Russell, Brian - People Get Ready

Format: LP
Label: Canadian Talent Library CTL 5130
Year: 1970
Origin: Falkirk, Scotland - Toronto, Ontario
Genre: rock, funk, soul, pop
Value of Original Title: $50.00
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Release Type: Albums
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Playlist: Ontario, 1970's, Canadian Talent Library


Side 1

Track Name
People Get Ready
If You Could Read My Mind
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
A Thousand Times
Lo and Behold

Side 2

Track Name
Hitchcock Railway
I Will Comfort You
Melancholy Baby
The Boxer
United We Stand


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Russell, Brian / People Get Ready


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During the last two years Brian has been a featured performer on CBC's Good Company, a regular part of the Ray Stevens Show Singers, and is now a regular on the CBC's summer entry called The Music Machine.

The personnel on this album read like a who's who. Terry Clark ... former Fifth Dimension drummer ... Don Thompson ... makin' everybody nervous because he doubles on almost everything but reeds ... Ed Bickert on guitar ... Bobby Edwards on fuzz guitar ... Rick Homme, the Friendly Giant's son, on bass ... Jim Pirie on banjo and guitar ... Eugene Amaro on electric flute, clarinet and sax ... Mike Craden, the artist who is percussive, on microtonal treebell, vibraslap, rattleshakers, burmese gong, tablas, congas, bongos, claves ... and Gary Gross, who used to be witht he Helen Noga outfit that built Johnny Mathis, on electric piano ... and last but not least, the fella who made it all work on tape ... Terry Brown, who plays his console like it was a moog.

The chorus could well be featured on their own ... Rhonda Silver ... Diane Brooks ... Betty Richardson ... Steve Kennedy ... Doug Riley.

Three new Canadian songs here ... Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind" ... "A Thousand Times" written by trombonist and ex-Lighthouse member Russ Little ... and a new song by "Hey Girl" composer--Cliff Jones--"I Will Comfort You".

Born to musical parents (her father Gus was a one-time member of The Ink Spots), she spent her formative years in Canada after moving to Hamilton, Ontario, aged twelve. As a teenager she began performing in local bands and in her late teens joined the Toronto production of Hair, during which time she had begun to play the piano. In the early 1970s she married musician Bryan Russell and (as Brian & Brenda) they went on to release two albums on Elton John's Rocket label, Word Called Love (1976) and Supersonic Lover (1977). The Russells also performed on two tracks from Robert Palmer's breakout soul-pop album Double Fun. The couple had divorced by the late 1970s, and Brenda, now living in Los Angeles, had set out on a solo career. Their daughter, Lindsay, was born in 1977.
-liner notes by Fred Napoli (CKFM radio)

Brian Russell: vocals
Jim Pirie: banjo, guitar
Bobby Edwards: fuzz guitar
Gary Gross: electric piano, arrangements
Eugene Amaro: electric flute, clarinet, saxophone
Ed Bickert: guitars
Rick Homme (The Friendly Giant's son): bass
Terry Clark: drums
Mike Craden: microtonal treebell, vibraslap, rattleshakers, burmese gong, tablas, congas, bongos, claves
Terry Brown: moog

Chorus: Rhonda Silver, Diane Brooks, Betty Richardson, Steve Kennedy, Brian Russell, and Doug Riley; arranged and directed chorus by Gary Gross
Album Coordination by Bob Stone

Produced by Johnny Burt
Engineered by Terry Brown
Recorded July 1970
Executive-Producer: Mal Thompson

Photo and graphics by Rick Sanders

Sound files and scans courtesy of Canadian Cult Classics (


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