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I Stand Alone/You Never Know Who Your Friends Are
     

I Stand Alone/You Never Know Who Your Friends Are

by Al Kooper
 
Al Kooper is destined to be remembered mostly as an ace session player and bandmember (of the Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears), not as a solo artist, despite the numerous albums he issued under his own name. But though this two-CD set covers only his earliest solo work, it could be argued

Overview

Al Kooper is destined to be remembered mostly as an ace session player and bandmember (of the Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears), not as a solo artist, despite the numerous albums he issued under his own name. But though this two-CD set covers only his earliest solo work, it could be argued that it's the best compilation of recordings he made on his own, though certainly not one that represents the scope of his career, whether done alone or with others. This Australian anthology presents both of his first two albums, 1968's I Stand Alone and 1969's You Never Know Who Your Friends Are, in their entirety, as well as five tracks from his third album (1970's Easy Does It) and a couple he contributed to the 1970 soundtrack The Landlord. While they didn't attract much in the way of sales or attention at the time or since, I Stand Alone in particular showcases his versatile facility with soul-pop and pop
ock with a baroque psychedelic tinge. Even if his vocals are only adequate and the use of numerous sound effects has dated badly, it's worth hearing for "Right Now for You" alone, as that's the finest facsimile of the late-period Zombies ever cut (perhaps unsurprisingly so, as Kooper was instrumental in getting that group's Odessey and Oracle released in the U.S.). The less impressive You Never Know Who Your Friends Are is more soul/R&B-oriented, but Kooper's skills as a keyboardist and arranger are consistently evident here and on the similarly eclectic bonus material, though his songwriting isn't up to the same level. The CD is sensibly sequenced so that I Stand Alone and You Never Know Who Your Friends Are are placed on disc one and two, respectively, with all of the bonus tracks being placed at the end of disc two.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/2008
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657026922
catalogNumber:
269
Rank:
109327

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kooper   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Sitar,Vocals,Vibes,Ondioline
David Bromberg   Guitar
Lou Christie   Vocals
Don Ellis   Horn
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone
Fred Lipsius   Saxophone
Seldon Powell   Saxophone
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Lyle Ritz   Bass
Keith Allison   Guitar
Robert John   Vocals
Blossoms   Background Vocals
Louie Shelton   Guitar
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Charles Calello   Vocals
Ralph Casale   Guitar
Tom Cosgrove   Guitar
Ray DeSio   Trombone
Joe Farrell   Saxophone
Eric Gale   Guitar
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Manny Green   Strings
Paul Griffin   Organ,Piano
Hilda Harris   Vocals
Ernie Hayes   Organ,Piano
Milt Holland   Tabla
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Larry Knechtel   Piano
Jerry Kushnick   Strings
Rick Marotta   Drums
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Frank Owens   Organ,Piano
Earl Palmer   Drums
Stan Polley   Strings
Albertine Robinson   Vocals
Alexis Rodgers   Drums
Aaron Schecter   Strings
Sol Schlinger   Saxophone
Tony Studd   Trombone
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Stu Woods   Bass
Connie Zimet   Vocals
Jerry Jemmott   Bass
Joe Osborn   Bass
John Miller   Bass
Don Ellis Orchestra   Guest Appearance
Joe Corero   Drums
Stu Scharff   Guitar
Walter Sear   Moog Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Kooper   Composer,Producer,Electronic Effects
Harry Nilsson   Composer
Charles Calello   Composer,Direction
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Spooner Oldham   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Tony Powers   Composer
Ian McFarlane   Liner Notes,Annotation

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