Barbara and Ernie – Prelude To… (1971) Day 11 of FV’s 12 Days of Xmas

Barbara & Ernie – Prelude To…
Original release 1971 Atlantic
Reissue, 2013 Real Gone Music

I almost headed off to bed without posting Day 11 of this 12 Days of Xmas thing.  It’s only the fifth day of the year and I’m already exhausted with stress.  Too tired and strapped for time to give this album a proper tip of the hat.  This record pushes all my buttons in all the right places.  It’s a shame that Barbara Massey was relegated to background vocals for most of her career.  Ernie Calabria had done lots of session work with the likes of Harry Belafonte and others.  With Deodato doing the arranging, this is a treasure of soulful-psychedelic-folk-rock. #autoharp

1. Play With Fire
2. Somebody To Love
3. Prelude
4. Listen To Your Heart
5. For You
6. Searching The Circle
7. My Love And I
8. Do You Know?
9. Satisfied

More information:

Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar [12 String Electric Guitar], Sitar [Electric] – Ernie Calabria
Arranged By, Vocals – Barbara & Ernie
Bass – Bill Salter
Conductor, Orchestrated By [Orchestral Expertise] – Eumir Deodato
Congas, Percussion – Ralph MacDonald
Design [Backliner Design] – Alyse Koylan
Design [Cover Design] – Stanislaw Zagorski
Drums – Grady Tate
Electric Guitar – Sam Brown (2)
Engineer [A & R Recording Studios Recording Engineer] – Tony May
Engineer [Atlantic Recording Studios Recording Engineer] – Gene Paul, Lewis Hahn*
Engineer [Re-mix Engineer] – Lewis Hahn*
Engineer [Regent Sound Studio Recording Engineer] – Bob Liftin
Mastered By – GP*
Photography By [Cover Photo] – Fred Smith*
Piano, Electric Piano, Autoharp – Barbara Massey
Producer – Joel Dorn
Written-By – Barbara Massey (tracks: A1, A3 to B5), Ernie Calabria (tracks: A1, A3 to B5)

Recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, N.Y., Regent Sound Studio, New York, N.Y., and A & R Recording Studios, New York, N.Y.



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  1. Thank you for the beautiful/geat music. Inchallah you’ll feel better

  2. Many thanks

  3. This looks like one of those albums that will be up my alley for sure and another one that I’d never even knew existed without your blog. Thank you Dr. V!

  4. I wouldn’t exactly take this one to the desert island but it embodies what was so great about the 1970’s–the freedom to make an eclectic album of whatever stuff seemed like fun and rewarding music to record by the artists involved. Thanks for turning us (me) onto this cool platter Dr. V.

  5. Thank you so very much for sharing this one. Hope everything is well with you.

  6. Thank you, Dr Vibes!

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