White Duck - In Season (1972)

Label:	  Big Pink ΓÇô BIG PINK 334
Format:	  CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Country:  South Korea
Released: 2014
Genre:	  Rock
Style:	  Classic Rock, Country Rock

Produced by Buzz Cason, arranged by White Duck

John Hiatt (lead and backing vocals, guitar)
Paul Tabet (drums)
Mario Friedel (vocals, guitars)
Don Kloetzke (vocals, backing vocals)
Steve Mendell, Lump Williams (bass)

John Hiatt made his first recording as a member of White Duck, a likable if
unspectacular country rock band. Hiatt was on board for the band's second
and final album In Season in 1972.
(Hiatt did not play on White Duck's paper-thin self-titled 1971 debut record).

The four band members (Hiatt, Don Kloetzke, Mario Friedel, and Paul Tabet)
each contribute songs as singers and songwriters. Hiatt's two songs are the
record's high points. "You Caught Me Laughin' " sounds like the type of song
that would turn up on one of Hiatt's first two solo albums; the other one,
"Sail Away", sounds almost like vintage Hiatt. "Sail Away" would be deserving
of inclusion on a Hiatt anthology.

The songs contributed by Mario Friedel are almost as good as Hiatt's. Nearly
half of the songs are written and sung by Don Kloetzke (who has a white duck
sitting on his lap in the back cover photo); the quality of his contributions
is inconsistent. Kloetzke shines on "Thank You" and "A Girl Who", but he
overindulges on "Bull Island Boogie" and "Looney Tune", two oddball novelty
songs in which Hiatt is not a credited player.

Overall, In Season makes for very pleasant listening, and should be regarded
as more than just a curiosity piece for Hiatt's fans. The music on this record
alternately resembles that of the Band and the Flying Burrito Brothers, but is
more upbeat than either.