Stark Reality – Now. Label: Stones Throw Records – STH2058. Format: CD, Compilation. Producer – Monty Stark (tracks: 9 to 12), Stark Reality (tracks: 1 to 8), WGBH-TV (tracks: 1 to 8). Reissue Producer – Egon. Remastered By – Dave Cooley. Saxophone, Flute – Carl Atkins (tracks: 9 to 11). Trumpet – Stanton Davis. Vibraphone – Monty Stark. Voice – Monty Stark (tracks: 1 to 8), Phil Morrison (tracks: 9 to 12), Vinnie Johnson (tracks: 9 to 12).
As resurrected by the breakbeat archivists at Stones Throw, the Stark Reality appear not as an in-the-pocket funk band or agitated soul shouters, but as a group supremely talented at late-'60s fusion: half jazz-rock and half acid rock. Although a Hoagy Carmichael children's record from 1958 certainly has a low potential for reimagined flights of distorted frenzy, bandleader Monty Stark forced each of these compositions through extensive reharmonization, bringing them to the turned-on generation and, thus, making them sound hardly dated at all (at least, in 1970).
Stark Reality was an American jazz-rock band which recorded the 1970 album The Stark Reality Discovers Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop, a heavily-improvised reinvention of a 1958 children's album by songwriter Hoagy Carmichael to be used for the show Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop which aired on PBS. In 1970, Hoagy Carmichael's son, Bix, worked at the public television station WGBH in Boston. He wanted to produce a television show with children's songs written by his father.
Stark Reality - Now (2003). Posted By: Andi Deris. Date: 1 Feb 2015 14:35:14. While these tracks dish out hefty funk, wild jazz flourishes and fat rock grooves performed with stellar chops, what makes the album a real treat is that most of these tracks were intended to be children’s songs.
Now-Again and Stones Throw Records collectively issued the Stark Reality’s Now album in 2003.
Bow now, thanks to the estimable Eothen 'Egon' Alapatt at Stones Throw, the manic majesty of this elusive album is yours for the price of a CD. Vibes virtuoso Monty Stark and his future-funk retinue taboggan through a selection of Carmichael-penned kids songs, sounding like The Meters on a drug trip covering early . Even better, Egon has replaced some original tracks with newly discovered outtakes, meaning my stupidly expensive original should, if anything, only increase in value
|2||Thirty Days Hath September||6:15|
|8||All You Need To Make Music||8:19|
|9||Roller Coaster Ride||7:58|
|10||Too Much Tenderness||3:32|
- Copyright (c) – Stones Throw Records
- Manufactured By – Caroline Distribution
- Distributed By – Caroline Distribution
- Acoustic Bass – Phil Morrison (tracks: 12)
- Art Direction – Jeff Jank
- Artwork [Original] – Mehitabel Katze
- Baritone Saxophone – Carl Atkins (tracks: 12)
- Drums – Herschel E. Dwellingha* (tracks: 12), Vinnie Johnson (tracks: 1 to 11)
- Electric Bass – Alan Reid (tracks: 12), Phil Morrison (tracks: 1 to 11)
- Engineer – Bud Stockham (tracks: 1 to 8), Lou Casella (tracks: 9 to 12)
- Executive-Producer – Peanut Butter Wolf
- Guitar – John Abercrombie
- Percussion, Mbira – Vinnie Johnson
- Photography By – Jim Bourne
- Producer – Monty Stark (tracks: 9 to 12), Stark Reality (tracks: 1 to 8), WGBH-TV (tracks: 1 to 8)
- Reissue Producer – Egon
- Remastered By – Dave Cooley
- Saxophone, Flute – Carl Atkins (tracks: 9 to 11)
- Trumpet – Stanton Davis
- Vibraphone – Monty Stark
- Voice – Monty Stark (tracks: 1 to 8), Phil Morrison (tracks: 9 to 12), Vinnie Johnson (tracks: 9 to 12)
- Voice [Lead] – Monty Stark (tracks: 9 to 12)
- Written-By – Dean* (tracks: 4), Fisher* (tracks: 5), Carmichael* (tracks: 1 to 7), Chute* (tracks: 7), Stark* (tracks: 8 to 12), Morrison* (tracks: 12)
Notestrack 9 to 11: previously unreleased
track 12: bonus track
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 6 59457 20582 9
|STH 2058-P||Stark Reality||Now (CD, Comp, Promo)||Stones Throw Records||STH 2058-P||US||2003|
|STH 2058||Stark Reality||Now (2xLP, Comp)||Stones Throw Records||STH 2058||US||2003|
|499.2058.023||Stark Reality||Now (2xCD, Comp)||Stones Throw Records||499.2058.023||Europe||2003|