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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
The happy-go-lucky almost Mardi Gras feel of "We'll Make Love," the second track on this 1972 solo disc from the man behind the North East's legendary Wildweeds and their phenomenal Boston-area hit "No Good to Cry" unfortunately, not on this disc, but an acoustic version might be a perfect addition to a future re-release, carries that distinctive almost gravel voice of Al Andersen. Though he would later join N.R.B.Q., this earthy folk/blues/country platter was recorded between June and September of 1972 and is a wonderful snapshot of an underrated artist at that point in time. "Ain't No Woman Finer" has Jeff Potter's wailing harp that plays off of Andersen's vocal sustain ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
The happy-go-lucky almost Mardi Gras feel of "We'll Make Love," the second track on this 1972 solo disc from the man behind the North East's legendary Wildweeds and their phenomenal Boston-area hit "No Good to Cry" unfortunately, not on this disc, but an acoustic version might be a perfect addition to a future re-release, carries that distinctive almost gravel voice of Al Andersen. Though he would later join N.R.B.Q., this earthy folk/blues/country platter was recorded between June and September of 1972 and is a wonderful snapshot of an underrated artist at that point in time. "Ain't No Woman Finer" has Jeff Potter's wailing harp that plays off of Andersen's vocal sustain and snappy guitar work. The colorful and uniquely distorted cover photo of Andersen is almost psychedelic country, but there's none of that here. His vocal on "You're Just Laughing Inside" is reminiscent of early Elton John, say the "Amoreena" or "Burn Down the Mission" period. Hank Williams' "Honky Tonkin'" is the shortest track, but one of the liveliest. "Don't Hold the Line" explodes toward the end, and it is one of the few tunes on here that gets really raucous. "I Just Want to Have You Back Again" is a simple two-and-a-half-minute tune -- if Jim Croce were more laid-back, he'd probably have sounded like this, melodically it reminds one almost of early Paul McCartney solo -- maybe the first McCartney meets Ringo on his Sentimental Journey. The closing title, "I Haven't Got the Strength to Carry On" with Tom Staley's drums and Al Lepak's bass, form a nice framework for Andersen's blues-driven guitar. Also released in "Quadrophonic" in the early '70s, it remains a sincere work by a veteran American artist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/1998
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707932424
  • Catalog Number: 79324
  • Sales rank: 118,521

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Be My Woman Tonight (2:43)
  2. 2 We'll Make Love (3:20)
  3. 3 Ain't No Woman Finer Lookin' (3:19)
  4. 4 You're Just Laughin' Inside (4:43)
  5. 5 I Don't Believe I'll Stay Here Anymore (3:11)
  6. 6 Honky Tonkin' (1:54)
  7. 7 Goin' On Back To Indiana (2:57)
  8. 8 Don't Hold The Line (2:59)
  9. 9 I Just Want To Have You Back Again (2:32)
  10. 10 I Haven't Got The Strength To Carry On (3:48)
  11. 11 C'mon If You're Comin' (2:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Anderson Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals
Al Yasha Anderson Indexed Contributor
Terry Adams Piano
Al Lepak Jr. Bass
Jeffrey Potter Harp
Tom Staley Percussion, Drums
Donn Adams Trombone
Don Adams Trombone
Technical Credits
George Butcher Horn Arrangements
Maynard Solomon Producer
Captain Jeff Zaraya Engineer
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