onsdag 21 oktober 2015


His fourth and today by many regarded least appealing Apple album - seen it described as bleak, uneven and less magic than its predecessor "Ringo". May be true from some angle, yet it's sure hitting me with enough good vibrations. Always loved odd or unexpected artist combinations and there's a lot of that here. Apart from more awaited studio support from Jim Keltner, Bobby Keys, Billy Preston, Klaus Voormann and Nicky Hopkins I also get a star cast consisting of John Lennon, Elton John, Dr. John, Harry Nilsson, Robbie Robertson (The Band) and Gary Wright (Spooky Tooth). Background vocals provided by The Backberries trio (who among other things sang on Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" and Stones "Exile On Main Street"). Top crew all the way. Performance, production, arrangements and audio are all great. And the music...very much as expected - pop, rock and country presented very kindly almost inoffensive, still with catchy moments. My favorites are the ones released as singles at the time - "Only You" (US #6), "No No Song" (US #3 Canada #1), Snookeroo" (UK only, not charting), "Goodnight Vienna" (US only, top thirty) - plus the Dr. John contribution "Occapella" because of its odd vocals. As a whole more caress than knock-out, but also love if that is what you need. Premiere US on Apple (SW-3417). Frequently issued and reissued on vinyl, 8-track, cassette and CD through the years. First UK had label as shown here, thin matt cover and picture/lyric/credit inner. (BÄ*) (ÄPLÄ*) (RYNX*)

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