Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Bread: "Baby, I'm-A Want You"

Released in 1972,
this was Bread's fourth (4th) studio LP.

This was also their most successful recording,
reaching #3 on Billboard's Hot 200 Album Chart.

Read more about Bread HERE.

Photography: Frank Bez
Art Direction: Robert Heimall

Gallery: "Nice To Be With You"

Released in 1971,
this was Gallery's first (1st) of two studio LPs.

The title song "Nice To Be With You"
(which was produced by Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore)
was a huge hit.
They were not quite "one-hit wonders"
because they did have a couple of other songs
that charted pretty well -
their cover of Mac Davis' "I Believe In Music"
and Tom Lazaros' "Big City Miss Ruth Ann."

Photography: Ransier & Anderson
Art Direction: Glen Christensen

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tony Orlando & Dawn: "Candida"

Released in 1970,
this was Dawn's debut LP.

As you can see by the cover,
technically this album was recorded by "Dawn";
i.e., without the "Tony Orlando &"
This was because of Tony Orlando's contract
with another recording label.
Thanks to the success of this record,
Tony Orlando was able to
"come out of hiding"
and continue to record and tour
as "Tony Orlando & Dawn."

Read more about Tony Orlando & Dawn HERE.

Photography: Joel Brodsky
Design: The Graffiteria / David Krieger
Art Direction: Beverly Weinstein

Mac Davis: "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me"

Released in 1972,
this was Mac Davis' third (3rd) studio LP.

Most reviewers agree that this album was Mac Davis'
"breakthrough" recording.

Interestingly, the Wikipedia article on this record
credits Mac Davis with "beatboxing."
I am not sure that term was in use in 1972,
since I believe it was coined in the 1980s
as a reference to human imitation of electronic drum sounds.
Nevertheless, it is an accurate description
of some of Mr. Davis' vocal stylings.

Read more about Mac Davis HERE.

Photography: Ed Caraeff