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 1970, 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 1970. 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 40+ years later. I turned a lot of folks on to this in the 70s – accidentally looking like a smart connoisseur of untapped talent in the process – and hope to do it again here. I was shocked to see this album was released on CD in 2008, though it’s already out of print and going for over $50 @ Amazon. More titles, here. Thanks to Grateful for the re-up.
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.
UPDATE Update: Just released, July 2012, is Andy’s new LP, Masters Of War. Hear it at Bandcamp.