Friday, February 12, 2010

Donnie Fritts - Prone To Lean (1974)



"Prone To Lean" is Donnie Fritts' first solo album. Though he is not that well know as a performer, plenty people will know songs he's written throughout his career. Many Soul and Country artists have performed Fritts' songs, and he's been linked to the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. Donnie Fritts was also responsible for a great contribution to the Muscle Shoals Sound.
The man himself is not much of a singer, but with songs as good as on this album, I really don't mind too much. This record has a swampy feel to it, and a lot of Funky grooves. My favorite is "Sumpin' Funky Going On", on which he's helped out by Tony Joe White. Very nice, very funny. All was recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and with help from all the Swampers, including Eddie Hinton and Pete Carr. I know this album had a Japanese CD release. This is a rip from my vinyl copy (rather worn), but I'd love to have it replaced with a CD rip. Country Soul Rock anyone?

4 comments:

Skydogg said...

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=F9J3QZKO
cleaner version, not mine. thanks though...

Peter said...

I wrote a little rebuttal to the criticisms of Donnie's voice at my blog, Corduroy Mountain. Check out the commentary here:

http://corduroymountain.blogspot.com/2009/05/nothing-less-than-love-complete.html

Anonymous said...

still active. thanx 4 the muscle shoals.

Matches Mon said...

Sounds like this has been replaced with a digital copy, too bad I was hoping for the vinyl, pops and all.