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January 30, 2012

gary mcfarland – the in sound (verve records lp, 1965) album

The faucet keeps a-drippin’ and I can’t sleep.

This LP by composer/arranger/vibes player/producer Gary McFarland occupies a unique corner of the sonic universe, and is the best thing in his impressive discography as far as I’m concerned… which other records combine subtle multi-layered arrangements with a child-like sense of wonder, nonsensical lyrics and a great bossa-cover of the Stones’ “Satisfaction“? None that I know of.

I have always passed this album by due to the combination of 1965 + the Verve label + poppy post-bossa jazz. Luckily record collecting mirrors life in the sense that it is irrational (and that unfounded preconceptions always come back to haunt you). I now stand corrected, and am very happy to have finally discovered this. Desert Island Disc material? I think it might be!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Horst Tappert permalink
    January 31, 2012 10:09 pm

    I like the lyrics: deep and versatile.


  2. February 5, 2012 11:06 am

    Found a copy after you shared this. Will go well with my Palm Springs bungalow and martini’s in the sunshine

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