23 May 2006

GARY MCFARLAND - AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL




















An incredible document of late 60s America composed and conducted by Gary McFarland, in a style that's much more ambitious than any of his other work! The album's fully titled "America The Beautiful: An Account Of Its Disappearance" and features "movements" with very telling subtitles that include "On This Site Shall Be Erected", "80 Miles An Hour Through Beer Can Country", "Suburbia: Two Poodles And A Plastic Jesus", and a personal favorite, "Due To A Lack Of Interest, Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled". Gary's really wearing his politics on his sleeve here picturing a late 60s America that's without hope, without revolution, and clearly in danger of falling prey to its own plasticization. The whole thing's a wonderful antidote to the "revolution is coming" side of the 60s that is more popularly pushed and Gary was one of the few musicians at the time with an eye that was clear enough to see that in the 60s, you could sing "The Times Are A-Changing" but in reality, the corporations were a-growing! Musically, the album features a larger group of jazz players working in a full, rich style that has lots of soundtrack touches. There's a real Axelrod-like feel to the set with string passages one minute, funky rhythms the next and some breakout jazz soloing that really colors the tunes nicely! Players include Jerome Richardson, Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, and Chuck Rainey and Gary's mostly doing the conducting on the set

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8 comments:

bacoso said...

http://rapidshare.de/files/21163168/America_the_Beautiful.rar

devilsthumb said...

egad, more fine posts!

thanks! (I'm sure you'll get the Joe Farrell link up soon ;)

Muse said...

Look forward to this. BTW, anything different today? ; (
Thanks & Cheers!

RangeRaver said...

Brilliant! Thanks RR

Greg said...

damn you!!!!

everything i wanna post you got...

do you have or have seen these?
Does the Sun Really Shine on the Moon
Today

both on skye but then you know that eh?

bacoso said...

got them both-want 'em?

rangelo said...

Hi. Please, please, please. Any chance you could re-upload the Gary McFarland - America the Beautiful?
Thank you

Geoff Callahan, PI said...

Yes, please. I would also appreciate a re-upload of Gary McFarland-America the Beautiful.