Original LP Remastered and Reissued for the FIRST time!
Biff Rose is well known as a wordsmith, satirist and vivid prankster. A
“flower-power” Tom Lehrer exploding across rollicking canvases of song best
illustrated on his 1968 album The Thorn In Mrs. Rose’s Side and 1969’s Children Of
Light. What is far less well known is that Biff Rose also had a serious side. Here
Divorced and cast adrift his self-titled 1970 album recorded for Buddah is solemn, heartfelt and an undiscovered gem in his catalogue. Grand orchestrations swirl around lyrics awash with loss and contemplation as they ride above Biff’s dextrous tickling of the ivories.
Somewhat incredibly, Buddah released a 45 single of the funereal masterpiece The Captain (an album highlight). Time passed and Biff Rose went on to record more LPs of post-vaudevillian wordplay but sadly he never again approached an opus as forlorn and expressive as the album within.
Remastered with love and care from the original mastertapes with exclusive liner notes and rare photos all tracks make their first appearance on CD here.
*A Lush and Sombre Psyche-Folk Masterpiece! First Time On CD!!
*Remastered 2008 from the original master tapes!
*Deluxe packaging, 16 page full colour booklet with exclusive notes, rare photos etc.
*First release on CD for ALL tracks!
1. All The Fondest Wishes
3. The Captain
4. The Promise
6. Never Mind
7. I’ll Walk Away
8. C’Mon Joe
9. Love Song
10. African Lullaby/Little Monk
11. I Forgot To Tell You
12. Passing Parade
13. Nothing To Gain
14. All The Fondest Wishes
Produced By Lewis Merenstein
Arranged & Conducted By: Al Gorgoni And Michael Leonard
Recording Engineer: Ron Johnson
Photography: Bob Cato
Design: Michael Mendel
Biff Rose: Piano
Richard Davis: Bass
Words & Music By Biff Rose Except: “I’ll Walk Away” Lyric: Paul Williams & “The
Promise” One Line: Harvey Bernstein
Published By: Little Pearls / Kama Sutra Music - BMI
Except Tracks 6, 7, 10 And 11 Published By Irving Music BMI
Originally Released By Buddah Records 1970
All titles licensed courtesy of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT (AUSTRALIA) PTY LIMITED.
All titles (P) 1970 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
Remastered from the original Buddah master tapes by Simon Polinski at Laundry Goat Studios 2008.
All tracks appear on CD here for the first time.
Executive in charge of CD reissue: David Thrussell
Layout and design: Richard Grant / I+T=R