AOTW Tim Weisberg - LISTEN TO THE CITY (SP-4545)

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Tim Weisberg
LISTEN TO THE CITY

A&M SP-4545


Released 1975
Peaked at #27 on the Jazz Charts (1975)

Format: Vinyl/Cassette/8-Track

Produced by Tim Weisberg and Lynn Blessing

Songs:
  • 1. Rainbow City - 3:54
    2. Discovery - :52
    3. Listen To The City - 3:50
    4. High Rise - :37
    5. The Chase (T. Weisberg/L. Blessing/D. Anderson/T. Robinson/T. Grimes) - 2:41
    6. Love Maker - 3:21
    7. The Good Life - 3:17
    8. Street Party - 3:47
    9. The Passing - 2:16
    10. The Dealer - 2:48
    11. Conception - 1:06
    12. Lunchbreak (T. Weisberg/L. Blessing/D. Anderson/T. Robinson/T. Grimes) - 2:37
    13. Nikki's Waltz (L. Forkner) - 2:24
    14. Rush Hour (Friday, P.M.) - 2:05
    15. Weekend - 2:26

    All selections written by T. Weisberg, L. Blessing, D. Anderson and T. Robinson except where indicated.

Musicians:
Tim Weisberg - Flute, Alto Flute, Eb Flute, Bass Flute, Piccolo and ARP 2600
Lynn Blessing - Organ, Acoustic PIano, Synthesizers and Vibes
Ty Grimes - Drums and Percussion
Doug Anderson - Bass
Todd Robinson - Guitar
Bobby Torres - Congas and Percussion
Billy Osborne - Electric Piano (15)
Carl Johnson - Guitar (13)
Don Hakala - ARP Programming
Mike Melvoin - Synthesizer Arrangements (3, 8, 10)

Recorded at A&M Studios, Hollywood, California
Recording Engineer: Larry Forkner
Assistant Engineer: Ellis Sorkin
Mastering Engineer: Bernie Grundman
Production Assistance: Larry Forkner
Road Management and Technical Coordinator: Jim Haggart, Aspen Trails Limited

Art Direction: Roland Young
Design & Photography: Jeffrey Weisel



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Spurred on by a chance listen to a Foreplay track of "Street Party", fondly remembering its airings on my old radio station that was in its "progressive" phase, and totally obsessing over it, I decided to do more investigation into the album from which the song came, LISTEN TO THE CITY.

I've used an old unused thread here that our friend the Captain had started a decade ago so as not to have to re-enter details.

First, a further examination of what I had around here revealed one other track from this album, "Rainbow City", as it was placed on the NADIA'S THEME album that A&M released to capitalize on that song's phenomenon around the 1976 Olympics. There are other nifty instumentals on that NADIA'S THEME album, including the Pablo Cruise track, and a couple of Chuck Mangione tracks.

But it was LISTEN TO THE CITY that I wanted to explore further, so off to Discogs I went and I located a "Near Mint" copy for not too much money, and it arrived yesterday late afternoon. Immediately, I set about doing a needledrop of the two sides, and then approached the task of cleaning up and separating out the tracks into their own index positions.

It turns out that this album was one of those where many tracks segue into the next, making for a seamless listening experience. With the album's thematic device of being about "the city", this is a concept album - something to listen to in its entirety. So carving up the sides into tracks was actually not too difficult, as there was no cleaning up of intros and fade-outs most of the way.

For the purposes of portable listening, I turned the cleaned-up WAV files into a nice CD with gapless playback, and then worked on making artwork for the jewel case. Of late, for this purpose, I've been using my digital camera for getting satisfactory images of covers. Since the album was "near mint", the cover and internal innersleeve were in good shape and made for nice image captures.

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And as fate would have it, I had to go on a longish errand today, so I got to listen to the whole thing, uninterrupted in the car. I like this album - a lot. I've seen online reviews that go both ways, ranging from it's the best album ever made, rather mediocre, or the worst piece of dreck ever to come along. And I think that's almost understandable.

Jazz purists seem to want more flute, more improvisation, and less orchestration. A good chunk of the audience probably didn't care for the fact that it's all instrumental, and then there's people like me who like instrumental works with a good deal of orchestrations. Does it paint a picture of a city? I think it does. The titles certainly indicate that, and to some extent, those titles fit the track and the "story".

Favorites here are of course, "Street Party" (why that wasn't pushed as a hit single, I'll never know), the title track, "Rainbow City", "Nikki's Waltz", "Rush Hour (Friday, PM)", and "Weekend".

A&M never got around to putting this one out on CD or even digital files, though some of the tracks are available on the BEST OF TIM WEISBERG - SMILE CD.
 

Bobberman

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In my opinion This is one of Weisberg's Very Best Albums I was fortunate to have this Lp and saved most of these songs to tape and later transferred to disc and eventually ripped to computer the challenges as Harry mentioned was the way the songs segued into each other but regardless it's a Great listening experience it's sad this like many of Tim Weisberg's albums was never reissued and I too became aware of the song Rainbow City via The Nadia's theme Compilation which also is A Great Album in it's own right
 

Bobberman

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One can never own enough flutes. 👍👍
My Daughter played Flute in her School band ( and I and her mother happily helped pay for her Flute ) it's too bad she didnt continue playing she could have played as well as Tim Weisberg
 

Harry

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I also decided to pick up SMILE - THE BEST OF TIM WEISBERG on pressed CD. It contains a few tracks from each of the later A&M albums, including my new favorite, "Street Party". It's a nice, late 80's mastering, and a decent sampling of some of his other albums. I wish A&M had done more with his other albums.

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My Daughter played Flute in her School band ( and I and her mother happily helped pay for her Flute ) it's too bad she didnt continue playing she could have played as well as Tim Weisberg
I've wanted an alto or bass flute but talk about expensive...I don't get why there is such a huge price gap between them!
 

Bobberman

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I also decided to pick up SMILE - THE BEST OF TIM WEISBERG on pressed CD. It contains a few tracks from each of the later A&M albums, including my new favorite, "Street Party". It's a nice, late 80's mastering, and a decent sampling of some of his other albums. I wish A&M had done more with his other albums.

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I couldn't agree with you more I had to pay a hefty price just getting his first self titled Lp from 1971 but it was well worth it along with a very nice Needledrop CD I suspect most of his A&M Releases ( and his MCA Albums as well) were lost in that Dadblame Fire years back and that's so sad
 

Mike Blakesley

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I guess it is because I'm not much of a jazz fan, but I was never able to get into Tim Weisberg much. There was one album of his I kind of enjoyed (I forget which one), but beyond that, my favorite work of his is the duet album he did with Dan Fogelberg, Twin Sons of Different Mothers.

I do like the notion of the song segueing into each other the way they do on this album, though. So many albums are just a "collection of songs" and not necessarily thought out as a complete listening experience. When the songs blend together like that, it drives home the notion that it's supposed to be experienced all at once, in the proper order. Stevie Wonder's albums are often programmed this way.

One thing that's cool is, A&M definitely went out of their way to promote Tim's albums with print ads in Billboard and even one or two in Rolling Stone, Stereo Review and places like that. They would always promote their artists even if their music wasn't necessarily the most commercial thing going.
 

TjbBmb

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I guess it is because I'm not much of a jazz fan, but I was never able to get into Tim Weisberg much. There was one album of his I kind of enjoyed (I forget which one), but beyond that, my favorite work of his is the duet album he did with Dan Fogelberg, Twin Sons of Different Mothers.

I do like the notion of the song segueing into each other the way they do on this album, though. So many albums are just a "collection of songs" and not necessarily thought out as a complete listening experience. When the songs blend together like that, it drives home the notion that it's supposed to be experienced all at once, in the proper order. Stevie Wonder's albums are often programmed this way.

One thing that's cool is, A&M definitely went out of their way to promote Tim's albums with print ads in Billboard and even one or two in Rolling Stone, Stereo Review and places like that. They would always promote their artists even if their music wasn't necessarily the most commercial thing going.
I don’t know if that argument holds up. There’s very little jazz on Tim’s albums and it is quite commercial.
 
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