Mike Settle

Mike Settle

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This 1971 solo album from former the First Edition singer/songwriter Mike Settle was recorded at The Sound Shop in Nashville, and it is superb, better than what would expect after having heard some of Settle's work as showcased with the First Edition. It's interesting how that band was suited so well to Kenny Rogers and that he overshadowed the other talents. Had they only kept the act together after the superstar's departure, Thelma Camacho, Terry Williams, and Mike Settle may have brought some of these very fine tunes to the attention of the world. "Saturday's Only" is a grabber about being a weekend father; with elegant piano, vocal, and melody, it could have been a big hit for Bread, who really took the First Edition's place on pop radio in between the time of their last hit up to when Kenny Rogers broke through solo (Bread hit in the summer of 1970, and the First Edition last hit in autumn 1970). "The Nights of Your Life" is equally powerful and should have been a hit, if not for Settle without or with the First Edition, then at least for David Gates. This is pure pop music with country elements before the two art forms truly merged. The autumn cover and gatefold photos by the legendary Ed Caraeff also add that touch of class -- and that Uni didn't realize the potential here with Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Olivia Newton-John on their roster as well is the amazing thing. All the elements are here. A terrific rendition of the big hit for his previous group, "But You Know I Love You," is included, as well as "Nobody Knows," written for the film Vanishing Point. In that song, he references Jesus, and it's an interesting song about not only questioning God, but that The Lord and he "parted company." The self-titled 1971 album from Mike Settle is very special with pretty melodies and perfect production. These are certainly songs which can come to life again with a little attention paid to them.