Road Song

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Road Song
Studio album by Wes Montgomery
Released 1968
Recorded May 7 – 9, 1968 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Pop
Length 29:44
Label A&M
Producer Creed Taylor
Wes Montgomery chronology
Down Here on the Ground
(1968)
Road Song
(1968)
Willow Weep for Me
(1969)

Road Song is the twentieth album by guitarist Wes Montgomery, released in 1968. It reached number one on the Billboard Jazz album chart and number 39 on the R&B chart. It also reached number 94 on the Billboard 200. It was his final recording before his death of a heart attack on June 15, 1968.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1/5 stars[1]

In his Allmusic review, music critic Scott Yanow wrote "The great guitarist sticks to simple melody statements (with a lot of octaves thrown in) while backed by Don Sebesky's unimaginative arrangements for an orchestra; commercially the combination was a big success… this strictly for-the-money effort can be safely passed by."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Road Song" (Wes Montgomery) – 3:53
  2. "Greensleeves" (Public Domain, Traditional) – 2:04
  3. "Fly Me to the Moon" (Bart Howard) – 2:53
  4. "Yesterday" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:26
  5. "I'll Be Back" (Lennon, McCartney) – 2:33
  6. "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" (Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Traditional) – 4:55
  7. "Green Leaves of Summer" (Dimitri Tiomkin, Paul Francis Webster, Montgomery) – 3:58
  8. "Serene" (Montgomery) – 3:10
  9. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" (Pete Seeger) – 3:06

Personnel[edit]

  • Wes Montgomeryguitar
  • Herbie Hancock – piano
  • Richard Davis – bass
  • Grady Tate – drums
  • Ed Shaughnessy – drums
  • Ray Barretto – percussion
  • Jack Jennings – percussion
  • Bernie Glow – trumpet
  • Marvin Stamm – trumpet
  • Wayne Andre – trombone
  • Paul Faulise – trombone
  • Donald Ashworth – flute, clarinet, oboe, recorder, English Horn
  • James Buffington – French Horn
  • Harvey Estrin – flute, recorder
  • Stan Webb – flute, clarinet, oboe, recorder
  • George Marge – flute, clarinet, oboe
  • Don Hammond – flute, recorder
  • Hank Jones – harpsichord, piano
  • Walter Kane – bassoon
  • Bernard Krainis – recorder
  • Eric Leber – harpsichord, recorder
  • Bernard Eichen – violin
  • Charles Libove – violin
  • Tosha Samaroff – violin
  • Charles McCracken – cello
  • George Ricci – cello
  • Alan Shulman – cello
  • Emanuel Vardi – viola

Production notes:

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1968 Billboard Jazz Albums 1
Billboard R&B Albums 39
The Billboard 200 94

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Road Song > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved December 18, 2010.