The Little Darlin' Sound of Don Williams

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Pozo-Seco singers, fronted by Don Williams, left Columbia Records sometime after they had a few minor hits on Columbia in 1966 and 1967. Texas producer
ecord mogul Aubrey Mayhew bought out their contract, signed them to his Certron label, and had the group record an album of lightly swinging, lightly trippy soft rock with producer/arranger Tony Moon. It's unclear when the album was released or even what it was called. Many discographies don't list the album as part of the Pozo-Seco's main discography, and it's hard to discern when it first appeared in stores. The presence of the Beatles' "Something" in a medley places the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Pozo-Seco singers, fronted by Don Williams, left Columbia Records sometime after they had a few minor hits on Columbia in 1966 and 1967. Texas producer
ecord mogul Aubrey Mayhew bought out their contract, signed them to his Certron label, and had the group record an album of lightly swinging, lightly trippy soft rock with producer/arranger Tony Moon. It's unclear when the album was released or even what it was called. Many discographies don't list the album as part of the Pozo-Seco's main discography, and it's hard to discern when it first appeared in stores. The presence of the Beatles' "Something" in a medley places the recording somewhere between late 1969 and early 1970, and it's likely the LP first hit the stores sometime in 1970. Over the years, it's been reissued many times, with many different song sequences, on budget-line LPs and import CDs, but Koch's 2005 reissue is the best presentation of the album yet. Based on the cover art, it seems that the album was perhaps initially called Spend Some Time With Me -- but, as is typical with Koch's reissue series of Little Darlin' recordings, the official title of this CD, as it appears on the spine and in the catalog, is The Little Darlin' Sound of Don Williams -- but the perfunctory liner notes never detail the origin or release of this particular LP, spending more time chronicling how Mayhew encouraged Williams to go solo. As this album makes clear, Williams was most certainly part of a group in the Pozo-Seco singers, singing lead on just about half of the 12 songs and harmonizing on the others. This may make it of less interest to certain fans who just want to hear Don himself, yet it's part of the reason that Spend Some Time With Me is so charming: the sweet harmonies of the male and female voices unmistakably conjure the post-hippie world of the early '70s, when MOR pop tried to be hip by covering the Beatles and the Stones with arrangements that borrowed liberally from Lee Hazlewood, Burt Bacharach, Herb Alpert, and Glen Campbell. Despite a couple of imaginative moments -- the medley of "Strawberry Fields/Something," where the two tunes are performed simultaneously in a round, is quite captivating -- most of this record is noteworthy for being so thoroughly of its time, whether it's the easy-rolling "Follow Me Back to Louisville" with its acoustic guitars and flutes, the country-bossa nova of "Spend Some Time With Me," or how "Ruby Tuesday" is punctuated by dramatic horns. It's not quite along the lines of the Pozo-Seco's earlier, folkier work or Williams' later smooth country-pop, but it's a minor soft rock gem all the same, one that any lover of '60s soft rock will find worthwhile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 684038984121
  • Catalog Number: 9841

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Strawberry Fields/Something - The Pozo-Seco Singers (3:17)
  2. 2 Spend Some Time With Me - The Pozo-Seco Singers (2:27)
  3. 3 Take My Hand for Awhile - The Pozo-Seco Singers (2:17)
  4. 4 Storybook Children - The Pozo-Seco Singers (2:29)
  5. 5 In My Life - The Pozo-Seco Singers (2:04)
  6. 6 Ruby Tuesday - The Pozo-Seco Singers (2:59)
  7. 7 Comin' Apart - The Pozo-Seco Singers (2:40)
  8. 8 Apt. No. 9 - The Pozo-Seco Singers (2:03)
  9. 9 Always Something There to Remind Me - The Pozo-Seco Singers (2:23)
  10. 10 There's No Angel on My Shoulder - The Pozo-Seco Singers (3:06)
  11. 11 Follow Me Back to Louisville - The Pozo-Seco Singers (2:41)
  12. 12 Tears - The Pozo-Seco Singers (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Williams Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Johnny Paycheck Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Chip Taylor Composer
Hal David Composer
J. Hayes Composer
Aubrey Mayhew Liner Notes
Bob McDill Composer
Frank J. Myers Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Tony Moon Arranger, Producer
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