Tompall & the Glaser Brothers

Through the Eyes of Love

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In late 1967, the Glaser Brothers left Vocalion -- who thought they were a white version the Mills Brothers from Nashville -- and signed with MGM. Once they got to MGM, the label hooked them up with producer Cowboy Jack Clement, who brought them along and turned them into an honest to goodness country act. This was their second album for the label and Clement. Through the Eyes of Love still has a touch or two of the Glaser Brothers' awful pop sound, but much of it had been bred out by then. Tompall Glaser's voice was beginning to take on that individualistic character of his and was moving away from that Pat Boone warble. Tompall only wrote three of the album's ten tracks, while four were written by Clement, and John D. Loudermilk and others filled the rest. This is countrypolitan mixed with elements of folk and pop, but the high lonesome in Glaser's tenor is what makes it country; his phrasing and delivery are moving toward a style that would become inimitable. "The Moods of Mary," "You Only Pass This Way One Time," the title track, as well as the Loudermilk classic "I Chose You" are the standout tracks.

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