Margo Guryan “Take a Picture”
When Margo heard “God Only Knows” for the first time, she dropped everything. Steeped in learnings of jazz and composition, Margo was shaping her musical self in 1966, and Pet Sounds was just what she wanted to hear. Inspired, and working in the glow of Brian’s masterpiece, Margo began work on Take A Picture. It’s a beautiful lost gem. I love this album dearly.
The first thing to notice is Margo’s voice, a unique upper register whisper. But when it starts off you say “whoa, what is this?” as Sunday Morning sounds like a garage funk band with studio musician talents. The album’s production is wonderful in that it is so expert, but never showy. This is one of the most laid back albums I’ve heard.
Another sunday morning staple, and I originally bought this record along with Colin Blunstone’s One Year, so I consider them companion pieces. It’s jazz, slightly psych pop, with all the ornaments of the Pet Sounds orchestra. A brilliant record, and I must also recommend the (almost more) wonderful 25 Demos as well.
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“Take A Picture”