Sands of Time/Wax Museum/Capture the Moment

Sands of Time/Wax Museum/Capture the Moment

by Jay & the Americans


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By the end of the '60s, no one was expecting any sounds of merit to come from the Jay & the Americans camp. Entering their tenure as a toned-down vocal group in 1962, they racked up a respectable number of doo wop-influenced, bubblegum-leaning hits, but their sound was old news by the mid-'60s, and a footnote at best by the time the Woodstock generation got into full swing. When Sands of Time arrived in 1969, it made the most of the loose, groovy production vibrations going around at the time while revisiting hits from earlier in the decade in a new peace, love, and flower power style. Early soul classic "This Magic Moment" was revamped into a freewheeling microbus romp, complete with a carefree horn section, lackadaisical guitar shimmers, and a somewhat blown-out-sounding rhythm section. The entire album sounds closer to Blood, Sweat & Tears than the Drifters, opting for a stoned and soulful approach to songs like "Since I Don't Have You" or beachy dream numbers like "Hushabye." The response was enough to afford Jay and crew a full-fledged comeback with over a million records sold, as well as a Top Ten hit in "This Magic Moment." The band followed the same approach on 1970's Wax Museum, with less notable successes. The album-opening cover of the Ronettes' "Walkin' in the Rain" was a minor hit, switching out girl group perfection for hazy crooning and ambling basslines. Also included on this three-album double-disc collection is Capture the Moment, also released in 1970. This especially relaxed collection of folk-rock breeziness failed to turned heads, but singles like the title track and the confusing pseudo-protest song "Tricia (Tell Your Daddy)" are still prime examples of lost gems of the era. String and horn arrangements for a few of the songs on Capture the Moment are credited to two young players named Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, who after doing a stint backing up Jay & the Americans would strike out on their own with Steely Dan, using some of the same groovy techniques they honed while woodshedding on this album.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2012
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261210463
catalogNumber: 6121046
Rank: 64483

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jay & the Americans   Primary Artist
Seldon Powell   Saxophone,Soloist
Kenny Vance   Guitar
Buzz Brauner   Saxophone,Soloist
John Discepolo   Drums
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Paul Griffin   Organ,Piano,Celeste,Roxichord
Paul Naumann   Guitar
Benny Powell   Trombone
Sally Rosoff   Cello
Earl Williams   Drums
Mike Ratti   Drums
Marty Sanders   Guitar
Sandy Yaguda   Organ,Piano,Celeste,Roxichord
Thomas Kaye   Conductor
Magic Murray Shiffrin   Guitar
Bill Colby   Bass
Tommy Kaye   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Celeste,Roxichord
Elliot Rosoff   Conductor,Concert Master
Sonny Land   Trumpet
Ken Laguna   Organ,Piano,Celeste,Roxichord
Jackie Jeffers   Trombone
Bobby Rizzo   Bass

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer
Jay & the Americans   Arranger,Producer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Thomas Jefferson Kaye   Arranger,Producer
Kenny Vance   Arranger,Producer
Bobby Bloom   Special Effects,Producer
Henry Jerome   Producer
Hutch Davie   Arranger
Berry Gordy   Composer
Steve Nathanson   Special Effects
Doc Pomus   Composer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Michael Heatley   Liner Notes
Marty Sanders   Producer
Sandy Yaguda   Arranger,Producer
Frank Gauna   Art Direction
Thomas Kaye   Arranger,Producer
Celeste Throndson   Cover Art
Fred Marcellino   Cover Art
Fricker   Composer
Vince Poncia   Composer
Verscharen   Composer
Straigis   Composer
Delanoe   Composer
Andreoli   Composer
George Motola   Composer
Spector   Composer
Paul Harris   Arranger
Yaguda   Composer
Vinnie Oddo   Engineer
Jim Spanfeller   Cover Illustration

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