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Preview: Rare Denny Doherty Solo Album Being Released With Bonus Material

Artist: Denny Doherty
Title: Of All Things: The Complete ABC/Dunhill Masters
Release Date: January 12, 2018
Label: Real Gone Music
  • CD
  • Digital
Former Mamas and the Papas singer Denny Doherty had a very sparse solo career after the breakup of the group with just two albums in the early-70's and a handful of singles. 

According to Real Gone Music, "Almost to the day we released our The Mamas and The Papas: Complete Singles—50thAnniversary Collection back in January 2016, fans of the group (and they are legion!) started asking us about reissuing Papa Denny Doherty’s criminally overlooked 1971 solo album on the ABC/Dunhill label, Watcha Gonna Do.

This record came out on CD only in Japan back in 2002, and commands hundreds of dollars online, so a straight reissue would have worked just fine. But that’s not how we do things at Real Gone Music…and so we aren’t stopping with the album. We’re adding six bonus tracks, five of ‘em previously unreleased, to fashion a brand-new compilation, Of All the Things—The Complete ABC/Dunhill Masters!"

Arranged by Jimmie Haskell, produced by Bill Szymczyk, and featuring songs written by Denny with his first wife Linda Woodward with such session players as Barry McGuire, Buddy Emmons, Russ Kunkel, “Fast” Eddy Fischer, and Eric “The Doctor” Hord, Watcha Gonna Do is truly a lost gem of early ‘70s roots rock, sort of The Mamas and Papas meeting The Band and The Eagles (Szymczyk went on to produce all of The Eagles albums).

The bonus tracks include the rare single of the non-LP track “To Claudia on Thursday”—with additional vocals supplied by Spanky McFarlane of Spanky & Our Gang—plus five other tracks unearthed from both album session tapes and follow-up recordings left in the vaults, four of them never before released.

Joe Marchese provides liner notes featuring quotes and reminiscences from Eddy Fischer,Denny’s daughters, Bill Szymczyk, Michelle Phillips, and others. Artwork includes previously unpublished period photographs. Remastered by Mike Milchner/Sonic Vision, this release is a must for any fan of The Mamas and The Papas and of that gorgeous Doherty tenor.

Track List:
  • Watcha Gonna Do
  • Neighbors
  • Gathering the Words
  • Don't You Be Fooled
  • Got a Feelin'
  • Tuesday Morning
  • Still Can't Hear the Music
  • Hey Good Looking
  • The Drummer's Song
  • Here Comes the Sun/The Two of Us
  • Shadows on My Wall
  • To Claudia on Thursday
  • Sail the Waterway
  • Shadow Sounds
  • Giles of the River
  • Of All the Things