1976 Al Kooper – Act Like Nothing’s Wrong

Act Like Nothing’s Wrong is the seventh solo studio album by the American singer-songwriter Al Kooper, recorded and released in 1976.

After the release of his sixth studio album Naked Songs in 1973, Kooper took time off from solo recording to concentrate on his new discovery, Lynyrd Skynyrd. After producing and playing on their first three albums, he resumed his solo recording career in 1976. The resulting album, Act Like Nothing’s Wrong was recorded mostly in Southeastern US studios with a wide array of musicians. The album opens with his own funky version of “This Diamond Ring”, a song that he co-wrote for Gary Lewis and the Playboys in 1964. The album continues in the “soul-funk” vein with a mix of covers and original compositions. This was Kooper’s first and only album for United Artists. It was six years before he recorded his next album, Championship Wrestling. The front cover shows Al Kooper’s head superimposed on the body of the dancer and model Linda Hoxit (his girlfriend at the time), while on the back cover is Linda Hoxit’s head on Kooper’s body.

Tracks

1  Is We On The Downbeat (Al Kooper) 00:34
2  This Diamond Ring (Al Kooper; Bob Brass; Iwin Levine) 04:13
3  She Don’t Ever Loose Her Groove (Willie Hale) 03:47
4  I Forgot To Be Your Lover (Booker T Jones; William Bell) 02:58
5  Missing You (Al Kooper) 03:38
6  Out Of Left Field (Dan Penn; Spooner Oldham) 05:09
7  (Please Not) One More Time (Al Kooper) 03:33
8  In My Own Sweet Way (Al Kooper) 02:42
9  Turn My Head Towards Home (Al Kooper; John Simon) 04:35
10  A Visit To The Rainbow Bar & Grill (Al Kooper) 00:40
11  Hollywood Vampire (Al Kooper) 06:47

Musicians

1 Is We On The Downbeat

VocalsAl Kooper
VocalsRobert Ferguson


2 This Diamond Ring

BassGeorge Perry
DrumsRon Ziegler
GuitarWilliam Hale
GuitarAl Kooper
ClavinetAl Kooper
KeyboardsAl Kooper
PercussionGary Coleman
Background VocalsRon Hicklin Singers


3 She Don’t Ever Loose Her Groove

BassMike Leech
DrumsLarrie Londin
Guitar (solo)Reggie Young
GuitarAl Kooper
GuitarSteve Gibson
PianoAl Kooper
PianoBobby Wood
HornsTower of Power
PercussionGary Coleman
Background VocalsHilda Harris Singers


4 I Forgot To Be Your Lover

BassMike Leech
DrumsLarrie Londin
Guitar (solo)Al Kooper
GuitarReggie Young
GuitarSteve Gibson
OrganBobby Wood
PianoAl Kooper
PercussionGary Coleman
Background VocalsHilda Harris Singers


5 Missing You

BassGeorge Perry
DrumsRon Ziegler
ClavinetAl Kooper
PianoAl Kooper
SynthesizerAl Kooper
PercussionGary Coleman
Background VocalsRon Hicklin Singers


6 Out Of Left Field

BassRon Bogdon
DrumsRobert Ferguson
GuitarWilliam Hale
Acoustic GuitarAl Kooper
OrganAl Kooper
PianoAl Kooper
MellotronAl Kooper
SynthesizerAl Kooper
Background VocalsWendy Waldman


7 (Please Not) One More Time

BassMike Leech
GuitarReggie Young
GuitarSteve Gibson
Acoustic GuitarAl Kooper
ClavinetAl Kooper
PianoAl Kooper
PercussionGary Coleman
PercussionJohn Simon
Background VocalsRon Hicklin Singers


8 In My Own Sweet Way

BassMike Leech
DrumsLarrie Londin
GuitarAl Kooper
Acoustic GuitarReggie Young
Acoustic GuitarSteve Gibson
Acoustic GuitarAl Kooper
PianoAl Kooper
SynthesizerAl Kooper
Background VocalsRon Hicklin Singers


9 Turn My Head Towards Home

BassMike Leech
DrumsLarrie Londin
GuitarReggie Young
GuitarSteve Gibson
GuitarAl Kooper
SitarAl Kooper
PianoBobby Wood
PianoAl Kooper
ViolinHarry Lookofsky
TrumpetMarvin Stamm
Background VocalsHilda Harris Singers


11 Hollywood Vampire

BassPaul Goddard
DrumsRobert Nix
Guitar (solo)Al Kooper
Slide GuitarJoe Walker
Acoustic GuitarJR Cobb
OrganAl Kooper
PianoAl Kooper
SynthesizerAl Kooper

Liner Notes

Producer – Al Kooper, John Simon
Arranged By – Al Kooper, John Simon
Engineer – Al Kooper, Bob Edwards, Bob Langford, Gene Eichelberger, Kelly Kotera, Steve Alaimo
Engineer (Assistant) – Bruce Hensal, Deni King, John Henning, Linda Hoxit, Rick Sanchez, Rick Smith, Steve Smith, Tim Sadler
Mastered By – Bob Edwards, Bob MacLeod
Remix – Al Kooper, Bob Edwards

Cover, Concept By – Al Kooper
Photography, Design – Norman Seeff

Recorded At Record Plant, Los Angeles
Recorded At Record Plant, Sausalito
Recorded At TK Studios
Recorded At Quadraphonic Sound Studios
Recorded At Sound Ideas Studios
Recorded At Studio One, Doraville
Mastered At Artisan Sound Recorders
Phonographic Copyright United Artists Music And Records Group Inc
Copyright United Artists Music And Records Group Inc