John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett
|John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett|
|Studio album by John Otway|
& Wild Willy Barrett
|Recorded||Eel Pie Studios, Chalk Farm Studios, 1971-1976|
|Producer||Pete Townshend, Barron Anthony, Wild Willy Barrett|
& Wild Willy Barrett chronology
John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett is the 1976 debut album by English folk singer-songwriter duo John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett. Released first on their own Extracked Records, the album is a collection of recordings made between 1971 and 1976.
Recording began with a series of sessions at Pete Townshend's Eel Pie Studios in which The Who guitarist contributed as an arranger, producer and performer. Townshend produced the first two Track label singles by the duo, "Murder Man" and "Louisa On a Horse", which were included on the album.
A third single, "Really Free", reached No.27 in the UK charts in December 1977 after the pair performed a set live on the BBC TV show The Old Grey Whistle Test. The performance was notable for an incident in which Otway vaulted on to a PA tower and overbalanced. The Independent reported: "He brought down the speaker stack but fractured no bones when he landed on the sharp corner of a bass cabinet, as the impact was cushioned by his testicles."
Polydor reissued the album after signing the band in 1977. The Allmusic website rated it seven out of 10, describing it as a patchwork collection that "dances on a peculiar precipice somewhere between folk and country, pop and pub rock".
All tracks written by Otway and Barrett except where noted
- "Misty Mountain" - 2:29
- "Murder Man" - 2:18
- "If I Did" - 2:19
- "Racing Cars (Jet Spotter of the Track)" - 2:50
- "Louisa on a Horse" - 2:44 (Otway)
- "Gypsy" - 3:53 (Otway)
- "Really Free" - 2:59
- "Bluey Green" - 2:16 (Otway)
- "Cheryl's Going Home" - 4:45 (Bob Lind)
- "Trying Times" - 3:49 (Otway)
- "Geneve" - 4:01 (Otway)
All produced by Barrett except tracks 1,2,3,5 (Pete Townshend) and 4 (Barron Anthony)
- John Otway
- Wild Willy Barrett
- Pete Townshend
- Paul Ward
- Nigel Pegrum
- Phil Cutler
- Stuart Eaton
- Lyn Fletcher
- Fiona Brett
- Martin Loveday
- Milton Reame-James
- Liza Strike
- Robert Chalmers, '"John Otway: The world is not enough", The Independent, 20 August 2006.
- Larkin, Colin (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Seventies Music. London: Virgin Books. p. 318. ISBN 0-7535-0154-6.
- Rice, Tim; Paul Gambaccini; Mike Read (1981). The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles. Enfield, Middlesex: GRRR Books. p. 160. ISBN 0-85112-259-0.
- Allmusic review
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