14 October 2008
PAUL HORN - THE DESERT IS A CIRCLE / JOY
7" single by Paul Horn for Paramount from the early 70s .
One for the CTI/Kudu heads!(Pekis where are you?).Only the second 7 I've posted here but it's a cracker!
So there I was having a few beers one night and shooting the breeze on line about cinema in the 70s with my learned friend xmnr0x23,the professor of axography,when he comes up with a line about Jodorowsky's El Topo and have I ever heard the Paul Horn version of "The Desert Is A Circle" ?
Have I fuck!!!!!Has he???No way!!!Does it really exist???He must be making it up!!!
But he's not.....Professor Axe wings over a comment from a site dedicated to the mighty Claus Ogerman which reads:
"Dave Blume my friend and producer for Paramount Records, brought
in jazz musician PAUL HORN to my studio SOUND IDEAS, and we recorded
two tunes for 45 RPM, "The Desert is a Circle", based on the music of the
film's original composer Alexandro Jorodorowsky, and "JOY", composed by
Ogerman arranged and conducted both tunes with his usual brilliance.
George Klabin - New York, NY"
Holy Crap the search is on gotta have this one quickly hit ebay wow there it is ....easy now... GOT IT!
And a month later here it is!
And it's a cracker-both sides come on like a lost CTI session(in fact "Desert" sounds like something from Bob James 1 or 2) replete with fantastic strings,terrific horns,guitar a la Eric Gale(it's gotta be him on "Desert"),in the pocket drums and as Mr Klabin so rightly says both tunes are arranged and conducted with Ogerman's usual brilliance.Oh and I almost forgot Paul Horn soaring beautifully over both sides on flute.
"Joy" is the first cut on my rip as for my money it's just got the edge on "Desert is a Circle" but see what you think.Best 7 I've bought for a long time-2 top quality sides!
Big thanks to xmnr0x23 for tipping me off.If anyone can shed any more light on this one I'd really appreciate it. Please leave any info you might have in the comments-I've googled it to death but all I can find is Mr Klabin's comment and one overpriced copy for sale on MusicStack.
Oh and before you try and dig it up on lp it was only ever issued as a 7".