May 9, 2007 Playlist

"The Stark Reality Discovers Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop" (1970)
The Stark Reality "Discovers Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop" 1970 (USA)
This may be the most sought after collector's item in the history of the vinyl LP.  I recently read of a sealed copy selling for $1000!  In fact, I haven't actually heard this entire album myself -- most of it has been reissued in the past few years on Stones Throw records, but the world still awaits a re-hearing of this double-album masterpiece in its full original glory.  The Stark Reality was a funk-fusion quartet led by Monty Stark, the world's greatest (and perhaps only) performer on electrified vibraphone!  For this, the sole album they released, the group performs Monty's very psychedelic arrangements of Hoagy Carmichael songs for children!  The resulting album is truly one of a kind.  And the kiddie angle led to several groovy appearances on Boston public television (which you can watch at this myspace fan site.)  Also check out Monty Stark's website.
Artist Song Album Year Country
Mr. Bungle None Of Them Knew They Were Robots California 1999 USA
Konono No. 1 Kule Kule Congotronics 2005 D. R. of Congo
Stevie Wonder Race Babbling Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants 1979 USA
The Floaters Float On Float On: The Best of the Floaters 1977 USA
The Stark Reality All You Need To Make Music Discovers Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop (Now CD reissue 2003)
1970 USA
War Nappy Head (Theme From Ghetto Man) All Day Music 1971 USA
Lard Free Warinobaril Lard Free 1973 France
Ananda Shankar Dancing Drums Sitar Beat! Indian Style Heavy Funk Volume 1 (Various Artists) 1970's?
(CD 2006)
The Beta Band B + A The Three EP's 1997 UK
Tonio K The Funky Western Civilization Life In The Foodchain 1978 USA
Tonio K Merzsuite:
   Let Us Join Together In A Tune
   Futt Futt Futt
Amerika 1980 USA
Modern Lovers Pablo Picasso Modern Lovers rec. 1972,
rel. 1976
Beat Happening Bury The Hammer You Turn Me On 1992 USA
Les Rallizes Denudes Field Of Artificial Flower Live 1973 1973 Japan
The Psychic Paramount Para5 Gamelan Into The Mink Supernatural
2005 USA
Liars Broken Witch They Were Wrong, So We Drowned 2004 USA
Mission of Burma Red Signals Calls & Marches EP 1981 USA
Mahavishnu Orchestra Birds Of Fire Birds Of Fire 1973 UK / Ireland /
USA / Panama /
Chillum Yes! We Have No Pajamas Chillum 1971 UK
Mal Waldron The Call The Call 1971 USA
The Residents Rhapsody In Blue (George Gershwin) George & James 1984 USA
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