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Album Review

Danny O'Keefe's first album is a tentative affair, stylistically diverse and unfocused with a handful of strong songs. One of the latter, "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues," appears in a markedly inferior early arrangement (O'Keefe would re-record the song and enjoy a Top Ten hit the following year). Combining elements of country, blues, folk, and jazz with Bob Dylan-inflected vocals and songwriting, Danny O'Keefe is more promising than effective. "Steel Guitar" and "Covered Wagon" are strong country-rock efforts, while "Rev. Stone" is strange, artsy, and intense. Fans of O'Keefe's later work may be interested in this formative and uneven effort, but newbies are advised to begin with Breezy Stories or another of his later albums.


Born: 1943 in Spokane, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

Most closely associated with his 1972 Top Ten entry "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues," singer/songwriter Danny O'Keefe was born and raised in Spokane, WA, beginning his performing career on the Minnesota coffeehouse circuit of the mid-'60s. Through Buffalo Springfield manager Charles Greene, he landed a telephone audition with Atlantic Records honcho Ahmet Ertegun, signing with the label's Cotillion imprint to issue his self-titled 1971 debut LP. The follow-up, 1972's O'Keefe, yielded his lone...
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