пятница, 13 декабря 2013 г.

Alan O'day - Caress Me Pretty Music (1973 Viva Records) 

Artist: Alan O'day
Album: Caress Me Pretty Music
Label: Viva Records
Catalog#: VV 2679
Format: Vinyl LP
Released: 1973

Printed in USA
Genre: Pop Rock, Country
Duration: 00:33:25

Alan O'Day's Caress Me Pretty Music is an excellent, heartfelt album from a singer/songwriter best known for three frivolous records which were huge hits: "Rock & Roll Heaven," the fourth biggest chart climber for the Righteous Brothers; a number one hit for Helen Reddy, "Angie Baby"; and O'Day's only solo smash, the ridiculous "Undercover Angel," which also hit number one. It's hard to conceive that the writer of those songs could create a work of sheer beauty that is this earlier recording from 1973. The title track sounds like Leo Sayer's "The Show Must Go On" and was recorded by David Clayton-Thomas, a worthwhile melody for the Blood, Sweat & Tears singer to find. The PR for this album which Warner issued to the media called it "a songwriter's patchwork quilt -- a journey in many directions," and this time the label is right on with the description. O'Day covers a variety of styles, though the centerpiece is "Heavy Church," a magnificent song which Three Dog Night covered on their monster album Naturally. Produced by Dallas Taylor, the tune is an excursion into psychedelia and soul searching, a brilliant, exquisite melody combining all sorts of musical elements which make it as essential as Three Dog Night's rendition, though different enough to stand on its own. You can hear the lyrics more clearly on the songwriter's version, and they are terrific. "Crucifixtion 2000 A.D." is a religious song of regret, lamenting that 20 decades after we've lost the Savior, people haven't changed one bit, and that He's needed more than ever. There's more than a few touches of religion here: "Good Book" seems to poke fun at it, but the hook is solid as a rock, perhaps redeeming the songwriter from his subtle sacrilege. It's an album chock full of hooks and displays the real craftsmanship missing from his hits, strong lyrics, and a variety of melodies. Though "Heavy Church" stands out as the masterpiece, the rest of Caress Me Pretty Music has lots to offer as well. A real sleeper worth searching the back pages of Goldmine magazine for. - Joe Viglione

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  Side One:
A1. Somewhere She Is Sleeping 03:03
A2. Heavy Church 04:26
A3. Hello Tree 03:55
A4. Caress Me Pretty Music 03:24
  Side Two:
B1. Crucifixion 2000 A.D 04:17
B2. Song 02:50
B3. Good Book 02:31
B4. Everybody Is An Only Child 05:51
B5. Any Road 03:47

Alan O'Day - Keyboards, Vocals
Bill Cuomo - Piano and Organ
Art Munson, Dean Parks - Guitars
John Raines - Drums
Joe Lamano - Bass

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8 комментариев:

  1. apanta
    Hi recently discover your very good blog, it seems that you are a very longtime music collector, and with very good taste.
    Thanks for everything. I want to ask you if you can do some uploads for me, Thanks again.

    1. It is a pleasure to read such comments.
      What specifically would you like to see in my blog?
      What bands and albums you interested in?

  2. Thanks for your interest.
    I’m Looking for Catapult (http://grapher-music.blogspot.gr/2011/08/catapult-catapult-1974-lp-catapult.html)
    And Clover Leaf single collection (http://grapher-music.blogspot.gr/2012/06/clover-leaf-single-collection-performen.html)

    And I wonder if you have Bent Wind album (The Fourth Line is .... ''You Will' 1989)

    1. Links to two albums Catapult updated, you can download.
      Updated album link Clover Leaf. Also available for download.

      Album Bent Wind - The Fourth Line Is ... "You Will" (1989) I do not, but there is another album of this band. Look for a blog.

  3. Looks like I found Alan O'Day too late. Any chance of a re-up. Love your collection, many, may LPs I havn't heard before.

    Mnay thanks, Tony

    1. Tony, thank you for your comment. Link to this album restored. New link.

  4. Thank you so much for restoring the link. I'm sure I will enjoy listening to it.