Loren Harriet – Round Up The Usual Suspects [1995]

51JBWX0AS0L._SX300_Country USA          

Style AOR

Rating 83/100

Band Members Leland Sklar – Vocals,bass, Michael Landau,Ray Carrion,Basil Fung,Eddie King – Guitar, Waddy Wachtel – Guitar,piano,vocals, Timothy B. Schmit – Vocals,bass,percussion,guitar,harmonica, Vonda Shepard,Nicolette Larson,Andrew Gold,Jeanette Jurado,Kate Markowitz,Brad Cole,Dennis Alves,Arnold McCuller,David Lasley,Carmin Twille – Backing vocals, John Molo – Drums,percussion, Tamara Champlin,Bill Champlin – Vocals,keyboards,guitar, Dave Koz – Saxophone,piano,drums, , Larry Knechtel – Guitar,keyboards,bass, Jai Winding – Keyboards, Michael Botts – Drums, Dean Parks – Guitar,banjo,steel guitar,clarinet, Bobby Lakind – Conga, Bob Glaub – Bass, Jimmie Wood – Harmonica

Tracks 01. What Do You Really, 02. Just A Matter Of Mind, 03. Native Son, 04. Be Strong, 05. Loyal Friend, 06. Do You Believe, 07. Stand And Fight, 08. Living A Lie, 09. Strange Man, 10. All The Way, 11. El Dorado, 12. Friends

Profile Loren Harriet is a name that doesn’t ring a bell among general rock fans, but this executive producer and musician has been behind several major music projects. By 1993, the man had the chance to set aside the concerning aspects of the business, and go for his guilty pleasure; his artistic side as musician. “Round Up The Usual Suspects” is his one and only album, and as you could imagine, heavy weight musicians were part of the recording. If Loren’s name is unknown to you, I’m sure Bill Champlin, Michael Landau, Timothy B. Schmit or Leland Sklar are not. 

This stellar line-up (check personnel below) really shine on these quality westcoast/AOR tunes. Some tracks are more classic rock&pop oriented, but with an aorish flavor all over. Harriet’s vocals aren’t the strongest, but all the time he’s cleverly supported by monsters like Champlin (on 3 tracks), Schmit, Nicolette Larson, Jay Winding, Vonda Shepard… you can’t go wrong with these gorgeous throats. Musically all the songs are impeccable, and even on the few weakest tracks the musicianship is really good, particularly Michael Landau’s awesome guitars. Originally released as promo in 1993, “Round Up The Usual Suspects” was finally published two years after in small quantities. Mega-Rare…

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