"Nora Guthrie's ultra-rare "Emily's Illness", a lost gem of songcraft originally released in 1967, reissued now in 2009 in the same seven-inch vinyl format (b/w "Home Before Dark") as the original. Featuring the pure vocals the then seventeen-year-old daughter of Woody Guthrie, "Emily's Illness" was written by Eric Eisner who had joined a group called The Strangers (Pre-Fifth Avenue Band), a romantic collaboration which birthed these two songs, beautiful examples of youthful lyrical innocence tempered by world-weary wisdom, pop music with sophisticated "adult" arrangements and instumentation, a la "Pet Sounds" and "Sgt. Pepper's". A kind of acid-folk, but informed by the harmonic and rhythmic developments of Joao Gilberto and jazz. The two songs are a perfect combination of Eisner's lyrical skills and wistful melodicism, Guthrie's unaffected vocals, and rich yet elegantly restrained arrangements from Artie Schroeck, who had recently worked with The Lovin' Spoonful. A must for all fans of sophisticated pop music." (label info)
in stock | JP| 2009| EM RECORDS | 10.90

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