Friday, 10 June 2011

Herbie Hancock ''Secrets''


Herbie Hancock

( LP Columbia Records, US, 1976 )
Catalog # PC 34280

A1 Doin' It 8:00
A2 People Music 7:07
A3 Cantelope Island 7:06
B1 Spider 7:20
B2 Gentle Thoughts 7:01
B3 Swamp Rat 6:25
B4 Sansho Shima 4:50

Personnel & Credits:
Producer – David Rubinson And Friends Inc., Herbie Hancock
Art Baldacci Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Phill Brown Mastering
Fred Catero Engineer
Ron Coro Art Direction
Fred Dobbs Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Mike Fusaro Engineer
James Gadson Drums, Vocals (Background)
Herbert Greene Photography
Herbie Hancock Arp, Arp Echoplex, Clavinet, Composer, Keyboards, Micro Moog, Moog Synthesizer, Piano, Piano (Electric), Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
George Horn Mastering
Paul Jackson Bass, Composer
Don Kerr Vocals, Vocals (Background)
James Levi Drums
Chris Mancini Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Bennie Maupin Clarinet (Bass), Lyre, Lyricon, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Saxello
Kenneth Nash Percussion
Ray Parker, Jr. Bass, Guitar, Vocals (Background)
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin Composer
David Rubinson Engineer, Producer
Julia Tillman Waters Vocals
Wah Wah Watson Associate Producer, Bass, Guitar, Sampling, Sequencing, Synthesizer, Voice Bag

Format:Vinyl, LP
Released:13 Aug 1976

Review by Richard S. Ginell (AMG):

Having long since established his funk credentials, Herbie Hancock continues the direction of Head Hunters and its U.S. successors here, welding himself to the groove on electric keyboards while Bennie Maupin again shines sardonic beams of light on a variety of reeds. In "Doin' It," the most successful track, Hancock makes a more overt bid for the dancefloor, for the tune is basically one long irresistible groove with a very commercial-sounding bridge. Again Hancock chooses to recompose one of his standards; "Cantelope [sic] Island" is almost unrecognizable converted into a sauntering, swaggering thing. A streamlining process has set in -- the drumming has been simplified, some of the old high-voltage drive has been muted -- yet there are still enough enjoyable, intelligently musical things happening here to hold a Hancock admirer's attention.

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