Four hours down; only another four to go.
I need more gypsy psychedelia – STAT!
So sticking with 1968 for the time being, I’m next going with Gabor Szabo‘s ‘Dreams‘ album.
Here, Szabo ambitiously pairs his outstanding quintet (featuring Jimmy Stewart) with Gary McFarland’s subtle Eastern raga-like string and horn arrangements in a collection of originals, pop covers, and classical reinterpretations. This is one of his more haunting and moody albums, sometimes even leaning into classical but always soaring through with his mystical phrases and rhythms.
The set features a nice selection of originals and pop covers. Szabo wrote three of the songs on the alb um and I am sure had much to do with the arrangments of the other selections, especially with his interpretation of Donovan’s ‘Ferris Wheel‘, arguably the strongest piece on the album. Apparently, Szabo really had a hard-on for the Scottish troubadour, eh?
While maybe not quite as mind-blowing as the previous two albums I’ve enjoyed, this is still no slouch in the ‘Like WOW man!‘ category. Likewise, it is something that really needs to be heard to be believed (click HERE).
What would you ever do without me?