Vinyl Day 8: Spyro Gyra “Morning Dance”, Beach Boys and more “Shut Down”, & Barbara Streisand “Guilty”

Hello! I needed to take a break from the internet for a few days. Welcome to day 8 of an investigation of my vinyl. Catch up on the other days here.


Artist: Spyro Gyra
Album: Morning Dance
Year: 1979
Genre: Jazz, jazz fusion
Record Origins: Mum and Dad

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Haha oh my god. I thought I knew who Spyro Gyra was, and I was expecting a more Jethro Tull sound. That expectation was extremely wrong. I don’t want to spend too much time on this as it reminds me of songs form a 70s porno or perhaps a beach love montage. I understand why jazz fusion gets such a bad rap at times.

NEXT.


Artist: Beach Boys, Robert Mitchum, The Cheers, and The Super Stocks
Album: Shut Down
Year: 1963
Genre: Hot rod rock (yes, this is a thing).
Record Origins: One of the parents. I don’t think they acquired this together.

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I get the feeling this is a special album. I cannot find a lot of information about it besides on some auction sites, and I read it is scarce. I am not really interested in selling these. So, I don’t care how much it is (and it may be nothing). It is a very fun album. The Beach Boys are an enigma to me. The Wilson brothers (er, at least Brian and Dennis) were drinking their lives away while writing these superficially chipper sounds. Honestly, there is nothing so sad or relatable to me at times as artists who are making pieces that are so opposite of what they are feeling inside.

Infamously and sadly, Dennis died in 1983 while homeless, nomadic, and hammered. He drowned after blacking out in shallow water trying to retrieve some of his ex-wife’s items, which he had thrown off of his yacht 3 years earlier.

Here are the Beach Boys performing “Shut Down”, the title track from the album I have, in happier times.


Artist: Barbara Streisand
Album: Guilty
Year: 1980
Genre: Pop
Record Origins: Mum and Dad

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This is a hell of an album cover: Barry Gibb, of the Bee Gees and producer of this album, hugging Barbara Streisand. Glorious manes of hair all around.

The top single of this Guilty is “Woman in Love”, and it was written by 2/3 of the Bee Gees, Barry and Robin. And you can hear the Bee Gees EVERYWHERE on this album. So even thought the album is Babs, it is very fitting that Barry Gibb is on the cover of the album, holding Babs, and probably whispering “Yes…you and the is album are my little baby.”

Here is the powerful single “Woman in Love”. I didn’t want to like it, but I really to like it.

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