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