The Swan Silvertones – You’ve Got a Friend

You've Got a Friend

The Swan SilvertonesYou’ve Got a Friend HOB HBX 2156 (1973)

You’ve Got a Friend is among the more listenable of the albums The Swan Sivertones recorded for HOB Records.  The group has better success here melding their vocals with the instrumental backing than in subsequent years.  Of note is the increasingly prominent use of raw, slightly twangy electric guitar and rock-inflected organ.  Though there really are no standout tracks, the version of the gospel standard “Well, Well, Well” and covers of James Cleveland‘s “Prayer Will Move It” and the recently popular “You’ve Got a Friend” are nice.