Trini Lopez The Whole Enchilada
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- Released: August 28, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Collector's Choice
- 1.Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'
- 3.Sunshine Of Your Love
- 4.Shunshine Park
- 6.Pata Cum Cum
- 7.I Heard It Through The Grapevine
- 8.I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite
- 9.What You Don't Know Won't Hurt You
- 10.Come A Little Bit Closer
- 11.My Baby Loves Sad Songs
- 12.Without You
Personnel: Trini Lopez (vocals, guitar); Louie Shelton (guitar); John Gallie (bass instrument); Billy Louis (drums).
Liner Note Author: Gene Sculatti.
Before Jon Peters experimented with Barbra Streisand's sound on 1974's ButterFly, and prior to Kim Fowley giving Helen Reddy a carbon copy remake of "You're My World" while altering her style on 1977's Ear Candy, legendary pop producers Bobby Hart and Tommy Boyce created The Whole Enchilada with Texan singer Trini Lopez. The experiment fails on many levels, the album only succeeding when the pop duo allows Lopez to be himself. He shines on "Sunshine Park," a Boyce/Hart tune that is part of a "Sunshine" medley featuring a pedestrian cover of Gerry & the Pacemakers' "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying," a useless medley of "Sunshine Superman" meets the Box Tops' "Cry Like a Baby," and a ridiculous "Sunshine of Your Love" with a keyboard prophesying the riff Keith Richards would come up with for "Bitch" a few years down the road. But all is not lost -- the prize here is the crooner's take on Donovan's "Lalena," a stirring and quite soulful version showing that Trinidad Lopez Jr. has validity. Spanish lyrics by Trini for the Donovan classic, along with his spirited performance, make it the album's highlight. The enthusiasm level on three songs that are aligned one after the other is astounding in contrast to the run-through that is the rest of this record. "Pata Cum Cum" (pronounced "kum kum") is that Ritchie Valens "La Bamba" riff that Lopez used to good effect when he took Peter, Paul & Mary's Top Ten traditional hit "If I Had a Hammer" Top Three in 1963. Boyce and Hart's co-write of "Come a Little Bit Closer" with Wes Farrell -- which hit Top Three for Jay & the Americans in 1964 -- was a blatant rip of "La Bamba"'s melody, so having Trini track it was a no-brainer. The singer does a satisfying job on it, as he does on Roy Durkee's "Without You," which closes out the album. The verdict: the names Boyce and Hart bring attention to the project, but their Dr. Frankenstein approach sounds more like three talents just fooling around. When Lopez picks up the guitar and sings without the frills, the magic starts to happen. A lackluster remake of the duo's own Top Ten hit from 1968, "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite," could have beem more fun if it were videotaped for posterity. Would make a great EP. ~ Joe Viglione
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