The only couple of albums by Nolan Porter from the early 70s – unjustly obscure records that combine swampy, funky and rock-oriented soul with more polished touches – and while there are plenty of diverse stylistic twists and turns, Nolan's voice is genuinely soulful throughout! First up is No Apologies, from 1970, originally released on the Lizard label, with Lowell George on lead guitar, while Nolan sings in an off-kilter style – that's a bit bluesy, and not too far from the "down home" style of early 70s rock acts of which The Band were a part. Tracks include "The Fifth One", "Iron Out The Rough Spots", "Don't Make Me Color My Black Face Blue", "Fe Fi Fo Fum", and "What Would You Do If I Did That To You?". Nolan is another obscure one – released on ABC in 1972 – with some very catchy LA
soul grooves, and some strange Carribbean soul elements running through the mix. Nolan's voice is a bit fey, a bit dramatic, but also rootsy at the same time – and the overall presentation of the album's pretty hard to describe without playing it. There's elements of southern soul, West Indian rhythms, and sweet LA
production, touched with slight bits of rock. Titles include "Groovin Out On Life", "Oh Baby", "Crazy Love", "If I Could Only Be Sure", "Work It Out In The Morning", and "I Like What You Give". This 2014 CD version includes 3 bonus tracks: "Only A Thought Away", "Bird Without A Song (1980 Version)" and "Alive (AAA Mix)".