1972 Nolan Porter – Nolan

Nolan is the second album by Nolan Porter released in August 1972. Porter returned to the studio to record his second and last album, Nolan. The album contained four new songs and re-recorded mixes of older songs such as “Groovin (Out On Life)” and “If I Could Only Be Sure”. The album and an accompanying single “Singer Man” resulted in few takers. Mekler’s labels collapsed towards the end of 1973 and Porter’s short recording career came to an end. Material he recorded later in the decade was not released.

Nolan Frederick Porter (May 10, 1949 – February 4, 2021) was an American R&B singer and songwriter who recorded two albums and six singles in the early 1970s. His best known song is “Keep On Keeping On”, a northern soul track popularized in 1978 by the band Joy Division, when they used the guitar riff from Porter’s song for their song “Interzone” on their debut album Unknown Pleasures

Tracks

1  I Like What You Give (Gabriel Mekler; Nolan Porter) 02:57
2  Groovin’ (Out On Life) (Bobby Charles) 02:53
3  Somebody’s Gone (Bill Payne; Lowell George) 02:17
4  Work It Out In The Morning (Gabriel Mekler) 03:07
5  Oh Baby (Gabriel Mekler; Gordon Austin) 02:46
6  If I Could Only Be Sure (Gabriel Mekler; Nolan Porter) 03:11
7  Crazy Love (Van Morrison) 02:58
8  Singer Man (Derrick Harriott) 02:11
9  Let’s Burn Down The Cornfield (Randy Newman) 02:58
10  Keep On Keepin’ On (Richard Flowers) 03:10

Musicians

BassRoy Estrada
DrumsJimmy Carl Black
DrumsRichie Hayward
GuitarLowell George
KeyboardsBill Payne
SaxTony Elisalda
PercussionTony Elisalda
Background VocalsBlackberries
VocalsNolan Porter

Other Musicians

4 Work It Out In The Morning

BassRay Pohlman
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarJohnny Guitar Watson
GuitarRon Elliott
KeyboardsClarence McDonald
SaxCharles Owens
TrumpetOscar Brashear


5 Oh Baby

BassRay Pohlman
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarJohnny Guitar Watson
GuitarRon Elliott
KeyboardsClarence McDonald
SaxCharles Owens
TrumpetOscar Brashear


6 If I Could Only Be Sure

BassRay Pohlman
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarJohnny Guitar Watson
GuitarRon Elliott
KeyboardsClarence McDonald
SaxCharles Owens
TrumpetOscar Brashear


8 Singer Man

BassRay Pohlman
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarJohnny Guitar Watson
GuitarRon Elliott
KeyboardsClarence McDonald
SaxCharles Owens
TrumpetOscar Brashear

Liner Notes

Producer – Gabriel Mekler
Arranged By – Gabriel Mekler, Nolan Porter
Engineer – Dave Hassinger, Val Garay

Design, Photography – Tom Gundelfinger

Recorded At The Sound Factory
Phonographic Copyright ℗ ABC Records, Inc