Band members Related acts
- Gary Farr (RIP 1984) -- vocals, guitar, harmonica
backing musicians: (1972)
- Barry Beckett
- Gary Farr
and the T-Bones
- The Lion and the Fish (Gary Farr)
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Title: Addressed To the Censors of Love
Catalog: SD 7034
Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+
Comments: promo copy with sticker on cover; small cut out notch on bottom seam; includes lyric insert
Catalog ID: 640
Bought this one
without knowing much about the artist ... While waiting for the wife I was
poking around a junk store and found a stack of albums in the back corner. I
vaguely remember having read a favorable review of the album in an old
Rolling Stone a friend had kept (turned out it was in a 1972 issue) and took
a gamble (you probably don't want to know I paid 50 cents for the LP).
'Give All She's Got' b/w 'Don't Stop and Stare' Epic catalog number 9832)
Unfortunately, by 1967 the band had run out of steam,
Farr embarking on a solo career. A pair of UK albums vanished without a
trace and by the early-'70s he'd relocated to New York City.
1.) Breakfast Boo-Ga-Loo (Gary Farr) - 3:13 rating: **** stars
started out sounding like a rather pedestrian blues number complete with a
Dylan-esque lyric (lots and lots of words), but when the slide guitar kicked
in the song improved significantly,
keyboard-powered, if slightly MOR-ish ballad that poured a thesis worth of
lyrics into the 4 minute plus song. Interesting to hear Farr trot out
a different, darker timbre in his voice.
lyrics were lost on my American outlook, but it sounded a bit like an
English guy trotting out his best early Bruce Springsteen
impression. Nice acoustic melody.
Daughter' offered up a great David Hood bass line and managed to compress
one of those romance novels into three and a half minutes.
Hearing a pale, English guy sing a Mexican-themed ballad always makes me smile. There wasn't anything wrong with this one; in fact Farr turned in one of his better vocals. For some reason this one's always reminded me of something Tom Jones or Englebert Humperdinck might have recorded in the mid-'70s. Perhaps that's why ATCO tapped it as a promotional single:
1973's 'Mexican Sun' (stereo) b/w 'Mexican Sun' (mono) (catalog number 45-6955)
6.) White Bird (Gary Farr) - 3:22 rating: *** stars
I'd been on ATCO's marketing team, the sweet ballad 'White Bird' is the
track I would have tapped as a single. Nice melody that served to
showcase what a nice voice Farr had. Very commercial and would have
sounded good on top-40 radio.
1.) Faith with a Face (Gary Farr) - 3:13 rating: *** stars
along by some nice acoustic slide guitar and Farr's own harmonica, the
slinky 'Faith with a Face' might have been the album's second most
'I'll Be Your Rocket'
was a straight ahead rocker and
one of my favorite performances.
it isn't very often that a cocktail jazzy tune captures by attention, but
''Certain Lady' was one of those rare exceptions. For goodness sakes,
this one even had flute and xylophone in the arrangement - normally that
would send me screaming out of the room. Here Farr's vocals and the
intriguing lyrics made this one a keeper. It took me a couple of
years to figure out he wasn't singing "dances as if the wind blew in
her boobs ..."
singer-songwriter self-flagellation. I've heard far worse, but it was
far from the album's standout performance..
say this cover of the classic blues tune was anything special. If I
felt the need to hear it, I'd probably opt for the Slim Harpo
original. Guess it showed that Farr had good taste when it came to
blues, but not much else. The trumpet solo was nice ...
In the early-1980s Farr moved to Southern California were he reappeared as a member of the hair band Lion. The band managed to release one instantly obscure album before calling it quits. Farr subsequently largely dropped out of the music business. He got married and raised a family while paying his bills as a photographer. Sadly, in 1984 he suffered a fatal heart attack in his sleep.
By the way, the wonderful UK music magazine Mojo
featured this LP in their February 2002 Buried Treasures column. Not
sure I'd go that far with my appreciation, but it's interesting.
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