Hour Glass (Hour Glass album)

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Hour Glass
Studio album by Hour Glass
Released October 1967
Recorded June–August 1967[1]
Genre Soul, rock and roll, pop
Length 31:53 (1967 release) /
51:59 (1992 re-release)
Label Liberty
Producer Dallas Smith
Hour Glass chronology
Hour Glass
(1967)
Power of Love
(1968)
Singles from Hour Glass
  1. "Nothing But Tears" / "Heartbeat"
    Released: October 1967
  2. "I've Been Trying" / "Silently"
    Released: January 1969 (as Greg Allman & the Hour Glass)
  3. ""
    Released:
  4. ""
    Released:
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Hour Glass was the debut album by the group of the same name, issued in October 1967 on Liberty Records, the first of two by the group that featured the namesakes of The Allman Brothers Band.

The album was recorded by a group saddled by a producer unable to quite realize the group's potential. Dallas Smith, a formulaic producer noted for his work with Bobby Vee, knew the group was from the South. He knew they had formed from the ashes of groups that had performed liberal amounts of blues covers. And he heard soulful qualities in the voice of nineteen-year-old Gregg Allman. Therefore, he referred to them as a "Motown band", much to the chagrin of the group.[3]

The Hour Glass was recorded with an emphasis on lead vocalist Gregg Allman's voice and dispensing with nearly all original material. Of the eleven tracks on the original LP, only one was penned by a group member, Gregg Allman's "Got To Get Away". The remaining ten were written by songwriters running the gamut from Curtis Mayfield and Jackson Browne to Del Shannon and the Goffin-King team. The Hour Glass performed the basic tracks, which were overdubbed by Smith with layers of vocals and instrumentation.

The album was a failure in both sales terms and in properly showcasing the group. On the follow-up, 1968's Power of Love, the group would be given a bigger role in the making of the album.

The album is currently available on the Hour Glass anthology. The 1992 reissue on EMI, rife with bonus tracks, has fallen out of print, the bonus tracks now available on the 2004 album Southbound. There is also a November 2001 BGO (Beat Goes On) version (B00005NILR) with 23 tracks and sleeve notes by Neil Young.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Out of the Night" (Alex Moore, Bob Welch) - 1:57
  2. "Nothing But Tears" (Jimmy Radcliffe, B. J. Scott) - 2:28
  3. "Love Makes the World Go 'Round" (Deon Jackson) - 2:42
  4. "Cast off All My Fears" (Jackson Browne) - 3:31
  5. "I've Been Trying" (Curtis Mayfield) - 2:40
  6. "No Easy Way Down" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 3:20
  7. "Heartbeat" (Ed Cobb) - 4:52
  8. "So Much Love" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 2:57
  9. "Got to Get Away" (Gregg Allman) - 2:14
  10. "Silently" (Dan Bourgoise, Del Shannon) - 2:48
  11. "Bells" (Edgar Allan Poe, arr. Peter Alin) - 2:24
  12. "In a Time" (Paul Hornsby) - 2:17
  13. "I've Been Trying" (alternate version) (Curtis Mayfield) - 2:35
  14. "Kind of a Man" (Composer Unknown) - 3:07
  15. "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" (Bobby Braddock, Curly Putman) - 3:12
  16. "She Is My Woman" (Composer Unknown) - 2:38
  17. "Bad Dream" (Gregg Allman) - 3:37
  18. "Three Time Loser" (Don Covay, Ronald Miller) - 2:40
  • Tracks 1-11 constitute the original album.
  • Tracks 12-13 are outtakes from the album.
  • Tracks 14-18 are tracks from aborted 1968 and 1969 sessions by Gregg Allman (present on 1992 re-release only).

Personnel[edit]

  • Gregg Allman – organ, piano, vocal
  • Duane Allman – guitars, vocal (tracks 1-13)
  • Paul Hornsby – piano, organ, vocal (tracks 1-13)
  • Johnny Sandlin – drums (tracks 1-13)
  • Mabron McKinney – bass (tracks 1-13)
  • Several unknown studio musicians on horns, guitars, backing vocals, drums, bass, banjo, keyboards and percussion

Track listing for the November 2001 BGO (Beat Goes On) version[edit]

  1. "Out Of The Night" (Alex Moore, Bob Welch) - 1:57
  2. "Nothing But Tears" (Jimmy Radcliffe, B. J. Scott) - 2:28
  3. "Love Makes The World Go Round" (Deon Jackson) - 2:42
  4. "Cast Off All Of My Fears" (Jackson Browne) - 3:31
  5. "I've Been Trying" (Curtis Mayfield) - 2:40
  6. "No Easy Way Down" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 3:20
  7. "Heartbeat" (Ed Cobb) - 4:52
  8. "So Much Love" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 2:57
  9. "Got To Get Away" (Gregg Allman) - 2:14
  10. "Silently" (Dan Bourgoise, Del Shannon) - 2:48
  11. "Bells" (Edgar Allan Poe, arr. Peter Alin) - 2:24
  12. "Power Of Love"
  13. "Changing Of The Guard"
  14. "To Things Before"
  15. "I'm Not Afraid"
  16. "I Can Stand Alone"
  17. "Down In Texas"
  18. "I Still Want Your Love"
  19. "Home For The Summer"
  20. "I'm Hanging Up My Heart For You"
  21. "Going Nowhere"
  22. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)"
  23. "Now Is The Time"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Duane Allman chronology". Duaneallman.info. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  2. ^ Eder, Bruce (2011). "The Hour Glass - The Hour Glass | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Skydog: The Duane Allman Story by Randy Poe, pp 42-43