The Webb Sessions: 1968-1969

The Webb Sessions: 1968 1969


A U.K. two-fer of Richard Harris' first two albums, 1968's A Tramp Shining and 1969's The Yard Went on Forever, The Webb Sessions: 1968-1969 is a handy introduction to some of the most over the top work by Jim Webb, perhaps the most cheerfully perverse songwriter of the '60s. Gifted with a brilliant sense of melody and an ear for wonderfully rich, almost symphonic arrangements, Webb was also fond of downright bizarre lyrical conceits that couched deep emotions in some of the most outlandish metaphors in pop history. (Who can forget "MacArthur Park" and its central image of a cake dissolving in a rainstorm as a sign of a failed relationship?) Richard Harris not being a singer by trade, he apparently had no ego to fight against Webb's more outrageous ideas -- unlike the Association, who famously turned down "MacArthur Park" only to see it become one of the top-selling singles of the '60s -- and so both albums are masterpieces of freakishly huge orchestrations, impenetrable lyrics, and Harris' stentorian, classically trained but oddly unmusical voice. The lesser-known tracks on The Yard Went on Forever, supposedly a concept album detailing Webb's recent divorce although one couldn't tell it from the lyric sheet, are even more groovy and strange than the more familiar A Tramp Shining, which almost sounds normal in comparison. Regardless, The Webb Sessions: 1968-1969 is absolutely necessary for anyone with a taste for the odd in '60s pop. ~ Stewart Mason, Rovi

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  • UPC: 9398800005228
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Track listings

  • 1. Prelude/Didn't We?/Interlude
  • 2. Paper Chase/Interlude
  • 3. Name Of My Sorrow/Interlude
  • 4. Lovers Such As I
  • 5. In The Final Hours
  • 6. Mac Arthur Park
  • 7. Dancing Girl/Interlude
  • 8. If You Must Leave My Life
  • 9. Tramp Shining, A
  • 10. Yard Went On Forever, The
  • 11. Watermark
  • 12. Interim
  • 13. Gayla
  • 14. Hymns From The Grand Terrace, The
  • 15. Hive, The
  • 16. Lucky Me
  • 17. That's The Way It Was
  • 18. One Of The Nicer Things
 
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  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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