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Thursday, April 16, 2009
ONE FINE MORNING
STEREO DIMENSION RECORDS STEREO 3007 1971 STEREO
SKIP PROKOP Drums, Percussion, Vocals PAUL HOFFERT Piano, vibes RALPH COLE Guitar, Vocals DON DINOVO Viola DICK ARMIN Cello LOUIE YACKNIN Bass KEITH JOLLIMORE Sax, Flute, Vocals LARRY SMITH Trombone, Vocals HOWARD SHORE Sax PETE PANTALUK Trumpet BOB McBRIDE Lead Vocals, Percussion
Road Manager: BRUCE BELL Road Crew: ROB LEHMAN, GLENN MORISON, and RINGO HRYCYNA
Recorded At: THUNDER SOUND RECORDING STUDIOS, TORONTO, CANADA Mixed At: O.D.O. RECORDING STUDIOS, N.Y.C. Mastered At: MERCURY SOUND STUDIOS, N.Y.C. BY GILBERT KONG All Finished Arrangements By: LIGHTHOUSE Special Thanks To: LOREN BECKER, ROSS REYNOLDS, MOSES ZNAIMER, VINNY ODO, EDDIE YOUNGBLOOD, HENRY SASKOWSKI Thanks Also To: PREMIER OF ENGLAND for Premier DRums, DEAGAN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS for Electro-Vibes Added Percussion By: THE MALTESE MOON & THE EDMONTON HAWKS Added Bass Vocals By: "TEETH" Cover Design: BRAD JOHANNSEN Produced By: JIMMY IENNER
Evolution a stereo dimension recording Copyright 1971 by Stereo Dimension Records, a division of Stereo Dimension, Inc.
LOVE OF A WOMAN 5:47 (Arranged By H. Shore) LITTLE KIND WORDS 4:11 (Arranged By S. Prokop & K. Jollimore) OLD MAN 5:35 (Arranged by L. Smith) SING, SING, SING 3:19 (Arranged By S. Prokop-K. Jollimore and L. Smith) 1849 6:12 (Arranged By S. Prokop-K. Jollimore and R. Cole)
ONE FINE MORNING 5:11 (Arranged By S. Prokop-K. Jollimore) HATS OFF (To The Stranger) 3:37 (Arranged By P. Hoffert) SHOW ME THE WAY 2:25 (Arranged By S. Prokop-K. Jollimore) STEP OUT ON THE SEA 5:04 (Arranged By S. Prokop-K. Jollimore and L. Smith) SWEET LULLABYE 4:53 (Arranged by S. Prokop)
All Selections Published By C.A.M.--U.S.A., Inc.--Media Trix Pub (BMI)
Editor's note: an album with an international hit is hardly an obscurity despite the band being one for the most part. Much of that could be attributed to them be Canadian. It's fairly hard for even the most successful Canadian bands to crack the seemingly impenetrable wall of Americanization. Thus an American obscurity may be a Canadian staple. That might be the case here because I'd never heard of these guys until I found this record.
As this review from 1971 attests to, this band had one happy moment with "One Fine Morning" and many more not so pleasant ones throughout their haul as The Guess Who Jr. "Little Kind Words" is an excellent tune but so far I'm rather underwhelmed. A professional album but like there are many good painters there are only a few Picassos and Dalis. In those terms this would be a Grandma Moses Lite.
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!