Cate Bros. – In One Eye and Out the Other (Asylum 7E-1080) (1976)

To look at ’em, you’d expect a strictly country-rock affair, but the Cate’s second album is an updated southern soul record in the funky Memphis tradition with only a spice of C&W. Warmly sung, subtly produced by the MG’s Steve Cropper* and ably assisted by “Duck” Dunn and a coterie of LA session guys, In One Eye politely echoes better known acts on the 60s Atlantic, Hi and Stax-Volt rosters  as well as future employers The Band, lacking only a truly killer song or two behind those percolatin’ grooves. Still, with its surreal chant, the title track could have been an AWB-style “Pick Up the Pieces” hit.

I spied this record maybe a year ago at the Mind charity shop in Cheriton, but it was £3 and I wasn’t goin’ out like that even if it was supposedly marked down from £7. A further reduction to £2, however, secured purchase.

*who also handled the desk for Hard Candy (Columbia CS34259), a 1976 pop/soul gem by Ned Doheny, recently purchased by me as a vinyl re-issue from Honest Jon’s which, after initial disappointment, I’ve come to absolutely adore. Like In One Eye, instruments are played by the cream of LA sessioners (various Eagles, Tower of Power horns, Linda, etc.) and sound like what they sound like, while use of synths and keys keep things fresh. Polar opposite to the Cate Bros’ soul man delivery, Doheny’s feather light, affectless songs and voice (think Todd R., Paul Simon or former label-mate Jackson Browne) are arranged so cunningly and deployed so artfully, that it becomes impossible for the pop fan not to be won over. Asylum Record’s first signing, Doheny’s not-so-secret weapon is his songwriting (one of which is a co-write with AWB’s Hamish Stewart), which, though deceptively breezy, is by turns sharp, witty and charming; it features some of the same sort of language and natural musical surprises as the the aforementioned Simon’s work. Doheny was nominated for the coveted Free Pass award at Soul Spectrum blog.

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  1. interesting that this album actually spent a year in the charity shop before someone thought of lowering the price so it would actually sell rather than just clutter up the place… considering they get given everything they sell, you’d think charity chops would sell for whatever they could get (in fact, that’s what they used to do in the good old days) rather than hold out for what they think it’s worth… and in their ignorance, what they think it’s worth is usually not what punters think it’s worth, which is why they have trouble shifting stuff!

    what’s so fucking annoying is when it comes to records, all the chains now seem to have a copy of “the book” (aka the record collector guide), but don’t have the savvy to know that on most occasions if you’re lucky you’ll get half of what they say it’s worth, even if in the unlikely condition of near mint as stated (but not taken into consideration by these ignorant bastards) in the guide! what they also don’t realise is that in record collecting circles, most punters and dealers take it for granted that there is a certain amount of bartering and haggling involved, yet if you make an offer to the person behind the charity shop counter (as i once mistakenly did in the early days), they look at you as if you’ve just dropped your trousers and shitted on the floor!

    for the above reasons i rarely if ever go in charity shops looking for records these days (it’s their loss!), the only exceptions being the few non-chain ones still around in suburbia and/or off the beaten track. perhaps as one who still hasn’t apparently been put off by the corporate greed of oxfam and the like, you can let us know what kind of reaction you get from their managers and staff should you ever feel compelled to debate such issues?

  2. This is a bugbear that’s been previously raised here:

    I’ve never said to a chaz store employee: “Your Fair Condition Band on the Run with the split sleeve and no poster is not worth £5.” But I’ve been tempted, as long time readers will know.

  3. Thanks for reminding me about Hard Candy. I must get that album. Loved To Prove My Love “back in the day” which had On The Swingshift on the b side. Also Tata Vega’s take on Get It Up For Love would be a desert island disc for me – fantastic arrangement – intelligent disco. And just listened to A Love Of My Own on YouTube – very nice.

    I was in a junk shop (no other description for it) today that had obviously been there for many years but I hadn’t been aware of it. Once I had moved a few boxes of random junk around I unearthed a fair few crates of records. The old lady watched as I went through all these then said she knew my sort, called me a geek, and said I wouldn’t find anything worth having (she was right – so why is she bothering to keep all these records lying around then I wondered). On my way out of the shop she beckoned to me, opened a drawer in an cabinet and pointed to a Record Collector guide. I shrugged and said I enjoyed the joy of the hunt anyway. That was lost on her though, the hard bitten old bint. I won’t be going back.

  4. darcy :

    The old lady watched as I went through all these then said she knew my sort…

    Yeah, your sort: a potential customer! It’s so nice to hear about good customer service these days.

  5. “A Love of Your Own” was the Hamish Stuart co-write and also features on the AWB album Soul Searching as well as this:

    I’ve simply been caning the Doheny record.

  6. following up on my rant, i have a couple of personal experiences regarding overpriced charity shop records and the attitude of their employees that some might find of interest:

    1 – when i moved to manchester in the late 90’s, i frequented the oxfam store in oldham street where all LP’s were £1, and often took a punt on several on the off-chance there might be a track or two worth listening to. then one day i arrived and found all the records had been moved from the cluttered racks at the back of the shop, placed in specially-made record-shop-style display units at the front, and individually priced at a minimum of £5… even mantovani! and stuff like beatles albums was prominently displayed in the window at “book” prices well into double figures (not that i’d have bought any of those even for £1 each ha ha!)… i was so outraged i demanded to speak to the (paid) manager (a twenty-something middle-class speccy female who had probably just graduated from a media studies degree or some equally useless qualification) and voiced my complaint at their new policy. her reaction was to more-or-less shrug her shoulders and say “well since we raised the prices we’ve taken a lot more money”! so who are these people that baulk at paying a quid but are happy to pay a tenner? all i know is that i’ve never bought another record from the place again since…

    2 – another charity shop near a second-hand record shop i used to frequent decided to display some very commonplace records in their window (cat stevens’ greatest hits, the paul simon “parka” album, etc) for a tenner (probably quoted “book” price) each! i told the record shop guy about this and at my suggestion he put up a display of the same records in his own shop window (btw he was practically throwing away copies of cat steven’s greatest hits they were that plentiful!), with the sign “their price £10, our price £4!”

  7. […] Doheny song “A Love of Your Own” (a live take is on the Best Of), previously mentioned here. Having got used to Doheny’s tempered blue-eyed soul approach, Stewart’s more animated […]

  8. […] shows more pop nouse than fellow live powerhouses Lynyrd Skynrd or the Allman Brothers (see also Cate Brothers). The hit “So In To You” shows off the band at its funky, Fender Rhodes-driven best, […]

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