Artist: Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
Title: Gary Puckett and The Union Gap Featuring Woman Woman
Musicians:Gary Puckett – lead vocals, guitar, Kerry Chater – bass guitar
Gary “Mutha” Withem – organ, piano, soprano saxophone, flute,Dwight Bemont – tenor saxophone, Paul Wheatbread – drums
Gary Puckett & the Union Gap (initially credited as The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett) was an American pop rock group active in the late 1960s. Their biggest hits were “Woman, Woman”; “Over You”; “Young Girl”; and “Lady Willpower.” It was formed by Gary Puckett, Gary ‘Mutha’ Withem, Dwight Bement, Kerry Chater and Paul Wheatbread, who eventually named it the Union Gap. It featured costumes that were based on the Union Army uniforms worn during the American Civil War.
It is not known if this band was serious or just marketing. Reading the back story on this group tells me that this was more marketing than a band with musical ambitions. There also seemed to be a rigid hierarchy. Seemingly, it seems that this was mostly about Gary Puckett trying to make a name for himself. This is evident in part by the fact that it was insisted his name appear to be the main focus in all the LPs the group made after the first one titled “Incredible”, while at the same time keeping with their gimmick of dressing as Union soldiers and having rank within the band. There were 3 LPs they did where the title did not include “Gary Puckett”: “Incredible”, “Woman Woman” and “Fillin The Gap”. The band did not last long, (1968 to 1975). To me they sound like an airplane that just can’t get off the ground no matter what. The LP just doesn’t sound musically present. Sonically, this LP is ok with nothing major to point out. Musically though, is where things drift off.
“Woman, Woman” (Jim Glaser, Jimmy Payne) – “Woman, Woman” is a hit song written by Jim Glaser and Jimmy Payne, recorded by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap using session musicians from The Wrecking Crew for their 1968 debut album, Woman, Woman. Like most of the band’s hits, it is a ballad centered around Gary Puckett’s soulful vocals. The lyrics are from the perspective of a man who senses that his wife is dissatisfied with him sexually, and fears that she is going to start “cheating” on him.
“M’Lady” (Steve Karliski) – This song sounds like a Tom Jones tune, but it is not. I bet though that he could have made it a hit had he done it.
“By the Time I Get to Phoenix” (Jimmy Webb) – “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” is a song written by Jimmy Webb. Originally recorded by Johnny Rivers in 1965, it was covered by American country music singer Glen Campbell on his album of the same name. It is done here in the same style as Glenn Campbell did it.
“Paindrops” (Jerry Fuller) – This is an ok song with an interesting bass line in my opinion.
“Believe Me” (Gary Puckett) – Typical pop sound to this one.
“I Want a New Day” (Kerry Chater) – This is a ballad. The vocals leave something to be desired, but it is not a bad song and has a good structure.
“You Better Sit Down Kids” (Sonny Bono)-“You Better Sit Down Kids'” is a major hit single release by American singer/actress Cher in 1967 from her fourth studio album With Love, Chér, released on November 1967 by Imperial Records. The song was written by her then-husband Sonny Bono. Sung from a father perspective, the lyrics tell the story of a divorce. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Better_Sit_Down_Kids. This is a very depressing song and not good musically either in my opinion.
“Kentucky Woman” (Neil Diamond) – “Kentucky Woman” is a 1967 song written and originally recorded by Neil Diamond.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_Woman. I like the original better.
“My Son (version 1)” (Gary Withem, Kerry Chater)
“To Love Somebody” (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Love_Somebody_(song)
“Don’t Make Promises” (Tim Hardin) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Make_Promises
Just nothing to say about the remaining tracks.