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