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Ned Doheny – Hard Candy

Ned Doheny
Hard Candy
Style: Rock, Soul
Label: Columbia
Catalog Number: PC 34259
Released: 1976, 70's
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Hard Candy, Ned Doheny’s blue eyed soul opus, offers a lesson in everything going right for a record, yet still failing commercially. After his debut album failed to chart, Doheny teamed up with Average White Band’s Hamish Stewart in 1974 to write some songs. The resulting demos caught the attention of guitarist Steve Cropper (Booker T & the M.G.’s) who signed on to record Doheny’s next two albums.

Along with the aid of Cropper, the album features members of the California soft rock elite of the time: Linda Ronsdadt, JD Souther and members of the Eagles and Tower of Power all contribute to the smooth blend. The songs are breezy and bright, with a solid groove. Light funk bass and disco beats back Doheny’s soft acoustic rhythm guitar and distinctive voice.

Despite strong songwriting and star-studded sessions, Hard Candy bombed, became an obscurity and, later, a hard to find cult-classic commanding steep prices on the secondhand market. Now, courtesy Be With Records, this west coast AOR classic can be enjoyed on vinyl by a new generation of fans. Best enjoyed while driving down the Pacific Coast Highway or poolside with a frozen daiquiri.

– Cole Kinnear

Recommended:
A1 Get it Up for Love, B1 A Love of Your Own, B2 I’ve Got Your Number

Tags: AOR / Cult Classic / Funk / Soft Rock
Tracklist:

A1 Get It Up For Love
A2 If You Should Fall
A3 Each Time You Pray
A4 When Love Hangs In The Balance
B1 A Love Of Your Own
B2 I’ve Got Your Number
B3 On The Swingshift
B4 Sing To Me
B5 Valentine (I Was Wrong About You)

Credits:

Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Lead Guitar, Written-By, Backing Vocals – Ned Doheny
Arranged By [Background Vocals] – H.B. Barnum
Arranged By [Horn] – Greg Adams
Bass – Colin Cameron
Drums – Gary Mallaber
Electric Guitar – Ernie Corello
Horns – Tower Of Power Horn Section, Chuck Findley, Greg Adams
Keyboards – David Foster
Percussion – Steve Forman
Arranged By [Strings] – Larry Muhoberac
Engineer [Assistant At Clover] – Stewart Whitmore, Toby Scott
Engineer [Assistant At Sausalito] – Rick Ehrman
Engineer, Mixed By – Austin Godsey
Executive-Producer – Richard Kimball
Mixed By, Producer – Steve Cropper
Photography By [Cover] – Moshe Brakha

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