Have You Heard? Rhino's CALIFORNIA GROOVE [2009]

I think we can all agree that some really cool things have come out of France: fries, bread, toast, dip sandwiches, connections and kissing, to name but a few. And from David Dutreuil and his small but dedicated team at Warner/Rhino France came the magnificent series of three 4CD box sets (and a single disc Special Edition) known as California Groove. In April 2009, the first California Groove was released with 75 tracks spread across four CDs. Isaak Jasmin gets mastering credit on the compilation, with tracks spanning 1969-2009. The illustration of a woman on the cover seems like a hybrid of Pat Benatar and Terri Nunn to me. Does it remind you of anyone?

1Ventura HighwayAmerica1972
2Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song)Daryl Hall & John Oates1973
3Lotta LoveNicolette Larson1978
4Dismal DayBread1969
5Dance With MeOrleans1975
6Border TownThe Souther-Hillman-Furay Band1974
7Some People Call It MusicJ.D. Souther1972
8Summer BreezeSeals & Croft1972
9You're So VainCarly Simon1972
10Long Hot Summer NightsWendy Waldman1978
11Chuck E's In LoveRickie Lee Jones1979
12Easy For You To SayLinda Ronstadt1982
13It Doesn't MatterFirefall1976
14I'm EasyBoz Scaggs1969
15JunkmanDanny O'Keefe1973
16I Saw The LightTodd Rundgren1972
17Willin'Little Feat1971
18SuzyTerence Boylan1980
19Ghost TownPoco1982
20Life's Been Good (Original Long Version)Joe Walsh1978
21Oh LoriAlessi Brothers1976
22Damn You GirlBarnaby Bye1974
23Break The ChainJim Messina1981
24Mama CocoGino Vannelli1975
25Future TrainFelix Cavaliere1974
26Swearin' To GodFrankie Valli1975
27Too YoungCrackin'1978
28Nighttime In The Switching YardWarren Zevon1978
29On The Swing ShiftNed Doheny1981
30What A Fool BelievesThe Doobie Brothers1978
31SurvivalMarc Jordan1978
32Night PeopleVapour Trails1979
33This Is ItKenny Loggins1979
34Ticket To My HeartThe Wilson Brothers1979
35GenevieveAndrew Gold1978
36CasablancaDane Donohue1978
37Gotta Get Back To LoveBill Champlin1981
38Thunder IslandJay Ferguson1977
39Ride Like The WindChristopher Cross1979
40Livin' It UpBill LaBounty1982
41Hot Rod HeartsRobbie DuPree1980
42I Keep Forgettin (Every Time You're Near)Michael McDonald1982
43You're The Only Woman (You & I)Ambrosia1980
44Get Used To ItRoger Voudouris1979
45Who'll Be The Fool TonightLarsen-Feiten Band1980
46Cool NightPaul Davis1981
47I'd Really Love To See You TonightEngland Dan & John Ford Coley1976
48FallingLeBlanc & Carr1977
49Fly AwayPeter Allen1980
50Nite CrawlerLarry Carlton1978
51Got A Hold On MeChristine McVie1984
52California 1Con Funk Shun1981
53That's Why I Came To CaliforniaLeon Ware1982
54What Cha' Gonna Do For MeChaka Khan1981
55Stop, Look, ListenPatti Austin1981
56Please Don't Walk AwayGeorge Benson1984
57We're In This Love TogetherAl Jarreau1981
59When Sly Calls (Don't Touch That Phone)Michael Franks1983
60Nice GirlsEye To Eye1982
61On The BeachChris Rea1986
62Ocean BayNightshift2007
63More Than You'll Ever KnowMichael Ruff1988
64I Love L.A.Randy Newman1983
65The Higher You RiseMaxus1981
66She Waits For Me (Early Airplay demo)Jay Graydon of Airplay2006
67Where There's No TomorrowPeter Cetera1992
68The Big HouseStephen Bishop1980
69First TimeMichael Sembello1983
70Countdown (Captain Fingers)Lee Ritenour1981
71Sister's BeautifulGeyster2009
72Hard To Say I'm SorryChicago1982
73My BabyDavid Pack1985
74Cure KitJaR2008
75French Music Par ExcellenceWeek End Millionaire1979

For me, California Groove has the solid makings of a really, really great double disc set as several of my favorite songs, both old and new, are featured throughout but there are an almost equal number of tracks I don't care too much for as well. This will be a recurring scenario through the other two 4CD sets in the series. While I applaud the massive undertaking, each volume feels a bit bloated and one moreso than the others.

1 comment:

  1. Classic stuff on this collection. Many 70's favorites of mine appear here.