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

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2013
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261211156
  • Catalog Number: 6121115
  • Sales rank: 56,884

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Murphey Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, 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
Michael Botts Drums
John Boylan Vocal Harmony
Don Brooks Harmonica
Sam Broussard Acoustic Guitar, 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
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
The 3K Band Vocal Harmony
Timothy Schmit Vocal Harmony
Jerome Jumonville Horn
Peter Launu Electric Guitar
Michael Martin Murphey Indexed Contributor
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
The Sid Sharp Strings Orchestration
Wally Traugott Mastering
Jeff Guercio Producer
Jai Winding Horn Arrangements
John O'Regan Liner Notes
Philip Hartmann Cover Design
Andrew Thompson Remastering
T'ao Ch'ien Liner Notes
Michael Murphey Composer, Producer
Castleman Composer
Randolph Erlich Band Photo
Grant Tyson Band Photo
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