Better Days (Star Song  SSR-0017)  1980





Better Days leaves the moody angle of Blood Of The Lamb behind, focusing instead on soft rock sounds with soulful edge.  The fact that Tom does a cover of Bill Withers’ ‘Lean On Me’ ought to give you an inkling of the direction he’s taken here.  Sometimes a hint of funk slinking along on cuts like ‘Lay It Down’ and ‘Justified’.   The smooth groove of ‘Pious Piper’ reminds me a bit of DeGarmo & Key’s ‘Love Is All You Need’.   Well produced as usual.  Includes assistance from Fletch Wiley (flute, string and horn arrangements) and Hadley Hockensmith (guitar).  Followed by an independent release in 1982 titled Mockingbird. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).



Tom Autry - Better (Bck)




Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.



01. Lay It Down

02. Stay Together

03. Song In The Night

04. Lean On Me

05. To Love You

06. Master Plan

07. Pious Piper

08. Solomon

09. Justified

10. Time To Believe