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29 DemosDouble LP Pressed On Red & Blue Vinyl!
Margo Guryan's honeyed voice and gorgeously sweet songwriting has become a favorite of the soft-pop set. As a successful songwriter, her compositions have been recorded by the likes of Jackie DeShannon, Spanky & Our Gang, Astrud Gilberto, Claudine Longet, Oliver, Cass Elliot, Glen Campbell, Saint Etienne and Harry Belafonte. Her only solo album, the magnificent Take A Picture (featuring the hit "Sunday Morning), has become a cult classic since its release in 1968, and no wonder: its combination of marvelously funky sunshine arrangements and Margo's delicious melodies are a heady combo. She's influenced everyone from the Wondermints to Belle and Sebastian to Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (who listened to Take A Picture while writing Juno).
In 2001, Margo released 25 Demos, a collection of fully-fleshed out demos from her personal collection. Most people's demos are mere sketches -- Margo's are little baroque masterpieces, featuring string arrangements, circus organ, chamber-pop rhythm sections and tons of glorious echo. Now, Modern Harmonic presents the biggest collection yet, 29 Demos, all lovingly wrapped in a gorgeous gatefold jacket loaded with liner notes. Finally, an album worthy to follow Take A Picture - two LP's worth of magnificent soft-pop.LP 1
1. What Can I Give You
2. Something's Wrong With The Morning
3. I Love
4. Sunday Morning
5. Can You Tell
6. Think Of Rain
8. Most Of My Life
9. The 8:17 Northbound Success Merry-Go-Round
10. Love Songs
12. I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You
13. Come To Me Slowly
14. Timothy Gone
15. It's Alright Now
1. Why Do I Cry
2. Under My Umbrella
4. I Think A Lot About You
5. The Hum
6. Please Believe Me
7. I'd Like To See The Bad Guys Win
8. Yes I Am
9. California Shake
11. Hold Me Dancin'
12. Good-Bye, July
13. Someone I Know (Chip Taylor demo)
14. Think Of Rain (Malcolm McNeill demo)$36.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hard BopCut from the Original Analog Mono Master Tapes by Kevin Gray and Robert Pincus & Pressed at RTI
Numbered Limited Edition of Only 2500 Copies
Some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time have passed through Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Kenny Dorham, Wayne Shorter and Donald Byrd, among many others. However brief their stay, working with the demanding and full-throttle drummer not only increased their visibility, but also their chops and interpretive capacity. Blakey's ability to drum up the best players in the game may have even eclipsed his superhuman ability to play drums.
Altoist Jackie McLean, trumpeter Bill Hardman, bassist Spanky deBrest, and pianist Sam Dockery join the fold here to along with Blakey deliver whole-bop goodness on five propulsive, fiery tracks. True to its title, this LP bops hard, with a ferocious swing, boundless energy and telepathic communication between players - especially Blakey and Hardman. Considering the rhythmic demands of Blakey's locomotive playing style, this was an incredible achievement.
Impex Records has cut this gorgeous, limited edition (2,500 pressings) 180-gram LP with the original analog mono master tapes and without computer processing of any kind. You hear all the vivacious interplay that occurred on that weekend in 1957 when Blakey and crew forged a bold new vision of muscular, funky jazz. This is music that still resonates over 50 years later. Not to be missed!
This title is not eligible for discount1. Cranky Spanky
2. Stella By Starlight
3. My Heart Stood Still
4. Little Melonae
5. Stanley's Stiff Chickens$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Drum SuiteStrictly Limited To 2,500
All-Analog Mastering By Kevin Gray
Pressed At RTI
"Recorded in 1956, Art Blakey's Drum Suite is a wonderful hybrid of African, Latin, and hard bop rhythms that prefigures the concept of Afro-beat by at least a decade, and the sheer energy, not to mention its very special and fresh-sounding intimacy, make it especially astounding. Even more amazing is that the three parts of the suite -- Blakey's The Sacrifice, Ray Bryant's Cubano Chant, and Oscar Pettiford's Oscalypso -- were recorded straight through live, and were only intended to be a pre-take run-through, but as is obvious here, Blakey and company nailed the whole thing right out of the box. The original LP was issued by Columbia with the drum suite on one side, and three tracks recorded by a 1956 version of the Jazz Messengers (Bill Hardman, Jackie McLean, Sam Dockery, and Spanky DeBrest) for Blakey's first Columbia album, Hard Bop, on the other side. Groundbreaking for its time, and still sounding vital, powerful, and visionary, the Drum Suite album is somewhat of a lost masterpiece that deserves a fresh audience.
- Steve Leggett (All Music Guide)
This title is not eligible for discount1. The Sacrifice
2. Cubano Chant
4. Nica's Tempo
5. D's Dilemma
6. Just for Marty$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now