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  • Audio CD (March 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • ASIN: B00B6OEEDS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,374 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Composer/pianist/producer/MENSA member Tandyn Almer first emerged in pop culture consciousness as the writer of the 1966 smash single by the Association, Along Comes Mary. Its seemingly innocuous lyric about a girl became a point of intense scrutiny as rumors of marijuana references wafted through a society fraught with generational conflict. One of those listeners on the far side of the gap, Leonard Bernstein, recognized the song s musical sophistication and deft wordplay as something noteworthy. Consequently, Bernstein chose Almer as an interview subject for his groundbreaking CBS News documentary Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution, which aired on Tuesday, April 25th, 1967.
If this were a Hollywood film script, Almer would have then been catapulted to the upper echelons of pop stardom, rubbing elbows with the hottest hitmakers of the day. Instead, while he released one single of his own, Degeneration Gap, and wrote and produced several more pop-psych gems, Almer s career path took a much more enigmatic route: He collaborated with fellow melodic savant Brian Wilson and published a songbook of his new compositions. In service of these songs, a 15-track demo LP was recorded and pressed in a small quantity by his publisher, Davon Music, to distribute to potential recording clients. At long last, Sundazed has rescued this holy grail album and presents the first-ever commercial release of Along Comes Tandyn. After listening to this resounding confirmation of his harmonic genius, you ll understand why Tandyn was always the smartest guy in the room. --Sundazed Music

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul '66 on May 22, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Surely we've uncovered all of the lost pop gems of the 60s by now, right? So many compilations, box sets, and re-releases have flooded the market, it's all been heard by now. Then Along Comes Tandyn, and I realize there are still happy revelations to be made. What we have here is a collection of songwriter demos recorded by Tandyn (along with friends and associates) that reveal a depth of unique talent for words and music. Tandyn's lack of blockbuster success beyond the eternal "Along Comes Mary" probably has more to do with lack of self-promotional drive and creative restlessness than any lack of quality.

The 15 songs on display here range from breezy sunshine pop to gently rocking garage numbers to 60s social commentary, avoiding cliche and sounding marvelously fresh some 47 years after being committed to tape (or acetate!) As pointed out in the sets' informative liner notes, these songs could have been placed with a myriad of 60s acts and made an impact on the charts, or at least the ears of appreciative fans.

Sundazed have produced a truly memorable and historically important document here. I wish they could have found a way to include some of Tandyn's material that was actually released during the 60s, such as the Sleepy Hollow People 45 or his only self-credited number, Degeneration Gap. I'm sure rights are difficult for such a round-up, but one may hope for the future. There are some great numbers included on Rhino's incredible Where the Action Is box from a few years back. What is here is pure, and works well in this context. Sound quality is not perfect, but is quite adequate considering the source material. Fans of the Left Banke, Love, Byrds, Association and the Millenium (to name but a few) will find much to celebrate here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland on August 2, 2013
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I'd never heard of Tanyn Almer before, but this CD popped up on my Amazon recommended list and after reading about Almer, I was intrigued enough to order the CD. Wow! This is great stuff!. Almer shows that he was indeed a genius singer-songwriter, and one who should have been a "name" artist. These songs exude a definte mid-60s pop vibe, with some nice psychedelic touches. Above all, though, these are just very well written tunes with subtle melodies that linger and very clever lyrics that rise above most pop tunes of the era.

As the booklet (actually, it comes as a fold-out poster with liner notes!) inside the CD tells us:

"Along Comes Tandyn consists of 15 songs written and demoed for Davon Music in 1965 and 1966. Acetates of these 'Devon demoes' were pressed up and circulated by Dave Hubert, the owner of Davon Music, in hopes of inducing acts to record Almer's songs. To a limited extent the strategy worked."

That last reference was to the fact that several recording artists DID cover a few of Almer's tunes, but they weren't big hits, certainly nothing remotely as popular as Almer's "Along Comes Mary," which was a huge hit for the Association. But why didn't Almer get the chance to put out his own stuff? There is no clear answer to that question, although the extensive liner notes by Parke Puterbaugh say: "he was a prodigously talented songwriter whose career was stymied by luck-of-the-draw career decisions and the fact that he suffered from ADHD and bipolar disorder for much of his life. Add to the mix a mischievous spirit and unconventional nature, and you have a true original who didn't navigate easily through the music business and the fame game.
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By Richard Beach on December 10, 2014
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Great, too bad this was not released while he was still alive.
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