"Bang! Bang!", "Cajun Moon," and Ray Charles' "I've Got a Woman" are but a few of the stand-out songs in this collection. Notable contributors on these albums include Cissy Houston, Pat Rebillot, David Newman and Tony Levin.
2 LPs on 2 CDs: WATERBED (1975)/SURPRISES (1976).
Personnel includes: Herbie Mann (flute, alto flute); Cissy Houston (vocals); David Newman (tenor saxophone); Pat Rebillot (keyboards); Jerry Friedman, Jeff Mironov, Hugh McCracken, Bob Mann (guitar); Will Lee, Tony Levin (bass); Steve Gadd, Allen Schwartzberg (drums); Ralph McDonald, Ray Barretto, Armen Halburian, Ray Mantilla (percussion).
Originally released on Atlantic (1975) & Atlantic (1682).
Personnel: Herbie Mann (flute, alto flute, bass flute); Cissy Houston (vocals, background vocals); Akiko Kosaka, Eunice Peterson, Rannelle Braxton (vocals); Rod Bryan, Sam Leigh Brown, Hugh McCracken, Jeff Mironov, Hux Brown, Jerry Friedman, Bob Mann (guitar); Guy Lumia, Anahid Ajemian, David Nadien, Matthew Raimondi, Richard Sortomme, Emanuel Vardi, Gene Orloff (violin); Jean R. Dane, Jesse Levy, Richard Maximoff (viola); Michael Rudiakov, Charles McCracken (cello); David "Fathead" Newman (tenor saxophone); Gladstone Anderson (piano); Winston Wright (organ); Pat Rebillot (keyboards); Darryl Washington, Michael Richard, Rick Marotta, Steve Gadd , Allan Schwartzberg (drums); Rafael Cruz, Ralph MacDonald, Ray Barretto, Ray Mantilla, Sammy Figueroa, Armen Halburian (percussion); Sylvia Schemwell, Judy Clay (background vocals).
Audio Remixers: Jimmy Douglas; Lewis Hahn; Tony Bongiovi.
Liner Note Author: Arthur Levy .
Photographer: Arnold Rosenberg.
Arranger: Pat Rebillot.
This two-disc set from Collectables features a pair of out of print Herbie Mann LPs: Waterbed and Surprises, both originally issued on Atlantic in 1975 and 1976, respectively. Highlights among the 17 tracks include "Comin' Home Baby," "Violet Don't Be Blue," and "I Got a Woman," which are pleasant, but not essential. ~ Al Campbell