- Audio CD (November 25, 2016)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: High Moon Records
- ASIN: B01LTGOI5G
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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A masterpiece of early-'70s rock 'n' roll. Produced (and played on) by keyboard legend Nicky Hopkins (Rolling Stones, The Kinks) and British session ace Pete Sears (Rod Stewart), Terry Dolan is the missing link between the ecstatic, guitar-driven sound of the San Francisco ballroom scene and the increasingly expansive feel of the west coast singer-songwriters.
With a collection of simple but powerful songs, the album captures Terry's dual nature; an East Coast folkie with a penchant for soul-stirring rock 'n' roll. Featuring epic guitar duels intertwining with driving piano and organ, it anticipated the jam band genre by twenty years. The lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry captured on the eight album tracks (filled out here with six equally fiery bonus tracks), has never seen the light of day, until now.
48-page booklet packed with rare photos, posters, a definitive essay on the album's history, and personal recollections by friends and the musicians involved. Remastered audio from the original analog tapes by multiple Grammy nominee Dan Hersch. Cover and artwork by legendary rock photographer Herb Greene. CD included with six bonus tracks from the original sessions.
Featuring an all-star cast of musicians:
Nicky Hopkins (The Rolling Stones), Pete Sears (Rod Stewart), John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger Service), Greg Douglass & Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band), Neal Schon (Santana, Journey), The Pointer Sisters, Prairie Prince (The Tubes), Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane)
A historic gem - incredible that WB left it on the vine. This is the one that might have sealed his reputation. --David Fricke (Rolling Stone/Sirius XM)
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With a nice period photo on the cover, this (69 + minutes) album is straight out of it's era of the early '70s. With seven Dolan originals and a version of J.J. Cale's "Magnolia", Dolan tries to combine his soulful folk-singer-songwriter style with a tough S.F. instrumental backing. Is this some "lost" classic album? Maybe not to the extent that the record label issuing this has said. But it is an enjoyable, workmanlike, set of performances by Dolan and some nice playing by some of S.F.'s better musicians of that era, especially for anyone who was around at that time (like me) who has good memories of the Bay Area in the late '60s/early '70s. Four "stars" for the album itself and for the nostalgia it brought back to me for those days.
This was when the cross-pollination of different styles of music and musicians resulted in some interesting if not good music. Dolan, who later led Terry & The Pirates for many years in the Bay Area, has a soulful/folk-like voice, that with The Pointer Sisters on background vocals, and with instrumental help from a number of key players (Hopkins, Cipollina, Turner, Douglass, Prairie Prince, Dryden, Sears, Schon, and a few others) has put together an album that was certainly deserving of release at the time. He's known (If at all) for his great song "Inlaws and Outlaws" which is here in it's finished version and two other takes.
But the WB's label decided not to issue the album and dropped Dolan from it's roster. Why is never really explained. The 48 page booklet has extensive notes on Dolan and the music along with quotes from musicians who played on the album and knew Dolan. And with a number nice period photos of band members (and Dolan's wife whose on the cover) and other ephemera (like a poster advertising Dolan and another unsung Bay Area band, Country Weather), along with complete session details, and correct spelling and complete names (the original album's back cover listed "Cipolina", "Douglas", and left off Prairie Prince's name "Prince") this is how a previously unissued album should be released. The High Moon label has done their usual fine job releasing this album. The sound is very good on the eight tracks slated for the original album--clean and warm--with the six extra tracks (of various takes of the album tunes) having slightly lesser but certainly acceptable sound quality. Do the extra track add anything really different? No, but for fans of Dolan and that whole era (like me) having more tracks from these sessions is worth having.
For anyone who likes this period of Bay Area music by basically unknown bands this set of tunes (like the two locally known bands Country Weather and Marvin Gardens albums) is worth checking out. Dolan has a nice blue-eyed soulful voice, and with some strong playing by some of the better musicians of that era backing him, and The Pointer Sisters upping the soulful quality of the songs (not to mention backing vocalist Kathi McDonald on one song, who released a solo album years ago), this is a nice period sounding album. It's sad to think that Dolan, Cipollina, Hopkins, Turner, Dryden June Pointer, McDonald, and others have all passed on. But this album brings back that whole era nicely--dredging up fond memories of living in the Bay Area--when music like this was seemingly everywhere.
terry overcame his disappointment to eventually become the beloved band leader of terry & the pirates , which proved to be a life-time gig .
this album is a welcome, long overdue blast from the past days ... a definite listen for fans of that era & musicians the likes of john cipollina [quicksilver], greg douglas & lonnie turner [ steve miller band], teen-age neal schon [santana/ journey] & the fabulous pointer sisters [ supporting vocals ] ....
Dolan's songwriting and impassioned performing style was often evocative of 1960s folk-rock pioneers Dino Valenti and Fred Neil. The liner notes nail it perfectly when they describe his songs as "entirely fresh yet strangely familiar at the same time, as if we've been singing along for years". Interestingly, and despite the all-star sessions cast, Terry Dolan was very much a grassroots underground act, rather than the product of record company promotion. His fan base grew out of an early recording of his song "Inlaws and Outlaws", which, without any record label, garnered extensive FM radio airplay and listener requests. Indeed, Dolan's signature song, an ode to personal freedom and adventure, stands as a countercultural anthem alongside Dino Valenti's "Get Together" and the Grateful Dead's "Truckin". Yet, for unknown reasons (though participants speculate in the liner notes), Warner Bros. cancelled the release of the album.
Another interesting aspect of the album is that it is one of the few to have two different producers for each LP side, Side one of the original LP was produced by Nicky Hopkins, while Pete Sears took over the producer's chair for side two. Douglass, Cipollina, Turner, the Pointer Sisters, Prairie Prince, and Hopkins play on side one, while Douglass, Schon, Sears, and Weber are featured on side two. The two producers each brought a distinctively different style to the table, with side one having an ebullient, gospel-inflected wall of sound, while side two is more spacious and introspective, anticipating Dolan's later "western rock and roll" sound. The CD edition also includes some rehearsal takes with what would later become Dolan's band, Terry and the Pirates, featuring the twin lead guitar attack of Cipollina and Douglass. Dolans's Valenti-esque songs, the sometime presence of Nicky Hopkins. and the twin guitars with Cipollina created some obvious musical parallels between T&theP and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Indeed, T&theP were subsequently embraced by Quicksilver fans and are often regarded by rock historians as a Quicksilver offshoot band.
This High Moon label release has been issued in both vinyl and CD format and features excellent sound on the original album tracks, though the rehearsal bonus tracks on the CD have a bit rougher sound. The cherry on the sundae is the gorgeous booklet, featuring a plethora of rare period photos and in-depth liner notes by all of the participants. Kudos to High Moon for this release. It's just too bad that Terry Dolan didn't live long enough to see it come to fruition.