Apr 6, 2009
NINO & APRIL - ALL STRUNG OUT (WHITE WHALE 1966) Jap mastering cardboard sleeve + 5 bonus
The classic brother/sister duo, actors, top session musicans and hitmakers with the oldies radio staple "Deep Purple" (and yes, that record *was* the inspiration for the celebrated rockers' name!) and many more A vital brick in Phil Spector's Wall Of Sound, Nino and April continued making impressionistic, Spectoresque records well into the 1960's...their switch from Atco to adventurous LA indie label White Whale seemingly freeing up their creativity no end.....utilising Nino's jazz chops and consummate songwriting and April's torchy, intimate vocals, which speak right to the....um...heart of a young man, to best advantage...in their unique counterpoint style...in this (kind of!) missing link between Spectorsound and the emerging psychy softpop....classic stuff.....and a listening treat!...[net]
Formed in the early 1960s when Nino Tempo and April Stevens signed as a duo with Atco, the group had a string of Billboard hits and earned a Grammy Award as "best rock & roll record of the year" for the single "Deep Purple". "Deep Purple" was originally released as a "B-side" by producer Ahmet Ertegun, who was dubious of Tempo's belief that it would be a hit, calling it "the most embarrassing thing" the duo had ever recorded. When the "A-side" song, "Paradise", flopped, Ertegun relented, and the song achieved notability as the longest running hit B-side, a title it carried for 21 years.
Music journalist Richie Unterberger has described the later song "All Strung Out" as Nino Tempo & April Stevens' "greatest triumph", declaring it "one of the greatest Phil Spector-inspired productions of all time". For years following their charting singles, the duo continued recording, but failed to achieve continued sales success...[net]