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Al Kooper

  • You Never Know Who Your Friends Are [Columbia, 1969] D
  • A Possible Projection of the Future/Childhood's End [Columbia, 1972] B+
  • Rekooperation [Musicmasters, 1994] *

Consumer Guide Reviews:

You Never Know Who Your Friends Are [Columbia, 1969]
Kooper is the only name performer in rock who can be counted on to release shitty records time after time. This is another one. D

A Possible Projection of the Future/Childhood's End [Columbia, 1972]
I know, what could be worse than a sci-fi concept album by Al Kooper, who hasn't been good for a whole LP since early electric Dylan? Only it's really solid, without one bad cut. Kooper's melodies stick to the ribs, and his lyrics are adequate or better, and does he do a job on some oldies from Curtis Mayfield and Smokey Robinson. Recommended. B+

Rekooperation [Musicmasters, 1994]
unsung neoclassical r&b ("Soul Twist-ed," "Don't Be Cruel") *