2 LPs on 1 CD: LET THERE BE MUSIC (1975)/WAKING AND DREAMING (1976).
Personnel: John Hall (vocals, guitar, mandolin, electric piano, synthesizer, percussion, background vocals); Larry Hoppen (vocals, guitar, melodica, trumpet, electric piano, Clavinet, organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Wells Kelly (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, drums, tambourine, percussion); Jerry Marotta (vocals, drums, congas, percussion); Lance Hoppen (vocals); Michael Brecker (saxophone); Blue Mitchell (trumpet); David Kemper (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Tommy Vicari; Bart Chiate.
Liner Note Author: Al Fichera.
Recording information: Elektra Sound recorders, Los Angeles, CA (1974/1976); The Sound Factory, Los Angeles, CA (1974/1976).
Orleans was known mainly for two hits, "Still the One" and "Dance With Me," both contained on this two-fer reissue of Let There Be Music and Waking & Dreaming from Collectables. Similar to other pop/rock outfits of the mid-to-late '70s like Player, Pablo Cruise, and Firefall, many of Orleans' lesser album tracks tended to sound very similar but lacked the hooks of the hits. The biggest drawback to this reissue: too much generic soft rock for the casual listener. For further investigation of Orleans' music without all the filler, Rhino's We're Still Having Fun: The Best of Orleans is the ideal purchase. ~ Al Campbell