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For Women Only

Bergen White Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Mar 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Revola
  • ASIN: B00019FWI0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. She Is Today
2. It's Your Time
3. Let Me Stay Awhile
4. Look At Me
5. Lisa Was
6. Hurt So Bad
7. On And On
8. Gone Again
9. Second Lover's Song
10. Bird Song
11. Now
12. It's Over Now
13. If It's Not Asking Too Much
14. Don't Keep Me Waiting
15. What Would You Do In My Place
16. House On Bonnie Brae
17. Bird Song
18. It's Over Now

Product Description

Bergen White:

The enigmatic Bergen White....member of Ronny And The Daytonas with childhood friends Buzz Cason and Bucky Wilkins....all of them members of the Memphis/Nashville pop aristocracy....child stars etc...all of them carry on as star Nashville arrangers, producers, and writers.....Bergen has arranged and/or produced albums for Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, George Jones, Kenny Rogers and scores more. In 1969, he made his only solo album...."For Women Only" is a softpop classic par excellence....a full-on outburst of Scott Walker-ism in the heart of Country Music land..an eccentric decision, but by God it works!..this album has been much sought after in it's original SSS International issue...Featuring the Area Code 615 Nashville session team; The "Wrecking Crew" of Nashville and the sonic architects of Dylan's "Blonde On Blonde" and 'Nashville Skyline.', "For Women Only" is a unique listening experience....featuring songs by David Gates, Townes Van Zandt, Mann and Weil, and of course Bergen himself....an absolutely brilliant album, it's rarity irrelevant it's that good....a must for all softpop fans...and conneiseurs of Memphis/Nashville POP.....

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Women only?...Everyone should own this 11 July 2004
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Shout it from the rooftops. There is another soft rock masterpiece to add to your collection along with "Rumours", "Bread" and "A little Schmillson in the night". It's called intriguingly For Women Only and it's absolutely sublime.
Bergen White looks like a porn star with the seventies handlebar moustache he wears on the liner note photo's but he was a superb arranger who worked with Elvis Presley, Glenn Campbell and Duane Eddy. In 1970 he released this album which with its misleading title and chocolate box cover of a couple cannodling in a restaurant promptly bypassed its target audience, whoever they were and slipped into obscurity. Now it's another lost gem re-issued and dip me in pink cobwebs and call me a candyfloss it might just be the best of the lot.
Bergen takes an assortment of self penned songs and songs by such disparate artists as Townes Van Zandt, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and what songs they are.. All these are given the kind of orchestral treatment the word lush was invented for and with Bergen's fervent committed vocals and exemplary playing courtesy of crack Nashville studio combo Area Code 615 you have music of such sky scraping magnificence it's a good job it did vanish because many would have been so intimidated by its majesty they would never have made another album. On the other hand in some cases that might have been a good thing
There are six bonus tracks with this CD, pointless mono versions of "The Bird Song" and "It's Over Now", the one relatively weak track "What would you do in my Place", but the other three are excellent especially "Don't keep me waiting" which is a lung liquefying ballad of sultry splendour.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Another great issue from Revola and, although the term is often used, a bit of a lost classic. There is a gentleness, a bittersweet longing that pervades much of the music on this album, music that belies it's rather generic 'easy listening compilation' cover.
The arrangements are lush and haunting often reminiscent of Scott Walker at his most accessible, at times Arthur Lee's Love and distinct shades of Bread without being cloying.
A usual Revola have done a great job with some interesting liner notes and plethora of bonus tracks.
Great stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless orchestral pop 18 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
Whoever decided on the cover and title of this 1970 album made a good job of stuffing its commercial chances. Perhaps they thought a lush, orchestral pop album needed a Mills & Boon image. But this is a superior production, from a then-renowned arranger, who also wrote most of the songs. A couple of David Gates songs are also included and the material is generally reminiscent of Bread, though Gates and co didn't have the orchestral resources on offer here. These are simple love songs wrapped in tender arrangements. White avoids bombast and over-production. On 'She Is Today' he evokes a dreamy high summer, on 'The Bird Song' a profound aching. Across the album he probes several shades of feeling in between, the positive rock of 'On And On', the soulful 'Hurt So Bad'. On 'It's Over Now' he switches between textures and styles. Every track is a winner with the bonus that White is a pretty good vocalist who doesn't resort to histrionics.

'For Women Only' should appeal to anyone who appreciates the work of Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach or the aforementioned David Gates. It might also make you wonder why no one seems able to tackle something like this these days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing 30 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
Every now and then I come across an album I just wished I could share with somebody else. However, then I remember I am in my mid-twenties, leading me to express my astonishment with a more receptive audience- you, who must have come across this page for a reason.

Another reviewer mentioned 'Scott Walker' and 'Love'. I can really hear this on 'What Would You Do in My Place'. Walker's lush, echoey orchestration, Lee's phrasing, guitar and unexpected changes.

Soft rock gets a bad name, but when the writing, performing (from the Wrecking Crew), and atmosphere is as good as this, who cares about labels? If one insists upon categorisation, this is up there with Walker's first four albums, Rumours, and Pet Sounds for when 'pop' meets 'rock' in a way which can only be described as 'sublime'.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Soft Pop Lover's Dream Come True - 5 Stars 31 May 2004
By Robbie White - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had never heard of Bergen White. Then I read a 5-star review of this reissue (from a 1972 LP) in the UK Mojo magazine. It said that this was a "lost classic" for soft pop lovers. He does two David Gates songs, so that caught my eye. So I bought the CD and wow, was I pleasantly surprised. For once I agreed with everything in a review. This CD is unbelievable - kinda like if you crossed Bread with early 70's Jimmy Webb and added an orchestra. Any lovers of soft/sunshine California early 70's pop will really enjoy this CD. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistent hidden gem 26 Oct 2007
By Matthew Mcclellan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It says a lot about my thirst for vinyl that I picked this LP up with a cover more suitable for a Jackie Gleason instrumental LP. Maybe it was the sometimes rewarding SSS label that attracted me. I actually did a vinyl conversion before this reissue was available because I really liked a couple tracks "Gone Again" and "Look At Me". This melancholic LP has grown on me in its entirety. The happily dated-sounding "She Is Today" and the passionate "Hurt So Bad" are nice amongst all the strong ballads and progressive pop bits. His vocals are very similar to Jesse Colin Young (think the verse sections of "Get Together" by the Youngbloods). I agree with most of the reviews I've read except for the Scott Walker comparisons.
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Nashville Arranger Makes His Own Mark With Pop Masterpiece 5 Feb 2014
By Robert S. Harmon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Bergen White has been arranging and conducting great records in Nashville for the last 45 years, but little did most people know about this hidden gem that came out briefly in 1970 and re-appeared in this marvelous version in 2004. I like to refer to him as Nashville's version of Nelson Riddle with his lush string arrangements that seldom ever got in the way of iconic vocalists who would request his arranging talents by name like Elvis Presley and Garth Brooks. The list of string and horn arrangements that he has put to tape are too numerous to mention, but God Bless The USA by Lee Greenwood, Elvis' versions of Polk Salad Annie and Bridge Over Troubled Water as well as George Jones classic The Grand Tour are just a fraction of Bergen White's often stellar arrangements that have graced so many of the hits that have come out of Nashville over the last six decades.

This brings us to For Women Only, Bergen's one time experiment as a vocalist on his own with some amazing material that he wrote with studio ace Wayne Moss and some absolutely amazing pop covers such as Hurt So Bad. Bergen is also a master arranger of vocals and harmony singing and sometimes filled in for the Amazing background group, the Jordinaires when needed and these skills are also put to great use on this melancholy, but absolutely brilliant album that had been out of print for many years. Think of if the Beach Boys had worked with Phil Spector and maybe you can get an idea of how original and respected this album is among critics with discriminating taste.
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