Friday, November 21, 2014

Montreal - 1970 - A Summer's Night

A Summer's Night

01. What About the Wind?
02. A Summer’s Night
03. Circles and Lines
04. Sometimes in Stillness
05. Third Floor Walkup
06. Every Passing Moment
07. Summertime
08. Round and Round
09. Infinity

Produced by Richie Havens (who also contributes sitar), this lost classic was recorded in New York in 1970. Featuring Canadian musicians Fran Losier, Gilles Losier and Jean Cousineau, as well as leading jazz flautist Jeremy Steig, psych-folk legend Buzz Linhart and the Carolyn Hester Coalition’s Skeeter Camera, it’s a mesmerising collection of jazzy folk-psych. Packed with glorious vocal harmonies and unforgettable melodies (culminating in the spellbinding acid folk masterpiece ‘Infinity’), it makes its long-overdue CD debut here.

Fran Losier – vocals
Jean Cousineau – guitar
Gilles Losier – piano / bass


Richie Havens – sitar / koto
Jeremy Steig – flute
Buzz Linhart – vibes
Skeeter Camera – percussion

Produced by Richie Havens and Mark Roth
Arranged by Montreal
Recording and remix engineers – Al Manger and Bernie Fox
Director of engineering – Val Valentin
Original cover design and photos – Mark Roth
Art direction – Sid Maurer

“Indicative of the fine working ability of Canada’s enthusiastic musicians is MONTREAL – the makers of the music you are about to hear.

Canadian musicians and performers have always been true to the gaiety of a Canadian summer and have the ability to use the long winter as a working tool. In our efforts to know a new kind of music and determine its influence upon the times and ourselves, we have yet to spend time really listening. This is listening music. Since man first began making sounds, there has been music to move the feet and music to move the mind. The music produced by these fine artists of today merge free-feeling music with words of importance. Although the nature of our situation will allow us to dance, these are still words to be heard.

Jean Cousineau’s guitar will never cease to intrigue your imagination. Gilles Losier’s piano and bass act as an organic rubber band, while his knowledge of sound will create other instruments from the one he is playing. Fran’s voice will bring the sun in the mornings and set it many an evening in your home or pad or camp-out. Montreal is a place for all ages, and so is MONTREAL’s music. A necessary experience” – Richie Havens

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