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A Day in the Life Original recording reissued

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 25, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002G6K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,699 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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My parents weren't huge jazz fans, but they owned a few jazz-oriented LPs. They liked Wes Montgomery because he was widely played on the MOR AM stations that they listened to, and when they borrowed "A Day In the Life" from our neighbors, it was heard quite frequently around our house.
Though eventually I came to love all of the tracks, "The Joker" was the first thing that grabbed me. Arguably, it might be the track that swings the hardest on the album. While it's true that Don Sebesky's arrangements aren't for everyone, they don't do this tune any harm. Wes doesn't stray far from the melody, as others have frequently pointed out, but his improvisations still add something to the Newley-Bricusse song -- a sort of driving momentum. It's a solid performance, period. Other standouts are the title track, "Windy," "Eleanor Rigby," the Montgomery original "Angel," and "Willow Weep for Me."
Did Wes sell out? I was born the year he passed away, and have absolutely no credentials as a musician, so I'm in no position to say. But I can say that I went on to appreciate styles of jazz that were less targeted at the mainstream. If "A Day In the Life" had that same effect on other listeners, the case can be made for a different interpretation of Wes' A&M period.
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I wouldn't put this in the pantheon of "greatest albums ever", but it is a personal favorite. I've heard almost everything Wes has done, from the hard core improv to the fluffy pop, and while I prefer the former, this so-called pop album is special to me. Particularly because of his version of 'Watch What Happens'. It's a rare occasion when the usually cheesy Don Sebesky orchestration works well; but on that song he created a great arrangement that makes Wes sound like he's playing on a cloud. His playing on this song, the cottony soft octaves and particularly his solo, is a reminiscent of sunny Summer's day. I've listened to 'Watch What Happens' over and over for years, and it never ceases to amaze me. It's a song never anthologized and rarely mentioned, but a classic nonetheless. The rest of the album works too, even the Beatles cover, which is charming and actually pretty funky. Yes, Wes is nearly drowned out by the strings, something which irritates a lot of people, but you can still hear him clearly, and the strings, while occasionally pretentious and intrusive, are generally interesting and well-done. Arranger Sebesky achieved a unique sound on this recording, something he didn't do on the similar but lesser album "Road Song". "A Day In The Life" is consistently rewarding. I give it a solid 3 stars, not only because of the combination of Wes' playing and Sebesky's successfullness in backing him up, but because of the song selection and the very special feeling this album gives me when I hear it. Very, very 60's, which is a *good* thing.
By the way, I suspect that the picture of Wes on the back cover, holding his head in his hands and looking defeated, is a joke.
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I was 15 the first time I heard Wes. It was one of those stiff days that a teenager dreads. Nothing to do and no where to go. All by buddies out with their parents. I was bored so I decided to rummage thru my dads "old school" album collection. I saw the cover the to A DAY IN THE LIFE and thought I would check it out. I played it. The first song I listened to was Angel. They say genius moves people. I listened to this song and thought this was some of the most AMAZING music I ever heard. It touched me. I always had a love for jazz growing up in San Francisco and my dad being an avid jazz lover, but....THIS IS THE ALBUM THAT MADE ME A JAZZ LOVER FOR LIFE. I had never heard guitar playing like this. I loved George Benson and Earl Klugh and the other guys but Wes was a whole other monster...LOL. All I can say is that day in that afternoon, I recognized GENIUS. I went to the library and read about him, asked my dad about him...I even did a speech on him at a speech tournament...LOL...that is how his playing touched my spirit. Music will do that...and when you mix genius,innovation, and music together...the spirit recognizes these things. I have kept a copy of the album since the age of 15. I listen to it at work, when I study, or when I am in a mood of reflection. I am of the hip hop generation. I am amazed of some of the things that people were saying about Wes going pop? I thought that was just a hip hop thing, but I guess going pop has always been a taboo for an artist...I look at it like this, regardless if he did go pop, he did the best decision for his family and 95% of the population did not have his talent, including all those jazz artist that said he may have sold out...Wes' sound is sound distinct, you can recognize his playing from everybody else...that is how good he was...Read more ›
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This album is just great. I especially love the surreal atmospheric title track but all of it is outstanding. I'm a guitar player and have been studying Wes of late. Everything he plays sounds so effortless. It is anything but. If you think you'd like great smooth jazz music beautifully arranged and performed by the guy that invented it, this if for you.
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