Sailor

“Sailor”

This album was recorded in 1973. It is now considered a sort of “minor classic” in a genre loosely called “Prog Rock.”

I don’t really know how to feel about the record now. It is so long ago and I was a much different player at this early stage. I occasionally see the album for sale from various rare record sources and the price can vary between $50.00 and $200.00. If I would have known that, I would have saved more than a couple of copies. Record collectors from Japan, Italy, and Brazil have contacted me about getting a copy and since I want to save the few copies I have, they have to look elsewhere.

You can see who the players are in Sailor if you click on See More and scroll down.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Yrzq7JJCaw

Gotham

“Gotham”
(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Phililpsek, copyright 2013 Zino-Rephi Music BMI, All Rights Reserved)

A few years ago, I ran across the tragic story of American pianist William Kapell (1922-1953).

Kapell was considered the best of the young American pianists when his plane, returning from his tour of Australia, crashed just before landing in San Francisco in October 1953.

I became very fascinated with Kapell and ordered the CD box set of his recordings. Up until just a few years ago his recordings were out of print and RCA wisely decided to remaster and reissue them with a very informative booklet in the box set.

I wrote “Gotham” as a sort of homage to Kapell. In the song, I quote a part of the Prokofiev Third Concerto, which Kapell had made an excellent recording of in the late 1940s.

Since Kapell was a native New Yorker, I also tried to evoke the feeling of that city and ergo the title and video images as well.

Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFpQTd9BFtI

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