понедельник, 28 апреля 2014 г.

West - Bridges (1969 Epic Records)

Artist: West
Album: Bridges
Label: Epic Records
Catalog#: BN 26433
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1969
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Country
Format: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Bitrate: lossless
Duration: 00:27:26

One of many rock groups signed to Columbia or its Epic subsidiary that got lost in a shuffle of under-promotion in the 1960s, West played mild folk-rock emphasizing their clean, careful vocal harmonies. Their self-titled 1968 debut was produced by Bob Johnston (who also did Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, and Johnny Cash in the late 1960s), and comes off as a sort of Byrds-lite with some country and pop influences. Their most famous member, by far, was ex-We Five leader Michael Stewart (brother of singer-songwriter John Stewart), although indeed it's hard to figure out exactly who was in the band. The brief liners for their first LP state that "West is comprised of no less than four and no more than six members--Ron Cornelius, Michael Stewart, Joe Davis, Lloyd Perata, (Bob Claire and Jon Sagen)." The inexactitude was compounded by cover photographs showing five guys. Not that it was much cause for speculation among the public, since few listeners heard the album or its 1969 follow-up.

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  Side One:
A1. Somebody (Somewhere) Needs You (F.Wilson-M.Gordon) - 2:21
A2. July, you re a Woman (J.Stewart) - 1:52
A3. Shanty Boat (C.Daniels) - 2:35
A4. You only think youve come Home (L.Perata) - 3:08
A5. Peaceful Times (J.Davis-M.Stewart) - 2:50
A6. Looking back Johanna (J.Stewart) - 2:35
  Side Two:
B1. Down along the Cove (Bob Dylan) - 2:45
B2. General Mojos well laid Plan (S.W.Swallow) - 2:50
B3. Funeral on the Beach (J.Davis-M.Stewart-R.Cornelius) - 2:50
B4. Sad about the Times (L.Perata) - 2:30
B5. Sharon loved the Wine (L.Perata) - 2:35

     Recorded at Columbia Studios Nashville, Tennessee, 1968
     Producer by Bob Johnston 

Michael Stewart - vocals, guitars
Ron Cornelius - lead guitar, vocals
Joe Davis - bass, vocals
Bob Claire - keyboards, cello, guitar
Jon Saegen - harmonica
Lloyd Perata - drums

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