Monday, 31 August 2009

Richard ”Groove” Holmes ”Star Wars/Close Encounters”

Richard ”Groove” Holmes

Star Wars/Close Encounters
( LP Unidisc Records, Canada, 1977 )
Catalog # PID 628027

1. Themes from Star Wars/Close Encounters of the Third Kind
2. Carry on Wayward Son
3. You Light Up My Life [From Heroes]
4. Gonna Fly Now [From Rocky]
5. Nobody Does It Better [From the Spy Who Loved Me]

Personnel & Credits:
Phillip Read Mason Percussion
Wayne Morrison Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric)
Charles Stephens Trombone
Doug Wilson Drums, Guest Appearance
Mario E. Sprouse Piano, Fender Rhodes, Cowbell, Arranger, Conductor, Korg Synthesizer
Chuck Stewart Photography
Vic Chirumbo Producer
Karen Joseph Flute, Guest Appearance, Piccolo, Flute (Alto)
John Standish Assistant Engineer
Jim Buffington French Horn
Ray Alonge French Horn
Lollie Bienenfeld Trombone
Earl Gardner Trumpet
Richard “Groove” Holmes Organ, Korg Synthesizer, Guest Appearance
George Klabin Engineer
Lew Soloff Trumpet

Corny and gimmicky as hell but still a strange charmer in its own right is this “soundtrack” set of funky movie music and pop tunes from Richard “Groove” Holmes. Recorded in 1977, Holmes is accompanied by a studio orchestra hosting a six-piece brass section (which includes trumpeter Lew Soloff), a flutist, a rhythm section that features sundry percussion, and Mario E. Sprouse on Rhodes and piano. Beginning with a medley of themes from Star Wars and Close Encounters, the orchestra all but blazes over Holmes, but he does manage a sweet little solo and some hip fills. “Carry on My Wayward Son” (yeah, the Kansas tune) is simply surreal with its staggered French horns and trombones with flute and B3 interludes. But it gets even cheesier with a faux classical intro to a nearly ten-minute “You Light Up My Life” that makes no sense at all here except for kitsch value. Yeah. Whoa. But the long tunes don’t stop there, as Holmes and band sprint through a sprightly yet lengthy (over ten minutes!) light funk read of “Gonna Fly Now” from the Rocky soundtrack that is the finest track on the set, with Holmes digging into his solo with gritty verve. It closes with the Carole Bayer Sager and Marvin Hamlisch tune “Nobody Does It Better” (a hit for Carly Simon) which sounds like an elevator music version. Whatever Groove Holmes was thinking when he made this should have made him think again. Strange, campy, bad in all the right places — this one is for collectors and novelty freaks only.
By Thom Jurek (AMG)

By Pier

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emilia said...



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