Al Kooper - I Stand Alone (1968) + You Never Know Who Your Friends Are…Plus (1969)
2 CD Expanded Remastered Reissue 2008
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 665 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 250 Mb | Scans ~ 47 Mb
Blues-Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Psychedelic | Label: Raven | # RVCD-269 | Time: 01:48:31
Raven presents two landmark albums by legendary multi-instrumentalist, producer and solo artist Al Kooper. Few American musicians have pursued a more diverse or fascinating career than Kooper. As well as playing organ on Bob Dylan's timeless "Like a Rolling Stone", having formed Blood Sweat & Tears and produced Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kooper has issued a dozen solo albums. His 1968 debut I STAND ALONE incorporates pop and soul, jazz and classical elements, making for a seamless and enjoyable whole. As well as covers of "Hey, Western Union Man", "Coloured Rain," and "Blue Moon of Kentucky", Kooper excels with classy originals "I Can Love a Woman" and "Right Now for You". YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE (1969) ups the ante with the brassy "Magic in My Socks", the swooping, soulful "Loretta (Union Turnpike Eulogy)" and "I Don't Know Why I Love You". This top-value package of these two timeless albums comes complete with seven bonus tracks and showcases Kooper's incredible musicianship at its creative peak.