Are You Looking (Century 40499) 1970
The bland generic sunset photo on the cover of this custom lp doesn’t look too promising. Even a glimpse of the song titles is likely to generate a few hrumphs: ‘He’s Everything To Me’, ‘He Touched Me’, ‘Just A Closer Walk With Thee’. Just what I need — another Ralph Carmichael project. But noooo, it ain’t like that at all folks. This is classy electric basement folk/folk-rock, with guitars casually bobbing along in a Grateful Dead kind of swing, sorta like that Hallelujah Joy Band album only better, with each song getting an irresistible laid-back unpretentious guitar solo. Never loud, but has some cool subtle psychy guitar effects here and there. Simple home-made vibe, but with decent sound quality. Is that a kid singing lead on ‘He Touched Me’? Other covers include ‘Come To The Waters’ and ‘1 Wish We’d All Been Ready’. Also ﬁve original compositions, including the opening ‘Something New Theme’, complete with Wilson McKinley bongo sound. Some beautiful female vocals adding to the charm. From Solvay, New York. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet.