Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Smith - Minus Plus (1970)

This was the second LP from the group called Smith, an L.A.-based rock band that had a specialty with cover tunes, and was most notable for the songs that featured vocalist
Gayle McCormick.

They were signed to the Dunhill label in 1969, reportedly after having been 'discovered' by musician Del Shannon, and gained some notoriety after the release of their first album.

The band broke up in 1971, after personnel changes and this second album.

Various members went on to do session work, while Gayle McCormick pursued a solo career.

Personnel on 'Minus-Plus':
Gayle McCormick - vocals
Alan Parker - guitars, vocals
Jud Huss - bass, vocals
Larry Moss - keyboards
Bob Evans - drums

From the Smith LP
(Dunhill Records, 1970),
Listen to:

You Don't Love Me (Yes I Know)
Born In Boston
Comin' Back To Me
Feel The Magic
What Am I Gonna Do?
Take A Look Around
Since You've Been Gone
Circle Man
Minus Plus

(click for audio)

- - OR download all 10 tracks in one 43.8 Mb zipfile.

See also:
- The Gayle McCormick Appreciation Website

- Below, ▼ a video clip from one of several Smith TV appearances, performing their inspired cover of 'Baby It's You', their biggest hit off of the first LP.


Lex10 said...


Sleestak said...

CRIPES she kicked ass on that!

Charles K said...

Isn't Gayle the sister of Marcia Brady (Maureen McCormick) ??? (of Brady Bunch)

The In Crowd said...

Hey Charles K - -

Do you have any confirmation of the Gayle - Maureen connection?

I don't have an answer, but like a magic 8-ball, I'll say 'Signs point to NO'.

The only connections I see via Google are a few other people basically asking the same question - - with no answers.

I do see that Gayle was a native of St. Louis, MO, and Maureen was born in Encino, CA.

Gayle was performing in the St. Louis area at least as early as 1965, and at least as late as "late '60's".

Assorted online Maureen bios mention older brothers by name. A couple add that Maureen is 'the youngest daughter' in her family, but doesn't mention sisters - - which is a little odd.

There seems to be a hazy consensus that Gayle settled back into the St. Louis area sometime after her recording career, but that could be supposition.

Again, no definite answers from the info I've seen, but it all sounds a little too similar to so many other celebrity rumors I've seen over the years...

Anyone out there have some solid info to share?

Johnny C said...

I love the way the guitar player's pant match the groovy back drop in the back drop, in the video.

Crispy32 said...

Thanks for posting this - I used to have Baby It's You on a old Dunhill compilation and apart from thweir cover of The Weight on the Easy Rider soundtrack LP, I assumed they were one hit wonders - clearly I was mistaken.

Lovely blog keep it comin

superflash said...

Would LOVE to see a really good scan or photo of her "Flesh and Blood" LP cover. All the ones I see after searching are pretty bad images quality-wise (fuzzy/blurry).

Looks like a cover deserving of high quality reproduction!!!

lunnaf said...

Wow! This is one of my favorite LPs of all time...MINUS PLUS. Thanks for posting the whole album's music and the story. Now I have a CD to treasure. I love Gayle alone too. SMITH...great name!

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