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Lee Oskar – Before the Rain

Lee Oskar
Before the Rain
Style: Funk, Fusion
Label: Elektra
Catalog Number: 6E-150
Released: 1978, 70's
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A roller disco classic from one of the founding members of the great SoCal jam band War, Lee Oskar’s Before the Rain is a pleasant harmonica funk album with one incredible haunted tune. B4 “Haunted House” is the jam here and one you likely won’t forget after hearing it. The line “You remind me of a haunted house I once was in” is repeated throughout this funky skate jammer alongside an infectious bassline and harmonica and keyboard solos. We’re not really sure what that line means… Is that meant to be a compliment, or a diss? Someone once mentioned it might be a reference to an Emily Dickinson poem. We’re not sure. Either way, listen to this one again and again and stare at the album art while you’re at it.

Recommended – B4 Haunted House

Tags: Cult Classic / Latin / Roller Skate
Tracklist:

A1 Before The Rain
A2 Steppin’
A3 San Francisco Bay
B1 Feelin’ Happy
B2 More Than Words Can Say
B3 Sing Song
B4 Haunted House

Credits:

Arranged By [Strings] – Gene Page (tracks: A1, B2, B3)
Art Direction, Design – Ron Coro
Baritone Saxophone – Stephen Kupka (tracks: A2, B1)
Bass – Bobby Vega
Clavinet – Herman Eberitzsch (tracks: A1)
Design – Alana Coghlan
Edited By – John Hanlon
Engineer – Chris Morris (2) (tracks: A2), Ed Barton (tracks: A1, B2, B3)
Executive-Producer – Jerry Goldstein
Guitar – Terry Medeiros (tracks: B2-B4)
Harmonica, Lead Vocals – Lee Oskar
Illustration – Joe Garnett
Mastered By – Wally Traugott
Noises [Sound Effects], Recorded By [Sound Effects] – Mickey Hart
Percussion – Paulinho Dacosta* (tracks: A1, B3, B4)
Piano, Keyboards – Herman Eberitzsch
Producer, Drums, Percussion – Greg Errico
Recorded By [Sound Effects] – Brett Cohen
Tenor Saxophone – Emilio Castillo (tracks: A2, B1)
Trombone, Trumpet – William Lamb* (tracks: A2, B1)
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Arranged By – Greg Adams (tracks: A2, B1)
Typography – Bill Franks

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