Wednesday, December 2, 2009

1976 Melanie Photograph

1976 Photograph
Louie Shelton - Guitar

Quietly and with little fanfare, in 1976 Melanie made her strongest record in years. Photograph was written over a number of years; Melanie had been shoring up her strongest compositions and withholding them from her previous Neighborhood collections. Her new home at Atlantic brought in fresh players (many of the session musicians soon to be Toto), and the Edwin Hawkins Singers, who had made "Candles in the Rain" such a treat, were back on hand. But Photograph was very much Melanie's own victory, her material was a revelation, and more sophisticated than anything she'd ever accomplished before.

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