gfxgfx
 
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
logo
 
gfx gfx
gfx
640716 Posts in 25592 Topics by 3639 Members - Latest Member: treblephone December 09, 2018, 01:41:19 PM
*
gfx*HomeHelpSearchCalendarLoginRegistergfx
gfxgfx
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.       « previous next »
Pages: [1] Go Down Print
Author Topic: Gary S. Paxton  (Read 1184 times)
yonderhillside
Smiley Smile Associate
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 172



View Profile
« on: March 04, 2016, 08:19:58 PM »

I picked up this new compilation Happy Lovin' Time - Sunshine Pop From The Garpax Vaults and I'm really digging it. Anybody a fan of Gary Paxton? I'm naturally making comparisons with Brian Wilson.


AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
One of the great eccentric pop producers of the '60s, Gary S. Paxton first scored with the early-'60s novelty singles "Alley Oop" and "Monster Mash," and a decade later he decamped for Nashville, where he got straight and found religion. In between those two extremes, he scored smash hits with the Association and Tommy Roe, and those singles are the touchstones for Happy Lovin' Time: Sunshine Pop from the Garpax Vaults, a spectacular collection of 24 Paxton-produced rarities from the late '70s. Most of these recordings -- a good chunk of which are unreleased; 13 of the 24, to be exact -- were made in 1966 and 1967, which is when Paxton headquartered his Garpax Studios in Hollywood, instructing the Four Freshmen on how to sing harmonies as he foraged a fruitful partnership with Curt Boettcher. "Nowhere to Go," that Four Freshmen 45, is here, as are the unreleased Boettcher numbers "Stay" and "Christina, In My Dreams," along with other collaborations with Curt. Boettcher was a good match for Paxton, ratcheting up his majestic instincts, but what's striking about Happy Lovin' Time is the extent of the producer's quirks, how he'd throw everything into the mix, balancing freaked-out fuzz guitars with blaring horns, undercutting a soul groove with harpsichords, and sliding harmonies into a bath of liquid echoes. All this studio flair is very trippy and very Southern Californian; the sides Paxton recorded in Bakersfield prior to leaving for Nashville aren't of a piece with this lush studio craft, there's not a bit of prescient country-rock. That ingenious use of the studio -- colorful and willful without being self-consciously strange -- is what makes Happy Lovin' Time such a delight. Sure, some of the songs are tightly written or boast hooks that carve their way into the cranium, but it's those sounds, softly swirling yet slyly insistent, that make this collection such a blast and such a valuable document of the swinging '60s L.A. underbelly.
Logged

Heroes & Villains [pts. 1 & 2] (yondermix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncGXG48B9eE&feature=youtu.be
Look (Song For Children)-Talking Horns-Child Is Father of the Man (yondermix)
https://youtu.be/IMVaaC7AGyA
The Elements (yondermix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD7YvFO6tCE
He Gives Speeches / Love To Say Dada (yondermix)
https://youtu.be/9kM78fKTur4
yonderhillside
Smiley Smile Associate
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 172



View Profile
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2016, 08:24:33 PM »


01 Make Up Your Mind - Augie Moreno
02 Dandelion Wine - The Whatt Four
03 The Thinking Animal - The New Wing
04 Christina, In My Dreams - Curt Boettcher
05 Happy Lovin' Time - The Black Box
06 Ostrich People - The Chocolate Tunnel
07 She Loves Me - Dave Antrell
08 How Many Times - Jim Gordon
09 Games - The Bogart Cult
10 Bad Sign - The Jaybees
11 Am I Wastin' My Time - Johnny Apollo
12 Clean Up Your Own Backyard - The Bakersfield Poppy Pickers
13 Nowhere To Go - The Four Freshmen
14 Is It Love - Willie & The Walkers
15 Savin' (Everything For You Girl) - The Lords
16 Stay - Curt Boettcher
17 You Take Things Lightly Babe - Dave Antrell
18 The Highly Successful Young Rupert White - The Privilege
19 Is It Better To Live Or To Die - Mary Saxton
20 Don't Put Me Down - The Lords
21 It's Written All Over My Face - The Bakersfield Poppy Pickers
22 Who Do You Think You Are? - The Jaybees
23 Dirt Beneath My Feet - Homogenized Dirt
24 If I Can Help It - Dave Antrell
Logged

Heroes & Villains [pts. 1 & 2] (yondermix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncGXG48B9eE&feature=youtu.be
Look (Song For Children)-Talking Horns-Child Is Father of the Man (yondermix)
https://youtu.be/IMVaaC7AGyA
The Elements (yondermix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD7YvFO6tCE
He Gives Speeches / Love To Say Dada (yondermix)
https://youtu.be/9kM78fKTur4
dogear
Smiley Smile Associate
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 290


View Profile
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2016, 10:25:40 AM »

I put this list together a couple of months ago, have a look http://www.45cat.com/45_list_view_record.php?li=3719
Logged

Watson, did you hear this?
yonderhillside
Smiley Smile Associate
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 172



View Profile
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2016, 06:59:05 PM »

Wow, very cool. Didn't realize he'd produced The Gosdin Brothers and Tommy Roe's A Winter's Day.
Logged

Heroes & Villains [pts. 1 & 2] (yondermix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncGXG48B9eE&feature=youtu.be
Look (Song For Children)-Talking Horns-Child Is Father of the Man (yondermix)
https://youtu.be/IMVaaC7AGyA
The Elements (yondermix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD7YvFO6tCE
He Gives Speeches / Love To Say Dada (yondermix)
https://youtu.be/9kM78fKTur4
dogear
Smiley Smile Associate
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 290


View Profile
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2016, 06:40:09 AM »

Wow, very cool. Didn't realize he'd produced The Gosdin Brothers and Tommy Roe's A Winter's Day.
Winter's Day was credited to Steve Clark (but Paxton actually was the man in charge), voc.arr. were done by Curt Boettcher
Logged

Watson, did you hear this?
yonderhillside
Smiley Smile Associate
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 172



View Profile
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2016, 04:18:26 PM »

Was it just those singles that were produced by him or the entire album?
Logged

Heroes & Villains [pts. 1 & 2] (yondermix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncGXG48B9eE&feature=youtu.be
Look (Song For Children)-Talking Horns-Child Is Father of the Man (yondermix)
https://youtu.be/IMVaaC7AGyA
The Elements (yondermix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD7YvFO6tCE
He Gives Speeches / Love To Say Dada (yondermix)
https://youtu.be/9kM78fKTur4
yonderhillside
Smiley Smile Associate
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 172



View Profile
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2016, 12:54:48 PM »

Thanks to your help, I've been digging through a rabbit hole, a la Gary Paxton as well as Curt Boettcher. I stumbled upon an obscure gem and thought I'd share it as a token, that is if you haven't heard of it. Songs of Protest and Anti-Protest by Chris Lucey (aka Bobby Jameson). Regarded as a proto-Forever Changes by many collectors and critics. I'm digging it.
Logged

Heroes & Villains [pts. 1 & 2] (yondermix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncGXG48B9eE&feature=youtu.be
Look (Song For Children)-Talking Horns-Child Is Father of the Man (yondermix)
https://youtu.be/IMVaaC7AGyA
The Elements (yondermix)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD7YvFO6tCE
He Gives Speeches / Love To Say Dada (yondermix)
https://youtu.be/9kM78fKTur4
dogear
Smiley Smile Associate
*
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 290


View Profile
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2016, 01:44:08 PM »

Was it just those singles that were produced by him or the entire album?
The entire album - he engineered it too
Logged

Watson, did you hear this?
rn57
Smiley Smile Associate
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 886


View Profile
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2016, 11:35:02 PM »

Dusting off this thread to link to Alec Palao's tribute to Gary S. Paxton who died several days ago:
http://acerecords.co.uk/news/2016/gary-paxton
Logged
JK
Smiley Smile Associate
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 4604


Maybe I put too much faith in atmosphere


View Profile
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2016, 03:49:05 AM »

R.I.P., sir. Was this Gary's finest hour as a producer?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD7SvXmjf3U

Logged

gfx
Pages: [1] Go Up Print 
gfx
Jump to:  
gfx
Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines Page created in 0.168 seconds with 21 queries.
Helios Multi design by Bloc
gfx
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!