The Interpretations of Tal Farlow (33CX 10029)

If I buy for the sleeve, it’s usually not for kitsch reasons. Actually, I got this one of smooth standards by American jazz guitarist Farlow because I wanted to hear it, but the vinyl’s huffed so it hangs in the basement, aka the newly refurbished “man cave”.

Published in: on November 5, 2012 at 9:43 am  Leave a Comment  

Montana – I Love Music (1978) (SD 19215)

“[Vincent] Montana has become the Glenn Miller of the disco generation.” Bill Curry, Philadelphia Enquirer

That liner note’s meant to be a compliment to Montana’s arrangement skills and the chops of his Big Band Rhythm Sound, but proves a too accurate description of this vaguely cinematic Atlantic Records album seemingly designed for the pre-rock era. True, there are some pulsating Salsoul-style intros and a few exciting Hustle-inducing passages, but the latter half of the 9-minute “You Know How Good It Is”, for example, actually sounds more like Doc Severinsen’s NBC Orchestra, complete with walking bass. Disco works best when it’s modern and hedonistic, not gussied up in the finery of dance music from the Second World War. A bit of disappointment then, but I’ll listen some more, maybe it’s a right mood thing.

The sleeve was illustrated by Roger Huyssen, famous for his artwork on the first Boston Lp. Picked up today at the Hospice shop in Sandwich for £1.50; a fair enough price, especially from a store I’ve disdained previously for overcharging.

Published in: on November 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm  Comments (3)