John the Wolfking of L.A.
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In 1969, John Phillips was moving past The Mamas and The Papas, and assembled a collection of songs at his home studio that would eventually become his first solo album, and the only one to be released during his lifetime. It is a album reflective of the changing era, and the ever-changing composer and arranger. The album was produced by Lou Adler, who also produced all of The Mamas and The Papas' recordings, as well as Carole King's Tapestry and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Playing on the album are many of the session musicians who contributed to the success of The Mamas and The Papas, Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson, as well as countless other recordings in the '60s and '70s, and whom John dubbed the greatest players in the world (including Hal Blaine, Larry Knechtel, Joe Osborn, James Burton, Buddy Emmons and Red Rhodes). This expanded and completely re-mastered edition features eight previously unreleased bonus tracks, all recorded during the original sessions for the album. This classic album has been unavailable in the U.S. for over 36 years, and is being officially issued on CD here for the first time. This CD is the first in a series of official releases from the archives of the John Phillips estate.
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I read in the now defunct ICE magazine that "Wolfking" was being reissued in the states at last by Varese but almost 18 months went by with no further word, nor did it appear on their website.
Well, it's here at last and well worth the wait. This was John's best post Mama's and Papa's work. The songs are all top notch and John's performances are great. The band consists of the cream of LA's session players, many of who had also worked with the M&P's and Johnny Rivers among many others.
The 8 bonus tracks include works in progress,leftover sessions and the single version of the lp's only hit, "Mississippi". My recomendation is to grab it while you can. It could be equally rare as the previous reissues soon.
some to Greateful Dead as well when it comes to sound. Louis Armstrong sings also backing vocals
on one track. This is not rock at any level, but the opposite. A laid back pop country album with progressive angles. And his voice
can remind a little bit of George Harrison, in a more laid back style. Probably ends in the singer/songwriter category.