Thursday, 7 May 2009

Paul Bryan - Listen Of (Sonar Kollektiv)

The year was 1973 and blind Brazilian musician Sérgio Sá aka Paul Bryan released an album of beautifully psychey and folkied pop songs penned in English on Tip Tape Records. Listen Of featured string arrangements to make you swoon, touching key work and sweet guitars topped with heartfelt vocals. It was a lovely album, which demands repeat listens. Fast forward to the present day and Jazzanova have chosen to make the album available once more, after one of the clan discovered it in a Berlin record shop. However, unlike the majority of reissues by professional record hunters, this was not an obscure release in the 70s, as it grossed over 150,000 on its original outing in Brazil and led to Sá working with the cream of his fellow countrymen and also Stevie Wonder. Musical highlights include the gorgeous opener entitled Listen, a string blessed number called Thais and the questioning Who To Blame. This is still a heartening album, more than thirty five years after its original outing.

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