WAYNE BERRY Home At Last (1974)

Home At Last (1974)
Since We’re Talking About It…

Thanks to Dean From NJ for asking about it, Duncan and Time for singing its praises, and Harry for posting this 320 CD rip in C-Box so the rest of us can catch up to this obscure album from 1974. It’s my first time hearing it, so I haven’t taken the time to fully digest it yet. But, it brings back memories of the singer/songwriter fare I used to listen to in the early 70s, though, Home At Last‘s unbelievable talent roster should interest almost anyone. Berry’s got a history, but it’s pretty well-hidden, while on-liners have been pining for a rip of the test pressing of his unreleased second album. Since this 2000 Japanese import goes for $180 at Amazon, it seems a good idea to repost this before it goes away to C-Box heaven. Those in-the-know should feel free to fill in some blanks on Berry in comments. Many thanks again, Harry. Find it at Amazon (if you’ve got the expendable cash).


All I Needed (3:17)
Another’s Lifetime (3:23)
Indian Woman From Wichita (3:22)
Snowbound (3:47)
Welcome Home (4:21)
Dixie’s Pride (3:31)
Black Magic Gun (4:17)
Ballad Of Jonah (3:31)
Gene’s Tune (Blonde Guitar) (4:14)
Lovers’ Moon (4:19)

Personnel:
Wayne Berry (guitar, vocals)
James Rolleston (bass, vocals)
Bobbye Hall (congas)
Jim Gordon (drums)
Jesse Ed Davis (guitar)
Jeff Baxter (guitar)
William Smith (organ)
David Paich (piano)
Ginger Holladay (vocals)
Mary Holladay (vocals)
Ned Doheny (vocals)
David Hood (bass)
Roger Hawkins (drums)
Ben Cauley (flugelhorn)
Jimmy Johnson (guitar)
Pete Carr (guitar)
Reggie Young (guitar)
Barry Beckett (piano, organ)
Ronnie Eades (saxophone)
Harvey Thompson (saxophone)
Charles Lloyd Rose (trombone)
Harrison Calloway (trumpet)
David Briggs (keyboards)
Jackson Browne (vocals)
Weldon Myrick (guitar)
Billy Sandford (guitar)
Norbert Putnam (bass, prod.)
Kenneth Buttrey (drums)
Johnny Gimble (fiddle)
Charlie McCoy (harp)
Mantup Trebron (piano)

13 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    October 10, 2012 - 12:45 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    Anonymous
    October 10, 2012 - 13:50 | Permalink

    Jesse Ed Davis! and David Briggs? ..is that Unkle Neil’s guy Briggs? Didn’t know he played. Learn more – Enjoy more – Every day. Thanks! .. ~junko

  • 3
    October 10, 2012 - 16:18 | Permalink

    I’m not sure, but I think THIS is the David Briggs it references.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Briggs_(American_musician)

  • 4
    Willard
    October 10, 2012 - 23:09 | Permalink

    Well said… and thanks.

  • 5
    Doomcan
    October 10, 2012 - 23:22 | Permalink

    Thank you Capt. Willard, as always….

    with much gratitude,

    - DC

  • 6
    Duncan Walls
    October 11, 2012 - 01:11 | Permalink

    The album has almost a perfect blend of the best musicians from all the concurrent local scenes happening in 1973-1974.There’s half the crew of the Area Code 615 band ( some of whom morphed into Barefoot Jerry and whose two early 70s LPs on Polydor certainly deserve a second look…especially that jazzy-country take on Hey Jude), the cream of the Muscle Shoals/Fame Studio Gang ( can we ever thank Arthur Alexander enough for lighting the fire that happened there in Alabama and set the Rolling Stones and Beatles on fire with their genre defining mix of R&B and Country?), Norman Putnam and his outsider crew at the then nascent Quadrophonic Studios OUTSIDE Nashville (including the OTHER David Briggs who cut a solo LP for Monument in the late 60s; I know I, too confused the two Briggs until I saw the LP) responsible for presenting Dan Fogelberg’s debut, Robey, Falk & Bod (another LP on Epic I’m craving that’s just LOST LOST LOST) and others, plus a predictable crew of West Coast Regulars. William Smitty Smith formerly of Motherlode (When I Die) on organ and part of Crackin’ (several LPs on Warners)a West Coast R&B Pop taste-makers’ favorite that sped off to no where but backed up a lot of great acts…the guitars on this LP are FINE…Reggie Young, Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter, Jimmy Johnson. Pete Carr, Billy Sanford and of course Jesse Ed Davis…the mind boggles. They were the best you could get at the time. This should have been the beginning of RCA’s answer to Asylum Records. It’s a shame Berry couldn’t have gotten signed to them or CBS. Speaking of which, on CBS/Columbia Tom Rush did fine versions of TWO Wayne Berry songs (Indian Woman From Wichita and Black MAgic Gun on his last LP for Columbia, 1974′s Ladies Love Outlaws. Yeah, it might be a ‘hair’ dated. But you know, if you like Gene Clark’s ‘No Other’ or Marc Benno’s ‘Minnows’ I guarantee you’ll become a fan of ‘Home At Last’. Hey, I’ve been enjoying it as a ‘private pleasure’ for almost 40 years now. Welcome to my obsessive compulsive world of music. Come on in and take a hit or an anti-depressive. What ever suits you.

  • 8
    TheWalkingDeadMan
    October 11, 2012 - 18:23 | Permalink

    I used to think I knew a lot about music, musicians and their work until I started coming here…get schooled every time. Which, of course, is awesome…Thanks to Willard and posters….

  • 9
    Anonymous
    October 11, 2012 - 19:44 | Permalink

    Thanks to all. This music is goes down very nicely in October.

  • 10
    October 13, 2012 - 09:21 | Permalink

    Hey Willard, thanks for posting this — I had never heard this lp before and enjoyed it quite a lot. This album proudly resides, along with other such between-the-cracks emphemeral 70′s albums such as The Jerry Hahn Brotherhood album, Jeffrey Cain’s first Racoon records album and Ron Nagle’s Bad Rice lp, in my Lost In The Sauce folder!

  • 11
    buzzbabyjesus
    October 14, 2012 - 20:12 | Permalink

    Heck, Mitt Romney could make a decent album with the talent on this record. I much prefer the equally obscure and forgotten “Jack Bonus” from 1972. Here’s “The Hobo Song” from that album.

    http://alanwalkerart.com/audio/the_hobo_song.mp3

  • 12
    buzzbabyjesus
    October 14, 2012 - 20:24 | Permalink

    Or even “Jake And The Family Jewels” from 1970. Here’s “I Remember Cissy’s Baby” from that album:

    http://alanwalkerart.com/audio/i_remember_cissys_baby.mp3

  • 13
    fshurrat
    October 26, 2012 - 21:46 | Permalink

    Wayne Berry first surfaced in a group called Timber. Timber did two records, one was entitled “Part of What You Hear” on Kapp (I think) and the other was “Bring America Home” on Elektra. There were two singer-songwriters in the band, Wayne Berry and George Clinton. I always liked Clinton’s songs more than Berry’s, but that’s just personal taste. The title song from the first album, “Part of What You Hear” got a little bit of airplay, and was recorded (different recordings) on both of the Timber albums. George Clinton is not the Funkadelic guy, but is the George Clinton who gets music credits on the Austin Powers movies.

    I seem to recall that Timber got back together again for a third album, but neither the band nor the individual members made much noise beyond the Troubadour’s hoot nights and resultant gigs. Timber, at least around the time of the Elektra album, was based out of Los Angeles, and you can see familiar Los Angeles names on Berry’s lp.

    I believe there was a second Wayne Berry album that was released, but the memory is not to be trusted on something that obscure and that long ago… I do know there were two releases of “Bring America Home,” the same recording but different packaging, both on Elektra.

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