I had a Crusaders Lp in that platinum series "Free as the wind" Great Album but it sounded a bit flat but to my ears the CD version was much better to me it appears MCA didnt seem to put a lot of effort into making some of their vinyl reissues sound as best as possible in my opinion with a few exceptions the again maybe it's just me being pickyThe MCA versions in the "Platinum Series" (or whatever it was called--the covers had an embossed stamp) were not good. Any of those I bought brand new were noisy and also a bit dull. I can't remember if it's the "AA" or "AB" matrix in the pressing number that marks the good one. I had bought a supposed "best" ABC version but like most others I've bought in recent years, it was too worn to be of any use to me. I don't understand how the seller never heard it.
I love Icarus I played that song on my show regularly I also played regularly songs from Paul Winter's later albums "Earth Voice of the planet" such as "As The Earth Spins" and "Appalachian Morning" and from another album a song called "Love Swim" these songs really stuck with me over the years sadly I never owned any of his A&M works and I long ago gave up on ever seeing them in any digital form and its sad.I finally got ahold of two albums I have been looking forward to. The Winter Consort: Road.
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This was one of Winter's albums on A&M, and the nucleus of the long-lived group Oregon, as all four founding members play on this record--Ralph Towner, Glen Moore, Collin Walcott and Paul McCandless. They would soon split off to form Oregon, although three of the members would play on the next Winter Consort album Icarus (which is a Ralph Towner composition).
It's interesting to note that this is likely the only A&M album to end up on the moon. The Apollo 15 astronauts took this record with them on their flight, and named two of the moon's craters after two of the tunes on the album--"Icarus" and "Ghost Beads" (from "Fantasy, Fugue & Ghost Beads"). Given the use of acoustic instruments, the music on this album does not sound at all dated. This album is a live recording.
The follow-up album Icarus was released on the Epic label, produced by George Martin (of Beatles fame), who in his autobiography mentioned it was ”the finest record I ever made.” I have that one queued up next. Both albums were prototypes of what would be considered "world music" decades later.
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I played this group many times over the years " Pieces of a Dream" in my opinion were among the Real Smooth jazz acts Long before the term was coinedIt is a treat hearing this again:
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This was the debut album by the jazz/funk trio Pieces of a Dream, and I believe they were still teenagers when this was first released in 1981. This record, and their next two, were produced by Grover Washington Jr. for Elektra. The track "Warm Weather" takes me back to the days of listening to WJZZ for hours upon hours during the evenings when I wasn't spinning records.
Two of the three members are still together in the group, and they are coming up on the 40th anniversary of releasing this album.
I always liked their mix of styles and the versatility. "All About Love" from this album was a jazz trio cover of the Earth Wind & Fire track, and it brings to mind the Ramsey Lewis Trio. "Warm Weather" was similar to other light funk/jazz/R&B tunes back in the day, so it was one I warmed to rather quickly since they played it on WJZZ often. I never did follow them past their second record, but need to get caught up one of these days.I played this group many times over the years " Pieces of a Dream" in my opinion were among the Real Smooth jazz acts Long before the term was coined
From what I see on Wikipedia, the only company to issue that album was Nautilus, and they shut down in 1984, 5 years after its release. And it looks like it was the only one of his records that they released. Has it appeared on CD since Nautilus was one of the first labels to digitally record, and CD was out in 1983. But considering that, maybe Tim Weisburg owns the masters and he just hasn’t licensed the album, or even after all this time there may still be rights issues that can’t be resolved because Nautilus no longer exist, so the album is stuck in legal limbo where it might stay until 2074 or 50 years after Weisburg’s death, and only then could it be reissued, because it would be public domain.It seems that iTunes are not going to reissue Tim Weisburg 1979 album "The Tip Of The Weisberg" because that is a great album with 8 songs!! Were the tapes lost??
I have that twin sons CD and they did a sequel in 1995 called " No Resemblance Whatsoever " which I also have shortly afterwards Fogelberg and Weisberg had a huge falling out Weisberg used Fogelberg for fraud I was very sad to learn that many years afterwards but I still enjoy the respectively works of bothI never delved into Tim Weisberg's albums for A&M at all. But I love his collaboration with Dan Fogelberg on TWIN SONS OF DIFFERENT MOTHERS. I made a nice needledrop of the album from a piece of clean vinyl.