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Following his tenure with Spooky Tooth, Gary Wright became somewhat of a one-hit-wonder with the 1975 soft-rock chart-topper “Dream Weaver.” But most folks familiar with that tune have no idea that the man cranked out a couple of awesome rock ‘n’ roll albums prior to hitting AM gold paydirt. Although Wright played organ in Spooky Tooth, his 1971 solo debut album Extraction is an excellent recording focusing more on guitar and songcraft. “Get On The Right Road” pulls vestiges of Spooky Tooth’s rootsy rock prowess with foot-shuffling rhythms, soulful female backing vocals and electric six-string leads that sound influenced by the open chord tones of Keith Richards and Ry Cooder. “Get Hold Of Yourself” boogies on the kind of bouncy, gospel-tinged rock that Delaney & Bonnie were playing at the time. With the semi-anthemic “Sing a Song,” Wright fans are reminded of the man’s falsetto, thought it’s clear that he isn’t singing as high on Extraction as he did with the Tooth. He is, however, rocking harder as evidenced by a more muscled rendition of his old band’s “The Wrong Time.”

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Patience Rewarded

In a way, this record was akin to Peter Frampton's 1st solo album after Humble Pie (Winds of Change). Both artists left bands that were moderately successful (Spooky Tooth and Humble Pie) and came out with solid solo records. Both continued a journeyman-type career with Frampton having greater commercial success but for my $$, Gary Wright's first solo record was the better of the two. He assembled a studio band loaded with talent - George Harrison, Bobby Keyes, Trevor Burton, and Mick Abrahams. Add to that some great rocking tunes (Get On The Right Road, Wrong Time, I've Got a Story, Too Late To Cry) and reflective ballads (Over You Now) . I still have my vinyl copy that I have carefully nursed over the years because this record was loaded with great music performed by some of the best rock artists of the late 60's/early 70's. Most people know him for Dreamweaver but I think was a better work in the rock idiom.

I Know A Place

I think the hottest song on this album is "I Know A Place"! No one ever mentions that song in reviews, yet to me, it remains the most awesome and powerful song on the album, one I still enjoy to this day.

Classic

This is an amazing debut album!

Biography

Born: April 26, 1943 in Creskill, NJ

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '90s, '00s

Most closely associated with his atmospheric 1976 smash "Dream Weaver," singer Gary Wright was born April 26, 1943 in Creskill, NJ; a former child actor who appeared on Broadway in a production of Fanny, he fronted a number of local rock bands during his high school years before turning his attention to psychology, completing his studies in Berlin at Frei University. In 1967, Wright's band, the New York Times, opened for Traffic, bringing him to the attention of Island Records honcho Chris Blackwell,...
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