The Complete Loma Singles, Vol. 1

The Complete Loma Singles, Vol. 1


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Loma Records existed for only four years, releasing its first single in 1964 and last in 1968, but the Los Angeles-based subsidiary of Warner Bros. is beloved by soul collectors. A lot of the cult surrounding Loma celebrates how the label never quite found an identity, spitting out singles that veered from uptown soul to hard grooves while hitting stops everywhere in between. The Complete Loma Singles, Vol. 1 -- the first installment of a four-volume set chronicling all the A-sides and B-sides Loma ever released -- illustrates the label's weaknesses and strengths, balancing modern soul with throwback R&B. Led by Bob Krasnow, a record man who previously worked at the San Francisco branch of King, Loma demonstrated a keen ear for talent, signing Bob & Earl before they had a hit with "Harlem Shuffle" and providing a home for Ike & Tina Turner while the pair were figuring out their high-octane revue. Both of these artists grab attention on The Complete Loma Singles, Vol. 1, as do the Olympics, who cut the first version of "Good Lovin'," which was later popularized by the Rascals. While a couple of the acts feel generic, usually in a pleasant sense, those are also the artists that veer toward a showbiz mainstream: Sugar N Spice are a sweet girl group without a strong spark and Billy Storm hams it up on "Goldfinger." These sides show how Loma was searching for a hit more than looking for a unifying narrative, but that scattershot approach can result in enjoyably oddball one-offs like Dick Jensen & the Imports turning "Tom Dooley" into a "Farmer John" stomp. And "Tom Dooley" is the reason why The Complete Loma Singles, Vol. 1 is so much fun: it's not a great single, but it's cheerful ephemera that would not be collected elsewhere. When combined with the strong work from Bob & Earl, the Olympics, Ike & Tina Turner, the Enchanters, Little Jerry Williams, and the Smiley Lewis Band, the set turns into a gas.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/2017
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064006060
catalogNumber: 0606
Rank: 124122

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Ralke   Conductor
Gene Redd   Conductor
Garry Sherman   Conductor

Technical Credits

Chris Kenner   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Big Jay McNeely   Composer
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Don Ralke   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Jerry Riopelle   Composer,Producer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Gene Page   Arranger,Composer
Chip Taylor   Composer
Jerry Williams   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Buzz Cason   Composer
John Barry   Composer
Peter Andreoli   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Sonny Bond   Arranger,Producer
Sonny Bono   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Mort Garson   Arranger
Dick Glasser   Producer
Robert Harris   Composer
Ike Turner   Composer
Bob Krasnow   Composer,Producer
Jim Moore   Composer
Earl Nelson   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Jerry Ragovoy   Producer
Gene Redd   Arranger
Bob Relf   Composer
Bill Sheppard   Producer
Garry Sherman   Arranger
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Frank Slay   Producer
Brian Stone   Composer
Walter Ward   Composer
Jerry West   Composer
Alec Palao   Liner Notes,Audio Technician
Samuel Bell   Composer
Clarence E. Quick   Composer
Eddie Snyder   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer
Jo Armstead   Composer
Russ Regan   Composer
Rudy Clark   Composer
Tony Bruno   Composer
Naomi Neville   Composer
Overton Lemon   Composer
James Shaw   Composer,Producer
Bob Elgin   Composer
Fred Smith   Composer,Producer
James Brown   Composer
Deeda Patrick   Composer
Kell Osborne   Composer
James Carmichael   Arranger
Arthur Resnick   Composer
Barry Oxenhandler   Vocal Arrangements
Jesse Herring   Composer
Gary Paxton   Arranger
Bobby Smith   Arranger
Joe Kookoolis   Composer
Ted Darryl   Composer
John Criner   Producer
James Steward   Composer
Charlie Greene   Composer
Vinnie Poncia   Composer
Paul Nuckles   Composer
Lucky Carmichael   Composer
Mabel Wedlaw   Composer
Denny Rockwell   Composer
Bucky Wilkin   Composer,Producer
Billy Revis   Composer

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