January 25, 2014

101 Reel-to-Reel Tapes 34: Paul Butterfield’s Better Days ~ ~ ~ It All Comes Back













It All Comes Back
cover photo detail by Styrous®





In addition to my 20,000 Vinyl LP collection I'm selling, I have reel-to-reel, pre-recorded tapes I am selling as well (see link below).

This entry is about the reel-to-reel tape, It All Comes Back, by Paul Butterfield’s Better Days. For more information, contact me by email but please, not through a comment.

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"We're the only band around that's playing rooted American music," Better Days vocalist and former folkie Geoff Muldaur told an interviewer when this album was first released in 1973, and he was right. The band's mix of various styles of blues, from rural (Robert Johnson), to cosmopolitan (Percy Mayfield), along with hints of New Orleans R&B, boogie woogie, and early rock and country, was tremendously out of step with the pop trends of its time. 

These days, of course, there are many bands doing more or less the same thing (although rarely as well), but the fact that these guys couldn't have cared less about appearing trendy is one of the reasons why Better Days sounds timeless. Another reason, of course, is world class musicianship; Muldaur, Paul Butterfield, and stupendously stylish guitarist Amos Garrett in particular come across as both relaxed and passionate. Despite their essentially formalistic approach to music making, they never sound academic or sterile. Better Days is one of the great lost albums of the '70s. 

It All Comes Back
album design by Milton Glaser
cover photo by Alan MacWeeney
photo of cover front by Styrous®





It All Comes Back
album design by Milton Glaser
back cover photo by Alan MacWeeney
photo of cover back by Styrous®




It All Comes Back
reel-to-reel tape
photo by Styrous®




It All Comes Back
reel-to-reel tape label detail
detail photo by Styrous®


Tracklist:


1 - Too Many Drivers - Vocals - Paul Butterfield / Written By Andrew Hogg - 3:18
2 - It's Getting Harder To Survive -  Vocals and Written By - Ronnie Barron - 3:51
3 - If You Live - Vocals - Paul Butterfield / Written By Mose Allison - 3:27
4 - Win Or Lose - Vocals - Paul Butterfield / Written By Bobby Charles and Paul Butterfield - 4:34
5 - Small Town Talk - Vocals - Geoff Muldaur / Written By Bobby Charles and Rick Danko - 5:33
6 - Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It - Vocals and Written by - Bobby Charles and Paul Butterfield - 3:42
7 - Poor Boy - Vocals and Arranged By [And Adapted] Geoff Muldaur - 4:17
8 - Louisiana Flood - Vocals - Ronnie Barron / Written By Mac Rebennack and Ronnie Barron - 3:35
9 - It All Comes Back - Vocals - Geoff Muldaur and Paul Butterfield / Written By Bobby Charles - 6:10
 


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Styrous® ~ January 25, 2014
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