The Gordian Knot
Today’s selection is the 45 version of an absolutely wonderful song from one of the best sunshine/harmony pop LPs of the late 1960s.
The Gordian Knot was a group of a transplanted southerners who hooked up with producer/arranger/performer Clark Burroughs (see Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #65 for a deep dive into Burrough-related sounds, including a bunch of Gordian Knot tracks).
They recorded their self-titled LP in 1968 and it is one of those albums where all of the finest elements of the sunshine pop sound intersect with great songwriting, vocals and musicianship.
‘We Must Be Doing Somethin’ Right’ reminds me a lot of when I was first listening to The Millennium and other Curt Boettcher work from the same era. At first listen it almost sounds too ‘soft’, yet once you tune your ears in properly and give it a solid listen all of its wonders are revealed.
The group’s harmonies, wrapped around beautiful melodic hooks and fantastic psychedelia-adjacent (in which the passive remnants of psychedelia are introduced without much of a deliberate effort to be psychedelic) sounds combine into an absolutely stunning package.
The group’s album is packed wall to wall with great tunes (all composed by the band) and the vocal arrangements by Burroughs (a vet of the Hi-Los) are great.
Interestingly, the group’s lead singer/guitarist Jim Weatherly went on to write a number of hits for Gladys Knight and the Pips, including ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’, ‘Neither One of Us’ and ‘You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me’.
Rev-Ola did a CD reissue in 2007 and original copies of the album can be had for 25-40 dollars (and worth every cent).
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you all next week.
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