Life In The Tropics
The Rippingtons have always devoted a tune here and there to Latin music, and Freeman's recent move from Colorado to Boca Raton, Florida--40 minutes from Miami--found him rediscovering his intense passion for that genre's exceiting horn sections and unlimited percussive possibilities. More than just another Ripps recording, "Life In The Tropics"--the first Peak Records release under a new distribution deal with Concord Records--is a festive celebration of that irrepressible Latin vibe. Not surprisingly, it's also the band's most spontaneous sounding studio date ever. The Rippingtons have twelve albums to their credit, and fiery tunes such as "Avenida Del Mar", give guitar fans the edgy thrill that Freeman delivers regularly. The only mystery is the inclusion of a few vocal numbers - boys, let's keep it instrumental from here on out.
|04:38||Crusin' Down Ocean Drive||Instrumental|
|03:58||Rhythm Of Your Life||Vocal|
|05:16||Avenida Del Mar||Instrumental|
|04:22||I Found Heaven||Vocal|
|04:46||South Beach Mambo||Vocal|
|04:55||Life In The Tropics||Instrumental|
|Russ Freeman||Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Rhythm Programming, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Engineering, Mixing, Production, Executive Production|
|Dave Hooper||Drums, Vocals|
|Eric Marienthal||Sax, Soprano Sax|
|Ramon Yslas||Percussion, Vocals|
|Peter White||Classical Guitar|
|Bill Heller||Acoustic Piano, Keyboards, Arrangement on "Rhythm Of Your Life"|
|"Daisy" Lourdes Villa||Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocals|
|Michael Angelo Saulsberry||Background Vocals, Production|
|Andi Howard||Background Vocals, Executive Production|
|Gary Brown||Keyboards, Bass, Rhythm Programming, Background Vocals, Production|
|Howard Hewett||Lead Vocal|
|Ramon Flores||Trumpet Solo|
|Mark Binder||Additional Grooviness, Additional Engineering|
|Ray Bardani||Mixing on "I Found Heaven"|
|Posie Muliadi||Additional Engineering|
|Nick Sodano||Additional Engineering|
|Ken Freeman||Additional Engineering|
|Alexis Davis||Product Development Direction|
|Andy Gordon||Production Management|
|Bill Mayer||Cover Art|
|Recorded and mixed in Boca Raton, FL., except "I Found Heaven" mixed Sound on Sound Studios, New York, NY.
Additional recording at Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, CA and Sapphire Sound, Las Vegas, NV and Remidi Studios, Dobbs Ferry, NY.
Mastered at The Mastering Lab, Hollywood, CA.