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The Best of the More "Commercialized" Maynard Albums
William F Ford | St. Petersburg, Fl United States | 07/16/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's about time this album was released on cd. Having followed Maynard since his "Live at Jimmy's" in 1973, "Hollywood" 's the most consistently good of Maynard's popular/commercial albums of his mid 70's-early 80's period, most likely due to Stanley Clarke as producer. "Hollywood" is consistently better than "Conquistador" and even "Primal Scream." (which is another recommended "commercial" Maynard album) Every track is at least pleasant, but several are truly stand-outs. "Portuguese Love" breaks into a great Latin groove, while "For Your Eyes Only" (yes, the theme from the James Bond movie of the same name) is given a gorgeously soaring treatment. Dolly Parton's "Nine to Five" is rollicking, but the real smoker of the album is Clarke's "Hollywood" itself, a showpiece of a tune with a hot sax solo by Dave Sanborn and a musical climax that will leave you in chills. Maynard's guest musicians are world-class, including Joe Farrell, Alex Acuna, George Duke, Lee Ritenour, and Mike Sembello. Highly recommended."
It's still Maynard, but...
Roger C. Delaney | Frederick, MD United States | 11/23/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This album is worth hearing only due to the involvement of the incomparable Maynard Ferguson. Beyond that, it's a slick, soulless album that was made (according to quotes from Ferguson in the MF biography, "MF Horn") solely to satisfy the head brass at Columbia - this was Ferguson's last LP of new material for them, I believe, after which he moved on to more jazz-oriented labels. The fact that I saw Maynard on the tour for this album and he only played one tune from it - "For Your Eyes Only", in a totally revamped arrangement - tells you how he felt about the record. In any case, if you want a much better example of Maynard's Seventies-era stuff, check out "New Vintage" (featuring "Maria" and "Airegin") or "Carnival" (with an incredible version of "Over the Rainbow"). Even "Primal Scream" is worth owning, if only for "Pagliacci" - but this one is pointless. Three stars for Maynard...none for the record."
Peter Lockhouse | at home | 08/03/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This album is inspired by ... ? It is boring, there is no improvisation. It looks like the musicians are just playing for there money, from 9 to five, with there thoughts somewhere else. The only good number is "Hollywood", used as a radio tune for a musicprogram in the Netherlands. The rest is, let's say, a waste of time. Maynard's best CD is "Maynard Ferguson", 1971, with numbers like Move Over, Stoney End and Living in the Past."