The Gordian Knot - The Gordian Knot 1968 (2007) Flac
was a short-lived band from southern California by way of Mississippi.
They released only one album, a terrific soft rock/harmony pop effort
produced by Clark Burroughs of the Hi-Lo's.
Original pressings are considered highly collectible and valuable. The
group formed at the University of Mississippi and was led by
ex-Mississippi all-American quarterback/guitarist/lead vocalist Jim Weatherly, a native of Pontotoc, MS. The group caught their biggest break after they appeared at a party thrown by Nancy Sinatra,
who apparently liked them so much that she asked them to accompany her
on a USO trip to Vietnam. According to their liner notes, they were "one
of the few groups since the Beatles
to possess genuine charm...not a phony show biz glucose charm, but the
real thing." The bulk of the songs for their album were written by Weatherly, and have an edgier, husky country-rock vibe compared with those written by Leland Russell, whose beautiful tunes are comparatively similar to the Association's (Burroughs, it should be pointed out, was also a vocal arranger on the Association's Insight Out and Waterbeds in Trinidad!
"One Way Street" is the band's lone obligatory jug band entry.
The bandmembers also appeared as themselves in a 1968 MGM
teensploitation flick called Young Runaways, performing an original
entitled "Ophelia's Dream." A few years after the release of this album,
Weatherly moved to Nashville and became a country singer/songwriter, penning a handful of hits. Weatherly's biggest success as a songsmith came in 1973, however, when he wrote five of the nine songs on Gladys Knight & the Pips' Top Ten album Imagination,
including the soulful "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" and
"Midnight Train to Georgia" ("Midnight Plane to Houston" was the
original title), a pop and R&B number one smash in September 1973.
It scored two Grammy awards the following year. Weatherly
recorded several albums for Buddah in the mid-'70s, and a few on ABC
and Elektra. He has since co-written with younger country acts and
provided Vince Gill, Bryan White, and others with hit songs.allmusic.com
Wonderful 60's psychedelic pop record and completely underrated. Hope you will like it and have fun. Greetings