Stark RealityLabel: Now Again Records
NOW AGAIN RECORDS IS SET TO RELEASE THE STARK REALITY’S ACTING, THINKING, FEELING:
THE COMPLETE WORKS 1968-1978 ON FEBRUARY 5TH, 2012.
Acting, Thinking, Feeling marks the first time that psychedelic jazz ensemble The Stark Reality's Discovers Hoagy Carmichael's
Music Shop album has been reissued in full (the 2003 Stones Throw Records anthology Now only contained half of the original
album's music). The anthology also contains the band’s out-of-print Roller Coaster Ride (first issued as 1969 on Now-Again in
2003), and a series of recently discovered, previously-unreleased tracks in a 3 CD "complete works" box set.
Besides the missing Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop songs, the most exciting additions to the Stark Reality’s oeuvre are the three
songs recorded between the earliest incarnation of the band – the big band that recorded “Theme To Say Brother” and “Acting,
Thinking, Feeling” in 1968 - and the slimmed down combo that recorded the Roller Coaster Ride and The Stark Reality Discovers
Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop. These recordings display a band in flux, and color the development of Stark’s genius. We hear the
signature sound of his “plugged in” vibes for the first time; we hear an early stab at the psychedelic “Red Yellow Moonbeams” (and realize
why his addition John Abercrombie and his fuzz guitar was crucial to his vision); we hear a subtle change towards a more funk and rock
This anthology thus encapsulates the first known Stark Reality recordings – done for and in performance at WGBH, these transitional
big band pieces, and the Roller Coaster Ride and The Stark Reality Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop albums in full. The liner
notes are updated with Ahmad Jamal’s participation, more photos and full annotation of the additional songs.
“The music of the Stark Reality is as playful as it is wild… as fantastic as it is frazzled.” - Rolling Stone
“One of the most prized ‘funk’ artifacts of all time, Stark’s project allies Hendrix-stoned guitars, heavily-fuzzed
vibraphone and Bitches Brew rhythms…” - Mojo Magazine
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