Neil Diamond – Gold (Live at the Troubadour)

Artist: Neil Diamond
Genere: Pop, Rock
Title: Gold
Label: United Artist
Format: Vinyl
Musicians: Neil Diamond – vocals, guitar, Carol Hunter – guitar, Eddie Rubin – drums, Randy Sterling – bass guitar, Jessie Smith,Venetta Fields, Edna Hunter – backing vocals (uncredited)
Engineer: Armin Steiner

Gold: Recorded Live at the Troubadour is a live album by singer/songwriter Neil Diamond. In fact, a just starting out Neil Diamond to be exact. This was just before he started becoming more popular.
On this LP we hear Neil Diamond not quite ready for prime time, but giving it his all which includes straining his voice. Neil’s voice appears gravelly at various points. It also does not help that the vocals end up getting distorted here and there. While no singles were released in support of the album, the opening track “Lordy” appeared as the B-side of “Cracklin’ Rosie”. Something to note is that the song “Lordy” on this LP is the only recording available of this song. Continue reading

H Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson

Artist: Harry Nilsson

Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Pop
Title: Nilsson Schmilsson
Released: 1971
Label: RCA/Victor
Musicians:Harry Nilsson – vocals; piano, Mellotron, organ, harmonica, electric piano, Jim Gordon – drums,percussion, Klaus Voormann – bass, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, Chris Spedding – guitar, Herbie Flowers – bass, John Uribe – acoustic guitar, lead guitar
Additional personnel: Henry Krein – accordion, Richard Perry – percussion, Mellotron,
Jim Price – trumpet, trombone, horn arrangements, Jim Keltner – drums, Roger Coolan – organ, Bobby Keys – saxophone, Gary Wright – piano, organ, Paul Buckmaster – string and horn arrangements, Roger Pope – drums, Caleb Quaye – guitar, Ian Duck – acoustic guitar, Jim Webb – piano, George Tipton – string and horn arrangements.
Producer: Richard Perry
Engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
Mix Engineer: Doug Sax

From Wikipedia: Harry Edward Nilsson III (June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994), usually credited as Nilsson, was an American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. His work is characterized by pioneering overdub experiments, returns to the Great American Songbook, and fusions of Caribbean sounds. A tenor with a three-and-a-half octave range, Nilsson was one of the few major pop-rock recording artists of his era to achieve significant commercial success without ever performing major public concerts or undertaking regular tours. Continue reading

Carole King – Tapestry

Artist:Carole King
Title: Tapestry
Released: 1971
Genre: Singer-Songwriter
Label:Ode Records (A&M)
Musicians:Carole King – piano, keyboards, vocals, background vocals
Additional musicians, Curtis Amy – flute; baritone, soprano, and tenor saxophone; string quartet, Tim Powers – drums, David Campbell – cello, viola, Merry Clayton – background vocals, Terry King – cello, tenor saxophone, string quartet
Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar – acoustic guitar, conga, electric guitar, vocals
Russ Kunkel – drums, Charles “Charlie” Larkey – bass guitar, string bass, string quartet
Joni Mitchell – background vocals, Joel O’Brien – drums, Ralph Schuckett – electric piano, Barry Socher – violin, tenor saxophone, viola, string quartet, Perry Steinberg – bass guitar, violin, tenor saxophone, string bass, James Taylor – acoustic guitar, backing vocals, Julia Tillman – background vocals
Producer:Lou Adler
Engineer:Hank Cicalo
Mastering Engineer: Vic Anesini

Carole King is an American composer and singer-songwriter.
King’s career began in the 1960s when she, along with her then husband Gerry Goffin, wrote more than two dozen chart hits for numerous artists, many of which have become standards. Continue reading