Album Reviews

Terry Dolan

Terry Dolan

Artist:     Terry Dolan

Album:     Terry Dolan

Label:     High Moon Records

Release Date:     11/25/2016


Who is Terry Dolan? Sadly, he passed away in 2012 after performing around San Francisco with Terry and the Pirates, remaining anonymous to the rest of the world. The release of his 1972 self-titled album– finally – proves his artistic prowess. With musicians like Nicky Hopkins and Pete Sears on piano, Gregg Douglass (from the Steve Miller Band), John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger Service) and Neal Schon on guitar, and backup harmonies by the Pointer Sisters, this should have been a monster hit. Why it had to wait 42 years to be released remains a mystery.

We are now able to experience Terry Dolan, a piece of art from a bygone era that embraces the freshness of early singer/songwriters and foreshadows the solo work of Dave Mason (Alone Together) and Gene Clark (No Other); listen to “Purple and Blonde” and the invigorating single “Inlaws and Outlaws” ( for proof.

With its early Elton John influence throughout, and the pounding piano and screaming guitar riffs (“Rainbow”), close your eyes and imagine Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Powerful vocals and vintage organ sounds merge the past and future, a future that is now part of our inner nostalgia.

-Gene Knapp   

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