Hayes, Sherman

Band members               Related acts

- Jonathan Avila - harmonica

- Larry Brown - drums

- Colin Cameron - keyboards

- David Cohen - guitar

- Dennis Conway - drums

- Sherman Hayes - vocals, gutar

- Thomas Kaplan - guitar

- Larry Knechtel - keyboards

- Joe Osborne - keybaords

- Dick Rosmini - guitar

- Robert Schnitzer - guitar

- Ralph Shuckett - keyboards

- Chris Smith - guitar



- none known





Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Catman

Company: Barnaby

Catalog: BR-15009

Year: 1973

Country/State: --

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: top seam has been neatly taped

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4551

Price: $20.00

Cost: $66.00


Here's one where I can't tell you a single thing about the artist's background ...  (I know that producer/arranger Dann Lottermoser and executive producer Ken Mansfield worked with the infamous Claudine Longet ...)


Released by the Andy Williams owned Barnaby Records, 1973's "Catman" offers up a weird combination of swamp rock, pop and country influences.  Hayes certainly had a likeable voice which was at its best on the more blues and rock oriented numbers like the bizarre opening title track, 'Keepin' To the Backroads' and 'Creepy Crawly Feelin'.  To be honest, most of the ten tracks are quite catchy (particularly where Hayes' swamp rock moves recall Tony Joe White), but the rural feel that infuses tracks such as 'Winter's Just Like Comin' Home' and 'The Dreamer' probably won't have much appeal to most rock fans.  Elsewhere, boasting one of those irritating hooks that stick with you all day long, 'Mandy' would have made a dandy single.  Unfortunately, the combination of  the OPEC gas crises (which drove vinyl prices through the roof), coupled with the collapse of Barnaby's distribution agreement with MGM Records ensured the album got next to no promotion, explaining why it instantly vanished into cutout bins.

"Catman" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Catman   (Sherman Hayes) - 2:51

2.) Winter's Just Like Comin' Home   (Sherman Hayes) - 4:10

3.) South's Gonna Rise Again   (Bob McDill) - 2:55

4.) The Dreamer   (Sherman Hayes) - 4:00

5.) Keepin' To the Backroads   (Sherman Hayes) - 3:46


(side 2)
1.) Creepy Crawly Feelin'   (Sherman Hayes) - 2:55

2.) Mandy   (Sherman Hayes - Dann Lottermoss) - 2:05

3.) Spirit   (Larry Murray) - 2:08

4.) Waitin' for Tomorrow   (Sherman Hayes) - 2:45

5.) Country Rain   (Sherman Hayes) - 2:54


I've never heard it, but Haye's also recorded an LP for Capitol - "Vagabonds Roost" and at least one 45 - 'Freckle Face You're Beautiful' b/w 'Blue'.





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