Ray Griff – “The Last of the Winfield Amateurs”

The Sleeve:
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The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
None.

Personal Review:
 I honestly think I just got this one for the cover.

 The album opens with the title track “The Last of the Winfield Amateurs” and I’m not really sure how I feel about this music, Ray’s vocals are good, but those backing musicians are just weird. The song is good though. Just the backing music. After that we go onto the song “I Never Should Have Crossed the Mississippi” which seems to have better backing music, and Ray begins to sing again, and this guy has a deep voice, but it’s good. “You Put the Bounce Back Into My Step” comes next, and it’s upbeat and with good backing music and Ray’s vocals are great, it’s a pretty great album so far! The piano playing was really great too. “Between This Time and The Next Time” comes next, and it’s a bit slower, but Ray delivers it amazingly, it’s a great track! The A-Side closes with a live version of “Rusty” and it’s a really good track, the bass playing is fantastic and Ray’s vocals are superb. The crowd enjoyed it too.

 The B-Side opens with “A Passing Thing” and it’s a bit slower, but it’s overall decent, Ray is an extremely talented singer and it’s quite amazing to hear him sing. Then comes the pick up, and the song gets about 10 times better, and I absolutely adore it. “That’s What I Get (For Doin’ My Own Thinkin’)” comes next and it’s a pretty good track, I like it. The album started off a little rough, but it came around pretty fast, it’s well worth the listen. “Let Me Be You” comes next, and it’s slower, but still good. I’m enjoying it. This is what I love, good country music. “Piano Man” comes next, and well, it’s not the Billy Joel version, it’s a song Ray wrote about himself, and it’s pretty fantastic, it’s upbeat and great. “If Not for You” closes the album, and it’s a slow song, but it’s great. Ray is an extremely talented and emotionally charged singer. This album has been fantastic.

Interesting Facts:
None.

Track Listing:
A1 – The Last Of The Winfield Amateurs
A2 – I Never Should Have Crossed The Mississippi
A3 – You Put The Bounce Back Into My Step
A4 – Between This TIme And The Next Time
A5 – Rusty

B1 – A Passing Thing
B2 – That’s What I Get (For Doin’ My Own Thinkin’)
B3 – Let Me Be You
B4 – Piano Man
B5 – If Not For You

Label:
Capitol Records

Catalog Number:
ST-11566

Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Accordion – Larry Light
Electric Piano, Organ, Piano, Producer, Arranged & Composed by Ray Griff
Backing Vocals – Jeff Tweel, Mary Fielder & Ray Griff
Banjo – Bobby Thompson
Bass – Randy Hilman
Drums – Clay Claire
Electric Guitar – Rod Smarr
Engineer – Lee Hazen
Clarinet, Flute & Saxophone – Billy Puett
Harpsichord – Ray Griff
Mastered by Jay Maynard
Mixed by Travis Turk
Moog – Shane Keister
Percussion – Clay Claire
Photography by John Donegan
Rhythm Guitar – Bobby Thompson & Rod Smarr
Steel Guitar – Sonny Garrish
Synthesizer – Shane Keister
Vibraphone – Farrell Morris

Other Albums I Own by Ray Griff:
None.

Released:
1976

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