|Artist:||Larry Jon Wilson|
|Record Label:||Omni Records|
|Genre:||Country Rock, Rock & Pop|
Includes liner notes by David Sandison.NEW BEGINNINGS:Personnel: Larry Jon Wilson (vocals, acoustic guitar); Don Potter (acoustic & gut string guitars); Johnnie Christopher (acoustic guitar); Bruce Dees (electric guitar, background vocals); Reggie Young (electric guitar); Lloyd Green (steel guitar); Donnie Lowell (harmonica); Gayle Whitfield (saxophone); Tommy Smith (trumpet); Bobby Woods (keyboards); Henry Strzelecki (acoustic bass); Tommy Cogbill (bass); Hayward Bishop (drums, percussion); Jerry Carrigan (drums); Farrell Morris (percussion); Belinda West, Janet Helm, Mary Holladay, Ginger Holladay, Lea Jane Berinati (background vocals).Producers: Rob Galbraith, Bruce Dees.Engineer: Chip Young, Mike Shockley, Bruce Dees.LET ME SING MY SONG TO YOU:Personnel: Larry Jon Wilson (vocals, acoustic guitar); Don Potter (acoustic guitar); Reggie Young, Mac Gayden (electric guitar); Weldon Myrick (dobro); Donnie Lowell (harmonica); Bobby Ogden (piano); Bobby Wood (keyboards); Tommy Cogbill (bass); Hayward Bishop (drums); Farrell Morris (percussion).Producers: Rob Galbraith, Bruce Dees.Engineers: Brent Maher, Lowell Dorn.Recorded at Creative Workshop, Nashville, Tennessee; International Recoring, Augusta, Georgia.Omni's 2011 two-fer combines Larry Jon Wilson's 1975 album New Beginnings and its 1976 sequel Let Me Sing My Song to You on one CD. Larry Jon Wilson was very much cut from the same cloth as fellow Monument recording artist Tony Joe White, blessed with a similar warm, burnished baritone, a fondness for Southern narratives and blue-eyed southern soul tempered by some soft, easy-rolling pop. White tended to be much rawer than Wilson, favoring wilder rhythms while LJW has a gentler touch, giving even his funkiest grooves a touch of smoothness. This makes both New Beginnings and Let Me Sing My Song to You -- so similar they play like two halves of a double album although, if pressed, it'd be possible to argue that the latter has just a slightly slicker surface -- quite easy to enjoy even if they're not quite gritty enough to really take root. Wilson's pair of polyester-draped country-soul LPs are certainly exquisite curios of the mid-'70s but they don't transcend the time, they belong to it -- which is more than enough to recommend this two-fer, actually. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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