Get Back On The Right Track (Rivers RRSA 12280) 1980
This Texas man’s cowboy hat might suggest a country album, but that’s not the case at all. This is a nicely produced pop and soﬁ rock custom with a friendly late-‘70s Stephen Bishop kind of sound It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but the songwriting and arrangements are catchy and in my opinion worthy of the era’s secular soft-rock radio charts. Rick’s vocals are pleasantly laid-back and playful, somewhere between Bishop and Michael Franks. Some fuzz livens up ‘The Lord’s Light’, while the peppy title track closes the album with some good jamming acoustic guitar. Also side trips into slick disco (‘Not A Matter Of Talk’) and lazy Dixieland blues (‘Through The Clouds And The Heavens’). Rick on vocals and acoustic guitar, others on keyboards, electric guitar, acoustic slide, pedal steel, bass, drums and female bgvs. Tastefully enhanced in spots with pop strings and brass. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Ken for the front cover photo.