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Product details

  • Audio CD (15 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B000BPL12A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,410 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SMc on 27 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Oh this is such a gorgeous debut 'pop' album and sadly for Bishop (and like so many artists), an album of this quality was never to be repeated. Boasting a wealth of 'la creme de la creme' in the music business sessionmen hierarchy (how did he engage them all?), every single one of their performances is tailored to the individual song.

This album, from beginning to end, is just sumptious with respect to the songs, the singing, the musicians, the arrangements and the production values. You could never say that Bishop is/was a great vocalist, his (high tenor) voice could never 'belt out' anything other than his own style of songs. He was able however, to write songs that would 'fit' his vocal limitations and this is an album of which he and his collaborators, can be proud.

From the lovely opening track "On And On" to the album's closing track "Same Old Tears (On A New Background), this is just a feast of melody, whether it's on ballads like "On And On", "Madge", the title track "Careless" (where Bishop imitates the sound of a trombone), "One More Night", et cetera - to the more upbeat "Save It For A Rainy Day" and "Sinking In An Ocean Of Tears", this album never lets up in its quality.

Some will liken it to easy listening fodder but, it's much more than that and co-producers Bishop and Henry Lewy deserve praise for their presentation of the songs, the engagement of the accompanying singers, musicians and arrangers. Goodness knows what the final bill for the sessions was! However, the end result is what matters and this is an album of exquisite beauty and quality. Almost a five star album!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Johnson on 14 April 2014
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An extremely gifted composer and arranger. A mystery of the universe that Bishop did not become a major star (although, he made a good living writing some famous film theme songs).
This is his best album - and that is high praise indeed!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 April 2008
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*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2005 HIP-O SELECT USA CD REMASTER - USE BARCODE 602498800652 IN THE SEARCH BAR TO LOCATE THE RIGHT ISSUE ***

San Diego songwriter STEPHEN BISHOP had gotten Art Garfunkel to include "Looking For The Right One" and "The Same Old Tears On A New Background" on his "Breakaway" album for Columbia Records in 1975. Actually knowing such heavy hitters like Garfunkel meant that when it came to making his own debut album - Bishop was able to call on a large number of rock alumni to session on it. And coupled with its great songs -"Careless" wooed the FM radio audience of 1976 and 1977 completely. It proved to be a huge hit with the album eventually climbing the US charts to number 11 and it's been beloved by fans ever since.

Bishop wrote all the songs in '75 and '76, recorded it in the ABC & A&M Studios in California that summer with the album finally released on vinyl and cassette in December 1976 on ABC Records ABCD-954 in the USA and ABCL 5201 in the UK. It was produced by HENRY LEW and STEPHEN BISHOP and spawned two radio smashes in the USA with "Save It For A Rainy Day" (ABC 12232) and "On And On" (ABC 12260).

On CD, there's been budget issues of some of its tracks here in the UK on MCA/Half Moon and in the US on the excellent Rhino "Best Of" remaster in 1988, but this is the first proper sonic doing of the entire album and the result I'm happy to say is just beautiful - breathtaking clarity that fans will absolutely delight in - for years to come. To get the right issue on Amazon - use the barcode 602498800652. There were some big names involved so here's a breakdown of who contributed to what:

1: On And On - features Andrew Gold on Electric Guitars with Victor Feldman on Percussion & Vibes
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