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Nicolette Larson – Lotta Love (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on 7th February 2014

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1978

Side 1

DISCO FRIDAY!

Re-Rip Newly Remastered!

Originally I posted this one on June 6, 2010. But for those who may have missed it or if you are a new reader just discovering BTG. I decided to give this one a new rip with my newer Ortofon Super 30 stylus. This 12″ is also being posted in 24 bit flac for the very first time!

“Lotta Love” is a Neil Young composition which as recorded by Nicolette Larson reached #8 on Billboard Magazine’s Hot 100 chart in February 1979 and also reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart ranking as the #10 Adult Contemporary hit of the year. “Lotta Love” was also a hit in Australia (#11) and New Zealand (#22).

Larson had formed a personal relationship with Young while backing him vocally on American Stars ‘n Bars; while being driven by Young in his car one day Larson played a cassette which was the demo of “Lotta Love” and Young told her the song was hers if she wanted it. Young did in fact cut a version of “Lotta Love” himself for his Comes a Time album; Larson provided background vocals for the album but did not sing on its “Lotta Love” track, a spare version which emphasized the song’s melancholy.

Larson’s lavish version of “Lotta Love” – which featured a string arrangement by veteran Jimmie Haskell (whose credits include work with Bobbie Gentry) plus a classic soft rock horn riff and a flute solo – presented the song as optimistic; Larson would recall: “It was a very positive song and people don’t want to hear how bad the world is all the time. It had a nice sound rhythm and groove.”

“Lotta Love” served as lead single for Larson’s Ted Templeman-produced “Nicolette” album. Due to a delay in release “Comes a Time” was released on the same day in September 1978 as was Nicolette; the release of a single off the Nicolette album was held off until November when it was clear Young’s version would not have a single release as an A-side (although Young’s “Lotta Love” was released as the B-side of a non-charting “Comes a Time” single).

Much as extended dance versions of hits by the Doobie Brothers – who Templeman also produced – were released, a 12″ single of Larson’s “Lotta Love” was issued, with Jim Burgess performing remixing duties: this disco version differentiated from the album track and 7″ single in its pure “four on the floor” disco drum track (replacing the radio version’s “pop heartbeat” drum rhythm) and a sax solo on the bridge, replacing the 7″ single’s bridge flute solo which was shifted to an extended intro. The track did not heavily impact the club scene, its meager length for a 12″ single – at 4:20 barely a minute longer than the 7″ – a likely deterrent. The B-side of the 7″ single was “Angels Rejoiced” featuring a harmony vocal by Herb Pederson while on its 12″ single “Lotta Love” was backed by Larson’s rendition of “You Send Me”.

Larson died on December 16, 1997 in Los Angeles as a result of complications arising from cerebral edema triggered by liver failure. According to her friend Astrid Young, Larson had been showing symptoms of depression and her fatal seizure “was in no small way related to her chronic use of Valium and Tylenol PM”

Larson is buried in Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.

A benefit concert was held in Larson’s honor the following February, with tribute concerts staged on the tenth anniversary of her passing in December 2007 and also the following year.

SIDE A
Lotta Love (Disco Stereo Mix) 4:20
Remix – Jim Burgess
Written-By – Neil Young

SIDE B
You Send Me 3:55
Written-By – Sam Cooke

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint (company)

U.S. CHART HISTORY:

Year Single Chart Position
1979 Lotta Love U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #8
1979 Lotta Love U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks #1

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Warner Bros. Records – PRO-A-781
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo, 33 ⅓ RPM
Country: US
Released: 1978
Genre: Funk / Soul, Pop, Rock
Style: Soft Rock, Vocal, Disco
Credits: Arranged By [Strings] – Jimmie Haskell*
Engineer – Donn Landee
Producer – Ted Templeman

NOTES:
“PROMOTION COPY – NOT FOR SALE”

“DISCO STEREO MIX” printed on A side above the title.

“From the Warner Bros. Album “NICOLETTE”
Published by Kags Music Corp. – BMI”

“STERLING” is machine-stamped in the A-side dead-wax.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Side 2

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Speed Control: Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp: Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube: Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning: VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans: Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: ClickRepair (DeClick Level 3)
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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