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In February 1968.

In February 1968, “Warner Bros” label released “The Mason Williams Phonograph Record”, the 20th Mason Williams album. It was recorded in 1967, and was produced by Mike Post. Mason Williams won two “Grammy Awards”, for “Best Pop Instrumental Performance” and “Best Instrumental Theme”. Mike Post won “Best Instrumental Arrangement on the Song”.

Personnel:

  • Mason Williams – guitar
  • Carl Fortina – accordion
  • Bob West, Lawrence Knechtel, Lyle Ritz – bass
  • Armand Kaproff, Jerome Kessler, Jesse Ehrlich, Joe DiTullio – cello
  • Lyle Ritz– double bass
  • James Beck Gordon– drums
  • David Duke, William Hinshaw – French horn, tuba
  • Alvin Casey, David Cohen, James Burton, Michael Deasy– guitar
  • Gail Levant – harp
  • Gary L. Coleman, Gene Estes – percussion
  • Lawrence Knechtel, Michael Melvoin– piano
  • Richard J. Hyde, Hoyt Bohannon, Lew McCreary, Richard Leith – trombone
  • David Burk, Emanuel Moss, George Kast, Harry Bluestone, Israel Baker, Jack Gootkin, Jimmy Getzoff, Jerry Reisler, John Vidor, Ralph Schaeffer, Robert Korda, Robert Sushel, Sidney Sharp, Stan Plummer, Tibor Zelig, William Kurasch – violin
  • Jim Horn, Tommy Scott – woodwind
  • Phil Kaye – effects
  • Stan Cornyn – liner notes

Track listing:

All tracks by Mason Williams, except where noted.

  1. Overture – Mike Post
  2. All of the Time
  3. Dylan Thomas
  4. Wanderlove
  5. She’s Gone Away
  6. Here Am I – Brown, Mason Williams
  7. Classical Gas
  8. Long Time Blues – Ellington, Mason Williams
  9. Baroque-a-Nova – Blye, Mason Williams
  10. The Princes Panties
  11. Life Song
  12. Sunflower
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In December 1967.

In December 1967, “Warner Bros” label released “Song Cycle”, the debut Van Dyke Parks album. It, was recorded in 1967 at “Sunset Sound Recorders” in Hollywood, and was produced by Lenny Waronker.

Personnel:

  • Van Dyke Parks– main performer, vocals
  • Ron Elliott, Dick Rosmini– guitar
  • Misha Goodatieff – violin
  • Virginia Majewski – viola
  • Carl Fortina – accordion
  • Nicolai Bolin, Vasil Crlenica, William Nadel, Alan Reuss, Leon Stewart, Thomas Tedesco– balalaika
  • Don Bagley, Gregory Bemko, Chuck Berghofer, Harry Bluestone, Samuel Boghossian, Dennis Budimir, Joseph Ditullio, Jesse Ehrlich, Nathan Gershman, Philip Goldberg, Armand Kaproff, William Kurasch, Leonard Malarsky, Jerome Reisler, Orville Rhodes, Trefoni Rizzi, Lyle Ritz, Joseph Saxon, Ralph Schaffer, Leonard Selic, Frederick Seykora, Darrel Terwilliger, Bob West – strings
  • Gayle Levant – harp
  • Norman Benno, Arthur Briegleb, Vincent DeRosa, George Fields, William Green, James Horn, Richard Hyde, Jay Migliori, Thomas Morgan, Ted Nash, Richard Perissi, Thomas Scott, Thomas Shepard– woodwind
  • Billie J. Barnum, Gerri Engeman, Karen Gunderson, James and Vanessa Hendricks, Durrie and Gaile Parks, Julia E. Rinker, Paul Jay Robbins, Nik Woods – choir
  • Hal Blaine, Gary Coleman, James Gordon, Earl Palmer– percussion
  • Steve Young– folk (“Vine Street” introduction tape)

Track listing:

All tracks by Van Dyke Parks, except where noted.

  1. Vine Street – Randy Newman
  2. Palm Desert
  3. Widow’s Talk
  4. Laurel Canyon Blvd
  5. The All Golden
  6. Van Dyke Parks (Public Domain)
  7. Public Domain
  8. Donovan’s Colours – Donovan Leitch
  9. The Attic
  10. Laurel Canyon Blvd
  11. By the People
  12. Pot Pourri

 

In August 1970.

In August 1970, “Columbia” label released “Easy Does It”, the third Al Kooper album. It was recorded in 1969, and was produced by Al Kooper.

Personnel:

  • Al Kooper – piano, organ, guitars, ondioline, sitar, vibraphone, prepared guitar, electronic effects, vocals
  • Stu Woods – electric bass, backing vocal
  • Rick Marotta– drums, backing vocal
  • David Bromberg– pedal steel, guitar
  • Tom Cosgrove, Louie Shelton, Stu Scharf, Joe Beck, Tommy Tedesco, Keith Allison, Freddie Weller, Wayne Moss, Charlie Daniels– guitar
  • Lyle Ritz, John Miller, Joe Osborn, Charlie McCoy– electric bass
  • Earl Palmer, Joe Corero, Jr, Ken Buttrey, Al Rogers – drums
  • Larry Knechtel– piano
  • Fred Lipisus – tenor saxophone
  • Peter Ivers– harmonica
  • George Devens – percussion
  • Milt Holland– tabla
  • Pete Drake– pedal steel
  • The Blossoms– backing vocal
  • Bobby Colomby– congas
  • Charlie Calello– string and horn arrangements
  • Jackson Marlie – vocals
  • Jimmie Haskell– arrangements and conductor
  • Don Puluse, Neil Wilburn, Stan Tonkel, Sy Mitchell, Tim Geelan – engineers
  • Mike Ruschack – mastering engineer
  • Stan Weiss – remix engineer

Track listing:

  1. Brand New Day – Al Kooper
  2. Piano Solo Introduction to I Got a Woman
  3. I Got a Woman – Ray Charles, Renald Richard
  4. Country Road – James Taylor
  5. I Bought You the Shoes (You’re Walking Away In) – Bob Brass, Irwin Levine, Kooper
  6. Introduction
  7. Easy Does It – Al Kooper
  8. Buckskin Boy – Al Kooper, Charlie Calello
  9. Love Theme from The Landlord – Al Kooper
  10. Sad, Sad Sunshine – Al Kooper
  11. Let the Duchess No – John Gregory, Jim Roberts
  12. She Gets Me Where I Live – Al Kooper, Charlie Calello
  13. A Rose and a Baby Ruth – D. Loudermilk
  14. Baby, Please Don’t Go – Big Joe Williams
  15. God Sheds His Grace on Thee – Al Kooper, Charlie Calello

In June 1968.

In June 1968, “Reprise” label released the debut, self-titled Randy Newman album. It was recorded in 1968, and was produced by Lenny Waronker and Van Dyke Parks.

Personnel:

  • Randy Newman – vocals, piano
  • Anthony Terran- trumpet
  • Herb Ellis- guitar
  • Jim Horn- saxophone
  • Plas Johnson- saxophone
  • Larry Knechtel- guitar, bass, keyboards
  • Carol Kaye- bass
  • Al Casey- guitar
  • Milt Bernhart- trombone
  • Mike Deasy, Ron Elliott- guitar
  • Lyle Ritz- bass
  • Jim Gordon- drums
  • Tommy Morgan – harmonica
  • Ray Kelley – cello
  • Ted Nash – saxophone
  • Don Bagley – bass
  • James Burton- guitar
  • Israel Baker- violin
  • Arnold Belnick – violin
  • Harold Bemko – cello
  • Harry Bluestone – violin
  • Samuel Boghossian – viola
  • Gene Cipriano – saxophone
  • Gary Coleman – percussion
  • Jerome Reisler – violin
  • Victor Sazer – cello
  • Ralph Schaeffer – violin
  • Wilbur Schwartz – saxophone
  • Leonard Selic – viola
  • Sid Sharp – violin
  • Tommy Tedesco- guitar
  • Sal Valentino- guitar, vocals
  • Tibor Zelig – violin
  • Hubert Anderson – percussion
  • Joseph DiFiore – viola
  • William Hinshaw – French horn
  • Thomas Scott – saxophone
  • Harold Ayties – viola
  • Jesse Emrlich – cello
  • Elizabeth Ershoff – harp
  • David Filerman – cello
  • Gene Garf – piano, organ
  • Jan Hlinka – viola
  • Norman Jeffreis – drums
  • Gordon Pope – saxophone
  • James Rowles – piano
  • Joseph Tullio – cello
  • William Weiss – violin
  • Robert Knight – trombone
  • Nick DeCaro – piano, accordion
  • Frank DeCaro – guitar
  • James A. Decker – French horn
  • David Duke – French horn
  • Carl Fortina – accordion
  • Frederick Seykora – cello
  • James Getzoff – flute
  • Joe Gibbons – guitar
  • William Green – saxophone
  • Richard Hyde- trombone
  • Armand Karpoff – cello
  • Louis Kievman – viola
  • William Kurash – violin
  • Michael Lang – piano
  • Don Lanier – guitar
  • Gary LeVant – harmonica
  • Tommy LiPuma- engineer
  • Leonard Malarsky – violin
  • Lew McCreary – trombone
  • Jay Migliori – saxophone
  • Sid Miller – saxophone
  • Ollie Mitchell – trumpet
  • Louis Morell – guitar
  • Richard Perissi – French horn
  • William R. Perkins – saxophone

Track listing:

All tracks by Randy Newman.

  1. Love Story (You and Me)
  2. Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad
  3. Living Without You
  4. So Long Dad
  5. I Think He’s Hiding
  6. Linda
  7. Laughing Boy
  8. Cowboy
  9. Beehive State
  10. I Think It’s Going to Rain Today
  11. Davy the Fat Boy

 

In April 1970.

In April 1970, “Reprise” label released “12 Songs”, the second Randy Newman studio album. It was recorded in 1969, and was produced by Lenny Waronker.

Personnel:

  • Randy Newman – vocals, piano
  • Clarence White– B-Bender electric guitar
  • Ron Elliott– rhythm guitar
  • Ry Cooder– slide guitar
  • Lyle Ritz– double bass
  • Gene Parsons– drums
  • Jim Gordon– drums
  • Roy Harte– percussion
  • Al McKibbon– double bass
  • Milt Holland– percussion
  • Douglas Botnick – engineer
  • Lee Herschberg – engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by Randy Newman except where noted.

  1. Have You Seen My Baby?
  2. Let’s Burn Down the Cornfield
  3. Mama Told Me Not to Come
  4. Suzanne
  5. Lover’s Prayer
  6. Lucinda
  7. Underneath the Harlem Moon – Mack Gordon, Harry Revel
  8. Yellow Man
  9. Old Kentucky Home
  10. Rosemary
  11. If You Need Oil
  12. Uncle Bob’s Midnight Blues

In April 1969.

In April 1969, “Tomato” label released “Our Mother the Mountain”, the second Townes Van Zandt studio album. It was recorded in January 1969 in Los Angele and Nashville, and was produced by Kevin Eggers, Jim Malloy and Jack Clement. The album artwork was by Milton Glaser and the album cover photograph was by Allen Vogel.

Personnel:

  • Townes Van Zandt: vocals, guitar
  • Ben Bennay: harmonica
  • James Burton: Dobro, guitar
  • John Clauder: drums
  • David Cohen: guitar
  • Chuck Domanico: bass
  • Jack Clement: guitar
  • Charlie McCoy: bass, guitar, harmonica, organ, recorder
  • Lyle Ritz: bass
  • Don Randi: keyboards
  • Harvey Newmark: bass
  • Mike Deasy: guitar
  • Donald Frost: drums
  • Jules Jacob: flute
  • Bergen White: string arrangements

Track listing:

  1. Be Here to Love Me
  2. Kathleen
  3. She Came and She Touched Me
  4. Like A Summer Thursday
  5. Our Mother The Mountain
  6. Second Lovers Song
  7. John The Gambler
  8. Tecumseh Valley
  9. Snake Mountain Blues
  10. My Proud Mountains
  11. Why She’s Acting This Way

On May 16, 1966.

Pet Sounds

On May 16, 1966, “Capitol” label released “Pet Sounds”, the eleventh Beach Boys studio album. It was recorded July 12, 1965 – April 13, 1966, at “United Western Recorders”, “Gold Star Studios”, “CBS Columbia Square”, and “Sunset Sound Recorders” in Hollywood, and was produced by Brian Wilson. The album is regarded as one of the most important and influential albums in the music history. In 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “Pet Sounds” at number two on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

Personnel:

The Beach Boys

  • Al Jardine– lead, harmony and backing vocals, tambourine
  • Bruce Johnston– harmony and backing vocals
  • Mike Love– lead, harmony and backing vocals
  • Brian Wilson– lead, harmony and backing vocals, dog whistles, organ, piano, sound effects
  • Carl Wilson– lead, harmony and backing vocals, guitar, twelve-string guitar
  • Dennis Wilson– harmony and backing vocals, drums
  • Tony Asher– plucked piano strings
  • Arnold Belnick– violin
  • Chuck Berghofer– string bass
  • Hal Blaine– bongos, drums, tympani
  • Norman Botnick– viola
  • Glen Campbell– guitar, twelve-string electric guitar
  • Frank Capp– bells, glockenspiel, latin percussion, percussion, tympani, vibraphone
  • Al Casey– guitar
  • Roy Caton– trumpet
  • Jerry Cole– electric guitar, guitar, mandolin
  • Gary Coleman – bongos, tympani
  • Mike Deasy– guitar
  • Al De Lory– harpsichord, organ, piano, tack piano
  • Joseph DiFiore– viola
  • Justin DiTullio– cello
  • Steve Douglas– clarinet, flute, percussion, tenor saxophone, saxophone
  • Jesse Erlich– cello
  • Carl Fortina– accordion
  • Ritchie Frost– drums, empty Coca-Cola cans, percussion
  • James Getzoff– violin
  • Jim Gordon– drums, percussion
  • Bill Green– flute, percussion, saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • Leonard Hartman– bass clarinet, clarinet, english horn
  • Jim Horn– baritone saxophone, flute, tenor saxophone, saxophone
  • Paul Horn– tenor saxophone
  • Harry Hyams– viola
  • Jules Jacob– flute
  • Plas Johnson– flute, percussion, saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • Carole Kaye– electric bass
  • Barney Kessel– guitar, mandolin
  • Bobby Klein– tenor saxophone
  • Larry Knechtel– organ
  • William Kurasch– violin
  • Leonard Malarsky– violin
  • Frank Marocco– accordion
  • Gail Martin– trombone
  • Nick Martinis– drums
  • Terry Melcher– tambourine
  • Mike Melvoin– harpsichord
  • Jay Migliori– baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute, saxophone
  • Tommy Morgan– harmonica
  • Jack Nimitz– baritone saxophone
  • Bill Pittman– guitar
  • Ray Pohlman– Danelectro bass, electric bass, mandolin, guitar
  • Don Randi– piano
  • Alan Robinson – french horn
  • Jerome Reisler– violin
  • Lyle Ritz– string bass, ukulele
  • Joseph Saxon– cello
  • Ralph Schaeffer– violin
  • Sid Sharp– violin
  • Billy Strange– electric guitar, guitar, twelve-string electric guitar
  • Ron Swallow– tambourine
  • Ernie Tack– bass trombone
  • Paul Tanner– theremin
  • Tommy Tedesco– acoustic guitar
  • Darrel Terwilliger– viola
  • “Tony” – sleigh bell
  • Jerry Williams– percussion
  • Julius Wechter– tympani, latin percussion, percussion, vibraphone
  • Tibor Zelig– violin

Track listing

All tracks by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher except where noted.

  1. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
  2. You Still Believe in Me
  3. That’s Not Me
  4. Don’t Talk
  5. I’m Waiting for the Day – Brian Wilson, Mike Love
  6. Let’s Go Away for Awhile – Brian Wilson
  7. Sloop John B – trad. arr. Brian Wilson
  8. God Only Knows
  9. I Know There’s an Answer – Brian Wilson, Terry Sachen, Mike Love
  10. Here Today
  11. I Just Wasnt Made for These Times
  12. Pet Sounds – Brian Wilson
  13. Caroline, No