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Friday, April 24, 2009

SIMPLE SONG


By Russell Schmidt


PRIVATE PRESS
1980
STEREO


Booking information, additional albums, tapes or published music, availavle through:
RS MUSIC
P.O. Box 80126
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108

CREDITS:
Producer
STEVE GAMBLE
Edify Productions, Inc.

Arranger
DAN PERRY

Engineer
PAUL MARTINSON

Recorded & Mastered at
SOUND 80 STUDIOS
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mastering Engineer
BOB BERGLUND

Vocal
RUSSELL SCHMIDT

Acoustic Guitars
RUSSELL SCHMIDT & DAN PERRY

Bass
BILLY PETERSON

Keyboards
BILL BARBER

Percussion
GLEN SWANSON

Recorder, Flute & Sax
DAVE KARR

Violins
BRUCE ALLARD
ROBERT ZELNICK
HANLEY DAWS
ROMUALD ZECO

Church Bass
SUSAN ALLARD

Trumpet
BRUCE ALLARD

Fiddle
PAUL REISSNER

Banjo
JOE WOLNEY

Synthesizer
STEVE GILBERTSON

Electric Guitar
DONNY WOODHULL

Background Vocals
RUSSELL SCHMIDT
DAN PERRY
STEVE GAMBLE
MICHAEL MONROE
CAROL ZIMMERMAN

Copyright 1980 RS Music
All rights reserved.
Printed in the U.S.A.





SIDE A:



LAY YOUR CARDS DOWN (Russell Schmidt)
FOLLOW THE WIND (Russell Schmidt)
DREAM LAND (Russell Schmidt)
DESPERADO(Don Henley & Glenn Frey)
FLYING CLOUD (Russell Schmidt)
SIMPLE SONG (Russell Schmidt)

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SIDE B:



A SONG FOR LISA (Russell Schmidt)
BLUE WINTER (Russell Schmidt)
ONE MORE TIME (Russell Schmidt)
FATHER (Words Lisa Barnard/Music L. Barnard & R. Schmidt)
I AM WHO I AM (Russell Schmidt)

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Editor's note: I'm sure some dealer would call this rural folk on eBay and try to charge $29.99 but I don't think I'm buying into it. It sounds more like easy listening lite rock. Kind of an agnostic spiritual about one's own soul which is another way of saying "God doesn't care so if I don't nobody else will." OK, I'm making this stuff up as I go along.

4 comments:

Joe Wolney said...

I was a musician who played banjo on the "Blue Winter" cut on Russell Schmidt's Simple Song Record. Paul Martinson (with his cowboy hat) and Scott Rivard had just finished Steve Green's "FunkyTown" and Russ' was a project that Paul had some fun with.

Some of us came from working with Russ, jamming with him during Catholic youth group retreats, and later helped him play some college gigs with him. He also hired some of Herb's studio musicians like Billy Peterson and Bill Barber.

We had fun at Herb Philhofer's "Sound 80" studios, was my first experience in major studio recording, and it brought me back to my old post high school days. Russ didn't have a major label, so he did recorded his own record and handled his own promotions and touring. He is still playing clubs, doing John Denver covers (which he sounds so much like) and his own music, mainly around the Twin Cities area. He is married and has kids in and out of college.

This record brings back some great memories. Thank you for posting it.

JW.

R. O. said...

Thanks for checking in Joe. I updated the cover/record pictures and they are much easier to read and look at now!

Brenda said...

Does anyone know where I could find a digitized copy of the Russell and Patty Jacob's Well Album.

Anonymous said...

You can email Russ, himself at russell@russellsmusic.com.