Rare & Well Done: The Greatest & Most Obscure Recordings

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
He may not be one of the best-known names in rock history, but few unsung heroes have reached more ears than this veteran New York Renaissance man. For the better part of four decades, Al Kooper's songs, keyboard playing, production, and arrangements have insinuated themselves into the collective consciousness, and this two-disc compendium gives some indication of just how broad his influence has been. While steering clear of his sessions with Dylan, the Stones, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the double-disc Rare & Well Done demonstrates what Kooper can do when he's in the spotlight. Disc 1, Rare, collects various outtakes, demos, B-sides, and other rarities bearing Kooper's ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
He may not be one of the best-known names in rock history, but few unsung heroes have reached more ears than this veteran New York Renaissance man. For the better part of four decades, Al Kooper's songs, keyboard playing, production, and arrangements have insinuated themselves into the collective consciousness, and this two-disc compendium gives some indication of just how broad his influence has been. While steering clear of his sessions with Dylan, the Stones, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the double-disc Rare & Well Done demonstrates what Kooper can do when he's in the spotlight. Disc 1, Rare, collects various outtakes, demos, B-sides, and other rarities bearing Kooper's stamp, while Disc 2, Well Done, focuses on his better-known songs. Many of his works -- "I Can't Quit Her," for example, and "New York's My Home" -- are part and parcel of the urban-rock soundtrack of the late '60s, and his driving takes on songs like "I Can't Keep from Crying Sometimes" are utterly peerless. The set draws from his days with the Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears the band with which he pioneered jazz-rock fusion and proffers abundant examples of his grace as an interpreter. To the latter end, we get Kooper's take on "Hey Jude," replete with a horn section that'd do Count Basie proud, and his revamp of XTC's "Making Plans for Nigel," which he recasts as a Depression-era strut. Kooper's talents are formidable, and, as this career-spanning set bears out, his status as one of rock's true unsung greats is undiminished by time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646215326
  • Catalog Number: 62153

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Kooper Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Celeste, Keyboards, Vocals, Mellotron, Vibes, Arp Omni
Michael Bloomfield Guitar
Jerry Douglas Lap Steel Guitar
Bill Lloyd Vocals
Lou Christie Vocals
Rita Coolidge Vocals
Melba Moore Vocals
Stephen Stills Guitar
Jimmy Knepper Horn
Fred Lipsius Horn
Marvin Stamm Horn
Seldon Powell Horn
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Shuggie Otis Guitar
Robert John Vocals
Madeline Bell Vocals
Herbie Flowers Bass
Barry Goldberg Piano
Clydie King Vocals
Claudia Lennear Vocals
The Blossoms Vocals
Michael Gately Vocals
Tom Bahler Vocals
Fred Bliffert Vocals
Roy Blumenfeld Drums
Ron Bogdon Bass
Randy Brecker Horn
Etta Britt Vocals
Harvey Brooks Bass
Artie Butler Conductor
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Ralph Casale Guitar
Charlie Daniels Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Bobby Colomby Drums
Tom Cosgrove Guitar
John Cowan Vocals
Ray DeSio Horn
Belton Evans Drums
Joe Farrell Horn, Tenor Saxophone
John Paul Fetta Bass
Venetta Fields Vocals
Jim Fielder Bass
Anton Fig Drums
Paul Franklin Pedal Steel Guitar
John Gardner Drums
Gene Morford Vocals
Eileen Gilbert Vocals
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Paul Griffin Keyboards
Dick Halligan Horn
Hilda Harris Vocals
Danny Kalb Guitar
Steve Katz Guitar
Wells Kelly Drums
Jerry Kennedy Guitar
Ed King Slide Guitar
Andy Kulberg Bass, Flute
Will Lee Bass
Roy Markowitz Drums
Rick Marotta Drums
Sherryl Marshall Vocals
John Lloyd Miller Bass
Dorothy Morrison Vocals
Wayne Moss Guitar
Roger Pope Drums
Caleb Quaye Guitar
Albertine Robinson Vocals
Al Rogers Drums
Katherine Russell Vocals
Buddy Salzman Drums
Sol Schlinger Horn
Walter E. Sear Synthesizer, Theremin
Valerie Simpson Vocals
Barry St. John Vocals
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Maretha Stewart Vocals
Jeff Stout Trumpet
Liza Strike Vocals
Tony Studd Horn
Oren Waters Vocals
Donna Weiss Vocals
Jerry Weiss Horn
Stu Woods Bass
Jimmy Vivino Organ, Guitar
Paul Humphries Drums
Tubby Zeigler Drums
Fast Eddie Hoh Drums
Bobby West Bass
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson Harmonica
John Simon Strings
Technical Credits
Ray Charles Composer
Donovan Composer
Al Kooper Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Mick Taylor Remixing
Gordon Jenkins Composer
Fred Lipsius Arranger
Alan Price Composer
Artie Butler Arranger
Charles Calello Arranger
Fred Catero Engineer
Kooster McAllister Engineer
Richard McIntosh Engineer
Sy Mitchell Engineer
Don Puluse Engineer
Steve Rosenthal Engineer
Roy Segal Engineer
Mike Sullivan Cover Photo
Bill Szymczyk Engineer, Remixing
Allan Tucker Mastering
Peter Weiss Engineer
Neil Wilburn Engineer
Clarke Schleicher Engineer
Clifford Stoltze Art Direction
Renald Richard Composer
Joe Scott Arranger
John Simon Arranger, Producer
Jaan Uhelszki Liner Notes
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