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Al's Big Deal/Unclaimed Freight
     

Al's Big Deal/Unclaimed Freight

by Al Kooper
 
As an anthology, the humorously titled Al's Big Deal/Unclaimed Freight captures the stylistic essence of what has made Al Kooper such a vital addition to rock & roll. Although somewhat superseded in the digital domain by Rare + Well Done: The Greatest & Most Obscure Recordings, this title was available almost two decades prior to that 2001 two-CD set.

Overview

As an anthology, the humorously titled Al's Big Deal/Unclaimed Freight captures the stylistic essence of what has made Al Kooper such a vital addition to rock & roll. Although somewhat superseded in the digital domain by Rare + Well Done: The Greatest & Most Obscure Recordings, this title was available almost two decades prior to that 2001 two-CD set. This collection delves into Kooper's solo canon as well as his ensemble work with the Child Is Father to the Man version of Blood, Sweat & Tears. There is also a healthy sampling of his super sessions and collaborations with such luminaries as Michael Bloomfield, Stephen Stills, Shuggie Otis, and even Bob Dylan. The material is split into the self-explanatory subheadings of "The Songs" and "The Jams." The former incorporates shorter and more focused standout performances such as "I Can't Quit Her" and "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" from BS&T. There are highlights from Kooper's solo discs as well. These include "Brand New Day" and the haunting cover of John Prine's "Sam Stone," as well as the respective title tracks from the LPs I Stand Alone and New York City (You're a Woman). Incidentally, the latter track is available here in a remixed form exclusive to this package. "The Jams" reveal the amazing instrumental prowess that Kooper brings to his collaborative efforts. As a musician, his ability to interact and improvise are no more evident than on "Albert's Shuffle" and "Season of the Witch" from the definitive Super Session album. However, at the center is Kooper's uncanny ability to support guitarists Stills and Bloomfield. In essence, he aurally corrals their sinuous and soulful fretwork with his tastefully pervasive organ leads. The 1989 CD pressing of Al's Big Deal/Unclaimed Freight omitted the tracks "Without Her," " My Days Are Numbered," and "So Much Love" and added "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" -- which was concurrently not available on CD elsewhere.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2004
Label:
Acadia Records
UPC:
0805772807822
catalogNumber:
8078

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kooper   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Mellotron,Vibes,6-string bass,Horn Synthesizer,Synthesizer Strings
Michael Bloomfield   Guitar
Patti Austin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bob Dylan   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Melba Moore   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Simon   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Steve Stills   Guitar
Fred Lipsius   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Shuggie Otis   Guitar
Herbie Flowers   Bass
Barry Goldberg   Keyboards,Electric Piano
Blossoms   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Simon   Piano
Ron Cornelius   Guitar
Tasha Thomas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Barry Bailey   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Harvey Brooks   Bass
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Charlie Daniels   Bass,Guitar
J.R. Cobb   Guitar
Bobby Colomby   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dean Daughtry   Piano
Jim Fielder   Bass
Eileen Gilbert   Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Goddard   Bass
Gorgoni   Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Dick Halligan   Trombone,Horn
Hilda Harris   Vocals,Background Vocals
John Kahn   Bass
Steve Katz   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Wells Kelly   Drums
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Rick Marotta   Drums
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Robert Nix   Drums
Linda November   Vocals,Background Vocals
Roger Pope   Drums
Skip Prokop   Drums
Albertine Robinson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Valerie Simpson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Maretha Stewart   scat
Jerry Weiss   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Horn
Stu Woods   Bass
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Fast Eddie Hoh   Drums

Technical Credits

Michael Bloomfield   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Kooper   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Harry Nilsson   Composer
John Prine   Composer
Fred Lipsius   Arranger
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Ken Scott   Contributor
Charles Calello   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Fred Catero   Engineer
Tim Langford   Engineer
Irwin Levine   Composer
Phil Macy   Engineer
Rodney Mills   Engineer
Don Puluse   Engineer
Roy Segal   Engineer
Arthur Levy   Liner Notes
Hugh Fielder   Liner Notes
Joe Scott   Horn Arrangements

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