The P Speaks: File Under – Things I Am Subjected To

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This little gem came from yesterday’s flea market. I am told we spent $2 for it on vinyl.

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Wind, Sky and Diamonds
Gabor Szabo and the California Dreamers

You should ALL run out right now to get yourselves a copy of this 1967 classic. It’s rather special, in an “I think I heard this in the elevator in ’74″ kind of way.

This 11 track album starts with an amazing introduction from Gabor Szabo:

“The following song is dedicated to the city and the people of San Francisco – who may not know it, but they are beautiful. And so is their city. This a very personal song. So if you cannot understand it, particularly my friends in Budapest, save up all your bread and fly Translove Airways to San Francisco, USA. Then maybe you’ll understand this song. It will be worth it – if not, for the sake of this song, but for the sake of your own piece of mind. So I’ll meet you in San Francisco. Or for those of you in Budapest, San Francisco ban találkozunk!”

From there, this album kicks into version of Eric Burdon’s “Warm San Francisco Nights” and heads off into crazyland. Szabo’s background (and foreground) vocalists, the California Dreamers, are known for their work with the Partridge Family and tons of commercials. They, um, HUM White Rabbit – or as the liner notes define it – create the mood by “wordlessly pulsating”. I shan’t share anymore, since I know many of you are already clicking over to iTunes to get your own copy of this classic….

Most amazingly, Impulse released this as a Jazz album!

Long live the sitar!

the P

track listing…

A side
San Franciscan Nights (3:18)
A Day In The Life (3:20)
Twelve-Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon) (3:00)
To Sir With Love (2:28)
White Rabbit (2:30)
Guantanamera (3:09)

B side
Saigon Bride (2:10)
The End Of Life (2:55)
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (3:44)
Are You There? (3:31)
W.C. Fields (3:40)

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6 Responses to “The P Speaks: File Under – Things I Am Subjected To”

  1. Arlo Chingaderas Says:

    Judging by this description—and the great titles listed on here (W.C. Fields!!)—this sounds like a true gem… Right on!!

  2. dkpresents Says:

    Well, you gots to shuck a lot of oysters before you find a pearl…

    This album is a real mixed bag. The Beatles covers are disastrously over the top, but the sitar/hummed ‘White Rabbit’ is amazingly cool (if not amazingly dated). Also, Szabo’s spoken word intro (printed word for word above) is one of the most hilarious hepcat rants I’ve heard in a long time. If I was a dj I’d be spinning that one into my set forever.

    Also, it’s hard to imagine exactly who this album was marketed to. It was way too hippie for the establishment folks, but WAY too square for any hippie. I’m speculating that approximately 15 copies of this album were sold back in the day.

    In short, it’s like being trapped in an elevator full of helium – half annoying, half hilarious. Not an experience you’re likely to go through again soon, so it’s plenty tolerable.

  3. Another Day At The Flea « dk presents… Says:

    [...] shopping day on record, I did find a few things that put a smile on my face. In addition to the Gabor Szabo and ZZ Top that have already been noted, here are 10 more albums I pulled from the proverbial scrap [...]

  4. Julia Says:

    I found this blog post because my husband (now asleep) has the FREAKIEST music I’ve ever heard playing on the stereo.

    A search on several lines of lyrics I managed to catch revealed exactly ONE Google result: This blog post.

    Thank you for enlightening me as to what crazy crap I’m listening to is!! Is it weird that I now want to start it from the beginning and listen again?? It grows on you the way avocado green polyester pant suits do…..

  5. dkpresents Says:

    Welcome starchild… we’ve been waiting for you…

  6. chiktok Says:

    To those who can feel it, love like no other is in this production. Lol, but it’s true. Douglas Payne’s review that has been circulating fails to account for this feeling that some responds to. If possible get a good-quality original vinyl and drop a needle. The CD remaster may have opened it up a bit but in the process turned the signature guitar sound stone cold and mix all like poly. In the analog original Szabo’s guitar playing is warm and full of breath, and in the mix there are moments that are genuinely silkier than polyester. Julia, I think you can change into real silk.

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