1972. Alex Harvey. “Souvenirs”. Capitol Records. Hollywood.

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1972. Alex Har­vey. “Sou­venirs”.

One of my favorite ses­sions for Capi­tol Records. Alex Har­vey is a mem­ber of the “Coun­try Music Hall of Fame”. He’s writ­ten songs for many artists includ­ing “Delta Dawn” (Tanya Tuck­er); “Hell and High Water” (T. Gra­ham Brown); “The King of Oak Street” (Ken­ny Rogers); “Rings” (Leo Kot­tke); “Some­one Who Cares” (Dusty Spring­field); “Tul­sa Turn­around” (Ken­ny Rogers); and songs record­ed by Jim­my Buf­fett, Bil­ly Ray Cyrus, Sam­my Davis Jr., Jer­ry Lee Lewis, Loret­ta Lynn, Dol­ly Par­ton, and many oth­ers.
We stayed at a house in Lau­rel Canyon, LA while mak­ing the album which was record­ed at “The Sound Fac­to­ry” engi­neered by Dave Hassinger…one of the ses­sion lead­ers was the great Emory Gordy.
I arranged one of the tracks “Eva And The Evan­ge­list” with Alex, which we record­ed at Ike Turn­ers “Bol­ic Sound” in Los Ange­les, engi­neered by John Mills.
I brought in Ayns­ley Dun­bar and Neil Schon for the track (pre Jour­ney). I was part of a band called “Sears, Schon, Erri­co” around that time and I’d use Neil on var­i­ous sessions…but I left to go back to Eng­land to record on Rod Stewart’s “Smil­er” album.
Neil lat­er formed the orig­i­nal “Jour­ney” with Ayns­ley.

Alex wrote some beau­ti­ful songs and was a won­der­ful per­son to work with.
Check out this review of the album on the Re-Records site in 2009.

http://re-records.blogspot.com/2009/06/alex-harvey-souvenirs.html

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