Bob Johnston - "Dr. Jeckyl Mr. Hyde"
"Inside Out" is a compilation of songs recorded in April 1981 at the Edmonton Institution. Most of the songs are either Folk, Country or Folk Rock. The song I uploaded below is a great Folk/Rock track written and performed by prison inmate Bob Johnston. It would be interesting to find where these guys are now and ask them what the experience was like recording and writing inside the prison walls. The album was produced by Country/Folk singer Sylvia Tyson on Salt Records.
If you read the comments for this post you will see that Bob Johnston's brother Brian left some for me. I asked him to write just a little bit about his brother. I did not edit anything, this is right from the email he sent:
Well, ironically, Bob was a "radical" when it came to music, even in the sixties - he told me once he brought "Electric Ladyland" by The Jim Hendrix Experience to a party where the kids there were mainly playing top 40 pop & he stood out "like a sore thumb" when he dropped the needle on "When the Gods Made Love" lol.
He was also influenced, again ironically?, by blues man Robert Johnson & he loved "Highway 61 Revisited" by Bob Dylan (you may know that that album was produced by famed Columbia Records producer Bob Johnston!!) That's what comes to mind at the top of my head. Also, he naturally wrote a lot of songs, but, unfortunately, most have been lost.
We also wrote a song together (I'm a singer-songwriter myself, as he was, though not "professionally"). It originally was a song totally by him called "These Stories Just Seem To Linger." The lyrics were revised by the two of us years later & I rewrote new music for it myself, which is a very simple three-chord folk-style. The rewritten version I sang to his harmony.
Somewhere in my possession, I have a cassette of rough demos he made a few years back with a friend, including a cover of "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan, which I played at his funeral.