Album – BOB GIBSON
BOB GIBSON (CAPITOL)
Bob’s comeback album after his self-imposed exile was his first experience with multi-track recording. He’s joined by a multitude of musical friends – among them, Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Chris Hillman of The Byrds, Sneeky of The Flying Burrito Brothers, Bernie Leadon of the Eagles, Denny Doherty of The Mama and Papas, Spanky McFarland of Spanky and Our Gang, as well as old partner, Hamilton (Bob) Camp.
The material includes two Dylan songs, “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall” and “Just Like A Woman,” and Gordon Lightfoot’s “For Lovin’ Me.” Hamilton Camp contributed “About Time” while Bob co-wrote the other tunes with Shel Silverstein, Jo Mapes or Marian Fisher.
Also included is the first recording of John Prine’s “Sam Stone.” Bob’s version was getting extensive airplay when Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records enjoined the album in court so as not to overshadow Prine’s soon-to-be released debut record.
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Live with THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS
Rick Roberts, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Chris Hillman, Bernie Leadon appeared on the album and joined forces with Bob on several shows.The Flying Burrito Brothers
NEWS, REVIEWS & NOTES
From 1957 to 1963, at the time, when music was most heavily influenced by “the folk sound,” and The Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul & Mary were constantly in the Top Ten, most singers used Bob Gibson arrangements when they played folk ballads.
His name was on marquees of clubs from coast to coast; he headlined countless music festivals…
…a one-man movement to bring the people’s music back to the people. Along with Pete Seeger, The Weavers, and Woody Guthrie, Bob Gibson is one of the strongest sources of American folk music…
BOB GIBSON – Capitol Records
From 1957 to 1963, at the time, when music was most heavily influenced by “the folk sound,” and The Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul & Mary were constantly in the Top Ten, most singers used Bob Gibson arrangements when they played folk ballads. His name was on marquees of clubs from coast to coast; he headlined countless music festivals… a one-man movement to bring the people’s music back to the people. Along with Pete Seeger, The Weavers, and Woody Guthrie, Bob Gibson is one of the strongest sources of American folk music…
…The sixties came and with them, music’s new directions. Gibson’s album, “Ski Songs” was released on Elektra… and the single from it, “Super Skier,” was a million-seller. It was not much later that Dylan plugged in his guitar, to the apoplectic reaction of the “pure folkies”… Suddenly, or maybe not so, things on the Bob Gibson front began to get quiet. His last album was released by Elektra in 1963. It was called (perhaps prophetically) “Where I’m Bound.” For eight years, that was a ponderous question.
Where turns out to be Capitol Records, where the 1971 Bob Gibson hold forth on his new album of the same name with a collection of original songs plus others by Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, John Prine and Hamilton Camp. The album was produced by Jim Dickson, of the Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers.
Guest artists and friends heard include Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Ann Goodman, Dick Rosmini, Sneaky Pete, The Cosmos Alley Choir, Severn Darden, Denny Doherty, Cyrus Faryar, Eddie Fischer, Susan Gibson, Cynthia Goyette, Mark Hammerman, Bernie Leadon, Spanky McFarland, Nigel Pickering, Kay Reynolds, Rick Roberts, Linda Woodward, Mike Deasy, Earl Ball, Mike Bohs, Steve LaFruer, Hamid Hamilton Camp, David Crosby, Emil Richards and Bud Shank. Executive producer is Roy Silver.
Bob Gibson, 1971, is very much with us. Bob Gibson, 1957, was very good. He’s still good; maybe even better. He’s writing and singing today, but with a hint of the ease and joy of then. And he is, if it is possible, as close to a contemporary a legend as your apt to find.
The next stop for Bob was the Mendocino coast of northern California. He was part of an exodus from Los Angeles. For a time, he lived in a house on Tranquility Lane, in Caspar. Eventually, he returned to Chicago, where work was more plentiful. But his time in Mendocino inspired many of the songs on his next albums…