Don Williams — You’re My Best Friend

Don Williams recently came out of retirement and started touring again.  I went to see him here in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium and despite being a bit under the weather, he delivered a good show.  It was really great to see him in person and hear all of those classic songs.  I was there with my wife and some friends and in the row in front of us were 3 couples, probably in their late 60’s.  One of the men turned around before the show and asked us “aren’t you all a little too young to be at a Don Williams show?”  I told him that he was one of my favorite singers and that I wouldn’t miss it….

Don’s 1975 album You’re My Best Friend had two #1 hits, the title track and one of my favorites, “(Turn Out the Lights and) Love Me Tonight”, which is included below.  It’s an excellent track top to bottom, Lloyd Green (stl) and Kenny Malone (dr) sound particularly great to me.

I’ve found that even people that don’t particularly care for country music like Don Williams–it’s timeless music.  He and JJ Cale were big influences on Eric Clapton and his 70’s albums.  Many of EC’s fans may not even know the original “Tulsa Time”,  but they should.  Digging into Williams’ catalog makes the influence pretty clear.

The cover has a small clip and is gold stamped “MCA-930”.  Maybe this is a promo or radio copy?  The label looks normal with the sky/clouds/rainbow design.  This pressing sounds quite good but is a later version of some sort, the original came out on ABC.  It has “MCA-3288” on the cover, but “MCA-37190” on the LP, so who knows?  Regardless, I though that a pic of the back cover was better than the label.  Enjoy…

(Details: MCA-3288/37190)

Don Williams — (Turn Out the Lights and) Love Me Tonight

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3 Responses to Don Williams — You’re My Best Friend

  1. Tony says:

    Hey Tim:
    According to Praguefrank’s Country discography blog…

    ABC/Dot DOSD-2021 You’re My Best Friend:
    You’re My Best Friend; Help Yourselves To Each Other; I Don’t Wanna Let Go; Sweet Fever; Someone Like You; (Turn Out The Light And) Love Me Tonight; Where Are You; Tempted; You’re The Only One; Reason To Be –
    04-75
    (Reissued on MCA-37190)

  2. Tony says:

    Tim:
    I think you may also have the 3rd(?) number/catalog change cover. MCA went through a lot of ownerships in the late 70s / early 80s and they just stamped new numbers over left over covers.
    Great LP either way.

    • vinyltim says:

      Thanks for the info Tony. I looked a bit but couldn’t figure it out beyond that it was a later pressing. I have a circa-1980 MCA/Impulse Johnny Hartman LP with that same label style. I’ll watch for original pressings of my Don WIlliams LP’s–Nashville is good for finding country records!

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