HAMILTON CAMP - 'Here's To You' (Warner Bros WS 1737) 1968
This weeks trip through my LP collection continues with this 1968 obscurity by Hamilton Camp. He was an early 60s folkie who played the coffee houses in Greenwich Village and was in his thirties by the time he recorded the songs on this album 'Here's To You.' He must have looked ancient back then to all of the teens and twenties hipsters.
Hamilton's single 'Here's to You' / 'Anyhow' (Warner Bros 7165) was released during May 1968 and was a hit, reaching #78 on the Billboard Chart. This song is quite lyte sunshine folk and perhaps just right for the times. There are better songs on the album though, including a version of 'Travelin' In The Dark' which was also recorded by Bo Grumpus and Mountain. The song was written by Mountain bass player Felix Pappalardi, who also produced the music on 'Here's To You.''Lonely Place' is the most trippy cut here, a really superb song with a haunting vibe.
Another single was released in the Summer of 1968, 'This Wheels On Fire' is a non album cut and was probably recorded at the same time but omitted for unknown reasons backed with 'A Lot Can Happen In A Day' (Warner Bros 7203) which can be found on the album.
'Here's To You' featured the cream of the crop L.A. session players including Earl Palmer (drums), Van Dyke Parks (piano, organ), Jerry Scheff (bass), Hal Blaine (drums) and Larry Knetchtel (piano). It was recorded at H.R. Recording Studios, Hollywood.
Perhaps his most famous song is 'Pride Of Man' which was also recorded West Coast hippies Quicksilver Messenger Service. Hamilton Camp died of a heart attack on 02/10/05.