1982 Al Kooper – Championship Wrestling

Championship Wrestling was the eighth solo album by Al Kooper, released in 1982.

Al Kooper (born Alan Peter Kuperschmidt, February 5, 1944) is an American songwriter, record producer and musician, known for organizing Blood, Sweat & Tears (although he did not stay with the group long enough to share its popularity), providing studio support for Bob Dylan when he went electric in 1965, and bringing together guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills to record the Super Session album. He has had a successful solo career since then, written music for film soundtracks, and has lectured in musical composition. He continues to perform live.

Tracks

1  I Wish You Would (Billy Boy Arnold) 4:07
2  Two Sides(To Every Situation)(Eric A Poe) 3:31
3  Wrestle With This (Al Kooper) 5:30
4  Lost Control (Al Kooper) 5:21
5  I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart (Than A Young Man’s Fool) (Clarence Carter, George Jackson, Raymond Moore) 2:57
6  The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (Al Kooper) 4:21
7  Bandstand (Davis Causey, Randall Bramblett) 4:25
8  Finder’s Keepers (General Johnson) 3:33
9  Snowblind (Connie Ducharme) 5:37

Media

Musicians

1 I Wish You Would

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsBruce Gary
GuitarJeff Baxter
GuitarElliott Randall
OrganAl Kooper
SynthesizerAl Kooper
HarpGreg Taylor
HornsTower of Power
PercussionJoe Vitale


2 Two Sides (To Every Situation)

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarJeff Baxter
GuitarElliott Randall
ClavinetAl Kooper
Fender RhodesJimmy Ehinger
OrganAl Kooper
HornsTower of Power
Background VocalsThe Waters
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
VocalsValerie Carter


3 Wrestle With This

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
Guitar (solo)Jeff Baxter
GuitarAl Kooper
ClavinetAl Kooper
Fender RhodesAl Kooper
SynthesizerAl Kooper
HornsTower of Power
PercussionSteve Forman


4 Lost Control

BassGeorge Perry
DrumsJoe Vitale
GuitarJeff Baxter
OrganAl Kooper
SynthesizerAl Kooper
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsThe Waters
VocalsMickey Thomas


5 I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart (Than A Young Man’s Fool)

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarJeff Baxter
GuitarElliott Randall
OrganAl Kooper
Fender RhodesJimmy Ehinger
HornsTower of Power
VocalsValerie Carter


6 The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
Guitar (solo)Jeff Baxter
GuitarAl Kooper
Steel GuitarJeff Baxter
Acoustic GuitarJeff Baxter
ClavinetAl Kooper
PianoAl Kooper
SynthesizerAl Kooper
PercussionSteve Forman
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsThe Waters
VocalsAl Kooper


7 Bandstand

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarJeff Baxter
GuitarAl Kooper
Acoustic GuitarJeff Baxter
ClavinetAl Kooper
PianoJimmy Ehinger
SynthesizerAl Kooper
PercussionJoe Vitale
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsThe Waters
VocalsMickey Thomas


8 Finder’s Keepers

BassGeorge Perry
DrumsJoe Vitale
Guitar (solo)Al Kooper
GuitarJeff Baxter
ClavinetPaul Harris
SynthesizerAl Kooper
HornsTower of Power
PercussionJoe Vitale
VocalsRicky Washington


9 Snowblind

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarJeff Baxter
PianoAl Kooper
SynthesizerAl Kooper
HornsTower of Power
PercussionSteve Forman
Background VocalsAl Kooper
Background VocalsBill Szymczyk

Liner Notes

Producer (Refereed By) – Bill Szymczyk
Arranged By (Horn Arrangements) – Charlie Calello
Engineer – Bill Szymczyk
Mastered By – Ted Jensen

Art Direction – John Berg
Photography By (Cameo Shots, Locker Room) – Gary Nichamin
Photography By (Cameo Shots) – Jann Zlotkin, Todd Sharp
Photography By (Ring Shot) – Bob Seidemann

© 1982 CBS Inc. / ℗ 1982 CBS Inc. / Manufatured by Columbia Records, CBS Inc.
All basic tracks recorded at Rudy Records, LA except (4) & (8) recorded at Bayshore Studios, Coconut Grove, Florida
Entire album mixed at Bayshore Studios.
Mastered at Sterling Sound