THE HUDSON BROTHERS Totally Out Of Control + Rare EP (1974)

Totally Out Of Control (1974)
Totally Out Of Print Pure Pop Gem

I half wanted to post these tracks unlabeled, to force a hearing without any pre-conceptions, because even long standing power pop lovers have routinely dismissed The Hudson Brothers – typically before even hearing them. It’s no wonder, really. During their 70s heyday, they dared to bust a move to network television, who were busy courting the likes of Sonny & Cher and The Osmond Brothers. Lost in The Hudsons’ quest to entertain middle America was this long lost pop great, Totally Out Of Control, a stylistically rich LP of hooks, melodies, harmonies and pop smarts, fitted squarely into the circular mold of Badfinger and The Beatles. While Big Star were slowly influencing their contemporaries, and 10cc & ELO were just hitting their strides, The Hudsons had already nailed down one sharp, pop homage with Totally Out Of Control, produced by Bernie Taupin for Elton John’s Rocket Records. Today, it sounds almost like a contemporary, Rutlesesque flashback album, filled with second-tier compositions familiar from Badfinger records and nuances designed to trigger memory banks. There’s the George Harrison lead lines in “Sunday Driver,” a “We Can Work It Out” gait informs “If You Really Need Me,” while Bee Gee harmonies pepper “Lover Come Back To Me.” Wildman Mark Hudson has become a bit of an elder pop statesman of late, as his MySpace page attests. His YouTube Beatlefest interview about working with Ozzy Osbourne is a hoot, and he’s the producer of record for Harry Nilsson’s last, still unreleased album. As for The Hudson’s legacy… good luck! It’s all long out of print. The only thing you can find at Amazon (besides an expensive out of print best-of, HERE) is their silly TV show, HERE.

Long Long Day (2:25
Be A Man (3:23)
Truth Of The Matter (2:44)
Killer On The Road (3:02)
Dolly Day (3:44)
Lover Come Back To Me (2:43)
Straight Up And Tall (3:47)
If You Really Need Me (1:55)
Sunday Driver (2:45)
Isn’t It Lovely (2:27)
La La Layna (2:34)
Medley: These Things We Do/Home/Out Of The Rainbow/Find Me A Woman (7:16)

BONUS: A rare, three track 45 (boasting two non-LP tracks from the Totally Out Of Control sessions).

Straight Up And Tall (3:47) From Totally Out Of Control
America (2:58) Non-LP Track
Fight Back
(2:40) Non-LP Track


  • Anonymous
    May 5, 2010 - 14:50 | Permalink

    Thanks! I'll give it a go..
    and thanks for all your dedication to this very fun site.

  • Mark
    May 5, 2010 - 15:20 | Permalink

    Willard, you have earned my trust enough to make me go where I never thought I'd go before…


  • Capt. Willard
    May 5, 2010 - 15:27 | Permalink

    HA! Thanks. Those sound players are there, just in case. But, read closely… "second-tier compositions" aren't just filler words, and Badfinger comparisons don't always mean top of the heap. It's a fun album, though, despite any flaws.

  • tomatodon
    May 5, 2010 - 16:10 | Permalink

    Love the Hudson Brothers. Great songs and great melodies. I've had this one since it came out. I've been looking for 1972's Hudson and 1978's The Truth About Us. If you have these please add them to the list of things to post some day. Thanks for all the great music.

  • Dr. Prophecy
    May 5, 2010 - 21:24 | Permalink

    Willard, refresh my memory. I vaguely recall an album that tied-in with their television show (blue cover), that actually had some comedy bits scattered. But as I remember, they also had a hit off of it with "So You Are A Star," that mixed in nice with the Raspberries and 10cc of the era. Wasn't there a third album as well?

  • Max Frost
    May 5, 2010 - 22:38 | Permalink

    Wow, fun stuff, and I would've passed this right over. Wasn't one of these guys married to Goldie Hawn? Or am I thinking of the Banana Splits?

  • Capt. Willard
    May 5, 2010 - 23:17 | Permalink

    Actually, you're right. Bill Hudson was Mr. Goldie Hawn for a while.

  • The PopCulturist
    May 6, 2010 - 01:44 | Permalink

    Portland's finest! (At least in the '70s). Thanks for these, Willard, and the link to the site with the others.

    Yes, it's "Hudson" as in "Kate Hudson".

  • David O
    May 6, 2010 - 02:56 | Permalink

    glad to see the Hudson Brothers are still (fondly) remembered – my favorite LP was the long-lost "Ba-Fa" with "Rendezvous," the best Beach Boys song the Beach Boys never wrote

  • Anonymous
    May 6, 2010 - 03:38 | Permalink

    Always loved this album… don't care what anyone else thinks. I still play my well-worn vinyl copy and am glad to have a digital version. Thanks.

  • Jobe
    May 6, 2010 - 12:00 | Permalink

    I always thought So You Are A Star was one of the best Beatles songs never recorded by The Beatles

  • Anonymous
    May 6, 2010 - 14:30 | Permalink

    This looks fun

  • Ken K.
    May 7, 2010 - 02:31 | Permalink

    Didn't see if you mentioned it, Willard, but Mark Hudson had quite an interesting partnership with Ringo Starr for several years until they had a falling out. A main creative force in Ringo's excellent albums "Choose Love" and "Liverpool 8", as well as in the band for Ringo's Vh1 Storyteller gig.

  • redsock
    May 8, 2010 - 14:04 | Permalink

    I remember their variety show, but I don't think I knew the music very well (or forgot). Good LORD that's Beatlesy!!!

  • Willard
    October 18, 2011 - 16:13 | Permalink

    Find them both HERE

  • buzz baby jesus
    October 19, 2011 - 09:16 | Permalink

    I acquired when first posted have have enjoyed ever since. Thanks.

  • twofthrs
    December 26, 2011 - 11:05 | Permalink

    Not really Portland’s finest, IMHO, but a great band non the less. Bill was a classmate of mine so I was able to go to many of the early “shows”. Mostly dances in the gym of the local schools. Thanks for the post, twofthrs

    • Willard
      December 26, 2011 - 11:33 | Permalink

      Cool. Thanks for commenting.

  • Barbi Rose.
    January 17, 2012 - 10:31 | Permalink

    Heard these in my dads collection they are awesome. I’ve got almost all of their vinyl in perfect condition. These guys were unknown superstars…you are right they were not taken seriously. Whenever I have one of their songs on people will ask who are they…then toss names of big bands out! LOL when I tell them the Hudson bros. they say who?…..

  • ginny
    May 4, 2012 - 22:47 | Permalink

    I have all the Hudsons albums- have been a fan of thiers since I was about 10. I thought tv show was silly but it did get me interested in music. they used to open with covers of the rolling stones and simon and garfunkle and it got me curious as to what the originals sounded like. I still like the Hudsons version of Keep the Customer Satisfied better- but thats just me.

    I would put Mark Hudsons voice up against just about anyones. that man knows his way around a ballad. Altho I love Totally Out of Control my heart will always belong to BA FA.

    thanks for posting this- its always nice when this band gets a shout out and a positive review!!

  • Tim Griffith
    August 16, 2013 - 18:05 | Permalink

    Just came across your site for first time as searching for Hudson Brothers albums.On Hudson Brothers Totally Out Of Control is there way to download it. As been trying to find it to make cd.
    Please let me know as also trying to find Hudson Brothers “Hollywood Situation” & “Ba-Fa” albums. Know only cd every release best of collection going for over $100.
    Please let me know.
    Tim Griffith

  • Robert
    December 23, 2013 - 09:33 | Permalink

    Glad to see this. The sadly neglected “So You Are a Star” (from their “Hollywood Situation” album) was one of the greatest pop singles of the 70s – and “Rendezvous” (their first single on Rocket) was pretty good too. Any hope of finding more Hudson tracks?

    • Willard
      December 23, 2013 - 09:41 | Permalink

      I don’t really have any, but I’m sure Uncle Google can help.

  • ted
    December 24, 2013 - 15:29 | Permalink

    oddly enough i was a big fan of the show when I was a kid, but never really got into their music until listening to a greatest hits compilation. then it was like holy cow, how did I not remember this?

  • michael
    December 26, 2013 - 21:44 | Permalink

    Thanks for all your great posts. I had just read about this album in SHINDIG magazine and came on line to search for it. I should have just looked here first.
    For some reason I am not seeing a link to download this item.
    I know I am missing something obvious, can anyone share with me what it is?


  • billy
    December 27, 2013 - 12:13 | Permalink

    many thanks-came across hollywood situation around 77 [year of punk!]with a glitzy glam cover photo taken from a US tv show-never meant anything in the UK but always liked its optimistic vibrant feel with mid-period beatles sound- kept my eyes open for more of theirs for a long time,
    but nothing ever showed up for many years-all the best for 2014

  • Supersonic75
    December 28, 2013 - 07:55 | Permalink

    Thanks! I don’t think I’m familiar with this at all…….

  • December 29, 2013 - 11:04 | Permalink

    I was going to comment, but see I already did. In 2011!

    • Willard
      December 29, 2013 - 11:10 | Permalink

      We’re you going to say the same thing?

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