Black Bear Road
Black Bear Road
Lewis And Clark
Long Lonesome Road
Write Me A Song
Mountains On My Mind
The second C.W. McCall album, which contains his biggest hit, “Convoy”.
On Wolf Creek Pass, all of the songs are credited to Bill Fries and Chip Davis. On Black Bear Road, the credits are “C.W. McCall, Bill Fries, Chip Davis”. C.W. finally gets credit for his contributions. :)
|1975||MGM Records, Inc.||LP||M3G-5008|
|1975||MGM Records, Inc.||Cassette||M5H-5008|
|1975||MGM Records, Inc.||8-Track||M8H-5008|
- First Side
- The Other Side
- Program One (15:12)
- Program Two (14:40)
(P) 1975 MGM Records, Inc.
Black Bear Road is the only C.W. McCall album with a lyric sheet: it’s printed on the inside front cover.
In the lower right corner of the front cover: “Photographed on the Cinnamon Pass road, near Animas Forks, Colorado”.
The back cover has a picture of C.W. in the window of an old building, smiling and looking a bit like John Denver. In addition to the track listing — sans timings — there’s a short article:
The Real McCall
Just who is C.W. McCall? Well, he’s not the rhinestone cowboy type. He won’t wear ruffled shirts or sparkly pants. He’d rather run around in the mountains in a muddy Jeep, thinking up songs and chasing rainbow trout. So, what kind of artist we got here?
McCall’s a kind of grassroots all-American story teller. He and his music seem to be made of just about everything that’s right and good. Somehow he gives everybody something to smile about. Or think about. Or maybe even cry about. Something to hold on to. And anyone who can do that these days has got to have a little magic going for him.
The LP cover folds open; to the left, on the inside front cover, are the lyrics for the songs on the album. On the right, the inside back cover, C.W. stops to smell the flowers.
This picture was also used as the cover for C.W. McCall’s Greatest Hits.
The “C.W. McCall” logo is orange with a gold outline, with the album title “Black Bear Road” angled across it; while on the cassette, the logo is black&white, placed above the cover photo, and the album title is printed on the photo.
On the cassette, the song “Lewis And Clark” is listed as “Lewis & Clark”.
The order of the songs on the cassette is different than the LP. This rearrangement was done to make the total length of the tape shorter by making the duration of the sides approximately the same length.
I bought the cassette long before I acquired a copy of the LP. The difference in the track sequences is, to me, slightly confusing. After many listenings to an album, as one song ends I begin to anticipate the beginning of the next song. In this case, as the final horns of “Oregon Trail” are played I’m waiting for the opening drumbeats of “Convoy”. When I listen to the LP, the “Oregon Trail” followed by “Ghost Town” seems oddly annoying.
The Credits (on the inside cover of the LP)
Produced by Don Sears, Chip Davis
Arranged by Chip Davis
All songs written by C.W. McCall, Bill Fries, Chip Davis
Published by American Gramaphone SESAC
Recorded & mastered at Sound Recorders, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska
Engineered by Don Sears, John Boyd,
String recorded by Ron Ubel
Album design: Bill Fries, Don Sears
Photography: Don Sears
Art Direction: Sheir Leverich
The asterisks in the LP track listing refer to “The Cast” listing on the inside cover. Herewith in its entirety, and neatly formatted for your reading pleasure:
- Guitar: Ron Steele, Bobbie Thomas, Ron Cooley **
- 5 String Banjo: Bobbie Thomas, Steve Hanson **
- Winches: Warn
- 4 String Banjo: Bobbie Thomas, Ron Steele
- Tires: Concorde
- Mandolin: Steve Hanson *
- Pedal Steel: Bobbie Thomas
- All Keyboards: Jackson Berkey
- Tympani, Percussion: Jackson Berkey
- Can Carriers and Hubs: Husky
- Bass: Eric Hansen, Jimmy Johnson *, Brian Sampson **
- Drums: Bill Berg, Don Simmons *, Chip Davis **
- Lights: K.C.
- Background Vocals: (The Puffys) Sarah Westphalen, Carol Rogers
- Trumpet: Gene Badgett
- French Horn: Dave Kappy
- Wheels: Tacoma
- Bass Trombone: Bill Buntain
- Tuba: Jim Schanilec
- Convoy Chorus: Dick Solowicz, Milt Bailey, Dick Ronell, Tom Sinclair
- CB Radios: Hy-Gain [Nope, not Midland. — Ed.]
- Strings: Hugh Brown, Dorothy Brown, Merton Shatzkin, Martin Pearson, Alex Sokol, Joe Landes, Beth McCollum, Miriam Duffelmeyer
- Scream: Louis F. Davis, Jr. [a.k.a. “Chip” Davis. — Ed.]
Hidden in the inside seam: “Art Production: Dudycha, Schirck & Assoc. Inc., Omaha, Nebraska”
And, in the lower right corner of the inside front cover,
To join the Official C.W. McCall Fan Club, Send $2.00 to:
C.W. McCall Fan Club, (Address omitted; see the explanation below. — Ed.)
(Please add .25c for postage and handling)
The Fan Club address was that of Don Sears’ company, Sound Recorders, the studio where the “Original Six” C.W. McCall albums were produced. . I’ve not published the address here, because apparently some people still try to contact Bill Fries through that address, and he isn’t there!