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Lead up to the Album:
- This was the brainchild of Al Kooper and Jeff Baxter.
- Al Kooper
- Blood, Sweat, And Tears, Solo, Production, Lynyrd Skynyrd, near guitarist for Deep Purple
- Jeff Baxter
- Jeff “Skunk” Baxter
- Worked extensively with Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers,
- Most recently, and oddly, he has been working as a missile defense consultant. He also works on the NASA advisory board.
- He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020 as a member of the Doobie Brothers.
- In the Connoisseur Collection liner notes, Simon Robinson says that someone saw this album in a Manchester HMV with a sticker on it saying that the vocals were by Glenn Hughes. The sleeve did not back this up so it must’ve seemed suspicious.
- Information on this album is very hard to come by. Simon Robinson writes that he wonders how the Manchester HMV knew Glenn was on it.
- In 1978 Al Kooper began working with a group which was going to be named The Hollywood Horns. Richie Hayward of Little Feat was going to be on drums and Jeff Baxter on guitar. Elliott Randall was also going to play guitar in the group.
- Glenn Hughes was brought in for vocals.
- Hayward was injured in a bike crash three weeks before going into the studio and had to be replaced with studio musicians.
- This project fell apart and there was music written by Kooper, Hayward, and Baxter that was never recorded.
- Casablanca, the label who bankrolled this project, decided to clean up some of the tapes from the sessions and release them to recoup some of the losses they suffered from this project.
- Hughes was unhappy with the way this was handled and asked to remain uncredited on this album.
- There wasn’t a huge release with Hughes’s name off the album and it soon became difficult to find.
- Arranged By [Horns] – Al*
- Arranged By [Rhythm Section] – Al Kooper (tracks: A1 to B1, B3, B4), Jeff Baxter
- Arranged By [Strings] – Al*, Dominic Frontiere
- Dominic Frontiere (born June 17, 1931, New Haven, Connecticut, USA – died December 21, 2017, Tesuque, New Mexico, USA) was an American composer, arranger, and jazz accordionist. He is known for composing the theme and much of the music for the first season of the television series The Outer Limits (1963-1965).
- Backing Vocals – Roland Vocoder
- Only entry, an obvious joke.
- Bass – Neil Stubenhaus
- Incredible studio bassist with over 700+ entries on Discogs including Birds of a Feather, Blood, Sweat & Tears, David Clayton Thomas.
- Drums – Kay Sudaclap
- Only entry on Discogs
- Drums – Rick Schlosser*
- American studio drummer, worked with Van Morisson, Rod Stewart, Shaun Cassidy.
- Drums [In Absentia] – Richie Hayward
- American drummer, Hayward dropped out of art school in the mid-sixties & moved to California. He joined The Fraternity Of Man & then The Factory where he met Lowell George. In 1969 he joined George in the fledgling days of Little Feat, which he remained a member of. Hayward also did a lot of session work, backing diverse artists like Tom Waits, Joan Armatrading, & Robert Plant.
- Sadly he passed away in 2010.
- Guitar – Jeff Baxter
- Guitar – Rip Tupp
- Only credit on Discogs.
- Lead Vocals [Uncredited] – Glenn Hughes
- Percussion – Bobby LaKind
- Worked with The Doobie Brothers, Little Feat, and Michael McDonald.
- Percussion – Paulinho Da Costa
- Paulinho Da Costa is a percussionist and started his career playing in various Brazilian ensembles and samba groups. Arriving in the USA in 1973, Paulinho played in Sergio Mendes’ band for four years before becoming one of the most in-demand percussionists of LA’s recording studios in the 1980’s. He has recorded with Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson (on the multi-platinum trilogy of “Thriller,” “Bad” and “Off The Wall”), the multi-platinum and biggest selling soundtrack of all time Various – Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Sound Track), Toto, Madonna, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Diana Krall, Claus Ogerman and countless others. Paulinho Da Costa has also sporadically released solo albums for Pablo Records and A&M Records.
- Synthesizer [Guitar] – Jeff Baxter
- Synthesizer [Guitar] – Steve Adore (2)
- Only credit on Discogs.
- Synthesizer [Keyboards] – Al Kooper
- Written-By – Mick Jagger & Keith Richards* (tracks: B1 to B4)
- Producer – Al Kooper
- Producer – Jeff Baxter
- Engineer – Bob Edwards
- Worked with Al Kooper on “Act Like Nothing’s Wrong.”
- Worked at Skywalker Sound.
- Worked with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sly and the Family Stone
- Engineer [Assistant] – Brad Gilderman, Chris Desmond, Gary Goodman, John Banuelos, Peggy McCreary, Tony D’Amico
Album Art & Booklet Review
- Illustration [Cover] – Fred Nelson (2)
- Concept By [Logo] – Vicki Lee Johnston
- Design [Jacket] – Gary Nichamin
- Robinson speculates that the title “Four on the Floor” is that there were four tracks left on the floor. That being said Robinson admits to being unaware that this was how manual shift cars are referred to outside of Europe: four (gears) on the floor.
- My understanding is that this refers to a 4/4 time signature in electronic, pop, and disco music.
- Connoisseur Collection released in 1990.
- Our friend Mike Eriksson is thanked in the liner notes.
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Reception and Review
- Simon Robinson says that his friend passed this album along to him after discovering it was Glenn Hughes doing disco tunes.
- Simon admits that he actually preferred it to “Play Me Out.”
For Further Information:
- Connoisseur Collection Liner Notes by Simon Robinson
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