The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
“1979 was a hectic year. My personal business had kept me to the grindstone, and it seemed like everytime I opened up a newspaper some gorgeous tanned blonde would be inviting me to an exotic sun vacation. I called up my old songwriting buddy of 15 years, Larry Coad and asked what his schedule for January was.
I soon found out that his year had been similar to mine, and that he had received two weeks in January for time-off. One week he had set aside for a recording session in Nashville with an up and coming country artist named Harold MacIntyre, the other week was to be spent in Pompano Beach, Florida relaxing.
While in the studio, something very strange came over me. A tiny chill up my spine, and goose bumps appeared on my arms as I listened to the sounds these two men were creating. It was then I realized that this feeling had come to me before. Yes, it was the same as when I listen to George Jones, Ray Price or Marty Robbins, the same movement, the same magic.
Within a very short time I found myself deeply involved in this project.
On returning home to Canada, we released “George” the first single off this album, and found that we were not alone in our feelings. Public reception of Harold’s Talents has been unbelievable.
Oh, by the way, if when you’re listening to this album, and you feel a slight chill, or you find those old familiar goose bumps rising, don’t bother to look for an open window. It’s Harold MacIntyre. He has a way of doing that to you with a song.
The one thing I have always hated about doing these record reviews was when the liner notes give a better introduction to the album then I can, it’s really rather disappointing, but it’s also easier on me.
“Before She Made Me Crawl” opens the album, and whoa boy – this is definitely country, like pure 100% country. It’s not even all that bad either, it’s pretty good actually. I can honestly say I didn’t get the chills that are described in the liner notes, but hey, everyone reacts differently. After that comes “Billy Jones” comes next, and it’s a pretty nice track, it’s actually about two friends growing up, moving out to California and one of them becomes addicted to heroin, and by the end of the song he is dying of something. Not sure. “Margie” comes next, and well, so far, this song seems to be one of my favorites on this album, Harold is a pretty good singer! The song is pretty great. Then comes “Concrete Canyons” and by this point, it’s pretty evident that Harold is singing about real life experiences – you know, “It’s hard to find a job when you been to jail” line has to come from some personal experience. The A-Side ends with the song “George” which I am pretty sure is about George Jones – maybe? Maybe not. It’s a good ending track for the A-Side.
“Isn’t My Love Strange” opens the B-Side, and Harold definitely sings about personal experience and from the heart, he is a really talented singer. I definitely love the emotion Harold puts into all of his songs. “Too Much Woman” comes next, and I love the steel guitar playing in this song, and Harold’s vocals are pretty great. “New York City Cowboy” comes up next, and I love how he describes a city cowboy – with their denim suits and ten year old mustangs. The musicianship is pretty great too, just saying. “Virginia” comes next, and well, Harold’s vocals are pretty good, the backing female vocals seem off and weird for me. “Living Above Our Means” comes up next, and ends the album, and it’s a pretty good way to end the album, Harold is a pretty talented singer.
A1 – Before She Made Me Crawl
A2 – Billy Jones
A3 – Margie
A4 – Concrete Canyons
A5 – George
B1 – Isn’t My Love Strange
B2 – Too Much Woman
B3 – New York City Cowboy
B4 – Virginia
B5 – Living Above Our Means
Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Produced by Larry Coad & Larry Lee
Executive Producer – Bob Burton
All Songs Written by Larry Coad
Published by Patchy Pants Music and Burco Music
Recorded at Nugget Studios, Soundtrack and Waxwork Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
Engineered & Photography by Gene Rice
Steel Guitar – Sonny Garrish
Guitars – Fred Carter, Jr., Fred Newell, Greg Galbraith & Dale Sellars
Rhythm & Harp – Mike Davis
Bass – Jack Ross & Bob Moore
Piano – Bunky Keeles & Randy Goodrum
Drums – Larrie Lundin & Jerry Kroon
Dobro – Shot Jackson & Sonny Garrish
Voices – The Cate Sisters & Marji-Lea Cody
Stringes – The Cates
Other Albums I Own by Harold MacIntyre: