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Album of the Week – The Captain and Me

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The Captain and Me / Released 1973

The album ‘The Captain and Me’ was released on March 2, 1973 and was the 3rd album by the band. The album featured some popular hits that many of know today including “Long Train Runnin”, “China Grove”, and “Without You”. 

When the album was released in 1973, the album was No. 7 on the US Pop Charts with two songs on the US Pop Charts Singles in 1973 including “China Grove” being No. 15 and “Long Train Runnin'” being No. 8 .

Ever wonder who was on the artwork of the album? Not only was the band on the front and back of the album but it included the band manager Bruce Cohn that was dressed in western garments while riding the horse drawn stagecoach. The photograph was taken by Michael and Jill Maggid while being shot near Sylmar, California at the Newhall Pass Interchange. Since the artwork was photographed, the Interchange collapsed due to the 1971 San Fernando earthquake and after rebuilding the freeway section, it would collapse again due to the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

 The album overall was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.




Track Listings from the Album:

Side One:

  1. Natural Thing (Johnston)
  2. Long Train Running (Johnston)
  3. China Grove (Johnston)
  4. Dark Eyed Cajun Woman (Johnston)
  5. Clear as the Driven Snow (Simmons)

Side Two:

  1. Without You (Hartman, Hossack, Johnston, Porter, Simmons)
  2. South City Midnight Lady (Simmons)
  3. Evil Woman (Simmons)
  4. Busted Down Around O’Connelly Corners (James Earl Luft)
  5. Ukiah (Johnston)
  6. The Captain and Me (Johnston)

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