Ripped by: ChrisGoesRock
This is a groovy not too well known LP. If in-the-pocket 70's rock with a slight psych-ish sound is your thing, this one's for you. Great guitars all over this one. Not a bad track on it.
Like The Hot Dogs a year later, Cargoe released their sole record in the early 1970s on Memphis-based label Ardent Records, home to better-known Big Star.
Indeed, Cargoe's self-titled record was released the very same year as Big Star's '#1 Record'.
Produced by Terry Manning whose 'Home Sweet Home' Lp released in 1969 trod more or less the same musical ground, that is to say a blend of psychedelic pop rock and Memphis soul, with more folk-rock leanings on here, Cargoe's eponymous album can be regarded as a precursor of that now almost mythical Ardent sound which the aura of a band like Big Star has helped cultivate.
The band recorded their Album CARGOE with Terry Manning producing at, John Fry's Ardent Studios. They scored numerous Billboard and Cashbox Top 100 listings, and reviews from 1970 through 1973, along with major radio play of their first single “Feel Alright” and follow-up “I Love You Anyway”. The band’s studio LP CARGOE was even featured, with Isaac Hayes Shaft, which won an Academy Award/Oscar that year for Best Original Song, in a Special Edition section of Billboard’s June 3, 1972 “The Deck is STAX” promotion.
The band began a west coast tour the summer of 1972, but was caught up in the distribution and bankruptcy label problems at Stax/Volt, who distributed the album and owned the masters. Distribution was sold to Columbia Records who failed to include Cargoe in their catalog, which meant that listeners who heard the hit couldn't actually buy the record. “Feel Alright” and their debut CARGOE LP fell off the charts instantly.
The same label troubles caused both Cargoe and Big Star to disband within a short time. Big Star went on to become one of the most beloved and influential bands of the entire decade, while Cargoe pretty much disappeared out of the popular memory.
Ardent Records contracts for distribution with Stax/Volt gave Stax ownership of the master tapes. When Stax went bankrupt in the mid-'70s, ownership of the masters eventually wound up in the hands of Fantasy Records Saul Zaentz, and no one's been able to get the tapes for domestic release.
It's certainly worth noting that after nearly 40 years of producing and engineering countless hit records including ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, George Thorogood, Celine Dion, Björk, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, and many others, Terry Manning to this day regards Cargoe as “the great record he helped make that no one ever discovered”..
♦ Bill Phillips - Hammond B3, Rhodes, Grand Piano, Vocals
♦ Tommy Richard - Guitar, Vocals
♦ Max Wisley - Bass, Vocals
♦ Tim Benton - Drums, Vocals
01. Come Down 03:58
02. Feel Alright 02:33
03. Horses and Silver Things 03:49
04. Scenes 03:46
05. Things We Dream Today 02:44
06. Time 04:09
07. Feelin' Mighty Poorly 05:35
08. Thousand Peoples Song 4:12
09. Heal Me 03:11
10. I Love You Anyway 04:02
11. Leave Today 05:14
12. Tokyo Love 03:51
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