1970 Jimmy Webb – Words And Music

Words And Music is the second album by American singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb, released in 1970 by Reprise Records. This was the first album authorized by the artist. In contrast to the full orchestral productions of many of Webb’s 1960s hit songs, Words and Music presents the artist in a less elaborate framework. The album was recorded largely alone with guitarist Fred Tackett, who also overdubbed bass, percussion, and trumpet. Traces of Webb’s earlier style can still be heard, notably in the horn chart for “Sleepin’ in the Daytime” which echoed that of Harris’ “MacArthur Park” and in the “elongated song structures, employing multiple tempos.”


1  Sleepin’ In The Daytime (Jimmy Webb) 05:07
2  P.F. Sloan (Jimmy Webb) 04:10
3  Love Song (Jimmy Webb) 03:35
4  Careless Weed (Jimmy Webb) 03:15
5  Psalm One-Five-O (Jimmy Webb) 04:41
6  Songseller (Jimmy Webb) 04:22
7  Dorothy Chandler Blues (Jimmy Webb) 06:02
8  Jerusalem (Jimmy Webb) 05:27
9  Three Songs (Gilbert Becaud; Mann Curtis; Pierre Delanoë; Addrisi Brothers; Bobby Hart; Tommy Boyce) 02:16
10  Once Before I Die (Jimmy Webb) 04:26


BassFred Tackett
DrumsFred Tackett
DrumsDarrell Birch
GuitarFred Tackett
OrganJimmy Webb
PianoJimmy Webb
AccordionJimmy Webb
SaxTom Scott
TrumpetFred Tackett
PsalteryJimmy Webb
VibraphoneJimmy Webb
CongasDarrell Birch
TimpaniFred Tackett
PercussionFred Tackett

Liner Notes

Producer – Jimmy Webb
Engineer – Brian Ingoldsby, Terry Brown
Engineer (Assistant) – Brent Albright

Art Direction – Ed Thrasher
Photography – Guy Webster

Recorded At MCA Recording Studios
Copyright Reprise Records