California Dreaming (album)

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California Dreaming
Studio album by Wes Montgomery
Released 1966
Recorded September 14 – 16, 1966 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Length 38:40
Label Verve
Producer Creed Taylor
Wes Montgomery chronology
Goin' Out of My Head
(1965)
California Dreaming
(1966)
Jimmy & Wes: The Dynamic Duo
(1966)

California Dreaming is the sixteenth jazz album recorded by guitarist Wes Montgomery and released in 1966. It reached number one on the Billboard Jazz album chart and number 4 on the R&B chart. It was reissued on CD in 2007 with an alternate take of "Sunny".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

In his review for Allmusic, jazz critic Scott Yanow wrote: "The material is strictly pop fluff of the era and the great guitarist has little opportunity to do much other than state the melody in his trademark octaves. This record was perfect for AM radio of the period."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "California Dreaming" (John Phillips, Michelle Phillips) – 3:08
  2. "Sun Down" (Wes Montgomery) – 6:03
  3. "Oh, You Crazy Moon" Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) – 3:44
  4. "More, More, Amor" (Sol Lake) – 2:54
  5. "Without You" (Marino, Myers) – 3:05
  6. "Winds of Barcelona" (Lake) – 3:07
  7. "Sunny [alternate take]" (Bobby Hebb) – 3:07
  8. "Sunny" (Hebb) – 4:04
  9. "Green Peppers" (Lake) – 2:56
  10. "Mr. Walker" (Montgomery) – 3:39
  11. "South of the Border" (Jimmy Kennedy, Michael Carr) – 3:13

Personnel[edit]

Production notes:

  • Creed Taylor – producer
  • Don Sebesky – arranger, conductor
  • Rudy Van Gelder – engineer
  • Gert Van Hoeyen – remastering
  • Dennis Drake – remastering
  • Ken Whitmore – cover photo, photography

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1967 Billboard Jazz Albums 1
Billboard R&B Albums 4
The Billboard 200 65

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "California Dreaming > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved December 20, 2010.