Bleecker & MacDougal

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Bleecker & MacDougal
Studio album by Fred Neil
Released August, 1965
Recorded 1965
Genre Folk rock
Length 34:09
Label Elektra
Producer Gordon Anderson
Fred Neil chronology
Bleecker & MacDougal
(1965)
Fred Neil
(1966)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Bleecker & MacDougal, issued by Elektra in 1965, is the debut album from Fred Neil, a pioneer folk rock musician. The recording, which unlike many folk albums at the time featured electric guitar backing, had a significant influence on the folk rock movement. Guest musicians included Felix Pappalardi on bass, a young John Sebastian playing harmonica, and Pete Childs on dobro and electric guitar.[2]

Except for one track, all of the songs on the album were written by Neil.[2] Bleecker & MacDougal was reissued as Little Bit of Rain in 1970.[3]

The album is named for the intersections of Bleecker Street and MacDougal Street, both significant locales for the folk rock renaissance of the period, with the intersection featured on the album cover. The San Remo Cafe is also featured, a gathering spot for writers and musicians for decades.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Fred Neil; except where indicated

  1. "Bleecker & MacDougal" – 2:14
  2. "Blues on the Ceiling" – 2:24
  3. "Sweet Mama" – 2:35
  4. "Little Bit of Rain" – 2:23
  5. "Country Boy" – 2:27
  6. "Other Side to This Life" – 2:56
  7. "Mississippi Train" – 2:14
  8. "Travelin' Shoes" – 2:18
  9. "The Water is Wide" – 4:18
  10. "Yonder Comes the Blues" – 1:52
  11. "Candy Man" (Neil, Beverly "Ruby" Ross) – 2:29
  12. "Handful of Gimme" – 2:15
  13. "Gone Again" – 3:13

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Gordon Anderson
  • Production Supervisor: Jac Holzman
  • Recording Engineer: Paul Rothchild
  • Art Direction: William S. Harvey
  • Photography: Mort Schuman
  • Liner Notes: Skip Weshner

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Fred Neil: Bleecker & MacDougal". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  3. ^ Allmusic entry for Little Bit of Rain Accessed May 26, 2009.