guest, John Phillips and Spanky MacFarlane during The Mamas & The Papas In Concert - April 15, 1983 at Palomino in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Although he'd been a fixture in the West Coast rock & roll scene since his teens, only issued two solo long-players. His 1974 self-titled outing indeed reflects the unique tastes of one-time 'Golden Penetrator,' -- an elite group of Los Angeles scene-makers consisting of , and . calls on a notable cast of support from his days as a staff producer for Columbia Records in the early- to mid-'60s, where he worked with as well as . Chief among the luminaries is singer/songwriter , with whom had previously collaborated in the short-lived surf-rock combo , which evolved into . The latter aggregate is best remembered for the Top 40 entry "Hey, Little Cobra." co-produces and provides the occasional vocal alongside 's Spanky MacFarlane and 's mother (yes, that ). The project is split between the artist's compositions and eclectic reworkings of familiar tunes, such as the rural rock reading of "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms," recalling latter-era -meets- horns. Conductor/arranger 's refined string score accompanying the cover of 's "These Days" gently unfurls with an added hue of wistful nostalgia. "Dr. Horowitz" -- co-penned by -- is a derisive observation of 'cure-all' psychic physicians and the intentionally schmaltzy melody is assuredly a sonic send-up, matching the tongue-in-cheek lyrical content perfectly. The dubious down-home lamentation "Beverly Hills" is given an incongruously twangy rural feel and the opening line "Beverly Hills is funky/Just plain folks, livin' close out there" is equally surreal and perhaps depicts 's point of view better than any documentary or bio ever could. Granted, 's interpretation of "Arkansas" doesn't bear the same authenticity as the or respective renditions, yet it remains a standout, mirroring a -like introspection with 's expressive leads. The countrified waltz infused into the remake of ' s "4th Time Around" is a recommended spin, as is the medley containing 's own "Halls of Justice" and the titles "Positively 4th Street" and "Like a Rolling Stone."