Saturday Single No. 294

Having accidentally made this into “1972 Week” here at Echoes In The Wind, I thought that the best way to get out of the week was to run random through the mp3s from that year and see where we end up. We’ll skip over anything already mentioned this week. Beyond those exceptions (and the possibility of YouTube disapproval), the sixth mp3 we land on will be today’s selection.

First up is the lesser-known of the four Taylor siblings, Alex, who recorded five pretty good blues albums before his death in 1993. The track we land on this morning is “Four Days Gone” from his 1972 album, Dinnertime. The album, says All-Music Guide, “serves as a sampler of what was going on at Muscle Shoals and Ardent Studios in the early ‘70s and captures the Memphis soul sound of the era.” And “Four Days Gone” is a pretty good place to start the day.

I don’t know a lot about Chicory Tip. Cribbing from AMG, I learn that the pop quartet came together in 1968 in Maidstone, England, and released one album, Son of my Father, in 1972. The track we’ve stumbled upon this morning, “Friend of Mine,” is a jaunty little ditty that carries – to my ears, anyway – echoes of the British music hall tradition. Well, except for the Moog overtones in the background and the Moog solo. (Wikipedia notes that the album’s title track, “Son of my Father” was a No. 1 hit in England and was one of the first hit singles to use a Moog synthesizer; the group evidently decided to ladle Moogness liberally over the rest of the album as well.)

Perhaps the least known of the three great blues guitarists with the last name of King (along with B.B. and Albert), Freddie King came to Chicago from Texas in the 1950s and recorded there for – among others – the Chess and Parrot labels. In 1972, he recorded the album Texas Cannonball, the second of three albums he released on Leon Russell’s Shelter label. The album is a little bit scattered, as King takes on some rock and soul numbers – “Me and My Guitar,” “Ain’t No Sunshine” and a reworking of “Lodi,” among other – but the track we land on today is straight blues: Lowell Fulson’s “Reconsider Baby,” which finds King and his supporting cast in good form.

The Section was a collection of Los Angeles studio musicians whose names appear on many – maybe hundreds – of records recorded during the 1970s. Along with that, though, the foursome of Craig Doerge, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel and Leland Sklar formed the Section, and in 1972, the Section put together the first of three albums of jazzy instrumentals. The track that pops up from The Section is “Doing the Meatball,” which was also released on a 45 promo. Not having the album here, I’m not sure who’s on saxophone. Jim Horn, maybe?

Singer-songwriter Barbara Keith, says All-Music Guide, “dropped out of the music scene before anyone really had a chance to appreciate her work.” AMG continues, “Originally recorded for Warner Bros. in 1971, Barbara Keith was withdrawn when Keith, not completely happy with the results, gave the advance money back and walked away from the music business.” Among the recognizable tracks on the album is “Free the People,” which Delaney & Bonnie covered on To Bonnie From Delaney. The track we get this morning is “Rainy Nights Are All The Same,” a sweet country-ish exercise. (AMG’s text, as seen above, dates the album in 1971, but elsewhere, the site notes a 1972 release, which I’ve also seen in other locations. I don’t know which is correct, so I’ll keep it as a 1972 release.)

And we land on a track by a little-known band called Jubal, a group that got Kris Kristofferson to write the liner notes for what seems to be the group’s only album, a self-titled effort. (The notes are offered at the blog redtelephone66.) Leader of the group seems to have been the late Dennis Linde, who wrote – among many others – “Burning Love” for Elvis Presley and “Goodbye Earl” for the Dixie Chicks. I also recognize the name of writer/producer Ron Galbraith, and Kristofferson’s notes point out that the three other members of Jubal — Randy Cullers, Alan Rush and Terry Dearmore – came as a group from Oklahoma. One would expect country stylings or at least a touch of twang. But the tune that we get from Jubal is “For Becky,” a salute to a sad working girl that reminds me more of Pablo Cruise and similar late-Seventies soft rock. And because I’m following my own rules, it’s today’s Saturday Single.

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