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Re: Coming Soon: A New CD From Bob Shane
The original version of "Honey" by Bob Shane (produced by Bobby Russel) was released early in 1968 on DECCA records. However, they did not promote the record as it should have been. To me it sounds great-even better than Bobby Goldsboro. In fact it was a decent hit in England.
I talk on the phone a few times each year with Bobbie Childress Shane, mostly about KT topics. Over the last year or so, Bobbie has been excited about some tapes that she found while going through some old boxes with Bob. The tape was a professionally-produced recording of a couple of dozen tracks that Bob had laid down in late 1968 and early 1969 toward the end of the hiatus between the end of NBJ in June of 1967 and the formation of the first New Kingston Trio in mid-1969.
As most KT fans know, Bob wanted to continue as a performer after NBJ, and in '68 and '69 he did a number of shows with other folk performers like Travis Edmondson and David Peel. Along the way, Bob decided to experiment with a new country-inflected repertoire and went to Glaser Sound in Nashville, the studio of the Glaser Brothers, one of the great country bands of the era. The producers were the brothers themselves, and they brought with them their own hand-picked sidemen to fill out the sound of the tracks, which were intended at the time to be released as an album. For some reason, that never happened - until now.
Bobbie felt that the quality of the recording was so good that it deserved to be released, and it will be when the digital remastering is finished in the near future. The good news here is that Jeff McDonald is the man doing the job. Jeff is a sound guy and VP at Sweetwater Music in Fort Wayne, and he is a friend to many of us who went to FCs because John Stewart brought Jeff to camp to help out onstage with the instrumental side of fantasy camper groups. He is also an outstanding musician and performer, with nine albums to his credit and an abiding love for the music of the KT and John Stewart. He's the perfect choice for this task.
Bobbie says that the sound is unlike anything anyone has heard before from Bob, including a healthy amount of pedal steel in the mix. The song selection is also dramatically different than most of what the KT did. Among the tracks: completely re-imagined versions of "The Seine" and "Scotch and Soda," that elusive recording of "Honey" that preceded Bobby Goldsboro's monster hit by nearly a year, likely the late Tim Hardin's two best-known tunes, "Reason To Believe" and "Lady Came From Baltimore," and fourteen more.
The CD will be a limited release, but clearly it will be available to the kind of devoted KT fans who read here. When the CD is ready, I'm sure Bobbie will post it here and provide ordering information.
An added bonus for me: I get to write the liner notes.
More on this as information becomes available.