Gordon Lightfoot – Back Here On Earth


Artist: Gordon Lightfoot
Genre: Folk
Title: Back Here On Earth
Released: 1971
Label: United Artist
Format: Vinyl
Musicians: Gordon Lightfoot – 6 & 12 string acoustic guitar, vocals, Laurice Milton “Red” Shea – Lead acoustic guitar, John Stockfish – Bass
Producer: Elliot Frederic Mazer
Engineer: Charles Edward Tallent & William Edward Blachly

Back Here On Earth is Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot’s fourth studio album, released in 1968 on the United Artists label.
Back Here on Earth was Lightfoot’s last studio recording on the United Artists label which he left after releasing the live album Sunday Concert in 1969. Unlike most UA pressings, this one is not too bad, but still not great. It is still a little insufficient on depth of sound.

This LP is basically the music one expects to hear from Gordon Lightfoot, including content. Although, I will point out that on the third track on side one, the song “Long Thin Dawn” features harmonized vocals, which are not all that good on the chorus, which causes the song to lose a bit of that Lightfoot charm, but the content is still there. The stand out songs to me on this LP are “Bitter Green” and “Marie Christine”, which oddly enough is also about a ship.
Reaching track one “Cold Hands From New York”, on side two we find that this song, while containing the solid Lightfoot content and style, turns out to be an annoying two chord progression with almost no variation for all four minutes.
Overall though, this is a good LP. Don’t let the cover fool you, it is not full of ballads if that is not your thing. In fact, there is only one ballad on it.

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Neil Diamond – Gold (Live at the Troubadour)

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Artist: Neil Diamond
Genere: Pop, Rock
Title: Gold
Released:1970
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
Format:Vinyl
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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Nilsson 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