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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 the addition of John Abercrombie's fuzz guitar was crucial to his vision); we hear a subtle change towards a more funk and rock based sound. 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.

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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

The music of the Stark Reality is as playful as it is wild... as fantastic as it is frazzled. --Rolling Stone

Disc: 1
1. Merry Go Round
2. Junkman's Song
3. Thirty Days Hath September
4. The Whale
5. The Old Prospector
6. Grandfather Clock
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Disc: 2
1. Dreams
2. Blue Pillow
3. Swing High
4. Clouds
5. Traveling
6. Bustin' Out Of Doors
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. On Being Black
2. New World Generation
3. Red Yellow Moonbeams (Big Band Version)
4. Red Yellow Moonbeams
5. Nani
6. Pretty Music
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Now Again
  • ASIN: B00APSTM56
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 9, 2013
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This review is for the 2013, 3 CD set by THE STARK REALITY. This is the restored and remastered tracks from the original tapes. Unlike past reissues, this set collects all the known music recorded by this group. Included (with correct lower case letters) is the complete "discovers Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop", "roller coaster ride", and "acting, thinking, feeling" albums. There's a 52 page booklet that's attached to the inside of one (of two) of the (stiff cardboard) bill-fold style CD holders. There's an essay on the music along with some great photos of Monty Stark as a young boy. There's also information and photos of the band members. Also included is recording information for each album. Each disc fits inside a paper slip case for protection from scratches, and slips inside a side slot. Everything fits into a stiff cardboard slipcase-with cool color graphics. The sound (using headphones) is very good-clean and open with no apparent harshness. All in all, a very nice presentation.

For something a little different, you might want to check this out. The band consists of Monty Stark-vibes/voice, Phil Morrison-bass, John Abercrombie-guitar, and Vinnie Johnson-drums. Is this a jazz album? No, not strictly. There's also elements of funk and rock, mixed in with jazz underpinnings. At times you can hear just a bit of psychedelia mixed in, which gives this music even more of an identity. Abercrombie's guitar is oftentimes fuzzed out, other times he sounds reminiscent of his later electric work for the ECM label. The electric bass is prominent-laying down a funky base (listen to "Grandfather's Clock") for both Stark and Abercrombie. And talking about Stark-his vibes (also sometimes fuzzed out) are a combination of jazz and something else that can't be exactly defined.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Bombara on February 28, 2013
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I seem to find something like this every few months. There is an incredible wealth of unexplored territory on the boundary of jazz/rock/pop before it devolved into overwrought and repetitive funk. This one adds some really fun psych elements into the fusion mix. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys 3rd era Soft Machine or similar music in that vein.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By emperor nobody on April 5, 2013
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There's nothing to say about this group that hasn't already been said... I just feel proud to have been a child when children's music like this was being made. Between this and Bruce Haack and Esther Nelson's Dimension 5 records, you've got enough interplanetarily bizarre, imagine-the-looks-on-the-little-ones'-faces Sixties kids' records to keep you and the brood occupied for a good while.

So all I can add is thank you Hoagy Carmichael and Monty Stark (double R.I.P.) for having lived to bring this music into the world, thank you to all the other guys who were in this band, thank you to Now Again for putting this together... and if you're wondering WTF I am talking about, you're on the page of quite possibly the funkiest music ever made by human beings on this planet, and you should purchase it immediately if not sooner if not yesterday. That these guys were essentially the house band on a children's TV show just takes it over the top.
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The music is top notch, the sound is phenomenal. I own an original vinyl copy of THE STARK REALITY DISCOVERS HOAGY CARMICHAEL's MUSIC SHOP, and I have to say the sound on this anthology is much better!!! The liner notes, photos, and overall presentation are worth the price alone (by the way, this set was reasonably priced). Thanks to NOW AGAIN RECORDS for another job well done!!!!!!!
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