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Thursday, August 27, 2009

LONELY HARPSICHORD: RAINY NIGHT IN SHANGRI-LA


by Jonathan Knight


DOT RECORDS
V36011
STEREO


SIDE A:



SHANGRI-LA 2:15
STRANGER ON THE SHORE 2:30
CAST YOUR FATE TO THE WIND 1:56
PAGAN LOVE SONG 2:18
YELLOW BIRD 2:11
QUIET VILLAGE 3:05

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SIDE B:



FLAMINGO 2:20
BALI HA'I 2:55
TIKI WATERFALL 2:00
DREAM THEME 2:10
MIDNIGHT HIDEAWAY 2:20
SOFT SANDS 1:50

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Editor's note: this album is all wrong! Side two is the harpsichord side while side one dabbles in it but the overall tone on it is banal piano music played on a harpsichord. I'm sure the brain trust behind it thought that there should be a gradual build up alongside the rainstorm ambiance but by the time the torrent arrives the girl on the front cover sucking her finger is eating ice cream and watching Dark Shadows,the mood having passed her by.

5 comments:

Chris said...

Is it just me, or is the audio missing one entire channel of the stereo recording?

The audio stream (and download, tried both) not only sounds monaural, but the cross-channel reverb and lower level pieces of the lead track are variably just audible in the background, just exactly like when one channel is missing.

R. O. said...

Sounds fine to me with headphones on but my left ear doesn't hear as well as the right so you could be right.

Chris said...

I've obtained a pristine copy of the vinyl album. The recordings posted here are definitely mono derivatives of just one channel. The other channel is completely missing.

KL from NYC said...

Sounds nice whether or not it's mono, although I'd like to hear the real stereo version.

BTW, Viva isn't Dot Records, although they handled national distribution. It was started by Tommy "Snuff" Garrett after he left Liberty/Imperial. He's the same producer behind such diverse projects as The Guitars of Tommy Garrett, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, and Bobby Vee -- and he re-mixed and re-used backing tracks constantly. I've heard the same Now Sound tracks used for a "strings" album, then with male vocalists (a la The Lettermen), and later for a female singer.
Who knows what's on the LP that other guy bought.

KL from NYC said...

I can get Side A to play on-screen, but can't get it to download; I can't get Side B to play on-screen, but I can download it -- one is missing and I think they're switched.