The Mono Singles '68-'72

The Mono Singles '68-'72

by The Sir Douglas QuintetThe Sir Douglas Quintet

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Overview

Both sides of 11 singles the Sir Douglas Quintet issued between 1968 and 1972 (one of which, the 1970 45 "Be Real"/"I Don't Want to Go Home," was issued under the name Wayne Douglas) are gathered together on this compilation, in mono. The rather specialized format, as well as a selection process that omits any LP-only tracks from consideration, might prevent this from being a best-of survey of the band during this period. But it really does function as something close to it, and certainly as a representative slice of the remarkably wide stylistic territory Doug Sahm and the group covered. Blues, cajun, country, Texas border music, bubblegum, brassy soul, rock & roll, even bits of jazz and psychedelia, they're all present, in separate and combined forces, the unifying ingredient being Sahm's remarkable voice, one of the best in roots rock. He's at his peak here, even if just a few of the songs -- the infectiously bouncy hit "Mendocino," the ace melancholy ballad "At the Crossroads" (perhaps Sahm's finest moment as a songwriter), and the cover of Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days, Wasted Nights" might be familiar to the average listener. Sahm wrote most of the rest of the material, and his eclectic, quirky warmth rarely falters. An arch sense of humor pokes through on songs like "Lawd, I'm Just a Country Boy in This Great Big Freaky City," but Sahm was as seriously introspective as anyone on "I Don't Want to Go Home," another highlight (included in both the Sir Douglas Quintet and "Wayne Douglas" versions). There's a lot of fine and still-overlooked music here, and if it wasn't often the stuff of which hit singles are made, it's still a little surprising that the most accessible cuts (especially the tasty soul-pop 1969 single "It Didn't Even Bring Me Down") didn't reach more ears.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2011
Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC: 0090771121820
catalogNumber: 11218
Rank: 33500

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sir Douglas Quintet   Primary Artist
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Doug Sahm   Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals,Bajo Sexto
Mel Martin   Baritone Saxophone
Augie Meyers   Keyboards
Wayne Talbert   Organ,Piano
Atwood Allen   Harmony
Bill Atwood   Trumpet
Jack Barber   Bass
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Chip Young   Guitar
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Martin Fierro   Tenor Saxophone
Jance Garfat   Bass
Tommy Jackson   Fiddle
Rocky Morales   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Morin   Tenor Saxophone
John Perez   Drums
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Jim Stallings   Bass
Wayne Douglas   Vocals
Hershey Freeman   Bass
Gordon Mussick   Trombone
Bob Moore   Bass
George Raines   Drums
Terry Henry   Tenor Saxophone
Hewlett Crist   Guitar
John Harris   Piano
Jim Jenkins   Drums
Harvey Kagan   Bass
Ernie Durwawa   Drums
Leonidas Beaty   Percussion
Sonny Farlow   Guitar

Technical Credits

Doug Sahm   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Atwood Allen   Producer
Jerry Kennedy   Producer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Huey P. Meaux   Producer
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes,Annotation
Doyle Jones   Producer

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