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Reality (Expanded Edition) - Monk Montgomery

Reality (Expanded Edition)
LOST CLASSIC PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL ALBUM MAKING ITS INTERNATIONAL CD DEBUT!
 
William Howard "Monk” Montgomery was born in 1921 in Indianapolis IN. and was a Jazz bassist who along with his two brothers, Wes and Buddy, played together as the Montgomery Brothers releasing a number of albums.
 
MONK MONTGOMERY is widely recognized as being perhaps the first electric bassist of any real significance to Jazz and introduced the Fender Precision Bass to the genre around 1951 however he is more famously seen playing the Fender Jazz Bass which would become his signature instrument alongside his use of a double bass.
 
MONK MONTGOMERY released a number of solo albums and in 1974 found himself signed to the legendary Philadelphia International Records where he released his fourth studio album, REALITY.
 
BBR is proud to bring you its latest Philadelphia International Records reissue, MONK MONTGOMERY – REALITY was produced by Bobby Martin who also lends his musical skills on the Fender Rhodes alongside Ron Kersey on guitar and Vince Montana on the vibraphone.
 
Notable tracks on REALITY include the fantastically produced title track and MONK MONTGOMERY’S wonderful rendition of Billy Paul’s Philly International hit, ‘Me & Mrs. Jones’ and ‘Girl Talk’.
 
Available 26/08/2013
Our Price: £9.95
Code: CDBBR0243
Weight: 200
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1. REALITY
2. ME & MRS. JONES
3. SIPPIN’ AND TRIPPIN’
4. BUMP DE BUMP
5. I LOVE YOU CAMILLE 
6. LITTLE O’S
7. GIRL TALK
8. CLOSE YOUR FACE
BONUS TRACK
9. REALITY (Single Version)

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The hugely underated Tora Tora with 'Wild America'. Originally Released in 1992 this was the second and most critically acclaimed album from Tora Tora. Signing to A&M in the late 80s TT built up a huge following stateside and Europe via MTV. Remembered as a classic this album has not been available for some 10 years, and includes the 12"remix of the title track. Our Price: £9.95

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A Life In Music 2CD
Ravi Shankar, who died aged 92, in December 2012, was the musical visionary who thanks to the cultural influences of his family, the advantages of a disciplined classical background and a heady sixties association with George Harrison and The Beatles, established the sitar and the raga into western consciousness. He was thus the first performer and composer to bridge the musical gap between India and the west.
Ravi Shankar is already considered to have been one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century.
Ravi's first musical ventures were as a child, appearing in his brother Uday's dance company in America and France. In his teens he was apprenticed to the sarod master, Allauddin Khan under who's demanding tutelage he would inherit the great tradition of Indian classical music.
By the time his first met George Harrison and Paul McCartney in 1966, Shankar had given recitals with Khan's son, the sarodist, Ali Akbar Khan, served as musical director of All India Radio's first National Orchestra, and been sent to all points on cultural tours by the Indian government. He had composed elegant film themes for Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy, and taught and befriended the jazz musicians John Coltrane and Don Ellis.
Ravi met the Beatles at a point when the Fab Four were looking to expand their musical language and to make deeper artistic statements. Legend has it that they had already been introduced to Ravi's music by Byrds guitarist Roger McGuinn at an LSD party in Los Angeles and indeed they dabbled with the sitar on the 1965 hit, Norwegian Wood. On meeting Ravi Shankar, George Harrison determined to take the instrument seriously, soon journeying to meet Ravi in India for a period of intensive tuition. There by the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar, the guitarist was inspired to write Within You Without You for the album, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles' tribute to Ravi Shankar.
The flower-power generation were beguiled by Ravi. He appeared at the
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on to Ravi. They were made between 1956 and 1962 and for all the success that followed they are arguably the pinnacle of his recorded artistry.

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