Places I Know originally released in 1971. The Machine Gun Co. With Mike Cooper originally released 1972. Other Versions (2 of 2) View All. Cat.
Mike Cooper's final release for Pye was an acrimonious one. was originally to be a double album, with Places I Know being the first disc. That album was released a full two years earlier, with The Machine Gun Co. being held in abeyance all the while. The free-for-all quality of these recordings; their loose yet defined song structures; and their compositional frameworks, represent for Cooper the opening of a musical world so wide that all boundaries between the music in his subsequent recordings would be erased completely. was not simply an experiment that worked; it was a work of art that experimented with the idea of music being one vast universe with song being its poetic and foundational heart. This disc is easily Cooper's greatest musical achievement.
Mike Cooper With The Machine Gun Co. And Michael Gibbs - Places I Know (1971) 01. Country Water 03:04 02. Three Forty-Eight (Blues For Or Against Andalusia) 03:49 03. Night Journey 05:09 04. Time to Time 08:27 05. Paper and Smoke 03:55 06. Broken Bridges 04:38 07. Now I Know 04:57 08. Goodbye Blues, Goodbye 04:53 09. Places I Know 02:25. With Mike Cooper - The Machine Gun Co. With Mike Cooper (1972) 10. Song for Abigail 09:02 11. The Singing Tree 05:36 12. Midnight Words 03:28 13. So Glad (That I Found You) 15:19 14. Lady Anne 05:15.
Cooper co-founded the band the Blues Committee, an R&B group based on the heady example set by Alexis Korner. Simultaneously, he was playing folk-blues as a solo artist in folk clubs. Cooper traveled England and met many other British musicians, including Michael Chapman, John Martyn, Ralph McTell, and Roy Harper, and wandering American players such as Stefan Grossman, Dave Van Ronk, and "Spider" John Koerner. With a burgeoning national reputation, he was signed to Pye Records in 1969, and that year recorded Oh Really!?, the first of five influential recordings for the label and its imprints Dawn and Fresh Air. It was released in November. The second album, released as The Machine Gun Company with Mike Cooper, didn't appear until a year and a half later. His final recording for the label group, this time under the Fresh Air imprint, was Life & Death in Paradise, issued in 1974.
Bottleneck Guitar, Composer, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Rhythm), Liner Notes, National Steel Guitar, Photography, Piano, Primary Artist, Vocals. Mike Cooper & the Machine Gun Co. Featured Artist, Primary Artist.
Personnel: Mike Cooper - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and bottleneck guitar Geoff Hawkins - tenor sax, melodica, reed pipe Alan Cook - electric piano Tim Richardson - all percussion Les Calvert - bass. Exact Audio Copy V. from 2. September 2016. EAC extraction logfile from 17. March 2019, 19:41. Mike Cooper, Places I Know + The Machine Gun Company