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)
Shiny Susie (6:57)
Little Boy Hound Dog (0:55)
Bella Bella (2:39)
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.