10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Jackson Browne and The Eagles went on to represent the mellow Southern California sound of the '70s, their friend and co-conspirator John David Souther kept a lower profile. Yet anyone who enjoyed the early country-rock strains of The Eagles will surely love the smooth country-rock sounds of Souther's early solo albums. Black Rose was his second, and it features an all-star cast ranging from The Eagles’ Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Joe Walsh to Stanley Clarke, David Crosby, Art Garfunkel, Andrew Gold, Little Feat’s Lowell George, and Linda Ronstadt, plus top-notch session men (Kenny Edwards, Jim Keltner, Russ Kunkel, Danny Kortchmar, and Waddy Wachtel) and producer Peter Asher. “Faithless Love” was covered by Ronstadt on her Heart Like a Wheel album and became a country hit for Glen Campbell in 1984. Other exemplary songs—such as “If You Have Crying Eyes,” “Baby Come Home," and “Simple Man, Simple Dream”—illustrate Souther’s heart-tugging genius. His mellow, smooth vocals fit the scene perfectly. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

While Jackson Browne and The Eagles went on to represent the mellow Southern California sound of the '70s, their friend and co-conspirator John David Souther kept a lower profile. Yet anyone who enjoyed the early country-rock strains of The Eagles will surely love the smooth country-rock sounds of Souther's early solo albums. Black Rose was his second, and it features an all-star cast ranging from The Eagles’ Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Joe Walsh to Stanley Clarke, David Crosby, Art Garfunkel, Andrew Gold, Little Feat’s Lowell George, and Linda Ronstadt, plus top-notch session men (Kenny Edwards, Jim Keltner, Russ Kunkel, Danny Kortchmar, and Waddy Wachtel) and producer Peter Asher. “Faithless Love” was covered by Ronstadt on her Heart Like a Wheel album and became a country hit for Glen Campbell in 1984. Other exemplary songs—such as “If You Have Crying Eyes,” “Baby Come Home," and “Simple Man, Simple Dream”—illustrate Souther’s heart-tugging genius. His mellow, smooth vocals fit the scene perfectly. 

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

bob-bennett ,

BLACK ROSE is nothing short of GENIUS WORK ...

I wrote a glowing review of BLACK ROSE two or three years ago and it disappeared. So let's try again. This album, to my mind, is pretty much J.D. Souther's "Sgt. Pepper". Everything aligned here: the songs, the singing, the musicians, Peter Asher's production. Of course if you're a songwriting fan and have any sense at all, you should hear everything Souther's ever done (even SHF and Longbranch Pennywhistle). Any time someone wants to foolishly malign the '70's as being the Decade of Air Supply, you just play 'em Exhibit A here to prove that something incredible was happening in the fertile SoCal/Laurel Canyon Music Scene. This album flat-out stands-up across the decades since its release. You need to own it, listen to it and, if you're a songwriter, let it instruct you by fine example. You can thank me later!

avantgardaclue ,

Black Rose

Truly an under rated record. This was Laurel Canyon at its best. If your a fan of James Taylor or even Cass Maccombs you will love this record from top to bottom.

Retreiver Walker ,

Black Rose

I've had this disc for years and I still love it. I'm not sure why this wasn't a huge commercial success because it has so many great tracks. Asylum records must have done a real poor job marketing it because if the songs got more air play, it would have been much more popular. I love listening to this disc at on s rainy night while driving on an empty highway. It may be the best album you've never heard!

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