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…