Sunday, September 21, 2008

GYPSY / GYPSY

Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1970 on Metromedia Records.
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate: 320kbps
ALBUM INFO:
Produced By: Enrico Rosenbaum, Jim Walsh, Glen Pace
Engineered By: Glen Pace
Recorded At: Devonshire Studios, North Hollywood California
Cover Art By: Alfons Mucha
TRACK LISTING:
Gypsy Queen - Part One
Gypsy Queen - Part Two
Man Of Reason
Dream If You Can
Late December
The Third Eye
Decisions
I Was So Young
Here In My Lonliness
More Time
The Vision
Dead And Gone
Tomrrow Is The Last To Be Heard
THE BAND:
James "Owl" Walsh - Vocals, Keyboards, Percussion
Enrico Rosenbaum - Vocals, Guitars, Percussion
Jay Epstein - Drums
James C. Johnson - Vocals, Lead Guitar
Doni Larson - Bass
WEBSITE:
http://www.midwesttribute.com/history.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gypsy_(band
http://www.gypsy-queen.net/
REVIEW:
By Yours Truly:
Gypsy is a band that I've drug around with me since I first came upon this debut double record set. To me at the time this was amazing stuff, clear and pure music with tremendous vocals and excellent playing. The original band put out 4 albums, this one being the 1st of course and each one was a bit different in style and content although they all had a high degree of quality songwriting and musicality in common.
If you ask most Gypsy fans today you'd probably hear that each person would have their own fav of the 4 and maybe not like one or more of the others for the reason that they are each different than the previous one but because I followed this band from it's inception I find that I have no particular favorite one but indeed love them all equally for different reasons.
If you're discovering this band now I'd suggest that you start with the first one and work your way thru chronologically. You might end up with a favorite one out of the 4 but at least this way you'll get to hear a great band develop, change and grow and ultimately come to an end too soon. Not a unique story in the 70's to be sure but one that should never have happened....at least not as soon as it did.

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Gypsy: The Hidden Gem Of An Album, June 3, 2000
By
feralduck "Opinions reasonably priced!" (Austin, TX USA) - (Amazon Customer Review)

This is one of those rare albums that is timeless. The songwriting, arrangements and string accompanyment all contribute to a listening experience of rare joy. It has been classed as prog-rock; this an erroneous label, as it adheres more closely to the style of artists such as Poco, Dan Fogelburg, and countless other singer-songwriters. Enrico Rosenbaum, where are you? You and your cohorts created a masterpiece when you recorded this album!

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A great, overlooked band, June 22, 2000
By
Mister Q (BLAINE, Minnesota United States) - (Amazon Customer Review)
Talk about snakebit! This band has some tough luck. The original "born under a bad sign" band. How about great lyrics, fine balanced musicianship, and fabulous vocal harmonies for starters? With all that talent, yet let down by bad management and 70's shifting taste in music (disco), plus internal problems. But this band almost made it big. Check out a real gem. Best in their genre.


CONTACT:
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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetz, Tom ! I actually have this album in near pristine condition and we DID Gypsy Queen with a 3-piece band (not well, but it always sounded better in the third set). I wasn't aware Gypsy's proliferation. I'll check out these other albums. The band was awsome and wholly under-rated. Thanks for the posts.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 7:57:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good pop disc, but Gypsy drummer Jay Epstein's CD is all progressive jazz. Here: http://cdbaby.com/cd/jayepstein

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 2:57:00 PM EST  
Blogger Tom Eckels said...

A good pop disc eh?
well I thank you for the info on his whereabouts, it's nice to know that some of the folks from those long ago days are still making music, even if it is progressive jazz.

Tc

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 11:21:00 PM EST  

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