The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band

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All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
When David Geffen convinced Richie Furay, Chris Hillman, and J.D. Souther to join forces to form a country-rock supergroup, it seemed like an inspired suggestion. Crosby, Stills & Nash's folk-rock had scored big with a similar idea, while bands such as the Eagles, who recorded for Geffen's Asylum Records, had made some waves commercially in recent years. But despite high expectations along with the history of their members, the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band's 1974 eponymous debut never quite lived up to its promise. The trio, along with steel guitarist Al Perkins, drummer Jim Gordon, and Paul Harris on piano, delivers a collection of ten pleasant, if overall ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
When David Geffen convinced Richie Furay, Chris Hillman, and J.D. Souther to join forces to form a country-rock supergroup, it seemed like an inspired suggestion. Crosby, Stills & Nash's folk-rock had scored big with a similar idea, while bands such as the Eagles, who recorded for Geffen's Asylum Records, had made some waves commercially in recent years. But despite high expectations along with the history of their members, the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band's 1974 eponymous debut never quite lived up to its promise. The trio, along with steel guitarist Al Perkins, drummer Jim Gordon, and Paul Harris on piano, delivers a collection of ten pleasant, if overall unremarkable tunes in the singer/songwriter, country-rock vein. There are glimmers of past glories by each, but only Furay really connects solidly. His "Fallin' in Love," which opens the record, is a winning, Poco-like rocker, while "Believe Me" is by far its most beautiful track. On the other hand, with the exception of a pair of modest successes, including the lightly funky "Border Town" and the straightforward rock & roll of "Safe at Home," Souther and Hillman's contributions are fairly lightweight. Even "Heavenly Fire," Hillman's heartfelt tribute to former bandmate Gram Parsons, who had died a few months earlier, is a bit lackluster and pales in comparison to the Eagles' "My Man" from the same year. Still, there should be enough here -- thanks especially to the Furay tracks -- that will at least be of moderate interest to most fans. Originally released by Asylum in 1974, The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band was reissued domestically on CD by the Wounded Bird label in 2002.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2002
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140100626
  • Catalog Number: 1006
  • Sales rank: 5,252

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fallin' in Love - Richie Furay & Souther-Hillman-Furay Band (3:31)
  2. 2 Heavenly Fire (3:46)
  3. 3 The Heartbreaker (2:57)
  4. 4 Believe Me - Richie Furay (5:03)
  5. 5 Border Town (3:54)
  6. 6 Safe at Home (2:54)
  7. 7 Pretty Goodbyes (3:43)
  8. 8 Rise and Fall (3:08)
  9. 9 The Flight of the Dove - Richie Furay (4:08)
  10. 10 Deep, Dark and Dreamless (5:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Souther-Hillman-Furay Band Primary Artist
Souther, Hillman, Furay Indexed Contributor
Chris Hillman Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Richie Furay Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Jim Gordon Percussion, Drums
Ron Grinel Drums
Paul Harris Keyboards
Joe Lala Percussion
Al Perkins Bass, Dobro, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Steel Guitar
J.D. Souther Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Cooper Engineer
Richard Podolor Producer
Elliot Roberts Direction
Doug Sax Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Underrated Treasure

    Although generally panned...the tunes have hung around in my head for thirty years. SH&F Band is an album that I can listen to over and over again and it still sounds just as fresh as it did in 1974-75.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    give SHF a listen

    not perfect, but great production by Rich Podolor and good musicianship and vocals. although the SHF may not have lived up to the "supergroup" status, there is an abundance of talent in their debut album. thanks for listening

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