It’s So Nice (Century/Everglow 44941) 1978
Some of the most inspired ‘70s singer/songwriter sounds I’ve heard featuring the duo of Michael Schneider and James Kramer. Both gents handle multiple instruments: Michael on piano, clavinet, mini-moog, mellotron, fender rhodes and flute; James on electric and acoustic guitars, pedal steel, fender bass, trumpets and percussion. The keyboards and melodic songwriting can sometimes bring a suggestion of Carole King on tracks like ‘Son Of God, Son Of Man’ and ‘Forever Lord’. Some of their best moments come though pop-edged numbers like the catchy lilting title track. Occasional similarities to other melodic male twosomes like Sonrise, Stewart & Kyle and Christian Stephens. ‘Synthetic Generation’ has decent guitar coupled with a silky wah-wah groove. And for those of you that require edgier rock statements, ‘Glory Suite’ and ‘Psalm 19’ both have velvety ethereal moods with electric guitar that could easily earn a “psych” descriptor. Same for the closing six-minute ‘Micah 5:2/Fulfillment’ which features some excellent progressive art-rock dynamics. I really like this record! On the famous Century custom label. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
Taken from a cassette
This one was on Heavenly Grooves. Tracks:
01. Son Of God Son Of Man 02. Synthetic Generation 03. Forever Lord 04. It's So Nice 05. Glory Suite 06. Psalm 19 07. Signs 08. The Triumph 09. Micah 5:2 & Fulfillment