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3.55 | 18 ratings | 2 reviews | 6% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

A1 Big City 5:22
A2 Sweet Dreamer 4:42
A3.1 Egypt 1:00
A3.2 Nocturne 1:24
A4 Rapid Transit 3:59
A5 Ritmo Loco 1:08

B1 Dreams Come And Go Away 3:34
Enchanted Pool Suite
B2.1 Prelude 1:31
B2.2 Part I 2:18
B2.3 Part II 5:39
B3 And We Meet Again 6:41

Line-up / Musicians

Greg Adams Trumpet
Lamar Alsop Violin, Viola
Brian Auger Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Piano (Electric)
Raymond Beckenstein Flute
Don Blackman Performer
Alex Blake Bass
Al Brown Viola
Emilio Castillo Sax (Tenor)
Clive Chaman Bass
Louis Colin Harp
Michael Comins Violin
Harry Cykman Violin
Harvey Estrin Flute
Barry Finclair Violin
Paul Gershman Violin
Mike Gibbs Piano, Orchestration
Mic Gillette Trombone, Trumpet
Patrick Gleeson Synthesizer, Keyboards, Producer, Brass, Brass Arrangement, Arp Strings
Ray Gomez Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Arranger, Guitar (Electric), Performer, Soloist
Jerry Goodman Violin
Onaje Allan Gumbs Piano, Keyboards
Jan Hammer Piano, Keyboards, Piano (Electric), Mini Moog
Herbie Hancock Keyboards, Piano (Electric)
Paul Jackson, Jr. Bass
Paul Jackson Bass
David Earle Johnson Conga
Gary King Bass, Drums
Harold Kohon Violin
Stephen "Doc" Kupka Sax (Baritone)
Lennox Laington Conga
Walter Levinsky Flute
Jesse Levy Cello
Alex Ligertwood Guitar
Guy Lumia Violin
Bennie Maupin Saxophone, Sax (Soprano)
Charles McCracken Cello
Homer Mensch Double Bass
Marcus Miller Bass
Jack Mills Guitar, Soloist
Marin Morganstern Violin
Marvin Morgenstern Violin
David Nadien Violin
Lenny Pickett Sax (Tenor), Lyricon, Soloist
John Pintavalle Violin
Max Pollikoff Violin
Neal Schon Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Soloist
Alan Shulman Cello
Linda Tillery Vocals
Tower of Power Horn
Miroslav Vitous Bass, Bass (Acoustic)
Lenny White Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Arranger, Conga, Drums, Keyboards, Timbales, Moog Synthesizer, Producer, Oberheim, Horn Arrangements, Roto Toms, Announcer, Mini Moog, Arp Strings, Moog Drum
Verdine White Bass

Releases information

℗ 1977 Nemperor Records Printed in U.S.A. , NE 441
Distributed By Atlantic Recording Corporation

Nemperor Records K 50345 (Germany/UK/France)

Wasn't re-released on CD.

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LENNY WHITE Big City ratings distribution

(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(56%)
Good, but non-essential (39%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by Progfan97402
4 stars Big City is Lenny White's second solo album and his first upon leaving Return to Forever. Here he recruited a ton of musicians, more so than on Venusian Summer. Notables include Herbie Hancock, Tpwer of Power horn section, Brian Auger and his Oblivion Express (including Alex Ligertwood, Jack Mills, Clive Chaman, and Lennox Langton), Patrick Gleeson, Marcus Miller, soul singer Linda Tillery, Verdine White (Earth, Wind & FIre member and younger brother of Maurice White, of course), Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, David Earle Johnson, Miroslav Vitous, Bennie Maupin, and too many others. The title track sounds like a horn- driven version of Return to Forever (I know, Musicmagic used horns, but this is much better). Organ appears, from Brian Auger, naturally. I was a bit skeptical of "Sweet Dreamer" given the presence of Linda Tillery, as I was expecting some truly awful soul ballad, in the style of Motown or Philly International at its most sappy. Not at all, it's a rather pleasant song avoiding the worst pitfalls of that style. It's also the only song with vocals on the whole album. Then album gets more funky, more or less picking up where Venusian Summer left off, although the music isn't quite as spacy, and has a more urban feel to it (no surprise, given the album is titled Big City). There are some short orchestral pieces, with some amazing Mahavishnu Orchestra-type stuff going on, with violin from Jerry Goodman, and synth solos from Jan Hammer. "And We Meet Again" is a tribute to Miles (Miles Davis, of course, since Lenny did play on Bitches Brew). It's recorded live, and shows a more raw approach.

I was blown away by Venusian Summer, but Return to Forever's Musicmagic is as bad as most everyone says it is, so I feared Lenny White went that route on Big City. I am so happy that's as far from the truth as you can get. While I find Venusian Summer a better album, this is still very much worth having for fans of fusion and there are no bad songs on it, not even "Sweet Dreamer".

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars It's like Lenny tried to do too much here with his second record "Big City". I mean he invited everyone he knew to play on it as we get over 50 musicians and yes we can drop some huge names that are among them even if most play minor roles. I will drop those names later but man we get strings galore, electronics, orchestration, horns, vocals and on and on. There's multiples on almost every instrument. And while I believe this is a pretty big drop off in quality when compared to his debut released 2 years earlier called "Venusian Summer" this isn't that bad. More about my tastes I suppose. So yeah we get Brain Auger, Jerry Goodman, Jan Hammer, Neal Schon, Miroslav Vitous, Benny Maupin, Herbie Hancock, Pat Gleeson and yikes The Tower Of Power horn section(haha).

The low point has to be "Sweet Dreamer" a ballad with quivering female vocals. I can find good stuff on all the other tracks but also negative things. The closer is a live track surprisingly with prominent organ from Auger. The piano dominates as far as keyboards go along with the variety of synths. "Interludes" is short and a two part track but quite good. I really like the drums and bass on the first section while it's spacey on the second. There's electronics and impressive drumming on "Ritmo Loco" another short piece. "Dreams Come And Go Away" is one I'm not into until it turns heavier after 2 minutes with the guitar soloing over top. Some crazy strings late. "Rapid Transit" is fast and the title track good when those horns aren't blasting away.

I find "Big City" along with the one that follows this to be disappointments after that excellent debut.

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