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After leaving the Sopwith Camel singer/songwriter William Truckaway recorded one of the great lost singles of the early '70s, "Bluegreens." It is an insanely catchy ditty built around a chunky synthesizer and simple hippy-dippy sentiments with a multi-tracked Truckaway and the Stovall Sisters providing some truly blissed-out vocals. It was enough of a hit that Taco Bell used it for an ad campaign and it got Truckaway an album deal with Reprise. Breakaway, which contains "Bluegreens," was released in 1971 and it is a wonderfully sweet and mellow album from a guy who sings like he could charm the leaves off the trees in the summertime. The album has a relaxed and easygoing sound with plenty of gentle strumming and tender vocalizing but also inventive arrangements (synths, sitars, congas, flutes, strings, backing vocals) that give his thoughts about getting out of the city ("Hard," "Cold City Life"), going slow ("I Go Slow"), finding Jesus ("Leave It There") and love lost ("Where's My Baby") and found ("Way to My Heart," "Be the One") -- an extra punch that many of his contemporaries lacked. You could compare Truckaway without much of a stretch to John Sebastian, since the Sopwith Camel and the Lovin' Spoonful shared a sound and a producer (Erik Jacobsen, who also fulfills those duties with Truckaway here). Breakaway isn't a lost classic by any means but it is a satisfying and interesting listen that deserves to be reissued outside of Japan.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2005
Label: Vivid Sound Japan
UPC: 4540399042510
catalogNumber: 4251
Rank: 141058

Album Credits

Performance Credits

William Truckaway   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Harp,Keyboards,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Moog Synthesizer,Multi Instruments
Buddy Emmons   Pedal Steel Guitar
David Hayes   Bass,Electric Bass
Jerry Hunt   Piano
Charles Lloyd   Flute
Russell DaShiell   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Richard Greene   Violin
John L. Watson   Vocals
Stovall Sisters   Vocals
Edward Bogas   Mandolin,Violin,Vocals,Vibes
Bobby Castro   Percussion,Conga
Terry Dolan   Guitar,12-string Guitar
Arcello Garcia   Vocals
Russ Gary   Guitar
Larry Hanks   Jew's Harp
Doug Kilmer   Bass
Walt Koken   Banjo,Fiddle,Violin
Norman Mayell   Percussion,Drums,Sitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Tamboura
Frank Mestropasqua   Vocals
John Nonziato   Conductor,Conga,Choir, Chorus
Victor Quiñones   Vocals
John Rodriguez   Vocals
Doc Storch   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Dallas Williams   Percussion,Autoharp,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Doug Killmer   Electric Bass
Bill Douglass   Bass
Richard Green   Violin,Viola

Technical Credits

William Truckaway   Composer,Producer,Adaptation
Edward Bogas   String Arrangements
Phil Edwards   Engineer
Jim Gaines   Engineer
Russ Gary   Engineer,Remixing
Ken Hopkins   Engineer
Erik Jacobsen   Producer
Doc Storch   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Walter Payne   Engineer

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