2019 edition. A mythical and misplaced masterpiece of lost soft rock and
acidic folk funk by a one-hit wonderer lost in the wilderness for four
decades. From the producer of Margo Guryan, writer behind Wool, Gerry Mulligan collaborator, Tarantino sound tracker, and Wendy & Bonnie confidant, Paint A Lady
now emerges from folkloric obscurity. Within certain record collecting
circles, especially those who gather under the umbrella that covers
fragile niches like "acid folk" and "soft rock", it's difficult to
imagine a time when the legendary Susan Christie album didn't exist. As Finders Keepers' lucky seventh release, Paint A Lady
has slowly become one of the label's most requested re-releases, and
with this 2019 edition, it is technically accurate to say that this
pressing is the first-ever reissue of this elusive and essential LP. The
oft overused term "mythical" applies to this album on many levels.
Perhaps it's the woozy nostalgia found within the pop craft of Paint A Lady
that has led to false rumors that original 1960s copies used to exist
on the collectors market, or the bizarre claim that songs like the
head-nodding title track, and the acid-drenched sound effects on
"Yesterday, Where's My Mind" were just a product of a contemporary
studio band trying to create a fake folk funk red herring. As a result,
Christie and her producer and husband of 40 years, John Hill have
happily taken the repeat phrase "unbelievable" as a compliment to their
songwriting skills and foresight. The original 1969 song titles alone
do seem custom-built for the nostalgia market: "No One Can Hear You Cry"
might lament the unrequited yearning for a record deal which never
quite followed Susan's won one-hit wonder novelty hit "I Love Onions";
similarly, "When Love Comes" might allude to the subsequent 35-year wait
for the right label to eventually come along. "Echoes In Your Mind" and
the aforementioned "Yesterday" could easily allude to the haunting
melodies that sat in the can on John Hill's studio shelf while his
projects for Margo Guryan, Wool, and Pacific Gas & Electric
sat proudly in record racks before benefitting successful French cover
versions or making their way on to Quentin Tarantino soundtracks. The
track "Paint A Lady" itself, complete with its future-proofed
sample-worthy rhythm section, seems like the perfect title for a mock
rock pseudo psych contender. Remastered from the original source
material; Features both updated and original liner notes.
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