25 Demos

25 Demos

by Margo Guryan
     
 
As a companion to Oglio's excellent reissue of Margo Guryan's sole album, 1968's Take a Picture, 25 Demos is useful primarily to die-hard fans, the musical equivalent of the "suggested outside reading" list in AP English classes: potentially enlightening, but not at all essential. Hearing Guryan's own demos of excellent songs like "Think of Rain" and

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As a companion to Oglio's excellent reissue of Margo Guryan's sole album, 1968's Take a Picture, 25 Demos is useful primarily to die-hard fans, the musical equivalent of the "suggested outside reading" list in AP English classes: potentially enlightening, but not at all essential. Hearing Guryan's own demos of excellent songs like "Think of Rain" and "Sunday Morning" is interesting on the trainspotter level, because it becomes possible to see how much of the better-known versions was there from the beginning. It's also nice to hear previously unknown songs like the delicate acoustic folk-rock of "Most of My Life" and the playful, electric piano-driven "I'd Like to See the Bad Guys Win," which by itself shows why no less a songwriting talent than Harry Nilsson was a fan of Guryan. But still, this is just a collection of demos, many of them solo voice and keyboards performances, and some of them suffering from less than ideal sound, so fans of the lush, ornate arrangements of Take a Picture may be disappointed. This is strictly for the fans, but for those fans, it's a treat. [Ogilo reissued the album in 2014 under the new title of 27 Demos, adding late '60s tracks ("Why Do I Cry" and "Under My Umbrella") that were sung by Guryan, but written by a couple of her friends.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2014
Label:
Oglio Records
UPC:
0790058204924
catalogNumber:
820492
Rank:
134374

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