Webb Sessions: 1968-1969

Webb Sessions: 1968-1969

by Richard Harris
     
 

A U.K. two-fer of Richard Harris' first two albums, 1968's A Tramp Shining and 1969's The Yard Went on Forever, The Webb Sessions: 1968-1969 is a handy introduction to some of the most over the top work by Jim Webb, perhaps the most cheerfully perverse songwriter of the '60s. Gifted with a brilliant sense of melody and an ear for wonderfully rich,See more details below

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A U.K. two-fer of Richard Harris' first two albums, 1968's A Tramp Shining and 1969's The Yard Went on Forever, The Webb Sessions: 1968-1969 is a handy introduction to some of the most over the top work by Jim Webb, perhaps the most cheerfully perverse songwriter of the '60s. Gifted with a brilliant sense of melody and an ear for wonderfully rich, almost symphonic arrangements, Webb was also fond of downright bizarre lyrical conceits that couched deep emotions in some of the most outlandish metaphors in pop history. (Who can forget "MacArthur Park" and its central image of a cake dissolving in a rainstorm as a sign of a failed relationship?) Richard Harris not being a singer by trade, he apparently had no ego to fight against Webb's more outrageous ideas -- unlike the Association, who famously turned down "MacArthur Park" only to see it become one of the top-selling singles of the '60s -- and so both albums are masterpieces of freakishly huge orchestrations, impenetrable lyrics, and Harris' stentorian, classically trained but oddly unmusical voice. The lesser-known tracks on The Yard Went on Forever, supposedly a concept album detailing Webb's recent divorce although one couldn't tell it from the lyric sheet, are even more groovy and strange than the more familiar A Tramp Shining, which almost sounds normal in comparison. Regardless, The Webb Sessions: 1968-1969 is absolutely necessary for anyone with a taste for the odd in '60s pop.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/1996
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0632427250227
catalogNumber:
52
Rank:
57416

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Harris   Primary Artist,Vocals
Lou Blackburn   Trombone
Mike Deasy   Guitar,Guitar Effects
Jimmy Webb   Piano
Hal Blaine   Percussion
Bud Brisbois   Trumpet
Jules Chaiken   Trumpet
Gary Coleman   Timpani
Bill Henshaw   French Horn
Milt Holland   Timpani
Larry Knechtel   Organ,Harpsichord,Keyboards
George Price   French Horn
Fred Tackett   Trumpet,Rhythm Guitar
Lance Wakely   Rhythm Guitar
Joe Osborn   Bass
David Duke   French Horn

Technical Credits

Jimmy Webb   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Sid Sharp   String Section
Glenn A. Baker   Interview Editor
John ?   Engineer
William F. Williams   Engineer

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