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ARTIST
TITLE
The Moonstone
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
LR 106CD LR 106CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/13/2015

Russian reissue of this 1969 MGM album. "Hunky Blues Project singer Tommy Flanders dropped out of the NYC band after their 1966 debut, probably to the joy of his management & Verve marketers. A few years & zero-interest singles later, his first & only solo LP shattered any commercial notions his handlers had. Flanders shed the R&B/Blues-covers hat for one that wouldn't be out of place on Robin Williamson's head. Moonstone, which appeared & disappeared in '69, doesn't quite have the din of most career-suicide records, but the trick was turned none the less. A dusted, laid-back folk affair from the start, Flanders thumbed a ride back to New England that left him a brokenhearted troubadour at the tree-line of the spirit world. Tommy vibes his way to a cross between a low-key, slightly fey take on Gene Clark/Kristofferson on-the-road coke-folk & later flowery, private-press freedom. A singer at heart, Flanders rounds out his studio group with the great guitarist Bruce 'Mr. Tambourine Man' Langhorne, who fills this album's sound up to near forgotten-classic status. Never-were heavies "Purple and Blue" & "The Moonstone" will pay for themselves on this flower for Dylan that's not quite Red Hash, but not quite James Taylor either." -- Kris Price.