Monday, October 1, 2012

The Gordian Knot - The Gordian Knot (1968 us, fine sunny beat psych, Rev Ola 2007 issue)

Gordian Knot was a short-lived band from southern California by way of Mississippi. They released only one album, a terrific soft rock/harmony pop effort produced by Clark Burroughs of the Hi-Lo's. Original pressings are considered highly collectible and valuable. The group formed at the University of Mississippi and was led by ex-Mississippi all-American quarterback/guitarist/lead vocalist Jim Weatherly, a native of Pontotoc, MS. 

The group caught their biggest break after they appeared at a party thrown by Nancy Sinatra, who apparently liked them so much that she asked them to accompany her on a USO trip to Vietnam. According to their liner notes, they were "one of the few groups since the Beatles to possess genuine charm...not a phony show biz glucose charm, but the real thing." The bulk of the songs for their album were written by Weatherly, and have an edgier, husky country-rock vibe compared with those written by Leland Russell, whose beautiful tunes are comparatively similar to the Association's (Burroughs, it should be pointed out, was also a vocal arranger on the Association's Insight Out and Waterbeds in Trinidad! albums). "One Way Street" is the band's lone obligatory jug band entry. 

The bandmembers also appeared as themselves in a 1968 MGM teensploitation flick called Young Runaways, performing an original entitled "Ophelia's Dream." A few years after the release of this album, Weatherly moved to Nashville and became a country singer/songwriter, penning a handful of hits. Weatherly's biggest success as a songsmith came in 1973, however, when he wrote five of the nine songs on Gladys Knight & the Pips' Top Ten album Imagination, including the soulful "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" and "Midnight Train to Georgia" ("Midnight Plane to Houston" was the original title), a pop and R'n'B number one smash in September 1973. 

It scored two Grammy awards the following year. Weatherly recorded several albums for Buddah in the mid-'70s, and a few on ABC and Elektra. He has since co-written with younger country acts and provided Vince Gill, Bryan White, and others with hit songs. 
by Bryan Thomas
1. It's Gonna Take A Lot - 2:52
2. We Must Be Doing Somethin' Right - 2:49
3. Strong Wind Blowin' - 2:44
4. One Way Street - 3:11
5. Carnival Lights, Again - 3:11
6. Carraway Stream - 2:48
7. The World Keeps Spinnin' - 3:13
8. The Year Of The Sun - 3:03
9. I Can't Be Hurt Anymore - 3:15
10.If Only I Could Fly - 3:06
11.Broken Down Ole Merry-Go-Round - 4:23

The Gordian Knot
*Pat Kincade - Guitar, Vocals
*Dulin Lancaster - Drums
*J.D. Lobue - Keyboards, Vocals
*Leland Russell - Bass, Vocals
*Jim Weatherly - Guitar, Vocals

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