In 1972 Al Kooper moved south from New York to Atlanta, where he set up his own record label, Sounds Of The South (distributed by MCA). He still owed one solo album to Columbia though, so Naked Songs came about as a quick contract-fulfilling release. Fortunately it turned out very well, a great album, stylistically diverse and with a few really brilliant standout tracks. Alongside some good Kooper originals were covers of Albert King's "As The Years Go Passing By", John Prine's "Sam Stone" and The Soul Stirrers' "Touch The Hem Of His Garment". A few of the songs were recorded in Atlanta, and featured the Atlanta Rhythm Section as his backing group. The rest of the album was recorded in New York.
It turned out to be his last solo album for a few years, as he turned his attention to a band from Jacksonsville, Florida he had discovered and signed to his label - Lynyrd Skynyrd.
A Possible Projection Of The Future / Childhood's End (1972) <|> Act Like Nothing's Wrong (1976)
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