10 Songs, 27 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rising from the breakup of unsung ’60s psych-popsters Holy Mackerel (and its overlooked Richard Perry–helmed album), Paul Williams and producer/songwriter Roger Nichols recorded Someday Man in 1970—backed by the Wrecking Crew—as a record-contract obligation. (Yes, this is the same Williams/Nichols team that later hit publishing paydirt penning million-sellers for a varied set, including The Carpenters and Three Dog Night.) Handsomely wrought strings, pianos, horns, guitars, and sometimes sitar support Williams’ winning tenor and lyrics, which survey the self-loathing (“She’s Too Good for Me”), the newsy (“So Many People”), and a witty theoretical thesis worthy of Harry Nilsson (“Time”). Jimmy Webb could’ve penned many tracks here, including “Mornin’ I’ll be Movin’ On,” while the title song will quash any overt pop cravings, just like it did for The Monkees. It's been written that Someday Man deserves mention alongside the best albums by The Zombies, The Beach Boys, and Love; no argument here.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rising from the breakup of unsung ’60s psych-popsters Holy Mackerel (and its overlooked Richard Perry–helmed album), Paul Williams and producer/songwriter Roger Nichols recorded Someday Man in 1970—backed by the Wrecking Crew—as a record-contract obligation. (Yes, this is the same Williams/Nichols team that later hit publishing paydirt penning million-sellers for a varied set, including The Carpenters and Three Dog Night.) Handsomely wrought strings, pianos, horns, guitars, and sometimes sitar support Williams’ winning tenor and lyrics, which survey the self-loathing (“She’s Too Good for Me”), the newsy (“So Many People”), and a witty theoretical thesis worthy of Harry Nilsson (“Time”). Jimmy Webb could’ve penned many tracks here, including “Mornin’ I’ll be Movin’ On,” while the title song will quash any overt pop cravings, just like it did for The Monkees. It's been written that Someday Man deserves mention alongside the best albums by The Zombies, The Beach Boys, and Love; no argument here.

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