Gary Wilson ‎– Forgotten Lovers


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June 25, 2017
referencing Forgotten Lovers, CD, MRCD008
Newcomers are advised to begin with Wilson's magnum opus, "You Think You Really Know Me." But if you wish to delve further into Gary's disturbed mind, then this compilation of odds and ends will give you a good idea of his musical range and obsessions. For long-time fans it offers a decent collection of his various other hard-to-find vinyl releases. Here's what you get:

Two cuts from his first LP, the jazzy "Another Galaxy." These have little in common with what came later, but they demonstrate Wilson range of abilities as a very competent musician, composer, and band leader. The LP's title cut is a funky, Bitches Brew-style fusion jam and Softly the Water Flows is a lovely, tender ballad.

Both sides of his super-rare first single (Dream(s)/Soul Travel); these are also in the jazz mode, but are less "out" and have a bit more of a Shaft/70s porn vibe.

Both sides of the great 45 with the Blind Dates (In the Midnight Hour/When I Spoke of Love).

Three out of four songs from the Forgotten Lovers EP (no Debbie Knows).

Three out of four songs from the Wedding Gown EP (no Your Smile Is All I Needed).

Two previously unreleased tracks from the You Think You Really Know Me era: Sick Trip and You Took Me on a Trip Into My Mirror.

On the good side: all of this stuff has been lovingly remastered and sounds pretty darn great, and the unreleased tracks and rarities are a treat.

On the down side: This CD is just under 43 minutes long, so they could have easily included the missing tracks from Forgotten Lovers and Wedding Gown, plus all four sides of the great double 45 set (which is not at all represented here; lousy remixes of two of those songs appear on the more recent but much less satisfying "Mary Had Brown Hair" CD). Including those tracks would have made this a comprehensive collection of all of Wilson's releases. If disc space got really tight, they could have included the two previously unreleased tracks on the reissue of "You Think You Really Know Me" since they were recorded during those sessions anyway. And as noted above, the track listing on this particular CD release is incorrect.