Sunday, 2 July 2017

Al Wilson - Searching for the Dolphins

The debut album by a lost (in all senses) American singer, Al Wilson. It is all covers, or versions of others' songs. Some standards some not. It is consistently brilliant. Wilson was from Mississippi, he was born at the head of World War 2. One of his friends was the white (Wilson was black) southern musician Johnny Rivers who had a label called Soul City. This first classic album came out of that relationship with Wilson singing and Rivers producing. Rivers doubtless helped select most if not all of the songs too, including a couple of his own as well as I Stand Accused, co-written by Curtis Mayfield, and By The Time I Get Phoenix and Do What You Gotta Do by Jimmy Webb. However, the record, widely available, yes it's true, is named from the extraordinary Fred Neil song The Dolphins, which is the opening cut. Neil was a 60s folk singer, who wrote Everybody's Talking, and The Dolphins

Al Wilson wikipedia 

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