This was his 4th album and the last of his 1960s recordings. While his first 3 albums featured him performing solo, on Morning Song he ventured more into pop and folk rock territory and was accompanied by Mitch Greenhill & John Nagy on electric guitars, Alvin Rogers on drums and Seldon Powell on alto, with some string accompaniments conducted by Felix Pappalardi.Washington is not remembered today by most Americans (Canadians may have a different perspective) as a top-tier folk artist but he was well known and respected in the early 60s folk scene. Supposedly Bob Dylan, even cribbed from WashingtonвЂ™s arrangement of вЂњNottamun TownвЂ� on the track вЂњMasters of War.вЂ�
On the All Music Guide site, Richie Unterberger pans the album (as he does many albums it seems) complaining that the вЂњsongs are not good, moving, or very melodic, and his voice is pleasant but no more than adequate.вЂ� But while itвЂ™s not Dylan or even Fred Neil, I certainly find much to like about the record. There are some really excellent tracks here, including the mock-Dylan satire вЂњLong Black CadillacвЂ� (which Unterberger, ignoring the history between Dylan and Washington, calls a вЂњsilly-sounding Bob Dylan sound-alikeвЂ�) and вЂњA Night in JuneвЂ� (for which he has more appreciation). And while a few of the other tracks are certainly duds, the overall effect is entertaining and just different enough from the standard folk fare of the era to be worth a listen or more. But don't trust my review either, listen to the music and make up your own mind.