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Gary Wright

  • Extraction [A&M, 1971] C+
  • Footprint [A&M, 1971] B
  • The Dream Weaver [Warner Bros., 1975] C

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Extraction [A&M, 1971]
The title means Spooky Tooth has lost Jersey--New Jersey, I guess I should say. Get it? Does that mean he's lost his roots or is returning to them? Anyway, he bites the bullet like a real American. Not too incisive, though. Get it? C+

Footprint [A&M, 1971]
Like his mentor, George O'Hara, Gary makes his spiritual home right next to his musical one, close by that great echo chamber in the sky. But unlike George he writes anthems that are forthright and tuneful--why, even "Give Me the Good Earth" is down-to-earth. The ecology-minded will also approve of "Love to Survive" and "Stand for Our Rights," both of which are vague enough to appeal to every constituency. Cosmic-commercial lives. B

The Dream Weaver [Warner Bros., 1975]
Supposedly, the artistic breakthrough here is that Gary has transcended the electric guitar. Some breakthrough--good thing Lee Michaels never took up with a synthesizer. Although if he had he wouldn't have pimped it off to (and I quote) "the astral plane." C