Present Tense

Present Tense

by Sagittarius
     
 

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Though really a studio project instead of a real group, Sagittarius' Present Tense has been whispered about constantly since its release in 1968. It began as a solo outlet for producer Gary Usher when he wasn't making stunning LPs by the Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, ex-Byrds leader

Overview

Though really a studio project instead of a real group, Sagittarius' Present Tense has been whispered about constantly since its release in 1968. It began as a solo outlet for producer Gary Usher when he wasn't making stunning LPs by the Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, ex-Byrds leader Gene Clark, and the Beach Boys. In fact, its totally enthralling song, the initial 1967 single, "My World Fell Down" -- which went to number 70 in the charts -- is largely sought after by the most fanatical of Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys followers, since it not only replicates that unique and incomparable production value, but benefits greatly from a lead vocal by Glen Campbell. Not his "Rhinestone Cowboy" voice, it's the more angelic, boyish Mike Love tones he employed when then touring and recording with the Beach Boys. As well, real Beach Boy Bruce Johnston sings a key part, as does fellow producer Terry Melcher (and vaunted session man Hal Blaine sits in). Mixing "Good Vibrations" with "God Only Knows," "My World Fell Down" is a missing link to pre-breakdown Brian Wilson's obsessions, particularly the bonus-track single version, which blends in pre-psychedelia sounds of a bullfight, an alarm clock, and a crying infant. Subsequent recordings found Usher teaming with singer/writer/producer Curt Boettcher, whom Usher met while working with Wilson, and some use songs from the latter's singing group Ballroom and players from Boettcher's new, real band Millennium. None of this now-deceased pair's work can match "My World Fell Down," but Present Tense serves up a gentle brew of folkish-rock, Baroque pop (lots of woodwinds, strings, etc.), and Summer of Love atmosphere. Perhaps the star is the production itself, and with nine bonus tracks doubling the length, and Sundazed's (and @Rev-Ola's) typical loving mastering/curating, this is a lovely memory.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/1997
Label:
Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC:
0090771105325
catalogNumber:
11053
Rank:
77742

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sagittarius   Primary Artist
Glen Campbell   Guitar
Curt Boettcher   Vocals,Track Performer
Bruce Johnston   Vocals
Gary Usher   Vocals

Technical Credits

Firesign Theatre   Contributor
Curt Boettcher   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Michael Fennelly   Contributor
Bruce Johnston   Producer
Tom May   Engineer
Steve Clark   Contributor
Ron Edgar   Contributor
Roy Halee   Engineer
Lee Mallory   Contributor
Keith Olsen   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Doug Rhodes   Contributor
Sandy Salisbury   Contributor
Joey Stec   Contributor
Gary Usher   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Dawn Eden   Liner Notes,Annotation
Joe Foster   Producer,Liner Notes,Recreation
Bob Irwin   Producer
Tom Wilkes   Cover Design,Cover Art
Wrecking Crew   Contributor
Andy Morten   Producer,Artwork

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