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In Reply to: RE: Holiday Special: The 12 Days of Bargain Used LPs... posted by John Marks on November 18, 2023 at 18:10:18
I love this sort of list! Thanks for doing it. It reminds me of LP's/groups I may have missed. I moved my collection recently and have looked at each album as I placed them in their new location. Several on your list were in there. I will be playing them soon!
I think that list is a good reminder of how diverse and "experimental" the record business was 1960s and 1970s. Could Al Jarreau get a major-label record contract today? I rather doubt it.
Today, the "Shazam Effect" means that the record business has an unprecedented amount of information about what people seem to like, so the focus is on giving them more of the same.
Obviously, such lists are definitionally incomplete and totally subjective. Starting with Pick No. 1. I can easily imagine someone's saying, "No, no, no, not 'Sleeping Gypsy.' It should have been 'The Art of Tea.'"
Maybe since Tea was recently reissued, Gypsy is now more rare.
I've had a copy Tea in my collection since it was released - and Gypsy too for that matter. A wonderful record. Always have a BIG smile for 'Popsicle Toes'.
I have warm feelings for The Art of Tea... but you put your finger on what I consider its drawback to be--the kind of cleverness that creates distance.
Whereas I find that in Sleeping Gypsy, the emotions are both deeper, and are more forthrightly dealt with.
"I Hope It's You" is a good example.
The guy comes right out and says, "I have no reason to recommend me."
Anyway, I hope that that list connects lots of people with a lot of largely forgotten great music.
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