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1969

Masters of Deceit

Masters of Deceit (Hensley's Electric Jazz Band and Synthetic Symphonette)

Vanguard

Something of a collector's item now. I buy up any copies I find to prevent others from hearing my awful vocals.

1970

Spiro T. Agnew Is A Riot

Stanley Myron Handleman

Cadet Concept

A "live" comedy album with an audience, sound effects guys and a table full of comedians making fun of the man who put the "vice" in vice-president. What more could a new kid in town ask for?

1971

Wooden Nickel

Wooden Nickel

Wooden Nickel

Wooden you know it?

1971

David Patton

David Patton

Wooden Nickel

 

1971

Transition

Kenny Rogers and the First Edition

Reprise

As far out as Kenny ever went

1971

Silent Running

Peter Schickele

MCA

A great soundtrack from the "discoverer" of the works of P.D.Q. Bach

1971

Daddy Dewdrop

Daddy Dewdrop

Sunflower

"Chick-a-Boom"/my first record date was a #1 record. Go figure.

1972

Helen Reddy

Helen Reddy

Capitol

I toured with Helen for more than a year. It was an education.

1972

Raiders

Country Wine

Columbia

Mark Lindsey was in charge, Paul was apparently no longer revered.

1972

In The Megan Manner

Megan McDonough

Wooden Nickel

 

1972

Wolfman Jack

Wolfman Jack

Wooden Nickel

 

1972

Fire & Rain

Fire & Rain

Mercury

 

1972

Megan Music

Megan McDonough

Wooden Nickel

 

1972

Playground in my Mind

Clint Holmes

Epic

 

1972

The Joey Heatherton Album

Joey Heatherton

MGM

 

1972

Lexia

Lexia

MGM/Verve

 

1973

Solitaire

Andy Williams

Columbia

Richard Perry produced this ambitious album for Andy. At the same time I was doing arrangements for another album Richard was doing with Barbra Streisand, which eventually collapsed when Richard and Barbra had some kind of a falling out dealing with competitive tardiness in arriving at recording sessions.

1973

Jonathan Livingston Seagulls

Neil Diamond

Columbia

My first recording with Neil. I was "part of the orchestra."

1973

John Lovick Turner

John Lovick Turner

Polydor

 

1973

Make Believe World

Lulu

Chelsea

 

1973

Ricky Segall and the Segalls

Ricky Segall and the Segalls

Bell

 

1973

Mark Holly

Mark Holly

Grit

Ron Tutt, drums

1973

The Singer

Liza Minelli

Columbia

 

1973

The Plan

The Osmonds

MGM

I did several other albums with assorted Osmonds, but can't recall which ones.

1973

AM/FM etc.

The Marketts

Mercury

I get mail from Marketts fans, who think I was in the group, asking for remembrances. Hey, it was a studio date, okay?

1973

The Marina Strings Play the Neil Diamond Solid Gold Songbook

Marina Strings

20th Century

Just TRY to play the melody of "I Am...I Said" on piano. A crash course in Neil's oeuvre which served me well later on.

1973

Smile

Bill Medley

A&M

 

1973

The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia

Vicki Lawrence

Bell

 

1973

Ringo

Ringo Starr

Apple

I noticed the artist's trap case had funky stenciled letters: "Ringo Starr/The Beatles." I was impressed.

1974

Sweet Fortune's Darlin'

Hotspur

Columbia

 

1974

Inside Thunder, Outside Laughing

Jim Sullins

20th Century

 

1974

Goodnight Vienna

Ringo Starr

Apple

 

1974

Miestizo

Daniel Valdez

A&M

 

1974

Martha Reeves

Martha Reeves

MCA

I fear she's probably still paying for this album.

1974

Serenade

Neil Diamond

Columbia

 

1974

Roto Rooter Good Time Christmas Band

Roto Rooter Good Time Christmas Band

Vanguard

Producer, played plastic tubing on "The Rite of Spring," swinging it in circles while chanting into one end: "Roto Rooter, Roto Rooter..."

1974

Sketches

Megan McDonough

Wooden Nickel

 

1974

Rockin Soul

The Hues Corporation

RCA

 

1974

Magic

Richie Lecea

Wooden Nickel

 

1974

Half Breed

Cher

MCA

I think this was a hit.

1974

Black & Blue Suite

Larry Weiss

20th Century

First recording of "Rhinestone Cowboy."

1974

Essra Mohawk

Essra Mohawk

Asylum

I liked doing things that were a bit weird, so I liked this.

1974

Love In Your Eyes

The Cats

Fantasy

 

1975

Comin' Back For More

David Blue

Asylum

 

1975

The Higher They Climb, The Harder They Fall

David Cassidy

RCA

I toured briefly with David.

1975

Who Do You Out Do

Lon & Derrek Van Eaton

A&M

 

1975

Be True To You

Eric Andersen

Arista

 

1975

Just Wanna Rock Žn' Roll

Jose Feliciano

RCA

 

1975

Academy Award Performances

Maureen McGovern

20th Century

 

1975

It's All Done With Mirrors

Richie Lecea

Wooden Nickel

 

1975

Ignus Fatuus

Guy Finley

Tomcat

 

1975

Ice Cream Sodas and Lollipops and a Red Hot Spinning Top

Paul Delicato

 

 

1975

Life Is You

Batdorf & Rodney

Arista

 

1976

You'll Never Have To Ask Me If I Love You

Sean Morton Downey

AOA

 

1976

Silverado

Silverado

RCA

 

1976

Mark Ashton

Mark Ashton

20th Century

 

1976

You Don't Know What You're In For

Harriet Schock

20th Century

Harriet is still writing songs and going strong. Good on ya, Harriet.

1976

David Soul

David Soul

Private Stock

"Don't Give Up On Us" was a hit from this album.

1976

Funk Band Inc.

Funk Band Inc.

Grit

Larry Brown produced this and we all wrote tunes for it.

1976

Lisa Hartman

Lisa Hartman

Kirscner

 

1976

Home is Where The Heart Is

David Cassidy

RCA

 

1976

Love and Conversation

Hamilton Joe Frank & Dennison

Playboy

 

1976

La Gorme

Eydie Gorme

Gala

 

1976

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Atlantic

 

1976

Pastiche

Manhattan Transfer

Atlantic

 

1976

Bigger Than Both of Us

Hall & Oates

RCA

"Rich Girl" has been reissued more times than I can count.

1976

Andy

Andy Williams

Columbia

 

1977

With One More Look At You

Jack Jones

RCA

 

1977

Passage

Carpenters

A&M

I was eating some Oreos from the candy machine at the A&M studio. I offered Karen one, but she declined. I wish I'd been more forceful about it.

1977

Universal Child

Dianne Steinberg

ABC

 

1977

Spirit Of Love

Spirit Of Love

Word

 

1977

The Full Life

Jack Jones

 

 

1977

Death of a Ladies Man

Leonard Cohen

WB

During a break, I walked out to the street outside Whitney Studios in Glendale. Leonard Cohen was sitting with his feet in the gutter saying "What in the hell am I doing HERE?"

1977

I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight

Neil Diamond

Columbia

 

1977

Nancy Shanx

Nancy Shanx

UA

 

1977

Love At The Greek

Neil Diamond

Columbia

 

1977

Colleen

Colleen Peterson

Capitol

 

1977

Playing To An Audience Of One

David Soul

Private Stock

 

1978

Live in London

Helen Reddy

Capitol

Ron Tutt played on this album, his first trip abroad.For me, a revisit with Helen and then-hubby Jeff.

1978

What Have You Done For Love

Hodges James & Smith

London

 

1978

Winged Horses

Matthew Moore

Caribon

 

1978

You Don't Bring Me Flowers

Neil Diamond

Columbia

Originally titled "The American Popular Song."

1978

Welcome To The Club

Richard Kerr

A&M

 

1978

Kaptain Kool

Kaptain Kool and the Kongs

Power Exchange

Keyboards, arrangements

1978

We'll Sing in the Sunshine

Helen Reddy

Capitol

 

1978

Takin' It Easy

Seals & Crofts

WB

I toured with these guys. I always enjoyed their bluegrass closing number.

1978

Musical Menopause

J.S. Bork

Electric Lemon

Right up my alley, some might say.

1978

Randy Richards

Randy Richards

A&M

 

1979

Pink Lady

Pink Lady

Elektra

 

1979

Room Service

Shaun Cassidy

WB

 

1979

Pretty Girls

Lisa Dal Bello

Talisman

An odd session, but Lisa was very talented and very pretty. She shoulda been famous.

1979

Moonlight Madness

Terry DeSario

Casablanca

Produced by K.C.

1979

Maureen McGovern

Maureen McGovern

WB

When producer Michael Lloyd got married, we were invited to the wedding. The only person we knew there was Maureen, and we were just about the only people she knew. We chatted a LOT that day as a result, and though we haven't seen her since she'll always be our pal.

1979

September Morn

Neil Diamond

Columbia

 

1979

Hold On

Lisa Hartman

Kirshner

 

1979

I Wasn't Born Yesterday

Allan Clarke

 

Gent from the Hollies.

1979

Framed

Dave Lambert

Polydor

Gent from the Strawbs.

1979

Take Heart

Juice Newton

Capitol

string arrangement

1980

Your World & My World

Albert Hammond

CBS

I recall playing a Hammond B3 organ over and over while the producer tried mikes in different parts of the room.

1980

Reflections

Carpenters

A&M

 

1980

Susie Allanson

Susie Allanson

Curb

 

1980

Roger Voudouris

Roger Voudouris

WB

 

1980

Legendary Heroes

Allan Clarke

Elektra

 

1980

Jazz Singer Soundtrack

Neil Diamond

Capitol

A year out of our lives, and a great time was had by all. Lots of good stories here, too. Wish I could remember them.

1980

Hearts On The Line

Flying Burrito Brothers

Curb

 

1981

Sometimes Late At Night

Carol Bayer Sager

Boardwalk

Affectionately known as "Burt Bachache and Carol Bayer Aspirin"

1981

Dukes of Hazzard

TV Soundtrack

Scotti Brothers

 

1981

On The Way To The Sky

Neil Diamond

Columbia

 

1981

Messina

Jim Messina

WB

I remember some drives to Santa Barbara to work on this, but not much more.

1981

Tommy Knight

Tommy Knight

Columbia

 

1982

Take Me Back

Andrae Crouch

Light

Why did they want me to play Andrae's piano parts on this album? I guess it'll just have to be a mystery of faith.

1982

Heartlight

Neil Diamond

Columbia

 

1984

Primitive

Neil Diamond

Columbia

 

1986

Headed For The Future

Neil Diamond

Columbia

Fact: It's fifteen years later, and we're STILL headed for the future.

1987

Joy (Circuit) to the World — (original kinda dumb title: A Crystal Clear Christmas)

The Joy Circuit

Jenkins-Peabody

Originally issued on the Modern Art label, but now available on Jenkins-Peabody

1987

Hot August Night 2

Neil Diamond

Columbia

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1988

Best Years of our Lives

Neil Diamond

Columbia

 

1988

Rock and Roll

John Lennon

Capitol

LA tracks not used on final release, but it was quite a scene. Seven guitars, four keyboards, two basses, two drummers, four horns--and no charts. Lyric sheets for ALL my musicians, please! Many stories from these dates. Someday I must tell them.

1990

Barry Devorzon

Nadia's Theme (The Young & The Restless)

A&M

reissued endlessly

1991

Lovescape

Neil Diamond

Columbia

 

1992

Greatest Hits 1966-1992

Neil Diamond

Columbia

 

1993

Palm Springs (Eternal in the Human Hand)

The Joy Circuit

Jenkins-Peabody

1993

Up On The Roof/Songs from the Brill Bldg

Neil Diamond

Columbia

Liner notes editor

1994

Duets II

Frank Sinatra

Capitol

vocal arrangement

1994

Christmas Album Vol 2

Neil Diamond

Columbia

 

1995

Live In America

Neil Diamond

Columbia

 

1996

Rake and the Surftones

Jay Graydon

Westcoast

played accordion, did a (sort of) vocal on "My Woody."

1996

In My Lifetime

Neil Diamond

 

 

1997

Caribbean Christmas

Vince Charles

Oglio

Vince owes me some steel drum playing on MY next album for this.

1997

Martha Reeves

Martha Reeves

 

 

1997

The Collection

Eric Anderson

Archive

 

1997

Live in Concert

Neil Diamond

Readers Digest Music

If you're looking to buy a live ND album, you won't do better than this one—It's the band's favorite.

1997

Early Years/Jazz Singer/Beautiful Noise

Neil Diamond

Columbia

 

1998

Movie Album: As Time Goes By

Neil Diamond

Sony

Elmer Bernstein, a baseball fan, conducted a couple of my charts. I asked him if having a lefty conduct a bunch of right-handed musicians increased our chances of getting a hit. The answer to that one is easy: it all depends on the pitch.

1999

25th Anniversary Edition

K.C. & The Sunshine Band

Rhino

I dunno what I had to do with this.

2001

Born To Be With You

Dion

 

Reissue. LA Times critic Robert Hilburn brought Bruce Springsteen to the original session and introduced him to producer Phil Spector, who glared at him and said: "If you WANTED to steal my SOUND, why didn't you just ASK ME?"

2004

Taking America to America

Tom Hensley

Jenkins-Peabody

You DO own a copy, don't you?

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Kathe Green

Kathe Green

Prodigal

I don't remember it, but this turned up on an internet search.

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Tomorrow

Wayne Newton

Chelsea

 

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Music Makin' Mama from Memphis

Col. Jim Silvers

Bear Family

I think Richard Bennett produced this.

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Deardorff & Joseph

Deardorff & Joseph

Arista

Protoges of Seals and Crofts

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Okay, folks, here's where the anal-retentiveness kicks into high gear. Below is a list of albums I was part of in the last three decades or so, along with a few smart-ass comments.

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