Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Various Artists - 1969 - Music from Free Creek

Various Artists
1969
Music from Free Creek



01. Cissy Strut
02. Freedom Jazz Dance
03. Sympathy For The Devil
04. Mother Nature's Son
05. Road Song
06. Lay Lady Lay
07. Hey Jude
08. He Darked The Sun
09. Earl's Shuffle
10. Getting Back To Molly
11. Cherrypicker
12. Kilpatrick's Disaster
13. Girl From Ipanema
14. No One Knows
15. Living Like A Fool
16. Working In A Coalmine
17. Big City Woman
18. On The Rebound


The recordings, made in 1969, were released in 1973 in England as CADS 101 by Charisma Records and in the U.S. by Buddah Records, as a two-record set. The material was re-released by Charisma in 1976, as Summit Meeting. It was released on CD by Lake Eerie Records in 2002, and re-released by the same company in 2006. The 2006 CD states on its inlay card Digitally Remastered, but there is no other information to support this claim - the CD states only 1973 as production date, with 2006 added as a copyright date.


The Eric Clapton ("King Cool") Session

1. No One Knows
Guitar - Eric Clapton (as "King Cool")
Lead Vocal - Eric Mercury
Organ - Dr. John
Piano - Moogy Klingman
Bass - Stu Woods
Drums - Richard Crooks
The Free Creek Horns* & the Free Creek singers

2. Road Song
Lead Guitar - Eric Clapton
Piano - Dr. John
Lead Vocals - Tom Cosgrove and Buzzy Linhart
Organ - Moogy Klingman
Rhythm Guitar - Delaney Bramlett
Bass - Stu Woods
Drums - Richard Crooks

3. Getting Back To Molly
Guitars - Eric Clapton (1st solo), Dr. John (2nd solo)
Lead Vocal - Earle Doude
Harmonica - Moogy Klingman
Free Creeks Singers*

The Jeff Beck ("A.N. Other") Session

1. Cissy Strut
Guitars - Jeff Beck (1st solo), Todd Rundgren (2nd solo)
Organ - Moogy Klingman
Bass - Stu Woods
Drums - Roy Markowitz
The Free Creek Horns

2. Big City Woman
Guitar - Jeff Beck
Piano - Moogy Klingman
Bass - Stu Woods
Drums - Roy Markowitz
Lead Vocal - Tommy Cosgrove

3. Cherrypicker
Guitars - Jeff Beck, Todd Rundgren
Organ - Moogy Klingman
Bass - Stu Woods
Drums - Roy Markowitz

4. Working in a Coalmine
Guitar - Jeff Beck
Organ - Moogy Klingman, Bob Smith
Bass - Stu Woods
Drums - Roy Markowitz

The Keith Emerson Session

1. Freedom Jazz Dance
Hammond Organ - Keith Emerson
Guitar - Buzzy Feiten
Drums - Mitch Mitchell
Piano - Moogy Klingman
Bass - Chuck Rainey

2. On the Rebound
Piano - Keith Emerson
Guitar - Buzzy Feiten
Bass - Chuck Rainey
Drums - Mitch Mitchell
Occasional Voice - Geri Miller

3. Mother Nature's Son
Piano - Keith Emerson
Acoustic Guitar - Carol Hunter
Oboe - Lou Delgato
String Bass - Richard Davis

The Harvey Mandel Session

1. Sympathy for the Devil
Lead Guitar - Harvey Mandel
Rhythm Guitar - Jack Wilkens
Organ - Moogy Klingman
Piano - Jimmy Greenspoon
Bass - Larry Taylor
Violin - Larry Packer
Drums - Fito de la Parra
Congas - Billy Chesboro
Bongos - Didymus

2. Earl's Shuffle
Lead Guitar - Harvey Mandel
Pedal Steel Guitar - Red Rhodes
Organ - Jimmy Greenspoon
Bass - Larry Taylor
Drums - Fito de la Parra

3. The Girl from Ipanema
Lead Guitar - Harvey Mandel
Pedal Steel Guitar - Red Rhodes
Bass - Larry Taylor
Drums - Fito de la Parra
Shakers - Didymus
Wood Blocks - Earle Doud

Odds & Sods

1. Hey Jude
Lead Guitar - Buzzy Feiten
Organ - Moogy Klingman
Drums - Mitch Mitchell
Bass - Richard Davis
Rhythm Guitar - Elliot Randall
The Free Creek Horns

2. Lay Lady Lay
Flutes - Joe Farrell (solo), Chris Wood
Piano - Moogy Klingman
Guitar - Doug Rodriguez
Bass - Stu Woods
Drums - Roy Markowitz

3. Kilpatrick's Defeat
Lead Vocal - Timmy Harrison
Guitars - Carol Hunter and Buzzy Feiten
Bass - Stu Woods

The Linda Ronstadt Session

1. Living Like a Fool
Lead Vocal - Linda Ronstadt
Guitar - Bernie Leadon
Pedal Steel Guitar - Red Rhodes
Piano - Jimmy Greenspoon
Bass - John London
Drums - John Ware

2. He Darked the Sun
Lead Vocal - Linda Ronstadt
Guitar - Bernie Leadon
Pedal Steel Guitar - Red Rhodes
Piano - Jimmy Greenspoon
Bass - John London
Drums - John Ware
Violin - Chris Darrow

The Free Creek Horns are:
Lou Delgato
Bobby Keller
Meco Monardo
Tom Malone
Lew Soloff
Alan Rubin
Bill Chase

The Free Creek Singers are:
Valerie Simpson
Maretha Stewart
Hilda Harris

Other Credits and Particulars

Music from Free Creek was recorded and mixed in New York City at The Record Plant, June, July & August, 1969

Produced by Earle Doud and Tom Flye
Executive Producer and Musical Director: Moogy Klingman
Engineers: Tony Bongiovi and Jack Hunt
Additional mixes: Keith Emerson and Neil Slaven
Album cover painting by Ronchetti and Day
Album cover design: Hipgnosis




I don't know what was the genesis of this project. The liner notes on the CD and the original vinyl release provide two seemingly preposterous sounding scenarios as to what happened, but one is really true. Sessions like these were commonplace and may have been an offshoot of the plethora of festivals and the feeling of music being the common bond, that good music will come out of these sessions, using musicians from very disparate backgrounds (rock, country, blues, big band, pop - all on the same track). Kinda like what the original idea of progressive rock was intended to be. But, these recordings should not be construed as making this a progressive rock record.

For the most part, the music here has a laid back feel. The musicians are certainly of high caliber, but seemed to have been invited to do a jam session. There is not much polish here and that is the attraction to this release. You have nice vocals by Linda Ronstadt during her country phase of her career. You have credible performances by Keith Emerson, Todd Rundgren, Harvey Mandel, Doctor John, Delaney Bramlett and Jeff Beck with the pseudonym of A.N. Other.

This is a great release to just kick back and listen to. It is not music to take seriously or to analyze. It is pleasant music to enjoy and that may be the whole reason for this music when originally released - just enjoy it.

Given the pedigree of talent, you would have thought that this record would have been heavily marketed. It wasn't for whatever reason and quickly found it's way to the cut-out bins, where I found my copy. Don't wait till that happens again. It went out of print quickly and it may do it again just as quick.

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