The 2nd Elektra release for Terry Callier was the first without Chicago based musicians(Only recently on his 2 90's recordings did he again "branch out", alternating between a new generation of Chicago guys and a fine English aggregation).
This release finds him with a fine group of california and ex-Motown affiliated cats, noteably guitarist David T. Walker.
The release is a natural progression from the previous "Fire On Ice" session, and continues the floating,breezy jazz/ doowop motif that IS Terry Callier.
A particular favorite is "You & Me Will Always Be In Love", a Philly-Soul type ballad, with a fine guitar solo by david T. , done in his trademark hicupp-stuttering, fluttering arpeggiated jazz blues frasing--Harold Melvin could have covered this one!
A remake of 2 classics, "Ordinary Joe" is transformed from it's high steppin pop music roots to a swing jazzy stroll, and "Occasional Rain" is given the usual introspective treatment.
"Mothers' Love" is a real treat, a jazzy tribute to "mamas" everywhere, with a harmonic structure close to some of the Gil Scott Heron /Brian Jackson things recorded in the early 70's.
Only two tracks dont fit this mini-masterpiece;
the cover version of Steely Dan's "Do it Again"(unneccesary filler, as even with TC's superior voice, it was Donald Fagen's fragile & ironic voice and Denny Dias' be-bop sitar solo that made this song thouroughly unique--TC did nothing to improve it, which is the general idea i thought?)
Also, the inclusion of Smokey Robinson's VASTLY OVERRATED composition, "Still Waters Run Deep", which goes absolutely nowhere and is the cd's weakest track.
Again, the recording is more lushly produced that the Cadet studio recordings, which benefited the quirky arrangements of Charles Stepney and Gene Page but this is NOT a problem, as some have percieved. Just a different fase, that's all. I'm glad to see the musics reissued, as the Terry callier crusade marches on.!
Completely listenable, even the 2 tracks i didnt prefer, YOU may like 'em, and that aint all bad!!