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Don Harrison Band

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Editorial Reviews

Solo performers seemed to have two options back in the '70s: take the oft-ill-fated supergroup route or weave a band around their name. Music industry pundits sure found the latter route amusing, since nobody knew Harrison before he started working with Creedence Clearwater Revival's Stu Cook and Doug Clifford. Guitarist Russell DaShiell also plays a key role behind the board (he's credited as a remixer). The band flies out of the gate with a funky, punchy, to-the-point remake of "16 Tons," the poor-man's lament associated with Tennessee Ernie Ford; however, his version brims with a rootsy confidence that outshines the more conventional readings turned in by other performers. "Rock 'N' Roll Records" is a sly inversion of the rebellious-teen-versus-parents clich ("They kick off their shoes and get down with the blues/But you were too young to know"). "Sweetwater William" is an equally agreeable slice of boogie pop about a roving musician ("Just ask him the time and he'll sing you a song"). "Fame and Fortune" tackles Dixieland-style territory that's similar to the Band's work along those lines. Harrison's blustery vocal style gets plenty of room on the country weeper "Barroom Dancing Girl." DaShiell's songs are, by turns, lovelorn ("Sometimes Loving You") and love-struck, respectively ("A Bit of Love"); his guitar work is low-key but impressive throughout the proceedings. Cook and Clifford lay down the unassuming groove that made them one of rock's most reliable rock sections (though they get a brief, impressive percussive interlude on "Sometimes Loving You"). The only misstep is "Living Another Day," a look at the professional musician's lifestyle that sounds like a schlockier Elton John instead. Although this album's been cutout-bin fodder for years, it's a real sleeper that merits another listen by roots music lovers. ~ Ralph Heibutzki, All Music Guide

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sixteen Tons
  2. Who I Really Am
  3. Rock 'N' Roll Records
  4. Fame and Fortune
  5. Sometimes Loving You
  6. Romance
  7. Sweetwater William
  8. Barroom Dancing Girl
  9. A Bit of Love
  10. Living Another Day

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 12, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista Records
  • ASIN: B00061XA28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jon A. Hanning on February 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This guy would have been a real somebody had he the right production team behind him... like Artful Dodger...

The Tennessee Ernie Ford song really rocks with a lot of soul... and Bar Room Dancing Girl is a powerful ballad... I have both of the bands albums... two of the other three musicians here are ex-CCR... (Stu and Doug)... and I have Don's solo album "Not Far From Free"... it was his best work in my opinion... he has a real soul-full voice... Oh, and the Lion album cover was well done...

Not a bad buy
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Had a couple of 45's by Don Harrison Band didn't know that Stu Cook & Doug Clifford of Creedence Clearwater Revival were in the Band until I got the CD IT WAS GREAT
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