November 12, 2013

101 Reel-To-Reel Tapes 21: Tom Paxton ~ Morning Again

          Tom Paxton ~ Morning Again
    detail of cover photo by Joel Brodsky
            detail photo by Styrous®

In addition to my vinyl collection I'm selling, I have hundreds of reel-to-reel, pre-recorded tapes. This is another entry about one of them (see links below). Tom Paxton's Morning Again is up for sale on Amazon right now (link below). I have the vinyl LP version as well. Interested? Contact me.



Tom Paxton ~ Morning Again
cover photo by Joel Brodsky
photo of cover by Styrous®

As with a lot of folk music, there is humor. A song on the album; Clarissa Jones, is one of these. It has great lyrics (about a rat amongst, other things) with a fast bouncy beat. It has a nice rock feel to it.

So Much For Winning is a slow, dreamy but very sad song that is made beautiful by a lovely flute and cello accompanyment. It's about who really wins.

Now That I've Taken My Life is a dramatic waltz piece with an occasional orchestral backing. A bit sombre but interesting, a very strange song.

Jennifer's Rabbit is a delightful kid's song. I don't think I've ever heard a more happy tune supposedly meant to be sung to put a child to sleep.

Near the bottom of this post there are links to the songs mentioned on YouTube so you can hear them for yourself, if you'd like. 

One of the musicians on Morning Again is David Grisman, a great jazz mondolin player. In 1975 he started his own band, the David Grisman Quintet (DGQ), which released its first album in 1977. Grisman founded Acoustic Disc, an independent record label, in 1990. The label, based in San Rafael, California, specializes in folk, bluegrass, and New Acoustic music.

There are some pretty humorous liner notes on the back of the album. Somehow, they seem to still apply today. My favorite is the, " . . corrupted to death in the cloakrooms."

Tom Paxton ~ Morning Again
back cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®



Tom Paxton ~ Morning Again
back cover
photo by Styrous®


Tom Paxton ~ Morning Again
reel-to-reel tape
photo by Styrous®


Tom Paxton ~ Morning Again
reel-to-reel tape label detail
detail photo by Styrous®

 Tracklist:

Side 1:

1. Jennifers Rabbit - 1:25    
2. Mr. Blue - 2:20    
3. Victoria Dines Alone - 2:55    
4. The Hooker - 3:15    
5. So Much For Winning - 6:40

Side 2:
   
1. Talking Vietnam Pot Luck Blues - 2:45    
2. Clarissa Jones - 3:30    
3. Morning Again - 3:37    
4. A Thousand Years - 3:30    
5. Now That I've Taken My Life - 3:30

Personnel:

Maurice Baker - Drums
Seymour Barab - Cello
Herbert Brown - String Bass
Paul Dillon - Drums
Hank Freeman - Flute
David Grisman - Mandocello
Paul Harris - Keyboards
John Nagy - Electric Bass
Tom Paxton - Vocals, Guitar
Jonathan Raskin - Electric Bass
Robert Sylvester - Cello
Jim Tyler - Banjo

Producer: Peter K Siegel


Music links: 

Clarissa Jones on YouTube
So Much For Winning on YouTube
Now That I've Taken My Life on YouTube 
Jennifer's Rabbit  on YouTube
 

Tom Paxton ~ Morning Again on Amazon

reel-to-reel listings on eBay 

more reel-to-reel tapes on the Styrous® Viewfinder:
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Styrous® ~ Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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