Love It Away
Donna Loren's latest musical endeavor includes a tasty selection of original compositions along with classic rock standards like Bob Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight", Neil Young's "Old Man" and Randy Newman's "Last Night I Had a Dream". This is a very personal story-telling through music and it illustrates the woman Donna has now become. "The little girl with a big voice" has matured since her efforts as a recording artist for Capitol and Reprise in the sixties. She expresses herself now, not only through singing, but songwriting and music production as well. She even adds a bit of her own musicality on keyboard and percussion. Other collaborators include legendary "Wrecking Crew" bassist Carol Kaye, (they worked together on many of her records in the sixties) and celebrity bassist, Bob Glaub, who literally took time off from a world tour with Crosby, Stills and Nash to add his beautiful sounds. On keyboard you'll hear a young musician, Jamieson Trotter; truly a treasure. Living in Hawaii has not limited her ability to record. There's a world-class studio nearby run by Grammy-winner Charles Michael Brotman. And, Skype technology allowed Donna to work from Hawaii and also continue to produce at Maurice Gainen's Los Angeles studio. A twist of fate united Donna with famed photographer Mark Arbeit where, at her home and world-renowned Mauna Kea beach, he captured her essence in the sensual photos used for this exquisite album. "This confessional album is reminiscent of great concept albums like Jackson Browne's 'The Pretender' (her haunting interpretation of Browne's 'Live Nude Cabaret' done brilliantly here) or the heartbreaking sentiments present on Brian Wilson's masterwork 'Pet Sounds' from 1966, when Donna was winning our hearts singing on tv's best rock show, Shindig, playing Susie to the Joker on Batman, or singing in the beach party movies. Donna has opened her heart to us and shows her vulnerability as well as her strengths. Listen to her cover of Neil young's 'Old Man' and her original compositions 'Only Love', 'OK' and the title track 'Love It Away'." -Hal Lifson.