Geronimo's Cadillac (album)

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Geronimo's Cadillac
Studio album by Michael Martin Murphey
Released May 25, 1972 (1972-05-25)
Recorded Columbia Recording Studios,
Nashville, Tennessee,
London, England
Genre Country, cowboy music
Length 44:42
Label A&M Records
Producer Bob Johnston
Michael Martin Murphey chronology
Geronimo's Cadillac
(1972)
Cosmic Cowboy Souvenir
(1973)

Geronimo's Cadillac is the debut album of American singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey, released on May 25, 1972 by A&M Records (4358).[1] Recorded at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee and London, England, the album is considered one of his finest albums. The title track was Murphey's first Top 40 hit, and was also recorded by Cher and Hoyt Axton. The Monkees recorded "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" in June 1967 for their album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.. John Denver recorded "Boy from the Country" in 1980 for his album Some Days Are Diamonds. Geronimo's Cadillac peaked at number 160 on the Billboard 200.[2]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars [2]

Geronimo's Cadillac received an editorial rating of five out of five stars on the AllMusic website. In his review, Mike DeGagne called it one of Murphey's finest albums.[2] DeGagne concluded:

The most relevant aspect of Geronimo's Cadillac is the fact that it merges Murphey's slight left of center country sound with a little bit of gospel in a few places, giving his material greater depth and a genuine "reflective" quality that was often absent from commonplace country music. Tracks like "Backslider's Wine", "Calico Silver", and "Boy from the Country" all contain a unique musical complexion inspired by Murphey's voice and by the simplicity of the harmonica and mandolin. Later albums expose more of Murphey's penchant for being pensive and openly contemplative but, as a debut, Geronimo's Cadillac, with its three parts country to one part AM rock, is an enjoyable album as well as a worthy indication as to what kind of artist Michael Martin Murphey would soon become.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Geronimo's Cadillac" (Murphey, Quarto) – 4:38
  2. "Natchez Trace" (Murphey) – 4:02
  3. "Calico Silver" (Murphey, Cansler) – 4:08
  4. "Harbor for My Soul" (Murphey, Cansler) – 3:16
  5. "Rainbow Man" (Murphey, Quarto) – 3:07
  6. "Waking Up" (Murphey) – 3:30
  7. "Crack Up in Las Cruces" (Murphey, Murphey, Hillis) – 4:40
  8. "Boy from the Country" (Murphey, Castleman) – 4:36
  9. "What Am I Doin' Hangin' Around?" (Murphey) – 2:32
  10. "Michael Angelo's Blues (Song for Hogman)" (Murphey) – 3:23
  11. "Backslider's Wine" (Murphey) – 2:43
  12. "Lights of the City" (Lewis) – 4:07[2]

Credits[edit]

Music
  • Michael Martin Murphey – vocals, bottleneck guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica, mandolin, piano, liner notes
  • Leonard Arnold – electric guitar, pedal steel guitar
  • Boomer Castleman – electric guitar, technician
  • Leonard Arnow – guitar, steel guitar
  • Robert Livingston – bass, guitar, background vocals
  • Gary P. Nunn – bass, piano, background vocals, keyboards, guitar
  • Karl Himmel – drums
  • Kenneth A. Buttrey – drums, percussion
  • Charles John Quarto – vocals
Production
  • Bob Johnston – producer
  • Pat Lawrence – executive producer
  • Neil Wilburn – engineer
  • Brendan Morris – master tape research
  • Gavin Lurssen – mastering
  • Bob Potter – engineer
  • Jimmy Horowitz – string arrangements
  • Thane Tierney – for Hip-O Select
  • Dana Smart – reissue supervisor
  • Mathieu Bitton – design
  • Ron Burnham – photography
  • Michele Horie – art direction, production coordination
  • William Holloway – drawing[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geronimo's Cadillac (reissue) (booklet). Michael Martin Murphey. New York: A&M Records. 1972. B0002878-02. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f DeGagne, Mike. "Geronimo's Cadillac". AllMusic. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Geronimo's Cadillac". Discogs. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 

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