1979 Lauren Wood – Lauren Wood

Wood, Lauren 1979Lauren Wood’s career began in the mid ’70s when she formed a band called Rebecca and the Sunnybrook Farmers. In 1972, she provided back-up vocals on Frank Zappa’s album The Grand Wazoo. In 1973, Lauren Wood formed the band Chunky, Novi and Ernie with her cousin Novi Novog and bassist Ernie Emerita They released two albums both co-produced by Ted Templeman. “Underground”, from the 1973 album was covered by Montrose on Paper Money (1974).

In 1979, she released her first self-titled album on Warner Bros. Records. Although this is a solo album, the words “Featuring Novi and Ernie” appear in the lower right corner of the cover and the photo has Wood flanked by her bandmates. Guests included Michael McDonald, Little Feat members Bill Payne and Fred Tackett, Steve Lukather, Ronnie Montrose, Jim Keltner and Patrick Simmons. The duet “Please Don’t Leave” went to #5 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #24 on the Pop Singles chart.

After her follow-up album, Cat Trick, Wood vanished from the music scene. However, she spent time writing and performing songs for television and movie soundtracks, including “Fallen,” the song used in Pretty Woman, which has been covered by musicians such as Johnny Mathis, Larry Coryell, and Nicolette Larson. Larson would later record two more songs written by Wood for her 1988 album Shadows of Love. These two tracks were “Work on It” and “Where Did I Get These Tears”.

In 1998, Wood founded her own record label, Bad Art Records. On this label, she released her third album, Lauren Wood, in 1998 and Love, Death & Customer Service in 2006.

Tracks

1 Please Don’t Leave Me (Lauren Wood) 3:58
2  Save The Man (Lauren Wood) 5:22
3  Hollywood (Lauren Wood) 4:19
4  Nothin’ But A Heartache (Michael McDonald) 3:50
5  Gotta Lotta (Lauren Wood) 4:03
6  Where Did I Get These Tears (Lauren Wood) 4:31
7  Dirty Work (Donald Fagen, Walter Becker) 3:44
8  Time Zone (Lauren Wood) 5:52
9  Overload (Lauren Wood) 4:42

Musicians

Bass Ernie Emerita
Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Bass David Hungate
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Drums Jim Keltner
Drums Mike Baird
Drums Rick Shlosser
Guitar Jay Graydon
Guitar Steve Lukather
Guitar Ronnie Montrose
Guitar Summer Mering
Guitar Fred Tackett
Keyboards Jai Winding
Keyboards Wood, Lauren
Keyboards Bill Payne
Synthesizer Duncan Mackey
Sax John Klemmer
Sax Andrew Love
Sax Jerry Jumonville
Percussion Paul Lani
Percussion Steve Forman
Percussion Bob LaKind
Percussion Michael Jackson
Background Vocals Michael McDonald
Background Vocals Patrick Simmons
Background Vocals Arno Lucas
Background Vocals Bobby Kimball
Background Vocals Ricardo de Campos
Background Vocals Adam Mitchell
Background Vocals Nicolette Larson
Background Vocals Ted Templeman

Other Musicians

1 Please Don’t Leave

Keyboards Bill Payne
Background Vocals Michael McDonald
Background Vocals Arno Lucas
Background Vocals Ricardo de Campos


2 Save The Man

Guitar (solo) Jay Graydon
Background Vocals Adam Mitchell


3 Hollywood

Guitar (solo) Summer Mering
Background Vocals Arno Lucas
Background Vocals Ricardo de Campos


4 Nothin’ But A Heartache

Sax John Klemmer
Background Vocals Michael McDonald
Background Vocals John Townsend
Background Vocals Rosemary Butler
Background Vocals Bob LaKind


5 Gotta Lotta

Guitar Steve Lukather
Horn Ben Cauley
Sax Andrew Love
Synthesizer Duncan Mackey
Background Vocals Bill Champlin
Background Vocals Bobby Kimball
Background Vocals Rosemary Butler


7 Dirty Work

Guitar (solo) Ronnie Montrose
Synthesizer Duncan Mackey
Background Vocals John Townsend
Background Vocals Michael McDonald
Background Vocals Patrick Simmons
Background Vocals Rosemary Butler


8 Time Zone

Background Vocals Michael McDonald
Background Vocals John Townsend
Background Vocals Rosemary Butler
Background Vocals Patrick Simmons
Background Vocals Bob LaKind

Liner Notes

Producer – Michael J. Jackson, Ted Templeman (Track 1)
Concertmaster – Marcy Dicterow