Welcome to “Home Taping Is Killing Music!!!!!!!!!”, the first of an occasional series where YOU, the lucky reader at home, gets to check out a rare (usually lost or deleted) music gem from the vast A to the L vaults.
In this edition, we focus on L.A. Symphony’s debut album “Call It What You Want”. Released to lucky journalists (like moi) back in late 1999 by Squint Entertainment, this album indicated that the Los Angeles Symphony bunch weren’t a bad lot at all. Musically reminiscent of the classic Pharcyde foursome or the pre-Fergie (read: decent) Black Eyed Peas, this 9-deep collective charmed the hearts of hardened scribes with funkiness like ‘Broken Tape Decks’ and ‘Easy Now’. At the time (ignore the posting date – I DID review this 6 years ago), I gave it an 8 / 10 score and to be honest it hasn’t really fallen much from that lofty perch – its still a headnodder, and Pigeon John is still a likable bugger.
Unfortunately the world at large never got to experience this nice little album, as Squint went to the wall and “Call It What You Want” fell through the cracks with them. I’ve been asked numerous times to make my copy of this album available, but up till now I haven’t bothered – mainly because my racks are about 5 feet behind me and I have to get up off my chair, turn around and walk over to them to get the cd. And that’s too much work for any one man. However, now that I see some ass-bandits on ebay selling this for $20-$30 a pop, I thought it was only fair to give the good people a chance to freeload.
Get your best downloaders’ suit on, clear out your rapidshare cookies, and hop on this one…
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