“I Stand Alone” by Al Kooper - album review

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TJR says

First fully solo album from the 24-year-old New Yorker, immortalized for his organ parts in Dylan's “Like A Rolling Stone”. “Pet Sounds” and “Sgt Pepper” got the creative juices flowing for the free thinkers, and Al Kooper's “I Stand Alone” is certainly a product of the era. Although it often fails to grab me, it bubbles with great snippets here and there, before finishing rather triumphantly with “Hey, Western Union Man”, a really good pop cover of the Jerry Butler song from earlier in the year, and the Eleanor-Rigby-esque closer “Song And Dance For The Unborn, Frightened Child” which leaves a lasting impression with it's chilling screams and semi-tango orchestration. An arty and ambitious set.

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A1 [04:39] 5.9.png Al Kooper - Overture (Al Kooper) Prog
A2 [03:37] 3.8.png Al Kooper - I Stand Alone (Al Kooper) Pop Ballad
A3 [02:54] 5.3.png Al Kooper - Camille (Al Kooper, Tony Powers) Cerebral Pop
A4 [02:53] 6.7.png Al Kooper - One (Harry Nilsson) Cerebral Pop
A5 [03:01] 5.7.png Al Kooper - Coloured Rain (Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood) Psychedelia
A6 [03:58] 5.5.png Al Kooper - Soft Landing On The Moon (Al Kooper) Avant-Garde
B1 [03:28] 4.1.png Al Kooper - I Can Love A Woman (Al Kooper) Pop Ballad
B2 [02:14] 5.3.png Al Kooper - Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Bill Monroe) Country
B3 [03:53] 5.8.png Al Kooper - Toe Hold (Isaac Hayes, David Porter) Soul
B4 [02:33] 6.7.png Al Kooper - Right Now For You (Al Kooper) Cerebral Pop
B5 [03:43] 7.0.png Al Kooper - Hey, Western Union Man (Jerry Butler, Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff) Cerebral Pop
B6 [04:31] 8.7.png Al Kooper - Song And Dance For The Unborn, Frightened Child (Al Kooper) Songwriter

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