Whale Meat Again
is the second studio album by the British musician Jim Capaldi
Nicola James "Jim" Capaldi was an English musician and songwriter. His musical career lasted more than four decades. He co-founded Traffic in Birmingham with Steve Winwood, and the band's psychedelic rock was influential in Britain and the United States...
It was released by Island Records
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in 1974. Like his first solo album, it failed commercially in his native United Kingdom but did better in the USA. With help from the hit opening track "It's All Right", which spent seven weeks in the Billboard Hot 100
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and peaked at number 55, the album reached number 191 in the Billboard 200
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Allmusic's retrospective review commented that the album was more focused on mood than Capaldi's debut, with longer songs built on soulful grooves.
All tracks composed by Jim Capaldi; except where indicated.
- "It's All Right"
- "Whale Meat Again"
- "Yellow Sun"
- "I've Got So Much Lovin'"
- "Low Rider"
- "My Brother"
- "Summer is Fading"
- "We'll Meet Again" (Hughie Charles, Ross Parker) [secret track]
Two additional tracks were recorded in the same sessions. The first, an acoustic version of "Whale Meat Again", was released only on the b-side of the single "It's All Up to You"(from Short Cut Draw Blood
Rolling Stone called the album slightly uneven but a promising step forward. Their review approved of both the session musicians and the arrangements, and was particularly complimentary towards his cover of "Love Hurts", saying "he brings a sense of pain very different from Roy Orbison's...
). The second, "You & Me", was eventually released on the compilation album Koss
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- Jim Capaldi - lead vocals
and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
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(except on "Summer is Fading"):
- Pete Carr
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- lead guitars
- Jimmy Johnson
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- Barry Beckett
Barry Edward Beckett was a keyboardist who worked as a session musician with several notable artists on their studio albums...
- piano (except on "Whale Meat Again"), steel drum on "It's All Right"
- David Hood
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- bass (except on "Yellow Sun")
- Roger Hawkins
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- Muscle Shoals Horns - horns
- Rabbit Bundrick - piano and organ on "Whale Meat Again"
- Chris Stainton
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- organ on "Yellow Sun"
- Jean Roussel - bass on "Yellow Sun", clavinet
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on "Low Rider"
- Chris Stewart - fuzz bass on "My Brother"
- Remi Kabaka
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- percussion on "Low Rider"
- Steve Winwood
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- organ on "It's All Right" and "Summer is Fading", bass on "Summer is Fading"
- Bubs White - guitars on "Summer is Fading"
- Gaspar Lawal - drums on "Summer is Fading"
- Derek Quinn - cabassa on "Summer is Fading"
- Rebop Kwaku Baah
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- conga on "Summer is Fading"
- Potato Smith - backing vocals on "It's All Right" and "Yellow Sun"
- Laurence Peabody - backing vocals on "It's All Right" and "Yellow Sun"
- Harry Robinson - string arrangements on "Yellow Sun" and "Low Rider"