Arranged by Jimmie Haskell, produced by Bill Szymczyk, and featuring songs written by Denny with his first wife Linda Woodward with such session players as Barry Mc Guire, Buddy Emmons, Russ Kunkel, “Fast” Eddy Fischer, and Eric “The Doctor” Hord, Watcha Gonna Do is truly a lost gem of early ‘70s roots rock, sort of The Mamas and Papas meeting The Band and The Eagles (Szymczyk went on to produce all of The Eagles albums).
As for the music, much of it has a rustic, rural feel in keeping with the film’s setting, which follows the misadventures of a recluse who rents a ramshackle farm in the Canadian countryside, with some nods (“Woody’s Thing”) towards the blues-rock Wood would explore with Keith Richards in the Stones.
But without a doubt the highlight is Lane’s “Just for a Moment,’ which is here in both vocal and instrumental versions; it’s a prime example of the wistful roots-rock that made Lane’s post-Faces solo career so compelling.
) started asking us about reissuing Papa Denny Doherty’s criminally overlooked 1971 solo album on the ABC/Dunhill label, Watcha Gonna Do.
This record came out on CD only in Japan back in 2002, and commands hundreds of dollars online, so a straight reissue would have worked just fine.
With artists old (Louis Armstrong, Nat “King” Cole, Gene Autry), new (Céline Dion, Harry Connick, Jr.) and somewhere in between (Carly Simon, Joe Cocker, Tammy Wynette), the movie’s array of songs (many chosen by Ephron herself) appealed to hearts of every vintage and tastes of every stripe, and the tunes themselves represented the best that the Brill Building and Nashville had to offer.
Indeed, the film re-introduced a whole new generation to the unique charms of Jimmy Durante with his renditions of “As Time Goes By” and “Make Someone Happy” over the opening and closing credits, respectively, resulting in a boomlet of enthusiasm for the work of the ol’ Schnozzola.
Just in time for Christmas, too…maybe this release will spark (or re-kindle) some holiday romances of its own! Starring Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, Mommie Dearest Was Loved and Loathed for Its Over-the-Top Characters and Dramatic Situations But Henry Mancini’s Score for the Film, Which Paid Tribute to the Classic Soundtracks of ‘40s and ‘50s Hollywood Dramas by Such Composers as Bernard Herrmann, Alex North, and Elmer Bernstein, Won Universal Praise It Was a Model of Restraint, Balancing Passion and Pathos While Commenting and Adding Texture to the Extreme Emotions Being Displayed on Screen Mancini’s Characteristic Command of Melody and Orchestral Color Are on Full Display, Especially on the Track “No More Pain” First-Ever LP Release Gatefold LP Jacket Features Production Stills Limited Edition of 1200 in Spotless White Vinyl ORDER NOW!
Christina Crawford’s controversial memoir about the abuse she suffered at the hands of mother Joan Crawford spawned an even more controversial movie starring Faye Dunaway as the Hollywood diva. ) an award for the worst movie of the ‘90s, and to this day is loved/loathed for being an over-the-top camp cult classic.
Richie Unterberger’s liner notes examine this little-known detour in the careers of two British rock legends…fascinating for Faces and Stones fans!