You Never Know Who Your Friends Are
|You Never Know Who Your Friends Are|
|Studio album by Al Kooper|
|Genre||Rock, blues rock, R&B|
|Al Kooper chronology|
|Singles from You Never Know Who Your Friends Are|
|Rolling Stone||(unfavorable) |
Kooper wasted no time recording this album, coming just seven months after his debut release. It is a continuation of sorts of his debut; the album contains another eclectic mix of rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, pop, and blues, though without the psychedelics that had somewhat permeated through I Stand Alone. Utilizing a large group of musicians under the direction of Charlie Calello, known collectively as "The Al Kooper Big Band", Kooper also strayed away from the heavy string orchestrations of his debut.
Relying on more original compositions, with nine of twelve tracks by Kooper, and the remaining three by Harry Nilsson and Motown Records staff songwriters, the album further helped to cement Kooper's reputation. The album reached #125 on the Billboard 200 on October 25, 1969, and was on the charts for six weeks.
All tracks composed by Al Kooper; except where indicated
- "Magic in My Socks" – (3:55)
- "Lucille" – (3:24)
- "Too Busy Thinkin' 'bout My Baby" (Norman Whitfield, Janie Bradford – 3:20)
- "First Time Around" – (2:48)
- "Loretta (Union Turnpike Eulogy)" – (3:48)
- "Blues, Part IV" – (5:04)
- "You Never Know Who Your Friends Are" – (2:53)
- "The Great American Marriage / Nothing" – (3:19)
- "I Don't Know Why I Love You" (Lula Mae Hardaway, Don Hunter, Paul Riser, Stevie Wonder – 3:22)
- "Mourning Glory Story" (Harry Nilsson – 2:16)
- "Anna Lee (What Can I Do for You)" – (3:18)
- "I'm Never Gonna Let You Down" – (4:37)
- "Bloodtrocuted" – (3:36) CD remastered bonus track
- Al Kooper – piano, organ, guitar, ondioline, vocals and arrangements
- With The Al Kooper Big Band under the direction of Charlie Calello
- Ralph Casale, Stu Scharf and Eric Gale – guitars
- Ernie Hayes, Paul Griffin and Frank Owens – piano and organ
- Walter Sears – Moog synthesizer
- Chuck Rainey, Jerry Jemmott and John Miller – electric bass
- "Pretty" Purdie and Al Rodgers – drums
- Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal and Marvin Stamm – trumpets
- Ray Desio, Jimmy Knepper, Bill Watrous and Tony Studd – trombones:
- George Young, Sol Schlinger, Seldon Powell and Joe Farrell – saxophones:
- Hilda Harris, Connie Zimet, Albertine Harris, Lois Winter, Mike Gately, Lou Christie, Robert John and Charlie Calello – backing vocals
- Al Kooper – producer
- Glen Kolotkin, Roy Segal, Stan Tonkel – engineers
- Ron Coro – cover art direction and design
- Eder, B. (2011). "You Never Know Who Your Friends Are - Al Kooper | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
- Christgau, Robert (January 29, 1970). "Consumer Guide (7)". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
- Burks, John (15 November 1969). "You Never Know Who Your Friends Are". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (46): 37.
- "Release and Charts - Columbia Records releases". Retrieved May 15, 2017.
- "Billboard 200 chart - October 25, 1969". Retrieved May 15, 2017. Mistakenly attributed to Champagne.