Melody Fair (album)
|Studio album by Lulu|
|Recorded||Atlantic South-Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida|
|Producer||Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin|
Melody Fair is an album recorded by Lulu in 1970 for a release on Atco Records. She had recorded her first album for Atco, New Routes, in the fall of 1969 under the production auspices of top Atlantic Records execs Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin. Although New Routes had been a commercial disappointment, Wexler, Dowd and Mardin had Lulu record tracks for a follow-up album in March 1970 with virtually the same session personnel who had played on New Routes, although the latter album had been recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and the 1970 sessions were recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami.
The album's advance single "Hum a Song (From Your Heart)", co-credited to the Dixie Flyers and backed by the New Routes track "Where's Eddie", was issued in April 1970 to stall at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track also fell short of the UK Top 50 despite a Top of the Pops performance broadcast on 18 June 1970.
Lulu completed recording for her upcoming album in May 1970 and after a further single release: the overlooked "After the Feeling is Gone", that June the Melody Fair album was issued in July 1970 with no significant commercial impact. A further single release, comprising the tracks "Melody Fair" and "To the Other Woman (I'm the Other Woman)", had an overlooked release that September.
Lulu began a third album at Criteria Studios in November 1970 but the project was not completed. Although she would remain contracted to Atco until 1972, she would have no further album releases on the label with only occasional overlooked singles. The tracks from New Routes and Melody Fair augmented by hers singles-only releases and previously unissued material, were released in 2007 as Lulu: the Atco Sessions, 1969 - 1972.
- "Good Day Sunshine" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
- "After the Feeling is Gone" (Terry Woodford, George Soulé)
- "I Don't Care Anymore" (Jerry Williams, Gary U.S. Bonds, Maurice Gimbel)
- "(Don't Go) Please Stay" (Burt Bacharach, Bob Hilliard)
- "Melody Fair" (Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb)
- "Take Good Care of Yourself" (Jim Doris)
- "Vine Street" (Randy Newman)
- "Move to My Rhythm" (Fran Robbins)
- "To the Other Woman (I'm the Other Woman)" (Jerry Williams, Gary U.S. Bonds)
- "Hum a Song (From Your Heart)" (Richard Ross)
- "Sweet Memories" (Mickey Newbury)
- "Saved" (Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
- Jim Dickinson - piano, guitar
- Charlie Freeman - guitar
- Mike Utley - organ
- Tommy McClure - bass guitar
- Sammy Creason - drums
- Andrew Love - tenor saxophone
- Ed Logan - tenor saxophone
- Floyd Newman - baritone saxophone
- Jack Dale - trombone
- Felix Cavaliere - Latin percussion
- The Sweet Inspirations, Eddie Brigati, David Brigati, Nancy Kirkpatrick, Chuck Kirkpatrick - backing vocals
- Chuck Kirkpatrick, Ronnie Albert - engineers
- Grant Gravitt - photography