Happy Holidays and New Years everyone! Here is one of my favorite Christmas songs from the 60′s. It was written by the great Margo Guryan, and she sings it here in this demo from 1967. It was also later recorded by Claudine Longet.
Thrilled with the success of the Take a Picture reissue, Franklin Castle has compiled a supplemental batch of demos, spanning a few non-LP compositions (notably “Something’s Wrong With the Morning,” “Most of My Life” and “I Don’t Want to Spend Christmas Without You” ) plus some ’70s rarities. Buy the 25 Demos album here. [Source]
“16 Words” is a hauntingly effective anti war anthem that uses George Bush’s own words to condemn him. A listener of this song, so powerful in its stark simplicity, comes away understanding that the blood on Bush’s hands stems from the lies that came out of his mouth.” – Joe Wilson (former USA Ambassador to Iraq 1990) [Source]
Composed by Ornette Coleman with lyrics by Margo Guryan. After the Lights Go Down Low and Much More!!! is the debut album of Freda Payne, released in 1964. This album was reissued on CD in Japan in January 2002 and then on September 13, 2005 in the United States. “Blue Piano” makes its first album appearance, while the majority of the songs on this album are cover songs. The six songs on the first side of the album were recorded on September 17 and 18 of 1963, while the second side was recorded on September 19 of that year (Payne’s twenty-first birthday). Listen to another version of the song here.
This is some serious pop. Chamber orchestra arrangements, session players not averse to psych touches, a Bach melody even graces the chorus of the adorable “Someone I Know.” The production is expert but not showy; it’s got an easy, relaxed feel, a marvel when you consider the complexity of the music. [Source]
You feel like this song is going to be about dancing, but it’s not. It’s about earthquakes. This song is so cool and perfect, I don’t know how I ever lived without it. I love it more than all but thirteen Beatles songs. [Source]
Legendary composer, lyricist, music teacher and singer Margo Guryan added disco artist to the impressive biography in 1978. This song is somehow very cheerful and melancholic at the same time! Buy the album on iTunes here and on Amazon here. Listen on Spotify here.
Ed Wool is an American blues/rock guitarist from Watertown, New York. According to the Watertown Daily Times, he has had several bands that have been very popular in the Northeast of the U.S., and Europe. Hailed by producers Mike Joyce, David Rosner, and Margo Guryan as a world class guitarist, singer, song writer and arranger, he has recorded on seven major record labels. In the 1980s he moved to Albany, New York and has continued writing, recording, and leading Ed Wool and The Bebaaa Blues Band. [Source]
The group’s biggest asset was Wool’s smokey-voiced sister, Claudia. The band sags when she tries to belt it out on covers of The Band’s “To Kingdom Come”, and Big Brother’s “Combination Of The Two” (Joplin, she ain’t!), but she shines on softer numbers like Chip Taylor’s “Any Way That You Want Me”, and brother Ed’s atmospheric “If They Left Us Alone Now”. [Source]