You Never Know Who Your Friends Are

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You Never Know Who Your Friends Are
You Never Know Who Your Friends Are (Al Kooper album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Al Kooper
Released September, 1969
Recorded 1969
Genre Rock, blues rock, R&B
Length 42:04
Label Columbia
Producer Al Kooper
Al Kooper chronology
I Stand Alone
(1968)I Stand Alone1968
You Never Know Who Your Friends Are
(1969)
Easy Does It
(1970)Easy Does It1970
Singles from You Never Know Who Your Friends Are
  1. "You Never Know Who Your Friends Are"
    Released: February, 1969
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau D[2]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable) [3]

You Never Know Who Your Friends Are is the second solo album by New York City-based multi-instrumentalist Al Kooper, issued in 1969 on Columbia Records.

Background[edit]

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.[4][5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Al Kooper; except where indicated

  1. "Magic in My Socks" – (3:55)
  2. "Lucille" – (3:24)
  3. "Too Busy Thinkin' 'bout My Baby" (Norman Whitfield, Janie Bradford – 3:20)
  4. "First Time Around" – (2:48)
  5. "Loretta (Union Turnpike Eulogy)" – (3:48)
  6. "Blues, Part IV" – (5:04)
  7. "You Never Know Who Your Friends Are" – (2:53)
  8. "The Great American Marriage / Nothing" – (3:19)
  9. "I Don't Know Why I Love You" (Lula Mae Hardaway, Don Hunter, Paul Riser, Stevie Wonder – 3:22)
  10. "Mourning Glory Story" (Harry Nilsson – 2:16)
  11. "Anna Lee (What Can I Do for You)" – (3:18)
  12. "I'm Never Gonna Let You Down" – (4:37)
  13. "Bloodtrocuted" – (3:36) CD remastered bonus track

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Technical[edit]

  • Al Kooper – producer
  • Glen Kolotkin, Roy Segal, Stan Tonkel – engineers
  • Ron Coro – cover art direction and design

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, B. (2011). "You Never Know Who Your Friends Are - Al Kooper | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 29, 1970). "Consumer Guide (7)". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ Burks, John (15 November 1969). "You Never Know Who Your Friends Are". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (46): 37. 
  4. ^ "Release and Charts - Columbia Records releases". Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Billboard 200 chart - October 25, 1969". Retrieved May 15, 2017.  Mistakenly attributed to Champagne.