater


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Kerry Chater didn't have success with his 1977 debut Part Time Love but that didn't result in a drastic rethink for his 1978 sequel, Love on a Shoestring. The singer/songwriter reteamed with producer Steve Barri and arranger Michael Omartian for another batch of sunny Southern Californian soft rock, a record that sometimes lingers in soulful Boz Scaggs territory but usually prefers to head somewhere a little bit smoother and hazier -- a place that's closer to the middle of the road. Some of these songs are redolent of the late '70s -- this is especially true when the synthesizers come in or when Chater indulges in a bit of mellow funk on "Say Your Mama Won't Mind" or when he is surrounded by backing vocalists on "Ain't Nothin' for a Heartache" -- but he also occasionally suggests his Nashville future, particularly on the ballads, such as "Once Is Enough" and the title track, which Captain & Tennille took to the lower reaches of the pop charts in 1980. Like its predecessor, Love on a Shoestring often feels a bit like a highly polished demo record, suggesting the range of Chater's writing along with his commercial acumen, but it never quite develops a distinctive personality. Nevertheless, it contains some period charms that do remain ingratiating all these years later.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2014
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064002741
catalogNumber: 400274
Rank: 126557

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kerry Chater   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Victor Feldman   Percussion
Jon Clarke   Woodwind
Assa Drori   Concert Master
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Peter Freiberger   Bass,Steel Guitar
Jim Haas   Background Vocals
Jim Horn   Flute,Saxophone,Woodwind,Soloist
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Michael Omartian   Conductor,Keyboards
Dalton Smith   Trumpet
Sally Stevens   Background Vocals
Ernie Watts   Woodwind
Tim Weston   Guitar
Mike Botts   Drums
Susan Stevens   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kerry Chater   Composer
Steve Barri   Producer
John Guess   Engineer
Roger Nichols   Engineer
Michael Omartian   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Gene Sculatti   Liner Notes
S. Stevens   Composer
E. Shelby   Composer
Wm. a. Motta   Art Direction,Illustrations

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