Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk Studios from the original analog master tapes
Pressed at Pallas in Germany HQ—180-gram LP
An album full of skillfully crafted pop songs and classics with a jazzy twist. Originally released in 1993, Good Friends is singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor's ninth album. Taylor includes several cover songs along with his own self-penned material.
His cover of Bill Withers' "Grandma's Hands" takes the original's simple arrangement (just a bluesy electric guitar, bass and drums behind Wither's voice) and recreates the song into a gospel-choir backed a cappella performance. Based on the lyrics, the Grandma of this song was a religious woman who "clapped in church on Sunday morning" and "played a tambourine so well. He also tackles the Wizard of Oz selections, "If I Only Had a Brain" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
Keeping with the Chesky Records standards, as the back-cover reads, this album was "recorded with minimalist miking techniques and without overdubbing or artificial enhancement to ensure the purest and most natural sound possible."
Side A 1. Out Of This World 2. Jacques Cousteau 3. Heart & Soul 4. Carolina Day 5. If I Only Had A Brain 6. Grandma’s Hands 7. Blind 8. Good Friends
Side B 1. Pajamas 2. Save Your Heart For Me 3. Fifth & Vine 4. Bluer Than Blue 5. In My Reply 6. Somewhere Over The Rainbow 7. Thank You Song