Richardson, Warren S.
Band members Related acts
- David Birkett -- bass
- Mickey McGee -- drums
- Owen Eugene Hale -- sax
- Richard Lewis -- keyboards, horns
- Warren S. Richardson Jr. (aka Bill Spooner) -- vocals,
- Joseph Ray Trainer -- sax
- Bill Spooner (solo efforts)
- The Tubes
Rating: 3 stars ***
Title: Warren S. Richardson Jr.
Country/State: Phoenix, Arizona
Grade (cover/record): VG / VG
Comments: minor ring and edge wear
GEMM catalog ID: not yet listed
A bunch of on-line references question whether Warren S. Richardson Jr. is in fact former Tubes guitarist Bill Spooner. Given that Spooner's website includes the album in its discography section and the man was nice enough to send me a short email on the subject (see below), I'd say the answer is yes. By the way, here's the link to his website:
As a word of warning, anyone expecting to hear something along the same lines as The Tubes patented weirdness is going to be majorly disappointed by this album ...
In 1967 Richardson-nee Spooner contributed lead guitar to Michael Condello's "Condello" LP (see separate review). A couple of years later Condello apparently repaid the favor by producing 1969's cleverly-titled "Warren S. Richardson Jr.". Recorded at Richardson-nee-Spooner was credited with penning all six tracks and material like 'Reputation'' and 'Shady Lady' offered up a pretty good set of fuzz-propelled hard rock. Mind you, nothing here is particularly original and you may well feel like you've heard some of this stuff elsewhere, but Spooner had a voice that was well suited to the genre and this was one of those rare albums that actually seemed to benefit from the addition of horns (courtesy of Owen Eugene Hale, Richard Lewis and Joseph Ray Trainer). In case anyone cared, perhaps because it strayed a little bit from the predominantly hard rock formula, excluding the needless and seemingly endless drum solo, the psych-tinged 'Wind and Rain' struck me as the standout effort on the album.
Richardson Jr." track listing:
1.) Reputation (traditional) (Warren S. Richardson Jr.) - 7:00
2.) Easy Rider (Warren S. Richardson Jr.) - 3:00
3.) Shady Lady (Warren S. Richardson Jr.) - 6:50
2.) Stella (Warren S. Richardson Jr.) - 3:22
3.) Goin' Home (Warren S. Richardson Jr.) - 3:12
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