These Are the Good Times: The Complete Capitol Recordings

These Are the Good Times: The Complete Capitol Recordings

by Donna Loren


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Donna Loren has a loyal cult following among fans of '60s pop largely for her appearances in several movies in American International Pictures' Beach Party series, in which she showed off (a) her skills as a vocalist, and (b) how good she looked in a swimsuit. Loren enjoyed a successful career as an actress and model, but she never scored a hit as a singer, and this overview of her two-year tenure at Capitol Records during the peak of her fame makes clear the problem was the material, not her skills as a performer. These Are the Good Times: The Complete Capitol Recordings features all ten tracks from Loren's sole album of the '60s, Beach Blanket Bingo, as well as the A- and B-sides from five stand-alone singles and eight unreleased numbers, and it's obvious that by the standards of a teen pop star of the era, Loren had an impressive voice and the intelligence to know what to do with it; there's a strength and maturity in her performances on tunes like "A Woman in Love (With You)," "Hold Your Head High," and "Leave Him to Me" that outstrips a significant majority of her peers -- all the more impressive considering she was just 18 when most of this was recorded. However, in many respects, that may be why she never hit the charts; Loren was at her best on songs that were more emotionally complex than the typical AM radio fodder of the mid-'60s, and when she tackled more radio-ready material, she tended to sound technically expert but less than fully engaged. (And given the low ebb of songs like "So, Do the Zonk" and "Drop the Drip," it's easy to see why.) Oddly enough, this is most evident on the ten tunes from the Beach Blanket Bingo LP, while some of the strongest material here didn't even earn a release until now (in particular "It's Gotta Be," in which she's backed by the Beau Brummels, and "You Can't Lose Something You Never Had"). Most of these tracks were produced by Steve Douglas, with arrangements from Jack Nitzsche and Billy Strange and accompaniment by the finest studio players of the day, and the best stuff here is delicious, beautifully crafted '60s West Coast pop, with a gifted and savvy vocalist front and center. If not everything on this collection is a slam-dunk, These Are the Good Times makes it clear Donna Loren was much, much more than just another pretty face, and if she and her crew didn't quite know how to climb the charts, they could sure make a fine record.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 5013929064720
catalogNumber: 2520531
Rank: 126075

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Donna Loren   Primary Artist
Glen Campbell   Guitar
Ron Elliott   Guitar
Leon Russell   Piano,Keyboards
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Don Randi   Piano,Keyboards
Gerald Wiggins   Piano,Keyboards
Viola   Guitar
John Gray   Guitar
Lyle Ritz   Bass
Julius Wechter   Percussion,Vibes
Jack Nitzsche   Conductor
Gene Page   Conductor
Billy Strange   Guitar,Conductor
Hal Blaine   Percussion,Drums,Vibes
Hidle Brown Barnum   Conductor
Arnold Belnick   Violin
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Nick Bonney   Guitar
Robert Bryant   Trumpet
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Roy Caton   Trumpet
Ralph Collier   Percussion,Vibes
DeLory   Piano,Keyboards
Jesse Ehrlich   Celli
Gene Estes   Percussion,Vibes
James Getzoff   Violin
Jack Gootkin   Violin
William Green   Oboe,Woodwind
Rene Hall   Guitar
Milt Holland   Percussion,Vibes
Carol Kaye   Bass,Guitar
Lou Klass   Violin
Larry Knechtel   Piano,Keyboards
Bernard Kundell   Violin
Leonard Malarsky   Violin
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Ron Meagher   Bass
Jay Migliori   Saxophone
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet
Alexander Neiman   Viola
Wilbert Nuttycombe   Viola
Earl Palmer   Drums
John Peterson   Drums
Bill Pitman   Guitar
Ray Pohlman   Bass
Emil Richards   Percussion,Vibes
Nathan Ross   Violin
Henry Roth   Violin
Emmet Sargeant   Celli
Harold Schneier   Celli
Jack Shulman   Violin
Paul Shure   Violin
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Darrel Terwilliger   Viola
Sal Valentino   Guitar
Allen DeRienzo   Trumpet
Stevan Dweek   Drums
Steve Douglas   Saxophone
Sidney Sharp   Violin
John Vidusich   Violin
Casey   Guitar
Don Irving   Guitar
Irving Weinper   Violin
Laurence Lesser   Celli
David Wells   Trombone
Armand Kaproff   Celli
William Kurasch   Violin
Robert Knight   Trombone
Johnny Vidor   Violin
James Bond   Bass
Justin Ditullo   Celli
Louis Blackburn   Trombone
Henry Laubach   Trumpet
Lou Morell   Guitar
Marshall Samson   Violin
Gary Nuttycombe   Viola

Technical Credits

Ron Elliott   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Kooper   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
David Axelrod   Producer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger
Gene Page   Arranger
Billy Strange   Arranger
Phil Spector   Composer
Hidle Brown Barnum   Arranger
Mike Curb   Composer
Jackie DeShannon   Composer
DeLory   Producer
Tony Hatch   Composer
Guy Hemric   Composer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Irwin Levine   Composer
Ben Raleigh   Composer
Jerry Styner   Composer
Gary Usher   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Billy Page   Composer
Steve Douglas   Producer
Steve Stanley   Producer,Reissue Producer,Art Direction,Layout
Sheryl Farber   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Lester Carr   Composer
Roger Christian   Composer
Bob Halley   Composer
Bob Montgomery   Composer
Phil Springer   Composer
Robert Brass   Composer

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