Friday, January 05, 2007

Mick Softley "Street Singer" 1971

"Street Singer" followed in 1971 and, despite (or maybe because of?) featuring even richer and more expansive production values to "Sunrise", it's a patchy album in comparison – helped in no small part to my mind by the inclusion of some good-timey jazz and ragtime pieces, enormously clever and probably hilarious in the studio when performed by the musos present but not really bearing repeated listenings. There's a few nice moments of Softley uplugged though, particularly "Gypsy" which features some tasty harmonica playing from Steve Hayton (of Daddy Longlegs!) and the Donovon-esque "Water Sister Water Brother". The closing "New Day, New Way" gives the album a rousing climax – one of my own favourite pieces on here with some striking backing vocals from Doris Troy.

After one more album, "Any Mother Doesn't Grumble", Softley once again drifted away from the scene for ten years or so – eventually recording three now extremely hard to find solo acoustic albums for Doll Records of Switzerland, and subsequently retiring to Ireland.


Mick Softley: guitar, keyboards, vocals
Richard Thompson: guitar
Tony Cox: keyboards
Steve Hayton: guitar, Harmonica
Jerry Donahue: guitar
David Horowitz: keyboards
Frank Ricotti: percussion
Tony Carr: percussion
Gerry Conway: drums
Pat Donaldson: bass
Dudu Pukwana: saxophone
Karl Jenkins: saxophone
Doris Troy: vocals
Liza Strike: vocals
Jimmy Thomas: vocals

01. Goin' Down the Road
02. Ragtime Mama
03. Water Sister, Water Brother
04. Just Flew in Out a Jet Plane
05. Shucks Blues
06. I Seen Good Times, I Seen Bad
07. People Talkin' 'Bout Hardtimes
08. Hope
09. Hey Mama
10. Gypsy
11. Gold Watch Blues
12. Went Down to the Sea
13. New Day, New Way

5 Comments:

Anonymous Karel said...

Happy New Year!

What a great start!!!!

Thanks a lot for all the music!

05 January, 2007 17:07  
Anonymous chris from belgium said...

thank you very very much. this is the album i missed in my collection.searching for this a long time

05 January, 2007 21:03  
Anonymous SCION said...

Thanks - once again, Lizardson has posted the extraordinary and the very obscure.
I don't know how he finds the time to bring these to us, being surrounded by all those Playboy playmates keeping busy.

05 January, 2007 22:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great one again!!!!!!
Thank you very much and a happy new year, lizardson

Best wishes
bobdylan(Frank)

06 January, 2007 01:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If possible can you post Mick's other album - Sunrise.

Thanks

09 January, 2007 04:09  

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