Q - 9/00, p.1003 stars out of 5
- "...Soundly constructed and immaculately produced..."
Personnel: Chris Hillman (vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin); Jim Monahan (acoustic, 12 string & electric guitars); David Lindley (slide guitar); Steve Hill (electric guitar); John Jorgenson (12 string guitar, percussion); Jay Dee Maness (steel guitar); Mike Monarch (bottleneck guitar); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Josh Brands (hammered dulcimer); Skip Edwards (accordion); Ritchie Podolor (keyboards, percussion, tambourine); Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards); John Patatucci, Lee Sklar, Jerry Scheff (bass); Steve Duncan (drums); Hal Blaine (percussion); Karen Blake, Jennifer Warnes, David Crosby, Carl Allen (background vocals).
Producers: Ritchie Polodor, John Jorgenson, Herb Pedersen.
Recorded at American Recording Company, Calabasas, California.
Personnel: Chris Hillman (vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin); Jim Monahan (acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, mandolin); John Jorgenson (electric guitar, 12-string guitar, percussion); Michael Monarch (electric guitar, bottleneck guitar); Steve Hill (electric guitar); David Lindley (slide guitar); Jay Dee Maness (steel guitar); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Skip Edwards (accordion); Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards); Steve Duncan (drums); Hal Blaine (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Bill Cooper.
Recording information: American Recording Company, Calabasas, CA.
Photographer: Peter Figen.
This is a solid album of new and old songs by one of the founding fathers of country rock. Chris Hillman has a wonderful voice, great pop instincts, and a finely developed talent for splicing together country, bluegrass, and four-chord rock & roll. A highlight is a cover of the Searchers' "When You Walk in the Room" -- two minutes of pure jingle-jangle pop perfection. Although "Like a Hurricane" (the title track is a Hillman original, not the Neil Young song) seldom reaches the heights of "Bakersfield Bound," Hillman and Herb Pedersen's outstanding 1996 tribute to hard California country, this former Byrd and Flying Burrito Brother can still teach the young country crowd a thing or two. ~ Joel Roberts