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Saturday, October 1, 2022

Eddie Mottau - No Turning Around (1973 us, magnificent folk psych classic rock, 2017 korean remaster)

Boston-born guitarist Eddie Mottau has enjoyed a five-decade career that has carried him across a dozen or more crazes, waves, and other trends in music. From a boyhood interest in folk music, he formed a team with his friend Joe Hutchinson as Two Guys from Boston, who got to record a single for Scepter Records with Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul & Mary, as producer. The duo eventually became the psychedelic folk-rock band Bo Grumpus, who relocated to New York to be recorded by Felix Pappalardi. That group -- which for a time assumed the name Jolliver Arkansaw -- lasted until 1970.

Mottau returned to Paul Stookey's orbit, playing guitar and serving as co-producer of the latter's first post-Peter, Paul & Mary solo album, Paul And. That project led to his crossing paths with John Lennon, which resulted in his working with Lennon's live band, and to a gig playing with Lower East Side music rebel David Peel. Mottau recorded and released his first solo album, No Turning Around (MCA) produced by Stookey in 1973. 
by Bruce Eder

1. Old New Hampshire - 4:01
2. Jessie - 3:07
3. Hazard County - 3:08
4. Fallen Back - 5:56
5. Natural Drive - 2:40
6. Thinkin About Birds - 2:46
7. If I Could Be Alone With You - 4:14
8. Circus Tent - 3:17
9. Reaper - 4:02
10.Jackson Steele - 2:41
11.Ballad Of A Travelin Woman - 2:45
12.Waitin' Out The Winter - 2:59
All songs by Eddie Mottau

*Eddie Mottau  - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
*Noel Paul Stookey  - Producer, 12 String Guitar, Back-Up Vocals, Putney
*Eddie Ryan  - Percussion, Back-Up Vocals
*Jim Mason  -Taisho Koto (Japanese Dulsimar)
*Jimmy Nalls  - Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
*Michael Lewis  - Bass, Electric Guitar
*Michael Epstein  - Drums, Percussion, Back-Up Vocals
*Barry Flast  - Piano, Organ
*Paul Prestopino  -Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro
*Gerry Mulligan  - Bariton Sax On Track B3
*Cameron Kotler  -Cello
*Rusty Young  - Pedal Steel Guitar On Track B5
*Felix Pappalardi  - Mellatron, Organ, Ocherina, Trumpet On Track B2, B6