Monday, July 25, 2011
Re-run from 2005 in the form of a R.I.P. Fran Landesman
The mailman just delivered copies of Bobbi Rogers' 1980 recording,Tommy Wolf Can Really Hang You Up the Most. (link for a limited time only)It's now available on CD for the first time. . .in Japan, natch. It is a personal favorite, and I'm (I'll go so far as to say) proud that I played a small part in getting this miracle-of-a-recording back in print. I wrote a bit about the CD and Ms. Rogers in a blog entry a few months ago.
I didn't really do much except to put Toshie Miyaki , of Celeste Records , together with Mort Fega, the producer of the original recording and owner of the master. And, oh yes! At the very last minute, when Wolf's publisher couldn't supply the songs' lyrics for the CD booklet, I copied them while auditing the recording. At first, it proved a bit slow-going and tedious, but finally, when I realized just how good (was there ever any doubt?) Fran Landesman's lyrics are, I realllly got into the process of playing lines over and over again to get it just right (they really hold up even under the closest of scrutiny).
This is now available at amazon.com. And while, per usual with Japanese CD imports, the price is, ahem, a trifle high, in this case I would say the it's definitely worth every last penny of the 33 simoleons that it costs. It is also possible that allmusicservices does or will soon have copies.
Celeste has packaged this quite nicely, with liner notes also in Japanese by Keizo Takada, and Mort Fega did a beautiful job in overseeing the digital remastering of the disc just before his death earlier this year.
2011 postscript: If you ask me---and nobody did---the ratio of news coverage accorded the recent deaths of Landesman and of another practitioner of that business called show---no names puh-leese out of respect for the dead--- should be exactly reversed.
Posted by Bill Reed at 6:02 AM