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Flowing Free Forever/Lone Wolf/Peaks, Valleys, Honky-Tonks & Alleys
     

Flowing Free Forever/Lone Wolf/Peaks, Valleys, Honky-Tonks & Alleys

by Michael Murphey
 
BGO's 2013 three-fer combines three albums Michael Martin Murphey released in the late '70s: 1976's Flowing Free Forever, 1978's Lone Wolf, and 1979's Peaks, Valleys, Honky-Tonks and Alleys. The first of these three records arrived two years after he scored a genuine hit with "Wildfire" but Flowing Free Forever, as the somewhat mystical

Overview

BGO's 2013 three-fer combines three albums Michael Martin Murphey released in the late '70s: 1976's Flowing Free Forever, 1978's Lone Wolf, and 1979's Peaks, Valleys, Honky-Tonks and Alleys. The first of these three records arrived two years after he scored a genuine hit with "Wildfire" but Flowing Free Forever, as the somewhat mystical title suggests, finds Murphey pursuing an odd soft rock cosmic country psychedelia that's heavily orchestrated and occasionally overwhelming. "Cherokee Fiddle" cuts through the gentle bombast but this is one odd record, pitched halfway between Texan progressive country and breezy SoCal nights. Lone Wolf moves Murphey further out to the West Coast, dialing back the country roots and also that progressive pretension. It's a soft rock record through and through, so slick it almost boards a yacht, but that's why it's appealing; it was warm, lush, and reassuring, perhaps not much like the rest of his work but alluring because of the difference. Peaks brings Murphey back to his roots, stripping away some but not all of these soft accouterments in an attempt to bolster his cowboy poet credentials. Occasionally, he drifts off on a soft groove -- "South Coast" and a cover of Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang" are by-the-book SoCal softness -- but this has the most grit and heft of any of the three albums here.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/2013
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261211156
catalogNumber:
6121115
Rank:
41073

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Murphey   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Doug Dillard   Banjo
Katy Moffatt   Vocal Harmony
Victor Feldman   Percussion,Conga
Byron Berline   Fiddle
Ray Bonneville   Harmonica
John Boylan   Vocal Harmony
Don Brooks   Harmonica
Sam Broussard   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dennis Christianson   Horn
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Joey DeLauro   Vocal Harmony
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Steven Fromholz   Background Vocals
Bob Glaub   Bass
Robert Greenidge   Steel Drums
Tom Kelly   Vocal Harmony
Bobby Kimball   Vocal Harmony
David Luell   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Macy   Steel Guitar
Steve Madaio   Horn
Deborah McColl   Background Vocals
Michael McKinney   Bass,Background Vocals
Bill Payne   Organ,Synthesizer,Horn
Rod Phillips   Keyboards
Lon Price   Horn,Soloist
Timothy B. Schmit   Vocal Harmony
Wendy Webb   Vocal Harmony
Harry Wilkinson   Percussion,Drums
Dick Hyde   Horn
John McKuen   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin
Jac Murphy   Synthesizer,Piano
Jai Winding   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Mike Botts   Drums
3K Band   Vocal Harmony
Jerome Jumonville   Horn
Peter Launu   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
John Boylan   Producer
Sam Broussard   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Steven Fromholz   Composer
Paul Grupp   Engineer
Jimmie Haskell   Orchestration
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Deni King   Engineer
Michael McKinney   Composer
Sid Sharp Strings   Orchestration
Jeff Guercio   Producer
Jai Winding   Horn Arrangements
John O'Regan   Liner Notes
Philip Hartmann   Cover Design
T'ao Ch'ien   Liner Notes
Michael Murphey   Composer,Producer
Castleman   Composer
Randolph Erlich   Band Photo
Grant Tyson   Band Photo

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