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I Stand Alone/You Never Know Who Your Friends Are

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657026922
  • Catalog Number: 269
  • Sales rank: 80,352

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (4:39)
  2. 2 I Stand Alone (3:37)
  3. 3 Camille (2:55)
  4. 4 One (2:53)
  5. 5 Coloured Rain (3:00)
  6. 6 Soft Landing on the Moon (4:01)
  7. 7 I Can Love a Woman (3:27)
  8. 8 Blue Moon of Kentucky (2:15)
  9. 9 Toe Hold (3:53)
  10. 10 Right Now for You (2:33)
  11. 11 Hey, Western Union Man (3:40)
  12. 12 Song and Dance for the Unborn, Frightened Child (4:33)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Magic in My Socks - Al Kooper Big Band (3:56)
  2. 2 Lucille - Al Kooper Big Band (3:25)
  3. 3 Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - Al Kooper Big Band (3:22)
  4. 4 First Time Around - Al Kooper Big Band (2:49)
  5. 5 Loretta (Union Turnpike Eulogy) - Al Kooper Big Band (3:49)
  6. 6 Blues, Pt. 4 - Al Kooper Big Band (4:39)
  7. 7 You Never Know Who Your Friends Are - Al Kooper Big Band (2:55)
  8. 8 The Great American Marriage/Nothing - Al Kooper Big Band (4:47)
  9. 9 I Don't Know Why I Love You - Al Kooper Big Band (3:24)
  10. 10 Mourning Glory Story - Al Kooper Big Band (2:16)
  11. 11 Anna Lee (What Can I Do for You) - Al Kooper Big Band (3:19)
  12. 12 I'm Never Gonna Let You Down - Al Kooper Big Band (4:40)
  13. 13 Piano Solo Introduction (2:00)
  14. 14 I Got a Woman (4:31)
  15. 15 Buckskin Boy (3:12)
  16. 16 Sad, Sad Sunshine (5:07)
  17. 17 God Sheds His Grace on Thee (2:10)
  18. 18 Brand New Day (3:18)
  19. 19 Love Theme (3:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al 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
The 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
Walter E. Sear Moog Synthesizer
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 Jr. Drums
Stu Scharff Guitar
Technical Credits
Al Kooper Composer, Producer, Electronic Effects
Harry Nilsson Composer
Charles Calello Composer, Direction
Isaac Hayes Composer
Spooner Oldham Composer
David Porter Composer
Warren Barnett Mastering
Tony Powers Composer
Ian McFarlane Liner Notes, Annotation
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