Smith’s Comfort (Heaven HRS 1003) 1975 Australia *
Smith’s Comfort (otherwise known as the Australian duo of Ian & Sue Smith) had previously appeared on the live album Bennelong Session, where they performed four songs in the acoustic folk-singer mode. This excellent lp from the same label has them recording in the studio with a band, turning out a decided rock/folk-rock edge. ‘The Bitter And The Sweet’ opens the lp on a folksy guitar/harmonica/dobro Dylan note, followed by a slow stately classic-rock number ala Fairport Convention called ‘If I Go Down’ featuring strong interaction of electric guitar, piano and organ. Harmonica and electric guitar trade licks on the mid-tempo boogie piece ‘Proverbial Blues’. ‘The Bring Back Song’ is a live humorous perversion of ‘My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean’ that recalls their Bennelong Session performance. The minor-key ballad ‘Is There Anybody Here’ supplies a soft dreamy mood, followed by ‘Turning Over’, a great jazz-laced progressive instrumental that fades out and then continues on side two. Next up is the album’s loudest cut ‘Do You Believe’, with hardy fuzz guitar action. Some charming acoustic-oriented songs finish out the side, including ‘What Do You Do, What Do You Say’, ‘The Carpenter’, ‘Winter-Spring’ and ‘Best I Can Do’ (beautiful flute accompaniment on a couple of these). Fifty plus minutes of top-shelf Australian Jesus music, housed in a handsome gate-fold cover. (Ken Scott – Archivist).
Thank you Donald for the inside gate-fold photos also thank you for the correction.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||The Bitter And The Sweet|
|1-2||If I Go Down|
|1-4||The Bring Back Song|
|1-5||Is There Anybody Here|
|1-7||Turning Over Cont.|
|2-1||Do You Believe|
|2-2||What Do You Do, What Do You Say|
|2-6||Going Down The Road|
|2-7||Best I Can Do|