| 1. Reaching Back (intro)
2. I’ll Never Say Good- Bye
3. We Were Living A Dream
4. Love Is You
5. The Autumn Of My Life
6. No Way To Know
7. Here We Are (prelude)
8. Here We Are
9. You Misunderstand Me
10. Reaching Back
|Produced and arranged by
Horn arrangements: Chuck Morgan
Engineering, post production and mix: 24/ 7 Studios, Carl Giammarese
Recording engineer for drums and horn tracks: The Playroom, Tim Swan
Mastering in Chicago: Colossal, Dan Stout
Liner Notes: Dawn Lee Wakefield
Photography: Lin Eagle, Jules Follett, Tom Scheckel
Graphic Design: Bugaloo Design, Tom Scheckel
Special thanks to Susan Rakis for her hard
work and dedication to The Buckinghams and to
Chuck Harling for his inspiration and vision
for this album.
| Bonus Tracks
11. Kind Of A Drag
12. Don’t You Care
(J. Holvay, G. Biesbier)
13. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
(L. Williams, J. Watson, J. Zawinul)
14. Hey Baby ( They’re Playing Our Song)
(J. Holvay, G. Biesbier)
(J. Holvay, G. Biesbier, J. W. Guercio)
All Carlo Giammarese songs belong to Chiway publishing copyright 2007
| The Buckinghams
Carl Giammarese Guitar/Vocals
Nick Fortuna Bass Guitar/Vocals
Tom Scheckel Drums
Bob Abrams Guitar/Vocals
Bruce Soboroff Keyboard
Carlo Isabelli Trumpet
Steve Frost Trumpet
Chuck Morgan Trombone
Jim Kaczmarek Tenor Sax
Kevin Flanigan Tenor Sax
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|To know where you're going you have to know where you've been.
| Professional musicians begin their careers with dreams, fuel those
dreams with hard work, and repeatedly put their skills on the line for the
public to decide whether or not they stay and play another day.
Four decades ago, Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna were two young
men with guitars and a dream. They had the good fortune of meeting
three other Chicago teenagers who were equally driven to make music
their life’s work. Together, they formed The Buckinghams. At that time
they had hit records on the Columbia label, they were Carl, Nick,
Dennis, Marty, and John. No last names required.
They were all The Buckinghams.
The trademark Buckinghams sound, their signature, has always
included lush horns and strings, and the subtleties of augmented and
diminished chords, unique to their sound. During the early days, they
were fortunate to be surrounded with many gifted people who added
their talents to help them produce their records, honing the group’s
distinctive sound. The brightest minds shaping '60s Pop Rock inspired
them to grow.
Carl Bonafede, their first manager, and Dan Belloc, who created their
signature "horn sound," produced the early hits, and their first album,
"Kind of a Drag."
| Subsequent studio albums benefited from Columbia
engineer Fred Catera, Chess studio engineer Ron Malo, and the
determination of producer James William Guercio. From Guercio and a
host of studio musicians across the country, they learned to be music
professionals rather than just professional musicians.
In the 1980s, Nick Fortuna convinced Carl to rebuild the group, and
they did. Some faces have changed, but The Buckinghams today
remain five men who still live to play their music and perform in concert
for their fans. For more than 20 years, the group has been
Carl Giammarese, Nick Fortuna, Tom Scheckel, Bruce Soboroff, and
Bob Abrams. The Buckinghams today are, as Giammarese describes, "among the
finest group of dedicated music professionals with whom I've ever had
the privilege of working."
Fans who have faithfully preserved the '60s vinyl tracks and duplicated
their collection with CDs mastered from the original tracks are never
disappointed when they come to concerts today. The songs they sing,
with the audience often singing along, indeed sound "just like the old
And so it is fitting that the newest musical offerings from
The Buckinghams are true to the original.
| "Reaching Back" is indeed The Buckinghams at their latest and best.
When you put this album in the CD player, you can go back and be
young again, with Carl, Nick, Tom, Bruce, and Bob.
They are still, truly, The Buckinghams.
. . .
As founding members of The Buckinghams, it’s with
great pride that Nick and I look back at the past 40
years of creating music for people to enjoy.
Thanks to you, our fans, the late 1960s were filled
with hit records, sold-out concerts, and affirmation
that our work was both known and appreciated. In
the past year, while listening to "Time and Charges"
and "Portraits" again, I was inspired to do what fans
had been asking for years: bring back more of the
'60s Buckinghams sound today. Keep it true, but
make it new.
The eight new songs I wrote in "Reaching Back" are
dedicated to you, our wonderful fans, who sustain
and inspire us to still be our best. Our music lives on,
thanks to you.