ANDY PRATT Records Are Like Life (1969) – UPGRADED!

FrontRecords Are Like Life (1969)
A Long Lost Pop Gem

UPGRADED TO @320: One of my favorite records of the early 70s. Andy Pratt was blessed with an exquisite pop voice, one that he often wrapped in distinct jazz/pop surrounds. Pratt’s animated and highly individual style had few, if any, precedents in 1969, however, and Polydor didn’t really know how to sell the guy. There’s a slightly psychedelic air that runs concurrent with the somewhat jazzy trio-styled settings, while the acoustic guitar work is both original and invigorating. The cornerstone of this album, however, is Pratt’s melodic sensibilities and the timelessness of the style and production. You’d never know this album came out in 1969. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to carbon date it to any decade. Pratt would surface to more acclaim three years later on Columbia with the minor hit, “Avenging Annie,” and would produce more outstanding work throughout the 70s and beyond, eventually devoting his talents to Christianity (without sacrificing his winning melodic flair). This debut, however, is a keeper, even 45 years later. I turned a lot of folks on to this in the early 70s – accidentally looking like a smart connoisseur of untapped talent in the process – and hope to do it again here. Big thanks to Owlface for helping us upgrade this longstanding post to 320, via a CD rip. Reissued in 2014 with extra tracks (anybody got ‘em?) at Amazon, HERE.

Wet Daddy (3:42)
Oliver (5:26)
Shiny Susie (6:57)
Little Boy Hound Dog (0:55)
Bella Bella (2:39)
Mindy (4:34)
Low Tide Island (4:25)
Records + Records (Records Are Like Life) (4:23)

UPDATE: It’s been pointed out (from a reputable source) that Andy Pratt has a number of fresher works available from one of our favorite places, Bandcamp. Follow the links to listen to the complete albums (all available for download); Andy Pratt Loves You, All That Glitters and Blame It On The Moon, and the 2011 digital singles, Waiting For You , Favorite Son, Little Bitty Soul and The Hand. If you need me for anything, I’ll be hanging out there for a while. Still a great voice, and still a great talent, over four decades later. Listen to Andy Pratt Loves You, below.

15 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    July 1, 2012 - 10:25 | Permalink

    Search HERE

    • 2
      July 6, 2012 - 22:22 | Permalink

      The album you should track down (if you can) is “Resolution”. All of the cuts are jems, but the song “Treasure that Canary” carried me through many a low period. And this was before he went all Christo-Rocko.

      • 3
        Willard
        July 6, 2012 - 23:05 | Permalink

        I still have it on vinyl. A fine record.

  • 4
    snakeboy
    July 1, 2012 - 11:03 | Permalink

    Forgotten all about this one. Thanks for reminding me.

  • 5
    July 3, 2012 - 05:19 | Permalink

    HI Williard
    thanks for the kind words. You can also get the cd cheaper other places…
    Andy

  • 6
    Willard
    July 3, 2012 - 08:06 | Permalink

    Very appreciated. Thanks Andy.

  • 7
    Anonymous
    July 3, 2012 - 20:48 | Permalink

    I always liked Avenging Annie. Thanks for the chance to hear this one.

  • 8
    nickj
    July 7, 2012 - 23:37 | Permalink

    This is completely new to me, and I’m enjoying it a lot! Thank you for this. I never would have heard of it otherwise!

  • 9
    phildelic
    January 6, 2013 - 19:50 | Permalink

    This is such a fabulous record: I’ve been looking for it for 40 years but couldn’t remember the artist’s name!
    When I listen to it now I remember each song as though it is engraved in my brain. I wish I’d bought it – I once had a cassette of a friend’s copy. Now I think it’s one of my “Desert Island discs”…

    • 10
      Willard
      January 6, 2013 - 23:34 | Permalink

      Glad you found it. It really IS a lost gem. You can still follow the Amazon links in the post and get a hard copy (just beware of the cheap CD-R version).

  • 11
    zappahead
    July 10, 2013 - 05:26 | Permalink

    This is a superb album from a very underated guy…..thanks once again for this wonderful share and for all the others I’ve had from you…cheers

    • 12
      Willard
      July 10, 2013 - 12:18 | Permalink

      Agreed. Very underrated. Thanks for the note.

  • 13
    October 20, 2014 - 22:50 | Permalink

    I love this record and had not thought of it in ages; I glanced over at your request box and was like “wow”. I loved “Resolution” as well (I heard that one first, when I was around 15 y/o) and remember being baffled/intrigued that it was on Nemperor, which for me was ineffably associated with Stanley Clarke records. And very nice to see a comment by the artist. Great stuff. Thanks, Willard and thanks for the great music, Andy; I’ll check out some of your recent stuff on bandcamp.

  • 14
    owlface
    October 21, 2014 - 17:40 | Permalink

    definitely one of my desert island discs.

  • 15
    eagle77
    October 26, 2014 - 16:15 | Permalink

    I saw Andy Pratt at Paul’s Mall in Boston back in the late 70’s with my wife. She wanted to run away with him!

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