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The Hit List - Jim/James R. Horn

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The Hit List (1998) - Jim/James R. Horn

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Jim/James R. Horn

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Ride Like The Wind
  Running Time: 4:02
  Comments: Originally recorded with Christopher Cross 1979. Mix at Sound Control/Nashville,TN.
  Running Time: 4:11
  Comments: Originally recorded with Steely Dan 1977. Mix at Sound Control/Nashville,TN.
Turn Your Love Around
  Running Time: 3:25
  Comments: Originally recorded with George Benson 1983. Mix at Sound Control/Nashville,TN.
Summer Breeze
  Running Time: 3:48
  Comments: Originally recorded with Seals And Crofts 1974. Mix at Sound Control/Nashville,TN.
Angel Of Harlem
  Running Time: 3:33
  Comments: Originally recorded with U2 1988. Mix at Sound Control/Nashville,TN.
Goin' Up The Country
  Running Time: 2:57
  Comments: Originally recorded with Canned Heat 1968. Mix at Sound Control/Nashville,TN.
Lady Blue
  Running Time: 3:32
  Comments: Originally recorded with Leon Russell 1975. Mix at Sound Control/Nashville,TN.
  Running Time: 4:08
  Comments: Originally recorded with Toto 1979. Mix at Sound Control/Nashville,TN.
Cloud Nine
  Running Time: 2:55
  Comments: Sometimes billed as "Cloud 9". Originally recorded with George Harrison 1987. Mixed at Insomnia Studio/Nashville,TN
Little Jeannie
  Running Time: 3:40
  Comments: Originally recorded with Elton John 1980. Mix at Sound Control/Nashville,TN.
Delta Lady
  Running Time: 2:55
  Comments: Originally recorded with Joe Cocker 1969. Mix at Sound Control/Nashville,TN.
  Running Time: 4:08
  Comments: Originally recorded with Toto 1979. Mix at Sound Control/Nashville,TN.
I Got My Mind Set On You
  Running Time: 2:57
  Comments: Sometimes billed as "Got My Mind Set On You". Originally recorded with George Harrison 1987. Mix at Sound Control/Nashville,TN.
Good Vibrations
  Running Time: 4:02
  Comments: Originally recorded with The Beach Boys 1965. Mix at Sound Control/Nashville,TN.
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J.D. Blair, Bekka Bramlett, Nanette Britt, Dash (Darrell) Crofts, Thom(as)/Tom Flora, Dobie (Lawrence Victor) Gray (Ainsworth), Barry Green, Michael/Mike Haynes, Jim Hoke, David/Dave Hungate, Sam(uel B.) Levine, Michael M(a)cDonald, Chris Nole, Elizabeth Pearson, Jack Pearson, Dave (David W.) Pomeroy, Tom/Thomas W. Roady, Chris Rodriguez, Leon Russell (Claude Bridges), Louie Shelton, George Tidwell

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Domestic Vinyl/CD Album

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Walter Becker (Songwriter), Walter Becker (Songwriter), Bono (Paul Hewson) (Songwriter), Bono (Paul Hewson) (Songwriter), Bill Champlin (Songwriter), Rudy Clark (Songwriter), Adam Clayton (Songwriter), Adam Clayton (Songwriter), Dash (Darrell) Crofts (Songwriter), Dash (Darrell) Crofts (Songwriter), Christopher Cross (Songwriter), Donald Fagen (Songwriter), Donald Fagen (Songwriter), Jay Graydon (Songwriter), George Harrison (Songwriter), Elton John (Reginald Dwight) (Songwriter), Mike/Michael (Edward) Love (Songwriter), Mike/Michael (Edward) Love (Songwriter), Steve Lukather (Songwriter), Larry Mullen, Jr. (Songwriter), Larry Mullen, Jr. (Songwriter), Gary (Anthony) Osborne (Songwriter), David/Dave (Baby) Paich (Songwriter), David/Dave (Baby) Paich (Songwriter), Jeff(rey) Porcaro (Songwriter), Jeff(rey) Porcaro (Songwriter), Leon Russell (Claude Bridges) (Songwriter), Jim (James) Seals (Songwriter), Jim (James) Seals (Songwriter), The Edge (David Howell Evans) (Songwriter), The Edge (David Howell Evans) (Songwriter), Brian Wilson (Songwriter), Al(an) Wilson (Songwriter), Al(an) Wilson (Songwriter), Brian Wilson (Songwriter), Roger Nichols (Mastering), Thom(as)/Tom Flora (Cover Design), Jim/James R. Horn (Produced By), Eddie Gore (Mixed By), Eddie Gore (Recording Engineer), Jack Pearson (Recording Engineer), Tramper Price (Recording Engineer), Steve Tillis(c)h (Recording Engineer), Paul Van Dyke (Recording Engineer), Peter Nash (Back Cover Photo), Mark Mosely (Mix), Thom(as)/Tom Flora (Booklet Design)

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Rhythm Records

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Recorded at
Tall Cotton Studio/Nashville,TN.
Sound Control/Nashville,TN

He may not be a household name, but he is a household sound. Move your radio dial to any classic pop or rock station and turn up the volume. Chances are you're grooving to a Jim Horn solo. Good Vibrations, Rosanna, Little Jeannie, Turn Your Love Around and Goin Up the Country, are just a few giant hits of this extraordinary musician. To date, Horn has played on at least 120,000 albums. He has performed with the most popular artists the music industry has produced - George Harrison, Wynnona, Garth Brooks - and recorded for our most prestigious Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and the King himself: Elvis Presley. His credits read like a Who's Who of the music business, a career highlighted with names like Bowen and Spector, King Curtis and Duane Eddy, and John, Paul, Ringo, and George. Very few musicians can claim to have worked with each individual Beatle. Horn can. Duane Eddy, Horn's friend and mentor, has said of him "He just happens to be one of the best players in the world". George Harrison and Eric Clapton back him up.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Jim practiced to the hip sax solos of King Curtis, Plas Johnson, Hank Crawford, and Clifford Scott. The practicing paid off, and soon Jim was sitting in with bands in various L.A. nightclubs. Later, Jim jammed with legendary sax player King Curtis. It changed Horn's sound forever.

Horn was hired to work on an album with Duane Eddy (Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, 1994). From that day on, Horn's studio career was launched. Jim has always given Duane Eddy credit for his success.

In the mid-'60s, the exposure from working in the studios landed Horn in Phil Spector's Wall of Sound recording sessions. That's Jim playing horns on The Righteous Brothers' You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' and Tina Turner's River Deep, Mountain High, both produced by the great Spector. These were some of Horn's favorite sessions to play on due to the spontaneous recording of the musicians, comparable to the old Sun Records sessions. As the '70s progressed, Horn recorded albums with Leon Russell, George Harrison, and Joe Cocker. He was invited by Cocker to play on the infamous Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour, and followed up with Harrison's 1971 benefit concert for Bangladesh and 1974 Dark Horse tour. By the closing of this explosive musical decade, Elton John, Warren Zevon, John Denver and Steely Dan had added their names to Horn's roster.

Scores of musicians and music industry personalities fled the L.A. music scene in the early 1980s and flocked to the quiet, slower-paced rhythm of Nashville's Music Row. Horn followed suit after meeting his wife, Denise, at a Jimmy Bowen session. Later, he played sax on the hit tune Angel Of Harlem with the Irish super-band U2 at Memphis Sun Studios. Portions of the session were filmed for U2's musical documentary Rattle and Hum, so Jim can be seen playing his saxophone alongside the talented efforts of the four boys from Eire. He also produced two solo albums, Neon Nights and Work It Out for Warner Brothers. Though neither album fared as well as Jim would have hoped, Neon Nights held the #1 position on R & R's jazz charts for six weeks.

Horn continued to produce and perform into the next decade, sharing his talents with the soulful Delbert McClinton, touring with Japanese singer Kioshiro (1992), and crooning a superb soprano sax on I Can't Tell You Why, Vince Gill's cover of the Eagles classic.

Proving that country really is cool, Jim played sax on a number of top-selling country albums. Two giant artists were especially instrumental in this transition: Garth Brooks and Wynonna. Brooks invited Jim to play on his #1 album. In Pieces, which features Jim's critically acclaimed sax solo on One Night a Day. Horn also played on stage with Garth in Central Park, in front of a live audience of about 700,000 people, not to mention an HBO audience estimated at about 60 million.

King Curtis
Hank Crawford
Plas Johnson
Cannonball Adderly
Clifford Scott

Duane Eddy
King Curtis

Studied with:
Bud Shank
King Curtis
Bill Green

Duane Eddy: "He just happens to be one of the best players in the world."
Jeff Lynne: "The best musician I've ever had the privilege to play with."
Eric Clapton: "A great horn player. A fantastic musician."
George Harrison: "A great player."
Ringo Starr: "He can blow anything he puts in his mouth."

Jim Horn's Artist Roster:
The Mamas and The Papas
Delaney & Bonnie
Leon Russell
Rita Coolidge
Joe Cocker
Johnny Rivers
Jackson Browne
Ringo Starr
George Harrison
Paul McCartney
John Lennon
Harry Nilsson
Lionel Ritchie
The Beach Boys
Linda Ronstadt
Barbra Streisand
Vince Gill
Delbert McClinton
Billy Joel
Trisha Yearwood
Steve Winwood
B.B. King
The Doobie Brothers
Gladys Knight
Frank Zappa
Bobby Blue Bland
Frank Sinatra
Elvis Presley
Joni Mitchell
John Denver
The Carpenters
Canned Heat
The Fifth Dimension
Elton John
Smokey Robinson
Neil Sedaka
Ronnie Milsap
The Rolling Stones
Steely Dan
Roy Orbison
Diana Ross
Aaron Neville
Hank Williams Jr.
Booker T. & The MG's
Steve Cropper
Ray Charles
Junior Walker
Michael Bolton
Glenn Frey
Etta James
Marvin Gaye
Stevie Wonder
Tina TUrner
Garth Brooks
Eric Clapton
George Benson
Boz Scaggs
Righteous Bros.
Seals & Crofts
Little Richard
Warren Zevon
Duane Eddy
The Traveling Wilburys
Tom Petty
Spiral Staircase
The Memphis Horns
The Uptown Horns
The Muscle Shoals Horns
Jose Feliciano
Michael Jackson
Bob Dylan
Larry Carlton
Fats Domino
Issac Hayes
The Neville Brothers
And Many More

THANKS to all of the musicians, singers and engineers for their love and hard work. THANKS to all of the artists and songwriters for creating these hit songs.

Special THANKS to Michael McDonald, Bekka Bramlett, Leon Russell, Dash Crofts and Dobie Gray for their great vocals.

Special THANKS to Randy Talmadge and Thom Flora for their creative minds and constant support.

Special THANKS to Charlie Montgomery and Jim Price at Tall Cotton Studios.

And a VERY SPECIAL THANKS to my wife Denise.....for her love and patience

Dedicated to my mother, Gerry, and my brother Richard

Michael McDonald appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
Bekka Bramlett appears courtesy of Almo Sounds, Inc.

(C) 1998 Jim Horn

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Ace the vocals!
Review written by John Fitzgerald, February 13th, 2005

The strange thing here is that this album in my opinion would have worked better had it been a musak induced album of instrumental covers of the numerous famous hits that sax player Jim Horn has played on in his session career as this is an interesting idea of a project but the vocals on this album for the most part really ruin any chance for many of these tracks to be taken seriously even if that was the reason the vocals were added to the album in the first place (as it does seem a reasonable fear that leaving the album as instrumental would leave it open to criticism by some of it sounding like "banal elevator music"), that's the way it comes across to me. Naturally, Bekka turns in a stellar performance on "Delta lady" which she probably could've done in her sleep, having grown up close to the circles of the song's origins and as there are no lead vocals as such on this (or many songs on this CD for that matter), at least on this track the background vocals work better for us because we can hear Bekka's part more clearly than we probably would've had lead vocals been pressed on top of this version. All hope is not lost though as there is an instrumental present, a cover of the Canned Heat classic "Goin' up the country" which predictably serves as another album highlight and "Cloud nine" is more bearable than others here due to the minimal vocals enclosed in this track but one still wonders why Horn opted to choose 2 George Harrison songs (and 2 Toto songs for that matter) out of all of the material he has played on over the years, surely to show his diversity he could've found one track to replace the other Harrison track "Got my mind set on you" with. While more popular a song, it is less useful here due to the said vocal reasons. Same could be said for most tracks here so I won't list them individually with the same explanation on each but it is quite an annoyance that songs such as "Josie" (originally done with Steely Dan) starts out like it could be an effective standard jazz cover but then in comes the vocals and that's the end of that. The album does start off promising though as the cover of the Christopher Cross smash "Ride like the wind" comes the closest to recreating the original recording than the others on the album and is helped along in this vein by Michael McDonald who joins in by re-recording his famous backing vocal part that was on the Cross original for us here and it does work but unfortunately, the rest of the vocals on the album do the opposite of what I get the feeling was the idea they were added to the album for in the first place which is a real shame. Maybe Jim (or another session player) will do another similar project and just leave the vocals alone, I'm sure that'll work better for them in the long run.

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Discography entry submitted by Jeff Kenney & Marty Adelson.