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April 14, 2017

Lee Ritenour – Rit (1981) – Lp

by Record Facts

Lee Mack Ritenour (born January 11, 1952) is an American jazz guitarist who has contributed to over 3000 sessions and has charted over 30 contemporary jazz hits since 1976.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Lee Ritenour
Title:  Rit
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Elektra Records
Catalog#  ELK 52273

As the 1980s began, Ritenour began to add stronger elements of pop to his music, beginning with Rit in 1981. For this, he kept with his distorted sound, now using his Ibanez LR-10 signature model guitar.
Session ace Lee Ritenour once more employs the cream of L.A.’s studio crop to come up with a drab, utterly unimaginative slab of nondescript pop. With guest vocalists like Eric Tagg and Bill Champlin (who also contribute as composers), Ritenour and his cohorts — among them Jeff Porcaro, Harvey Mason, David Foster, Alex Acuña, and Richard Tee — craft a pristine sonic foray into early-’80s production styles without a memorable song in ten. This is especially exasperating considering that Ritenour had the audacity to cover Sly Stone‘s “(You Caught Me) Smilin'” and murder it. Simply lifeless and dreadful.
The song “Is It You”, with vocals by Eric Tagg reached No. 15 on the Billboard pop chart and No. 27 on the soul chart.

 

Side one
1.  Mr. Briefcase  (3:20)
2.  (Just) Tell Me Pretty Lies  (4:13)
3.  No Sympathy  (4:43)
4.  Is It You?  (4:25)
5.  Dreamwalk  (1:43)

Side two
1.  Countdown (Captain Fingers)  (4:21)
2.  Good Question  (3:41)
3.  (You Caught Me) Smilin´  (4:08)
4.  On The Slow Glide  (4:10)
5.  No Sympathy (Reprise)  (1:56)

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