Saturday, January 25, 2014

Randy California - Kapt. Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds (1972 us fantastic hendrixian psychedelic rock - Flac)


This album was recorded and released following Randy California's departure from Spirit. Spirit's fourth LP, Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, reached the charts but took an inordinate amount of time to receive attention (the album would eventually be certified gold by the RIAA in 1976). As a result, Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes departed Spirit to form Jo Jo Gunne with Andes' brother Matt (whose slide guitar work had previously appeared in "Prelude: Nothin' To Hide" on the Sardonicus album) and drummer Curly Smith.
Following the departure of Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes in early 1971, Spirit recruited John Arliss (and later John Fine) on bass and resumed playing live shows in March 1971". Randy California, however, was also growing disenchanted in Spirit and left the band in July 1971, along with bassist John Fine. They were replaced by brothers Al and John Staehely (on bass and guitar, respectively), and Spirit went on to record the Feedback album without Randy.
Randy spent much of his time afterwards in jam sessions with various musicians in Topanga Canyon clubs, particularly a club known as The Corral. Some of the musicians who appeared in these jam sessions, along with Noel Redding (under the pseudonym 'Clit McTorius'), Leslie Sampson (the drummer from Noel's band Road, under the pseudonym 'Henry Manchovitz') and Ed Cassidy (as 'Cass Strange'), would end up working with Randy when he started recording solo material in 1972. The resulting album featured numerous covers of the works of contemporary acts such at the Beatles and James Brown, with less emphasis upon original material by Randy. The album was also heavily influenced by the death of Jimi Hendrix in 1970, who had been friends with Randy since they played together in Jimmy James and the Blue Flames.(From Wikipedia)

Tracklist
01 Downer (Randy California) 5:36
02 Devil (Randy California) 4:13
03 I Don't Want Nobody (James Brown) 4:25
04 Day Tripper (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) 3:00
05 Mother and Child Reunion  (Paul Simon)  2:51
06 Things Yet to Come  (V. Phillips, Lenny Lee)  8:12
07 Rain  (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)  8:38
08 Rainbow  (Randy California)  3:31
09 Walkin' the Dog (Rufus Thomas)  3:01
10 Live for the Day (Randy California)  3:23
11 Rebel (Randy California)  4:21


Credits
Randy California – vocals, guitar, waterbass (credited on the track "Rainbow"), producer
Charlie Bundy – bass
Ed Cassidy (credited as 'Cass Strange') - drums
Roger Dollarhide – engineer
Larry "Fuzzy" Knight – bass
Tim McGovern - drums
Noel Redding (credited as 'Clit McTorius') - bass
Leslie Sampson (credited as 'Henry Manchovitz') - drums
Janet Wolfe - background vocals
Robin Wolfe - background vocals  

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Russell Smith - The End is not in Sight (2001 great us country soul - Flac)


"The Greatest Singer You're Not Listening Too" 
Why, in the name of all that's holy, isn't Russell Smith a contemporary country superstar and household name? He's been around for years, both as a solo act and as the voice of The Amazing Rhythm Aces. The Aces have had their moments, and ever so often Smith releases a solo album. But everytime, the mass audience greets his work with a yawn. "The End is Not is Sight" is Russell Smith's latest work and it's beautiful. This collection of mostly new material (with a few nods to the Aces with the title track and "Third Rate Romance") showcases Smith's soulful lyrics and distinctive voice. Smith's style is a dose hill-billy boogie, a dash of blue-eyed soul, a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, all stirred up in a toe-tapping stew that's mmmmmm-mmmmmm good. Whether it's the rocking rhythms of "Jesse" and "We're Gettin' Out of Here," or the sad-sweet ballads like "Walk These Hills" and "Look Heart, No Hands," Smith nails every track. Russell Smith is the greatest singer you're not listening to right now, and you should. And so should everyone who enjoys great lyrics, great music and inimitable vocals.(By Tim Hewitt)

"An astounding album!"
The luminary musicians that have been assembled to help with the production of this album are testimony to what a talent Russell Smith is. The resulting album doesn't disappoint, with a range of songs lovingly fleshed out by (mostly) sparse productions that allows the vocals of Smith to shine through. The voice is a little deeper than it was back then, but the songwriting is, if anything, better. There are some awesomely good songs here, with satisfying twists to old themes. "Old School" is a good take on cheating songs, and "The Road" reworks views about...well, the road! My favourites are "Don't go to strangers" and especially "What I learned from loving you", which as with so many of Smith's songs resonates with experiences that I can empathise with.I also enjoyed the version of "The end is not in sight", and it bears comparison with a versions that he's recorded elsewhere. A look at the musician name checks suggests that everybody down at Muscle Shoals wanted a piece of this action, including Spooner Oldham and James Hooker.Put starkly, this is an album that whatever your musical tastes you ought to think about listening to, it's that good. Oh, and by the way, there's no mention anywhere in the packaging of the Amazing Rhythm Aces! (By Dr.D.Treharne)

Tracklist
01- Old School
02- The King Is in His Castle
03- The Road
04- Walk These Hills
05- Look Heart No Hands
06- Don't Go to Strangers
07- We're Gettin' Outta Here
08- What I Learned From Loving You
09- Heartbeat in the Darkness
10- Third Rate Romance
11- Jesse
12- Keep It Between the Lines
13  The End Is Not in Sight


Credits
Russell Smith : Vocals
James Leblanc : Acoustic Guitar & Backing Vocals
Mac McAnally, Michael Noble, Will McFarlane, Walt Aldridge : Acoustic Guitar
Jeff King, Kelvin Holly : Electric Guitar
Danny Flowers : Guitar, Harmonica, Backing Vocals
Bob Patin, Clayton Yvey : Keyboards
Spooner Oldham, James Hooker, Tommy Patterson : Hammond B3
Wayne Bridge : Steel Guitar
David hood : Bass
Roger Guth, Darryl Burgess, Marcus Pope, Dennis Holt : Drums
Jimmy Hall : Harmonica
Scooter Muse : Banjo
Karl Kaplin : Fiddle, Steel, Accordion
Bobby Whitlock, Cindy Walker, Marie Lewey, Carla Russell, Lenny Leblanc : Backing Vocals
Mickey Buckins, Jimmy Nutt & Rodney Hall : Percussion

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