Thursday, April 7, 2016

Al Kooper - 1976 - Act Like Nothing's Wrong

Al Kooper
Act Like Nothing's Wrong

01. Is We on the Downbeat (0:36)
02. This Diamond Ring (4:13)
03. She Didn't Ever Lose Her Grove (3:47)
04. I Forgot to Be Your Lover (2:58)
05. Missing You (3:38)
06. Out of Left Field (5:11)
07. (Please Not) One More Time (3:33)
08. In My Own Sweet Way (2:42)
09. Turn My Head Towards Home (4:35)
10. A Visit to the Rainbow Bar and Grill (0:40)
11. Hollywod Vampire (6:49)

Ron Bogdon Bass
J.R. Cobb Bass
Gary Coleman Bongos, Congas, Percussion
Gene Eichelberger Engineer
Robert Ferguson Drums, Vocals
Dominic Frontiere Horn Arrangements
Steve Gibson Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm)
Hilda Harris Vocals (Background)
Ron Hicklin Singers Vocals (Background)
Mike Leech Bass
Little Beaver Guitar
Larrie Londin Drums
Harry Lookofsky Violin
George "Chocolate" Perry Bass
Marvin Stamm Soloist, Trumpet
Tower of Power Horn
Wendy Waldman Vocals (Background)
Joe Walsh Slide Guitar
Bobby Wood Organ, Piano, Piano (Electric)
Reggie Young Guitar, Vocals
Tubby Zeigler Drums

Kooper's sixth solo release opens daringly enough, with his own funky version of "This Diamond Ring," which he transforms completely from its Drifters-inspired origins. Most of the album is in a mid-'70s soul-funk vein, with Tower of Power turning up elsewhere and Kooper trying (with considerable success) to sound soulful on songs like "She Don't Ever Lose Her Groove" and "I Forgot to Be Your Lover." The playing throughout is excellent, with guitars by Kooper himself (who also plays sitar, Mellotron, organ, and synthesizer) as well as Little Beaver and Reggie Young, with Joe Walsh sitting in on one song, and horn arrangements by Kooper and veteran soundtrack composer Dominic Frontiere. The real centerpiece is the epic-length "Hollywood Vampire," which can't quite sustain its seven-minute length. The funkier numbers work, but some of the rest, like "In My Own Sweet Way," don't come off so well. This is two-thirds of a pretty fair album, and only lacks consistency.

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