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.
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
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