Friday, March 27, 2009


Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1973 on A&M Records.
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate: 320 kbps
Produced By: Chris Hillman
Engineers: Bruce Hensal & Thom Caccetta
Recorded: Rocky Mountain Recorders, Boulder Colorado
Mixed By: Rick Pekkonen
Mixed At: Hollywood Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California
Cover Art: Hagiwara - Mcgowan
She Is A Song
Four Days Gone
Sweet Maria
The Captain
She Made Me Lose My Blues
Old Songs
Glad To Be Going
All songs written by Rick Roberts except "Four Days Gone by Steven Stills & She Made Me Lose My Blues by P. Siebel
Rick Roberts - Vocals, Guitars
Paul Harris - Keyboards
George Grantham - Drums
Al Perkins - Pedal Steel, Guitar
Kenny Passerelli - Bass
Joe Lala - Percussion
Joe Walsh - Slide Guitar
Chris Hillman - Bass
Joe Vitale - Drums, Flute
Rusty Young - Dobro
Steve Fromholz - Bass, Vocals
See Firefall and Flying Burrito Brothers for info on Rick. I could find nothing relating to just him as a solo artist and songwriter.
By Yours Truly
I never was really much of a fan of the Flying Burrito Brothers at the time they were making music although I've remedied that problem since. I was a big fan of Firefall however and for me the centerpiece of that band, like the FBB was Rick Roberts. His voice and his songs were the focal point for me in both those bands.
I don't really recall how I came to find Ricks two solo albums, but I'm damn glad I did. Since 1972/73 his two solo albums have been an important part of my record collection. On She Is A Song, his second solo album he has written even more songs that have been a part of my daily existence since the first time I heard them. Westwind, Company & Old Songs to name a few are songs that I can play in my head anytime I feel the need to give myself a couple moments of peace. It's worth owning this record if for no other reason that the final cut, Glad To Be Going, It's an anthem for me and has been since the first time I heard it. After you listen to this record once or twice you'll probably wonder like I have for the last 35 years, why wasn't Rick Roberts a household name?
These days from what I've been able to find out, Rick is not in good health, however he is still with us for now. I wish there was a way to reach him and thank him for his beautiful songs before it's too late.
READ THIS for more information on this album.


Blogger Hazy Dave said...

Yeah, let's see, only one member of the Eagles guests here (Joe Walsh - actually, not yet an Eagle - along with his post-James Gang chums Passarelli and Vitale), and then there's Poco's drummer, Poco's incomparable Rusty Young on dobro, four members of Manassas, including a pair that were in the Flying Burrito Bros with Roberts, and this is the less star-studded of Rick's two solo albums! There are still echoes of his contributions to the underrated third Burrito Bros LP here, plus hints of his success with Firefall yet to come - overall a solid effort that should have made a much bigger splash for him.

Monday, November 16, 2009 at 11:02:00 AM EST  

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