• Many Ace fans will be familiar with Marty Cooper from the songs he wrote in the 60s –including the Marathons’ ‘Peanut Butter, Little Stevie Wonder’s ‘Hey Harmonica Man’ and Jack Nitzsche’s symphonic epic ‘The Lonely Surfer’ – or the records he made as a member of the Shacklefords with Lee Hazlewood.
• Now there’s a chance to catch up with Marty’s career as a country-tinged singer-songwriter via this first-time reissue of his complete 1970s recordings. The set comprises his two solo albums, with a previously unissued version of one of his best-known compositions, ‘The Biplane Evermore’, as a bonus track.
• His first album “A Minute Of Your Time” was released on Andy Williams’ Barnaby label in 1972. The second, 1979’s “If You Were A Singer”, was issued in Germany and other countries around the world – but not in the USA, due to what Marty describes as “misplaced political correctness”.
• Find out more in the 5000 word booklet, written by Mick Patrick, which features an exclusive new interview with the artist.
A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME Barnaby LP BR-15004 (1972)
1. TO SAY GOODBYE TO ANNE
2. COWBOYS AND DADDIES
3. TELL THE SINGER I'M SORRY
4. OH COUNTRY
5. THE INDIANA GIRL
6. I WROTE A SONG
7. THE FIRST BAND I PLAYED WITH
8. ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER YEAR
9. MAMA WAS A COWGIRL
10. THE VIEW FROM WARD THREE (A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME)
IF YOU WERE A SINGER EMI LP 064-45 413 (Germany) (1979)
11. THE MISSISSIPPI BLIND BOY
12. LIKE A GYPSY
13. TEN DOLLAR ROOM
14. A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY, A LITTLE BIT ROCK'N'ROLL (1979)
15. WINE, WINE, WINE (1979)
17. A SECOND HAND SONG
19. SOMETIMES COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES
20. IF YOU WERE A SINGER
21. THE BIPLANE EVERMORE Previously unissued (2012)