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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





SIDE A:



Life is Like a Melody
Brother
It's a Pity
I Wanna Spend Time With You
Bluer Than It's Ever Been

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SIDE B:



Love That Comes Too Late
With You Beside Me
Life is More
Willie
Roads
All I Ever Want

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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!

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