Sunday, 15 April 2018

Andy Pratt “Records Are Like Life” 1969 US Pop Rock,Prog Pop second studio album


Andy Pratt “Records Are Like Life” 1969 US Pop Rock,Prog Pop second studio album
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Andy Pratt attained vast critical acclaim in the 1970s, mostly based on the albums Andy Pratt (1973) and, particularly, Resolution (1976), which Rolling Stone magazine raved “has forever changed the face of rock.” Though Pratt never gained the commercial success that many predicted, he nonetheless was seen as one of the most unique singer/songwriters of his day. Born into a well-to-do family in Boston (his great-grandfather founded the Pratt Institute), Andy Pratt graduated from Harvard in 1968 and became active musically in the Cambridge, Massachusetts scene with groups such as Butter and the Chosen Few. In 1972, he cut a demo of “Avenging Annie” before releasing his 1973 Columbia album, Andy Pratt, to much critical praise. In 1975, Pratt enrolled in Boston’s Life Institute after the death of his father, seemingly searching for a higher meaning in life. Released from his Columbia contract that same year, Pratt hooked up with Arif Mardin, who worked diligently with Pratt to find expression to the profound changes in his life. 

The result was the classic Resolution album, released on Nemperor in 1976. Though the album received rave reviews and charted reasonably well, it was no runaway commercial success. The next effort from Pratt and Mardin, Shiver in the Night, was notably more commercial than Resolution and sold moderately well. In 1979, Pratt released Motives, his final album for Nemperor. It signaled his conversion to Christianity, though Pratt’s unique style remained intact. Andy Pratt continued to release albums into the ‘80s and '90s. He has lived in Belgium since 1996, after having originally moved to Holland in 1987 and marrying a Dutch woman in 1988. His music is mostly Christian-based and Pratt states that it has been used as the impetus for inner healing of people in distress. The interesting Live at the Village Underground 2003 was released by Renaissance Records in 2009. Pratt also had several studio records appear on the ItsAboutMusic.com site in the late 2000s, then in 2010 he released the full-length Andy Pratt Loves You on Forward Motion Records. ~ Michael Ofjord…~


The phenomenal “Andy Pratt” was preceded by “Records Are Like Life” from 1969 and is just as interesting to my taste. The difference is that the songs are more embryonic with respect to the songs on the successor, and the instrumentation more sober. But do not be mistaken, the songs are all very original, and the last song is a bit maniacal. I think Andy Pratt is a very tasteful pianist, and what makes Rick Shlosser a good drummer! (he also drums on “Andy Pratt”). My vinyl copy was not completely cool anymore, and I could - -hoo! - replace it with a CD, because some time ago (5-5-2011) a rerelease appeared, which I ordered immediately, and since then very often the player entered. An album that never bored me, for about 35 years, and therefore gets 5 points from me. Highlight for me is “Bella Bella”….~



Bio
Andy Pratt is a singer, songwriter, music producer and live music performer who was born in Boston to one of the wealthiest and most educated families in America. His great-grandfather Charles Pratt was business partners with John D. Rockefeller, owners of the Standard Oil Company. Charles was an advocate of higher education and the founder of Pratt Institute in New York among other things. 
Andy attended Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Masshusetts where his father, Edwin H. Baker Pratt, a World War II Navy Veteran, was the headmaster of this school for 20 years. Andy attended Harvard University and in his early days played music all around Boston and Harvard Square in Cambridge with a band named “Butter”. They played “Cream” covers. In 1968 Andy received a degree in English Literature from Harvard University. After graduation he moved to New York where he released his debut album, “Records Are Like Life” in 1969. It was re-released by Polydor Records in 1971. 
In 1973 Andy Pratt was signed as a Rock Recording Artist with Columbia Records by the famous music mogil Clive Davis. 
Together they produced the self-titled album “Andy Pratt” which exploded onto the music scene with the Hit Song “Avenging Annie”. It’s about Annie Oakley and Pretty Boy Floyd the Outlaw which came about while Andy was listening to Woody Guthrie’s “Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd.” Roger Daltrey, the lead singer for The Who, liked “Avenging Annie” so much that he recorded it on four of his solo albums, including his 1977 album “One Of The Boys” and again in 1981 on the “Best of Roger Daltrey.” The song can also be heard on Todd Haynes’ 1998 film, “Velvet Goldmine”. David Cassidy covered Andy’s song “All I Want Is You” on his “The Best of David Cassidy” album. 
During the 1970’s Andy Pratt and his band toured the United States and Canada twice riding the wave of Rock Stardom. They were heard all over the FM radio dial, appeared on TV shows, were given rave reviews in many publications, including Rolling Stone magazine, and performed to packed houses and as many as 20,000 people in concerts. 
In 1978 he was released from his Columbia Record contract and he moved to Europe where he met and married Frederika, a Dutch Journalist. They lived in Holland and Belgium where Andy became activist in religion and a social worker helping people in need. He began writing and recording Christian Pop music touring Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Russia, Israel, and more. During this period he released “Motives” (1979). 
Andy Pratt was much sought after by music industry giants like Clive Davis, Nat Weiss, Ahmet Ertegun and Arif Mardin (the record producer of Aretha Franklin, The Bee Gees, Nora Jones, Boy George, and many others). 
Andy Pratt’s backup band are the top musicians, the heavy hitters, from the who’s who of music in the world. The same studio quality musicians who backed up artist such as Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, Van Morrison , Meatloaf, Andy Gibb, James Taylor, Judy Collins, Alice Cooper, Rod Stewart, Chick Corea, Al DiMeola, Johnny Rivers, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Natalie Cole and the list goes on and on…. 
Andy Pratt’s music has been heard all over the FM radio dial, was given rave reviews in newspapers and magazines, including Rolling Stone Magazine, and cheered on by thousands of fans at his concerts. 
Andy Pratt has performed with John Belushi, Judy Collins, T-Bone Burnett, Robin and David Batteau, Jon Butcher, Toni Lynn Washington, James Montgomery, Moogy Klingman, Stewkey (The Nazz), Rick Shlosser, Mark Doyle, Robin Lane, Gary Link, Abe Laboriel, Andy Mendelson, John Nagy, David Grisman, Jumma Santos, John Payne, Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Andy Newmark, Luther Vandross, David Lasley, Edgar Winter and many, many more……..~



Personnel: 
Andy Pratt - lead and background vocals, guitars, 
bass guitars, piano, accordion, sitar, tabla, clavinet 
John Nagy - guitars, mandolin, mandola, mandocello 
Gary Anderson - flute, baritone and tenor saxophones 
Anastasios Karatza - electric guitars, hi-hat 
Jim Thompson - electric guitars 
Jesse Henderson - drums 
Abraham Laboriel - bass guitars 
Bill Elliot - organ 
Nick Koumoutseas - backing vocals 
Additional musicians: 
Roger Hock - trombone 
Bob McCarthy - acoustic guitar on “Call Up That Old Friend” 
John Payne - clarinet 
Juma Santos - congas 
Rick Shlosser - bongos




Tracklist 
A1 Wet Daddy 5:02 
A2 Oliver 5:11 
A3 Shiny Susie 7:41 
A4 Little Boy Hound Dog 1:00 
B1 Bella Bella 4:35 
B2 Mindy 3:28 
B3 Low Tide Island 4:52 
B4 Records + Records (Records Are Like Life) 5:14 

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