Friday, August 24, 2018
I Guess Things Happen That Way: Montage Edition
Today's post happened accidentally just minutes ago.
I was looking for "Men Are Building Sand" by Montage. It was to be the Song Of The Day. A YouTube search left me with only the Left Banke version.
Now, if you've read me regularly, you'd know that I am obsessed with The Left Banke, and that their debut is one of my favorite records of all time, occasionally sitting in my Top 10. Montage was a record released on Laurie in 1969, with songs written and arranged by Michael Brown, the genius behind The Left Banke. The album is similar in many ways to The Left Banke, though I find it a bit more demanding, a little less accessible, but no less wonderful. It is at times both gorgeous and unsettling, and "Men Are Building Sand" is the track, at least this week, that has taken me over.
The Left Banke version of "Men Are Building Sand" was left unreleased until it was added as a bonus track to their CD anthology, "There's Gonna Be A Storm." It's just okay. It's a bit twee, even for them. Montage's version is really something else, but unavailable as a stand alone video. The entire record was available and is here for your listening pleasure or displeasure.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 4:46 AM