Of All the Things--The Complete ABC/Dunhill Masters
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Audio CD, January 12, 2018
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Almost to the day we released our The Mamas and The Papas: Complete Singles—50th Anniversary Collection back in January 2016, fans of the group (and they are legion!) started asking us about reissuing Papa Denny Doherty’s criminally overlooked 1971 solo album on the ABC/Dunhill label, Watcha Gonna Do. This record came out on CD only in Japan back in 2002, and commands hundreds of dollars online, so a straight reissue would have worked just fine. But that’s not how we do things at Real Gone Music…and so we aren’t stopping with the album. We’re adding six bonus tracks, five of ‘em previously unreleased, to fashion a brand-new compilation, Of All the Things—The Complete ABC/Dunhill Masters! Arranged by Jimmie Haskell, produced by Bill Szymczyk, and featuring songs written by Denny with his first wife Linda Woodward with such session players as Barry McGuire, Buddy Emmons, Russ Kunkel, “Fast” Eddy Fischer, and Eric “The Doctor” Hord, Watcha Gonna Do is truly a lost gem of early ‘70s roots rock, sort of The Mamas and Papas meeting The Band and The Eagles (Szymczyk went on to produce all of The Eagles albums). The bonus tracks include the rare single of the non-LP track “To Claudia on Thursday”—with additional vocals supplied by Spanky McFarlane of Spanky & Our Gang—plus five other tracks unearthed from both album session tapes and follow-up recordings left in the vaults. Joe Marchese provides liner notes featuring quotes and reminiscences from Eddy Fischer, Denny’s daughters, Bill Szymczyk, Michelle Phillips, and others. Artwork includes previously unpublished period photographs. Remastered by Mike Milchner/Sonic Vision, this release is a must for any fan of The Mamas and The Papas and of that gorgeous Doherty tenor!
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The original album was produced by Bill Szymczyk , who soon produced all the albums by The Eagles. It's a stellar line up of musicians on this album too. It's a very organic album, more of a personal sound than on Denny's 2nd album " Waiting For A Song ", which is great as well. Among the newly discovered songs are 2 written by Donald Fagen & Walter Becker right before they recorded as Steely Dan. Their songs- " Sail The Waterway " and " Giles of The River " are dreamy and atmospheric songs that fit Denny's voice perfectly. Steely Dan fans will definitely want to hear these rare songs. The wonderful Spanky McFarlane has backing vocals on the rarity " To Claudia On Thursday " - ten years before she would sing with Denny again in the 80's revamp of The Mamas and The Papas. Another rarity " Of All The Things " has beautiful orchestration, and you clearly hear that voice that sang on so many Mamas and The Papas hits. The booklet with many photos and informative liner notes enhances the entire release. Real Gone Music has done outstanding work on this reissue. The wait is over. One can finally hear this album + the rare songs by one of the best loved vocalists of the rock era, Denny Doherty.