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Kenny Vance and The Planotones Vance 32

Vance 32
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  • Label: Collectables Records
  • Original Album: Atlantic SD 18135 (1975)

Description by OLDIES.com:

Kenny Vance's long, varied and successful career began in the late 50's. With his incredible voice and talent, he continues to draw sellout crowds. "VANCE 32" is his classic solo effort, originally released in 1975 and includes the popular songs "Carnival Montage", "(What A) Wonderful World" and "My True Story".

Tracks:

  • 1.Carnival Montage I
  • 2.I'm So Happy
  • 3.Rainy Day Friend
  • 4.My True Story
  • 5.Blue Because Of You
  • 6.Parker's Band
  • 7.In Each Other's Arms (Detail)
  • 8.Honeymoon In Cuba
  • 9.Dirty Work
  • 10.(What A) Wonderful World
  • 11.Looking For An Echo
  • 12.Carnival Montage II
  • 13.Looking For An Echo (Reprise)

Product Description:

Personnel: Kenny Vance (vocals, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Betty Carter (vocals); Joel Dorn, Jonathan Dorn (bass voice); Cornell Dupree (guitar); Sam Brown (acoustic guitar); Elliot Randall (electric guitar); David "Fathead" Newman (alto saxophone); Harold Vick, Seldon Powell, Willis "Gator" Jackson (tenor saxophone); Larry Harlow (keyboards, percussion); Louie Argese, Richard Tee (keyboards); Milt Grayson (bass instrument, hand claps); Tony Levin , William Salter (bass instrument); Earl Williams, Stephen Gadd (drum); Ralph MacDonald (percussion); Marty Joe Kupersmith, Vini Poncia (background vocals).
Much of Kenny Vance's debut solo album sounds (big surprise) a great deal like Jay & the Americans, with a slightly more sophisticated focus -- the way that group might've sounded had they been given the chance to advance into the 1970s, and also explored their own antecedents a little more thoroughly. "Blue Because of You" is easily the best moment on the album, a plunge back into early-'40s harmony vocal pop, with an R&B and small-band focus, but everything here is worth hearing -- more than once -- as Vance ranges across the pop/R&B landscape, all the while putting just enough of a singer/songwriter personality into the work so that this album might even have had a shot at selling at the time. Alas, it was too much of a stretch for radio stations and listeners in 1975, and not even the presence of the Walter Becker/Donald Fagen-authored "Parker's Band" could put it over to a mass public. It holds up magnificently, even three decades later, and is well worth tracking down in any form you can find it (and it has come back out in Japan as an audiophile-quality mini-LP CD and in America on Collectables). ~ Bruce Eder

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  • Sales Rank: 17,249
  • UPC: 090431791929
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