Compton & Batteau – In California (1970)
Artist: Compton & Batteau
Title: In California
The 1969 Appaloosa LP was released by Columbia and after the album proved commercially stillborn the company effectively lost interests in the band. When the band collapsed violinist Robin Batteau joined his wife in California. Singer/guitarist John Parker Compton decided to join him, promptly packed up for California.
Once in California the pair began shopping demos and were promptly signed by Columbia A&R man Eddie Matthews, Produced by Abner Spector, 1970’s In California wasn’t a major change in direction from the Appaloosa album – perhaps a touch more country-rock oriented (thanks in part to support from several members of Poco who happened to be recording an album in the same studio), but featuring the same general sound – eclectic, but with some commercial touches.
Perhaps the biggest change was the emergence of Batteau. Appaloosa had pretty much been a showcase for Compton, but this time around Batteau contributed a couple of tracks to the mix (two of the best performances in my humble opinion) and handled a couple of vocals. As it turned out, his voice was far more commercial than Compton’s. (Bad Cat)
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