The Very Best of Acoustic Alchemy

The Very Best of Acoustic Alchemy

by Acoustic AlchemyAcoustic Alchemy


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Cynics might point out the reality that greatest-hits packages on artists who have left a label are a ploy to milk the consumer, but the consumers care more about a solid package full of their favorite songs from the artist. The new Acoustic Alchemy (with Miles Gilderdale replacing the late founding guitarist, Nick Webb, as Greg Carmichael's partner) is riding high on Higher Octave Music, but the material on this collection -- part of a new GRP collection series -- will always be, to the true Acoustic Alchemy fan, the real deal. AA's post-Webb sound is fancy and feisty, extremely soulful, and very attractive. Yet, there's something more intimate about the way Carmichael and Webb interacted; theirs was a union of true musical soul mates. This wonderful 16-track collection from their GRP and earlier MCA "Master Series" projects was chosen and sequenced by their manager, Stewart Coxhead, and he smartly picks all the crowd favorites: "Mr. Chow," "Catalina Kiss," "Same Road, Same Reason," and more. The range from pop to Latin to reggae is fun to experience again. There's obviously a poignancy to all this because of Webb's 1998 death, but it's more important to celebrate the legacy. As syndicated radio host and Catalina Island Jazz Trax festival promoter Art Good says simply in his liner notes, "These are good songs." More importantly, they speak of an innocent time, the early days of smooth jazz when even the gentlest of these could become radio hits.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2002
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0731458923824
catalogNumber: 589238
Rank: 2755

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Acoustic Alchemy   Primary Artist
Rainer Bruninghaus   Piano,Keyboards
Mario Argandona   Percussion,Vocals
Patrick Bettison   Bass
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Greg Carmichael   Steel Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Terry Disley   Keyboards
Klaus Genuit   Percussion
Derrick James   Alto Saxophone
Luis Jardim   Percussion
John Parsons   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Gunnar Plumer   Acoustic Bass
Bert Smaak   Percussion,Drums
Klaus Sperber   Bass
Dan Tomlinson   Cymbals,Drums
Nick Webb   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Werner Kopal   Bass
Mike Herting   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Konrad Mathieu   Bass
Karl Heinz Wiberny   Saxophone
Paul Harriman   Bass

Technical Credits

Gigi Gryce   Composer
Greg Carmichael   Producer
Klaus Genuit   Programming,Producer
John Parsons   Producer
Bert Smaak   drum programming
Nick Webb   Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Art Good   Liner Notes
Bryan Koniarz   Compilation Supervisor
Steven Dale Jones   Producer

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