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Dreams was one of the original prominent jazz rock bands in the period of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and recorded for Columbia Records. Dreams was formed by Jeff Kent and Doug Lubahn, who together wrote and arranged all their original songs. The band began as a trio and evolved into a horn-based band over time. They were later joined by others such as Will Lee, Don Grolnick, Bob Mann, and Eddie Vernon.
Dreams selected as their producer, composer and sound engineer, Fred Weinberg, whose work included albums for Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, La Lupe, Mongo Santamaria, Celia Cruz, Illustration (Alan Lorber's group), Little Anthony and many others. Phil Ramone, another highly respected producer and studio owner, for whom Weinberg worked at the time at a studio named A & R in New York City, gave his blessings to Weinberg to record and mix the Dreams LP with former Atlantic A-1 engineer Jim Reeves at CBS Studios in New York City. During the Dreams sessions the recording sessions were moved by CBS execs to their CBS Chicago Studios because the CBS 52nd street studios became booked for several weeks by Paul Simon, and because Dreams had a deadline for their LP release. The album received a full page ad and a favorable review in Billboard Magazine.
Dreams' second and final album Imagine My Surprise was produced in Memphis by Steve Cropper. Cropper wanted to "help the audience to better understand the group" so in his production he put "funkier, more commercial rhythms behind [the band]" while trying to "keep jazz up front at the same time."
While Dreams did not achieve the commercial success of either Chicago or Blood Sweat & Tears, they did serve as a launchpad for eventually prominent jazz fusion artists Billy Cobham, Don Grolnick, and Randy & Michael Brecker (later known as the Brecker Brothers). Other prominent band members included guitarist John Abercrombie, trombonist Barry Rogers, guitarist Bob Mann (who later joined Mountain) and bassist Will Lee.
One of the principal differences between Dreams and most other brass-infused bands was Dream's emphasis on spontaneity. The horn section would "work up spontaneous arrangements by jamming, always leaving them wide open to interpretations from night to night."
- "Devil Lady" - 3:35
- "15 Miles to Provo" - 3:03
- "The Maryanne" - 2:26
- "Holli Be Home" - 5:43
- "Try Me" - 5:10
- "Dream Suite: Asset Stop - Jane - Crunchy Grenola" - 15:21
- "New York" - 4:55
Imagine My Surprise (1971)
- "Calico Baby" - 3:20 (witten by Doug Lubahn & Jeff Kent, Edward Vernon lead vocal)
- "Why Can't I Find a Home" - 3:44 (written by Randy Brecker, Edward Vernon lead vocal)
- "Child Of Wisdom" - 5:22 (written by Jerry Friedman, Edward Vernon lead vocal)
- "Just Be Ourselves" - 4:35 (written by Don Grolnick, Will Lee lead vocals)
- "I Can't Hear You" - 3:49 (written by Carole King & Gerry Coffin, Edward Vernon lead vocal)
- "Here She Comes Now" - 4:05 (written by Lou Rogers, Edward Vernon & Will Lee lead vocals)
- "Don't Cry My Lady" - 3:43 (written by Jerry Friedman, Will Lee lead vocals
- "Medicated Goo" - 4:04 (written by Steve Winwood, Edward Vernon lead vocals)
- "Imagine My Surprise" - 7:57 (written by Randy Brecker, Randy Brecker vocal)
- Bass, Vocals – Will Lee
- Drums, Percussion – Billy Cobham
- Guitar, Flugelhorn, Vocals – Bob Mann
- Keyboards, Vocals – Don Grolnick
- Lead Vocals – Edward Vernon (tracks: 1,2,3,5,6,8), Will Lee (tracks: 4, 6,7)
- Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute – Mike Brecker
- Trombone, Alto horn , Vocals – Barry Rogers
- Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals – Randy Brecker
- Fred Weinberg Productions
- "Introducing Dreams on Columbia Records". Billboard: 11. Nov 7, 1970. Retrieved Aug 15, 2011.
- "Dreams". Billboard: 78. Nov 21, 1970. Retrieved Aug 15, 2011.
- Glassenberg, Bob (Sep 11, 1971). "Studio Track". Billboard: 4. Retrieved Aug 15, 2011.
- Milkowski, Bill (1992). Liner notes, Dreams. Columbia Records.
- Artist Direct
- Billy Cobham Discography
- Horn Rock Heaven
- Dreams album with song samples
- Imagine My Surprise with song samples