The Last Puff
|The Last Puff|
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||Island Studios, London|
|Genre||Rock, pop, psychedelic rock|
|Producer||Chris Stainton, Chris Blackwell|
|Spooky Tooth chronology|
|Christgau's Record Guide||C+|
|The Rolling Stone Record Guide|||
History and Critical ReactionEdit
For the only time in its history, the band was billed as "Spooky Tooth featuring Mike Harrison". The album was released following the departure of co-lead singer and principal songwriter Gary Wright. Wright had left the band in early 1970, following the release of Ceremony in December 1969.
"Something to Say" was co-written by Joe Cocker and would later appear on his 1972 album Joe Cocker. Grease Band members Henry McCullough, Chris Stainton and Alan Spenner joined original Spooky Tooth members Harrison, Grosvenor and Kellie to complete the album. The Grease Band members had achieved international prominence the year before, backing Joe Cocker at Woodstock The album was co-produced by Stainton and Chris Blackwell.
As one reviewer commented, "...Harrison proved more than ready to command center stage in 'Puff'. His interplay with the newly augmented band mimicked the heavy rock-soul vibe Cocker tapped on his debut. That was most obvious in a cover of The Beatles' I Am The Walrus, which provided a thrilling parallel to Cocker's shout-it-to-the-heavens take on "With A Little Help From My Friends" from the year before."
Despite the promise of the album, the band broke up shortly after its release. A year later, McCullough, Stainton and Spenner would release the first of two Grease Band albums, while Harrison and Grosvenor would both release solo albums.
- "I Am the Walrus" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 6.20
- "The Wrong Time" (Gary Wright, Hugh McCracken) – 5:07
- "Something to Say" (Joe Cocker, Peter Nichols) – 6.05
- Chrispell, James. "The Last Puff - Spooky Tooth | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
- Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 13, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
- Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (eds) (1983). The New Rolling Stone Record Guide. New York, NY: Random House/Rolling Stone Press. p. 481. ISBN 0-394-72107-1.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
- Jim Farber, What Happened to Spooky Tooth?; Music Aficionado. Retrieved 2017-12-15.