Cashman Vaquero Band ‎– In Memory of Berry Oakley

Walnut West Records ‎– 89-75
Vinyl, LP


1 California
2 Down in the Belly
3 Drivin Me Crazy
4 Security
5 Good Days
6 Mountain Peak
7 There's No Tellin
8 In Memory of Berry Oakley
9 San Francisco Sunset

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Recorded in San Francisco's Far Out Studios and produced by James Mason Davis, most references describe 1979's "In Memory of Berry Oakley" as being Allman Brothers-styled Southern rock. That's not quite right. I certainly hear Allman-influences, particularly in some of the Cashman-Sadus guitar interplay, but the set's far more diverse than that. With the exception of a mildly-jazzy cover of John Mayall's 'California', the set boasts original material that finds the band taking stabs at conventional boogie ('Down In the Belly'), country-rock (the pretty ballad 'Driving Me Crazy') lite-jazz ('View from a Mountain Peak') and even Santana-styled Latin rock ('Security'). Cashman and Sadus share vocal duties and they both have pretty good voices. Judging by the liner notes Sadus apparently died while the album was being made, but between his work and that of guest guitarist Robert John Guziejka (who contributed a couple of songs and played with Cashman and Oakley in their garage band days), there are quite a few tasty lead guitars scattered throughout the set including some Duane Allman-styled runs on 'Good Days' and some jazzy scatting on 'There's No Tellin'. Curiously, at least to my ears the biographical tribute title track is the leas impressive effort.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Runout Side A): ATR 89X75-A 7811 10
  • Barcode (Runout Side B): ATR 89X75-B