Are You Wondering? (Mark Five NEP 2714) 1973?
Low-budget acoustic rock guy knocking out the standards in a manner similar to Ed Kilboume, Bob Morley, Homer Morris, Paul Fleeman, etc. Simple custom-made mix of acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, piano and banjo. Vocals are semi-smooth, seemingly more ﬁtted for a hymn singer than a folkie, but not entirely un-hip. Beneﬁts from three original tracks: the title song (with good driving rhythm section and electric guitar), ‘Harper Valley Revisited’ (a satirical follow-up to ‘Harper Valley PTA’ with references to acid trips, mini skirts and Jimi Hendrix) and ‘Something Is Calling’ (another decent rocking song with organ and electric guitar). Also renditions of ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’, ‘Cindy’s Cryin’, ‘Ole Blue” (with retro rock-n-roll midsection), ‘Fire And Rain’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ (the latter’s lyric change to “like a bridge over troubled water Christ is laying down”). Of course you can’t lose with a cover of ‘American Pie’, Alan’s closing selection. I believe that’s a sitar he’s holding on the back — too bad we don’t hear it on the record. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo and the track listing.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||Are You Wondering?||3:22|
|1-2||The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down||3:23|
|1-3||Harper Valley Revisited||3:14|
|1-4||Bridge Over Troubled Water||4:22|
|2-2||Fire And Rain||4:11|
|2-3||Something Is Calling||3:18|