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Black Rhapsody

   Artist: Little Beaver
Label: Cat
Orig. Released: 1974
Catalog No.: LPCAT1602
Condition: Sealed-Reissue
Format: LP

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Description
* aka Willie Hale. TK records - produced funk guitar LP.* (LPCAT 1601 & 1602): Two of the hardest-to-get albums on this label now available at once. "Black Rhapsody" is an instrumental full length, with Beaver paying tribute to his influences Wes Montgomery, Al Green, BB King, etc., 4 covers (Summertime, Just My Imagination, Never Can Say Goodbye, Let's Stay Together) and 4 originals.
Track Titles

A1. "A TRIBUTE TO WES" . . . . . 4:08
(W. Hale)
A2. "BLUES FOR MAMA". . . . . . .3:34
(W. Hale)
A3. "HIT ME WITH FUNKY MUSIC" . . 3:54
(W. Hale)
A4. "LOOSEN UP". . . . . . . 3:25
(W. Hale)
A5. "SUMMERTIME". . . . . . .3:11
(Heywood & Gershwin)
B1. "JUST MY IMAGINATION" . . . .6:25
(B. Strong - N. Whitfield)
B2. "NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE" . . 5:40
(Clifton Davis)
B3. "LET'S STAY TOGETHER" . . . . 3:05
(A. Jackson - W. Mitchell - A. Green)


 

Liner Notes
ANYONE WHO HAS FOLLOWED THE COURSE OF MODERN MUSIC, EVEN ON A CASUAL BASIS, IS AWARE OF THE VAST INFLUENCE THAT THE GUITAR HAS PLAYED. FROM THE BEGINNING, IT HAS SET THE PACE FOR NEW MUSICAL TRENDS. IN THIS "AGE OF THE GUITAR" WE HAVE DISCOVERED YET ANOTHER IMPRESSARIO OF THIS ART FORM; ONE WHO HAS TRAVELED THE SAME ROADS THAT GAVE US THE LIKES OF B. B. KING AND WES MONTGOMERY. HIS NAME IS WILLIE (LITTLE BEAVER) HALE. BORN IN ARKANSAS, BEAVER MADE HIS WAY TO MIAMI, FLORIDA. HE WAS BROUGHT TO US ONE DAY BY WILLIE CLARK TO MAYBE DO SOME SESSION WORK AND ENDED UP DOING ALL OF THE GUITAR PARTS TO BETTY WRIGHT'S "CLEAN UP WOMAN", WILLIE CLARKE THEN PRODUCED BEAVER ON HIS FIRST HIT SINGLE, "JOEY". AL KOOPER (OF BLOOD, SWEAT, & TEARS FAME) WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT LITTLE BEAVER AFTER USING HIM ON SOME SESSIONS, HE ASKED IF WE WOULD SEND HIM SOME OF BEAVER'S FIRST ALBUM (CAT 1601) 50 KOOPER COULD TURN HIS FRIENDS ON TO LITTLE BEAVER. BEAVER HAS LONG BEEN A HIGHLY REGARDED SONG WRITER, AS NUMEROUS SUCCESSES ON THE CHARTS HAVE ALREADY INDICATED, BUT IN THIS ALBUM WE ARE TRYING TO BRING YOU ANOTHER SIDE OF THE MULTI-TALENTED INDIVIDUAL, LITTLE BEAVER. AS YOU'LL HEAR IN THIS INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM, BEAVER'S UNIQUE STYLE AND APPROACH TO BOTH WRITING AND PLAYING REFLECT DEEP FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS WITH A RARE SIMPLICITY THAT WILL MAKE YOU A LITTLE BEAVER FAN FOREVER.
Musicians
PRODUCED BY: RICHARD FINCH ENGINEER: RICHARD FINCH EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: STEVE ALAIMO COVER DESIGN & LAYOUT: DRAGO - MIAMI, FLA. PHOTOGRAPHY: CARLIN OF MIAMI ALBUM CO-ORDINATOR: SHERRY SMITH (P)1974, CAT RECORDS, A DIV. OF T.K. PRODUCTIONS, INC. TM CAT RECORDS
 
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