Kate Dimbelby - vocals & backing vocals
Steve Hamilton - acoustic piano/Rhodes piano/organ/synth
Mark Hodgson - acoustic & electric bass
Ian Thomas - drums/cymbals
Richard Niles - acoustic & classical guitar/backing vocals
Nigel Hitchcock - soprano/alto/tenor sax
Recorded 27 - 30 April 1998 London.
1. Good Vibrations
2. That's Cool
3. Almost Blue
4. Can't Get You Out Of My Mind
5. San Diego Serenade
6. I'm Gonna Leave You
8. River Man
9. I Don't Know Anything
10. I Can't Let Go Now
This release from 1998 contains a liner note written
by Marion Montgomery in which she states that "Kate Dimbleby certainly
gets under your skin." While this is undoubtedly true I would hazard
to guess that Ms Montgomery's interpretation of this feeling is somewhat
different to mine. Any singer who is bold enough to attempt an all-time
classic such as the title track has to be very convincing. I must
say, as an avid fan of the music of the great Brian Wilson, that Miss
Dimbleby would have been best advised to leave this number well alone.
Her reading is too clever, almost to the point of being twee and there
are some songs that really do not need " jazzing up ".
The rest of this album is adequate with one or two
better moments, but the damage has already been done on the opener
- the lesser known tracks are often the better options, the Richard
Niles numbers are interesting and "Can't Get You Out Of My Mind" is
particularly pleasing. Any vocalist who attempts " Fever" is inviting
strong comparison, which brings me to the crux of the problem in that
the featured artist here is just not that good a singer. Her voice
is not strong or memorable and her intonation is often somewhat suspect.
The accompanying players perform well as one would
expect from musicians of this calibre, and, as always, Nigel Hitchcock
contributes strongly throughout with his Brecker-ish saxophone sound.
I could not honestly recommend this recording when
there are offerings available from such accomplished British singers
as Claire Martin and Clare Teal.
See also a more affirmative review of Kate's Later
album Ain't This Cosy