Album: Joel Diamond Experience
From: Vintage VinylYear: 1979
Worst Track: "Music Machine (In and Out)." Starts with sharp handclaps and a noodling synthesizer. There's also a harmonica, which I think (and hope) the song is about. Why? Check the lyrics: "In and out, that's where it belongs/let it slide, slip inside/ watch it going strong/in and out, in and out/ do it nice and slow/use your lips, not your hips...play that music machine" There are some bongos and saxophones eventually, and a spastic guitar solo at the end.Who you can thank for the amazing cover art: Art direction: Stephen Lumel and Gribbitt! (Gribbitt! Also did the amazing cover art for Shalamar's Big Fun, which was featured in the inaugural Second Spin.
Also credited: Photography: Scott Hensel, Harmonica Photography: Phil Shuper
Interesting Facts: Jeff Diamond is best known for his work as a producer, where he is credited with producing or writing 36 gold and platinum recordings. He's worked with Van Morrison, Diana Ross and David Bowie, as well as the Bee Gees, Barry Manilow, and David Hasselhoff. He also scored or produced the soundtracks for several films including Dead Man Walking and Raging Bull (!).At one point he headed the publishing companies for Mercury Records and CBS/Sony Records. He's still going strong--according to his official Web site, his publishing company owns the rights to two of the songs on Jay-Z's Black Album (doesn't say which ones, unfortunately).
I couldn't find much of anything about Joel Diamond Experience online, other than the record was published on a boutique label he created himself. However, I think this line from the biography section of his Web site is pretty insightful as to how this record was made and what it sounds like:"People who know Joel well, will be quick to reminisce about his adventures of 22 years in New York City, residing in his (entire) top floor Central Park South Penthouse, complete with elevator opening right into the apartment. This was certainly enhanced and complimented (or complicated) by Joel becoming the only "Bachelor of the Month" to ever appear twice in Cosmopolitan Magazine (resulting in over 4,000 letters). His legendary New Year's Eve parties always included a very eclectic and achievement driven group of people from all walks of life."