In 1967 Richardson-nee Spooner contributed lead guitar to Michael Condello’s “Condello” LP. A couple of years later Condello apparently repaid the favor by producing 1969’s cleverly-titled “Warren S. Richardson Jr.” Recorded at Richardson-nee-Spooner was credited with penning all six tracks and material like ‘Reputation” and ‘Shady Lady’ offered up a pretty good set of fuzz-propelled hard rock.
Spooner had a voice that was well suited to the genre and this was one of those rare albums that actually seemed to benefit from the addition of horns (courtesy of Owen Eugene Hale, Richard Lewis and Joseph Ray Trainer). In case anyone cared, perhaps because it strayed a little bit from the predominantly hard rock formula, excluding the needless and seemingly endless drum solo, the psych-tinged ‘Wind and Rain’ struck me as the standout effort on the album.
01. Reputation (Traditional) – 6:38
02. Easy Rider – 2:57
03. Shady Lady – 6:54
04. Wind And Rain – 10:27
05. Stella – 3:18
06. Goin’ Home – 3:04
Warren S. Richardson Jr. (aka Bill Spooner) — vocals, guitar
David Birkett – bass
Owen Eugene Hale – tenor & baritone saxophone
Richard Lewis — keyboards, horns
Joseph Ray Trainer – tenor saxophone
Mickey McGee – drums