Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Holy Mackerel - The Holy Mackerel (us 1968)

The Holy Mackerel - The Holy Mackerel (us 1968 Reprise Lp)

01 The Secret of Pleasure 3:35
02 Scorpio Red 3:26
03 The Lady Is Waiting 2:05
04 Wildflowers 3:50
05 The Somewhere In Arizona at 4:30 A.M. Resaurant Song (And Now I Am Alone) 2:23
06 Prinderella 2:11
07 Bitter Honey 2:22
08 Nothin' Short of Misery 2:35
09 The Golden Ghost of Love 2:12
10 The Wild Side of Life 2:52
11 10,000 Men 3:12
12 1984 1:27

After singer/songwriter Paul Williams landed one of his songs on the flip side of Tiny Tim's "Tip Toe Thru The Tulips", he was approached by record producer Richard Perry with an offer to cut his own album. It was a giant step for Williams, who had just lost his job at the White Whale label a year earlier, an event that left him distraught and sour on the music industry. Apprehensive about going it alone,he formed a band with ex-Jefferson Airplane bassist Bob Harvey, guitarist George Hiller, flautist Cynthia Fitzpatrick, ex-Turtle drummer Don Murray and Williams' brother Ralph on guitar. Dubbed the Holy Mackerel, the band recorded it's psychedelic pop debut throughout the spring of 1968. Before the record's completion, Harvey left and was replaced by future Elvis Presley bassist Jerry Scheff, and then drummer Don Murray was replaced by Michael Cannon. The record appeared in November of 1968 and despite being a Billboard magazine "Special Merit Pick", it went nowhere and the Holy Mackerel called it quits soon after. Williams began his successful solo career a year later.
~ David Jeffries, All Music Guide

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Anonymous said...

Ive been interested in listening to this album ...for a long time...hears a few tracks over the years but unfortunatley, never ever saw a copy anywhere....till now...thank you for sharing this little gem

Patricia Beatriz said...

amazing!! thanksssssssss