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Friday, March 27, 2009
BLUER THAN IT'S EVER BEEN
by Doug Howell
TRINITY SOUND CORPORATION TSLP 103 1975 STEREO
RECORD OF PARTICIPATION AND COOPERATION
Compositions, arrangements, lead vocals, keyboard, drums & percussion, synthesizer/Doug Howell Background vocals/Bobbi Ludwick & Doug (except Love That Comes Too Late/Barbara Young & Doug Bas guitar/Hoppy Colvin Flute, alto flute/Kathy McKlatchey Acoustic 6-string, electric guitar/Dan Leonhardt Acoustic 12-string guitar/Dennis Kisko French horn/Steve Pike Cornet/Randy Merritt, John Larkin Trombone/Larry Daugherty, David Luurtzema Sing-alongers & cheerleaders on Life if Like a Melody/some very precious Ann Arbor brothers & sisters
Production & general inspiration/Michael Glenn Engineering/Michael Glenn, Doug Howell, Kim Flanery & Hoppy Colvin @ Morgan Sound Theatre, Ann Arbor Mastering/Bob Dennis, HDH Studios, Detroit Pressing/North American Music, Scranton Album jacket design/Michael Glenn & Doug Howell Photography/Michael Glenn & Barbara Young Photographic composition/Jack Wolak Typesetting/Glenda Harmon Jacket Fabrication/New Directions, Dearborn All selections copyrighted & published/Trinity Sound
Special thanks to all the friends who contributed joyfully a wealth of both talent and spiritual encouragement. This album is dedicated with love to my precious brother Bob Laurent. All glory to God. It is He Who is our life and song. He produced this album and somehow brought it to you. Maybe He wants to tell you something.
Copyright Trinity Sound Corporation, Box 3008, Melvindale, MI 48122, 1975 All songs Copyright Trinity Sound Corporation 1973, 1974, 1975
Life is Like a Melody Brother It's a Pity I Wanna Spend Time With You Bluer Than It's Ever Been
Editor's note: Doug Howell might be the Jesuit Billy Joel or Bruce Hornsby but this is a professional package of not so glimmering songs. Happy, uplifting, polite and melodic to a fault. I guess I was hoping for something more melancholy, jigsawed and metallic even though "WILLIE" treads on being a coming out of the sexual closet ballad. Still, it's not enough. It kind of reminds one of the females in their lives who are entirely too friendly in social graces and then attack you in the car on the way home from the family reunion or Sunday social. I'm still expecting the stick in the eye any second here now. No, I really meant a stick, not Willie!
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!