A&M SP 4328 (U.S.)
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A Gift of Song was an LP album by The Sandpipers, released by A&M Records in 1971 with catalog number SP 4328. Other international releases included Canada (A&M SP 4328), Germany (A&M 85 870 IT), and the United Kingdom (A&M AMLS 64328).
The February 12, 1972 issue of Billboard reviewed the album saying, "Their sound is beautiful and their sense of quality is superb, this of course aided by top production work by Bones Howe and Bob Alcivar. A programmer's delight, this LP includes "Never Can Say Goodbye," "Never My Love" and the title tune. A particularly strong cut is "Leland Loftis." Should make the Sandpipers once again a big chart group."
The album was the first by the group not to make the Billboard charts after seven entries from 1966 to 1970. In another first for the group, no singles from the album made the U.S., U.K. or Canadian charts.
Founding member Richard Shoff did not appear on the album, but returned for the group's final effort, Overdue, in 1977.
Producer: Bones Howe and Bob Alcivar for Mr. Bones Productions, Inc.
Arranger: Bob Alcivar
Sound Engineering: Bones Howe at Wally Heider Recording, Hollywood
Mastering: Frank DeLuna, A&M Studios
Art Direction: Roland Young
Front Cover Photography: Jim McCrary
Album Design and Back Cover Photo: Chuck Beeson
Musicians: Hal Blaine, Paul Humphrey (drums), Joe Osborn (bass), Larry Knechtel, Michael Omartian (piano, organ, electric piano), Pete Jolly (accordion, piano), Dennis Budimer, Tommy Tedesco, Mike Deasy, Zavier (guitar), Larry Bunker, Gary Coleman (congas and percussion), Jim Horn, Bill Perkins (saxes and woodwinds), Ray Triscari, Tony Terran (trumpet), Lew McCreary, Mike Barone (trombone), String Section: Sid Sharp, William Kurasch, Arnold Belnick, Stanley Plummer, Ralph Schaeffer, Joy Lyle, Jim Getzoff, Jacob Krachmalnick, Jesse Ehrlich, David Schwartz.
Special Thanks: Ed Barton, John Golden
Production Assistant: Pam Vale
- "A Gift of Song" (Patty Ingalls) 3:21
- "It's Too Late" (Carole King) 3:22
- "Never My Love" (Don and Dick Addrisi) 2:49
- "Leland Loftis" (Dale Bobbitt-Jim Brady) 2:44
- "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" (Randy Newman) 2:55
- "Never Can Say Goodbye" (Clifton Davis) 2:48
- "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" (Barry and Robin Gibb) 3:29
- "An Old Fashioned Love Song" (Paul Williams) 2:49
- "Chotto Matte Kudasai (Never Say Goodbye)" (Loyal E. Garner-Jeanne Nakashima) 3:19
- "If" (David Gates) 2:53
- "A Gift of Song (Reprise)" (Patty Ingalls) 1:39
1A Gift of Song3:13A Gift of Song (The Sandpipers album) Wikipedia
2It's Too Late3:22
3Never My Love2:51