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Don Williams with Pozo Seco
Spend Some Time With Me
Little Darlin' / Koch Records Nashville
www.kochrecords.com


Koch Records has been steadily re-releasing a ton of cool old-country albums from the long defunct Little Darlin' record label. One of the finest is this missing link puzzle piece in the career of Don Williams. My buddies and I have always known that Don was in the Pozo Seco Singers before (and also while) embarking on his wildly successful solo career, but we had never been able to track down any of the recordings that were done by the group. Until now…

From the pop/psychedelic folk rendition of "Strawberry Fields/Something" in a medley, to the brash Johnny Paycheck song "Apt. No. 9", it is a rare joy to finally hear these recordings come back into the light. The CD is mastered well, with the songs retaining their clarity, depth, and personality rather than being mired in the sterilization of the digital age's influence. Hearing a young Williams croon Burt Bacharach's "Always Something There To Remind Me" backed by a full horn section is rather silly while simultaneously being very pleasant and interesting. The harpsichord of the Beatles' "In My Life" is faithfully re-created here, but the softly sensuous voice of Susan Taylor lends a new dimension to the song. Williams and Taylor harmonize beautifully on the Rollng Stones' "Ruby Tuesday", backed by a horn section and chiming pianos.

This release finally brings to American shores music that has been too long out of print domestically, and packages some of the finest moments of Pozo Seco into a single disc, nicely remastered version. Whether you are a fan of Don Williams and want to hear some of his early work, or are simply a fan of the Simon And Garfunkel era folk movement, Spend Some Time With Me is a tremendous musical experience, and well worth the investment. And that baritone guitar on "Comin' Apart" is well worth the listen, as well.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. Strawberry Fields/Something
2. Spend Some Time With Me
3. Take My Hand For A While
4. Storybook Children
5. In My Life
6. Ruby Tuesday
7. Comin' Apart
8. Apt. No. 9
9. Always Something There To Remind Me
10. There's No Angel On My Shoulder
11. Follow Me Back To Louisville
12. Tears


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