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ARTIST
TITLE
Terea
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
JMAN 040CD JMAN 040CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/10/2011

In the olden days, the music business was a torrid set of affairs run by hustlers, sharks and gangsters. Broken promises, deceit and corruption was the order of the day, and to be thrown out of a window was seen as a rite of passage into the business. Amongst all this hustle and bustle was the murky world of the "tax scam" label. Set up for wealthy individuals to invest in as a means to take advantage of a tax loophole, labels such as Tiger Lilly, Guinness and Baby Grand (upon which Terea was released in 1977) released many hundreds of obscure titles. The records themselves never saw a proper release and were often dumped in cut-out bins or taken straight to the dump. As such, many of these LPs, including this album by Californian soul outfit Terea, remain extremely scarce and are now highly-prized collector's items. In his liner notes to Jazzman's reissue of the Terea album, producer Dennis Dreith lifts the lid off of the shady business of the tax scam labels. Not only that, but he tells us the story of Terea and the dedicated musicians who freely recorded the music they wanted to record without obligation to the record companies and A&R men. It was in these circumstances that the Terea LP was recorded, a work of art, if only for the utterly joyous "Pretty Bird." Includes a 6-page booklet with liner notes written by Terea's producer Dennis Dreith and previously-unpublished photographs.