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Christie LP
Christie LP 2
Christie LP back
Christie CD

(LP, 1970; CD, 1995)

1. Yellow River
2. Gotta Be Free
3. I've Got a Feeling
4. New York City
5. Inside Looking Out
6. Put Your Money Down
7. Down the Mississippi Line
8. San Bernadino
9. Country Boy
10. Johnny One Time
11. Coming Home Tonight
12. Here I Am
13. Until The Dawn


See also the Repertoire Records set.


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EVERY track on the album is a strong, commercial number worthy of release as a single.

Yellow River (J Christie)

Reviewed as a single

Gotta Be Free (J Christie)

The tale of a city man who yearns for the simple life is carried along on a lovely country-pop tune with thick bass backing and gentle guitar strumming from Vic. There are some clever drum rolls throughout. For a trio, Christie had a remarkably tight sound, of which this song is a good example. The song closes with Jeff adding some falsetto phrasing.

I've Got a Feeling (J Christie)

This bluesy rocker is given punch with some powerful lead vocals by Vic and a swinging bass riff. It has a similar feel to the Beatles' Oh Darling. Nice harmonies are provided by Jeff, but it is Vic's screaming voicework that stands out.

New York City (V Elmes/M Blakley)

Vic and Mike collaborated to write this song, and it's as commercial and powerful as some of Jeff's best work. Vic again handles the lead vocals, coming in over another of his patented introductory riffs. The song was certainly worthy of inclusion on a single, and in some countries, was included on an EP along with San Bernadino and Here I Am. The song closes with a Vic Elmes twang that would become as much as a signature as the intro on many other Christie songs.

Inside Looking Out (J Christie)

This is a great country-flavoured song with superb lyrics which tell the story of life behind prison walls. Highly infectious with a driving beat, the song was released as the flipside to Everything's Gonna Be Alright in some countries.

Put Your Money Down (J Christie)

Jeff produces another straight-out rock and roll song with this one - and of course, it's blessed with an unforgettable hook and melody. It ends with another Vic Elmes guitar twang. I would have loved to see this released as a single, perhaps with Inside Looking Out, as a double-A-sided product.

Down the Mississippi Line (J Christie)

This song was reviewed in the singles section. This version has a slightly different arrangement to the singles version.

San Bernadino (J Christie)

Reviewed as a single

Country Boy (J Christie)

A strong bass line kicks off the song, wich expresses similar sentiments to Gotta Be Free. The prominent bass hook is retained throughout, giving the song an unusual flavour, while Vic improvises well in the instrumental break.

Johnny One Time (J Christie)

Another pop song with a driving, toe-tapping beat, this time with the  drumming serving as the central focus carrying it through. Johnny One-Time is a bandit on the run; interestingly, the theme would resurface with another Christie record, Most Wanted Man in the USA, although it would be written by a different person.

Coming Home Tonight (J Christie)

Jeff adds some keyboards to this bopping tune, both at the start and in the middle, giving this a different sound to the usual Christie offering. The trio combine well with some clever arrangements on the song, which is one of the few on the LP to incorporate the theme of romance.

Here I Am (J Christie)

Reviewed as a single

Until The Dawn (J Christie)

A great choice to close the album, this slow ballad shows Jeff can write melodic love songs with the best of them. Vic's wailing guitar and steady drumming give the song an edge though, and prevent it from becoming just another plaintive ballad. The song's all about the singer telling his lover to "rest your head on my pillow, until the dawn". Simply a lovely little tune.


*Note: Although Mike Blakley is credited as being the drummer on this album, he did not play on any of the tracks. The drums were played by session musicians Hugh Grundy and Clem Cattini.