Hammond, Albert

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Somewhere In America
Blues Used - LP FC 38181 Columbia
Gold Promo Stamp On Back Cover... more details
 
Hammond, Albert - Free Electric Band Free Electric Band
Pop New - LP KZ 32267 Mums
Sealed, Rare 1973 Textured Gatefold Original. Mastered By Doug Sax. Promotional Demonstration Stamp On Rear Cover.... more details
 
Hammond, Albert - The Free Electric Band The Free Electric Band
Blues Used - LP KZ 32267 Mums
1973 Textured Gatefold Original. Mastered By Doug Sax. Appears Unplayed. 1A/1B Stampers. Promo Sticker On Back Cover.... more details
 
Hammond, Albert - Albert Hammond Albert Hammond
Pop New - LP KZ 32834 Mums
Sealed 1974 Original. Custom Song Listing Sticker On Rear Shrink And Demo / Promo Stamp On Back Cover. “Albert Hammond Displays A Heavy Paul Simon Influence In How Hammond Incorporates Caribbean Rhythms And Writes Stark Folk-Rock: "Dime Queen Of Nevada" Is A Dead-Ringer For "Mother Child And Reunion" And "I Don't Wanna Die In An Air Disaster" Recalls "Duncan" So Strongly It's Fortunate That Hammond Didn't Sequence These Two Back-To-Back, Since That's The Only Way They'd Echo Paul Simon Even More. Of These Two Sides, The Caribbean Has A Bigger Presence Here: "Everything I Want To Do" Rides A Chant-Along, Steel-Drum Chorus Quite Cheerfully As Does The Light-As-Air "The Girl They Call The Cool Breeze" While "We're Running Out" Bounces Along On A White Reggae Beat, And These Sun-Kissed Songs Are Balanced By Contemplative Introspection ("New York City Here I Come") And Dramatic Symphonic Pop With A Nearly Cinematic Pull ("Half A Million Miles From Home"), Along With Songs That Split The Difference Between These Two Extremes (The Quite Excellent Soft Rock Sweep Of "Names, Tags, Numbers And Labels," "Candle Light, Sweet Candle Light"). At Times, It Seems Like Hammond Is In Conflict With Himself Since The Sunny World Pop Doesn't Mesh With The Introspection Or The Symphonic Pop, But It Does Make For An Interesting Listen As It Vacillates Between Nearly Bubblegum Pop And Weighty, Almost Too-Ambitious Songs.” Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG.... more details
 
Hammond, Albert - When I Need You When I Need You
Pop Used - LP JE 35049 Epic
1976 White Label Promo With Gold Promo Stamp On Back Cover. Some Rubbing Along Seams.... more details
 
Hammond, Albert - It Never Rains In Southern California It Never Rains In Southern California
Pop Used - LP ECPL 78 Epic
Rare 1972 Japanese White Label Promo Housed In A Gatefold Cover. Gatefold Is Near Mint Minus And The Glossy LP Appears Unplayed. Also Includes A Japanese Promo Only 4 Page Sheet Music Booklet For The Hit Title Song With Lyrics In Both English And Japanese. “It Never Rains In Southern California Is Not Only Albert Hammond's Biggest Solo Hit, The Album Which Spawned That Top Five Smash Was The Best Representation Of The Songwriter Until His When I Need You Album Was Released A Few Years Later. The Band Is In A Groove On This Disc, And The Songs Are More Happening Than On The Two Immediate Follow-Ups. Albert Hammond, Better-Known As A Songwriter For Jefferson Starship, Julio Iglesias, And Leo Sayer, Among Others, Could Have Been A Superstar On His Own Had He Maintained The High Level Of Songwriting Exhibited On This Disc. The Original Version Of The Road Is No Place For A Lady Is Here, Along With The Songwriter's Take On His Own "The Air That I Breathe." The Hollies Would Get A Bigger Hit Out Of This Song Than They Had With "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," But Hammond's Has More Tenderness And More Subtlety. It's Great. "Listen To The World" Has The Singer Preaching With A Band Who Is Rock-Solid Behind Him. "If You Gotta Break Another Heart" Keeps Coming Back As A Brilliant Pop Classic That Will Someday Top The Charts If Given The Chance. It Never Rains In Southern California Is A Wonderful Primer For People Interested In This Multifaceted Artist. Songs Like "From Great Britain To L.A." Continue The Theme Initiated In It Never Rains In Southern California And Continued On The Free Electric Band Album -- A Musician In Search Of Fame. The Arrangements, The Vibe, All The Elements Fall Into Place Perfectly On This Outing, And It Is A Shame They Couldn't Duplicate The Magic Quickly And With Such Brio. Hammond Could Have Rivaled Elton John For Chart Dominance At This Time Had He Been Able To Churn Out More Albums As Superb As This.” Joe Viglione, All Music Guide.... more details
 

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