Sunday, November 4, 2007

A Little Taste of My Music

***December 2009: All 13 tracks of Twice Upon a Rhyme available on iTunes and Amazon and eMusic ...

*** December 2010:  Whiplash/Salvation Records releases vinyl re-pressing of Twice Upon a Rhyme sold in record stores in New York City, Los Angeles, London, Manchester (UK), and Tokyo ...  re-issued in September 2011

reviews of Twice Upon a Rhyme:



“Tim Hardin meets The Zombies ... a real forgotten gem from 1972 that serves as perfect listening on a Saturday morning in November ... warm and peaceful.”
“Twice Upon a Rhyme (Happysad ‘72): I’ve seen multitudes of folkpsych wannabes hyped to the skies for their garage charm in euro lists that don’t hold a candle to this baby. “Forever Friday” is so amazing and lo-fi real I still get chills when I hear it. And the long track “The Lama Will Be Late This Year” sweeps whatever floor is left in this department.”
“... mixes the psychedelic pop of the ‘60s, a dash of Simon & Garfunkel and some expansive and imaginative arrangements which recall the Beach Boys or even Burt Bacharach in places. There’s a real warmth and love running through these cuts ...”
"Twice Upon a Rhyme from 1972 was one of Shindig’s favourite rereleases of last year."
"Superb fuzz guitar irresistibly drizzled across several tracks ... a memorable personality indelibly locked inside the grooves ... the perfect sound track for a lethargic spring day."
"a musician full of summer sun"
“The vocals are reminiscent of a live Beatles gig, I haven’t seen them live but my grandma said they are quite good.”
“Had this record been released in 1968-1970 and with the support of a major label it would have been hailed as a psych pop masterpiece.”
"romantic, sunshine happy Americana or bluesier ... a handful of good feeling summer breeze love songs ... a touch of Santana exotic elements and a lot more fuzz guitar ... melodic and harmony vocals"
"human mystical pop music... wonderful songs"
Taro Miyasugi - Record Collectors Magazine
"In recent years the album has gone from an unknown collectors' gem to a much more widely known (and acclaimed) folk-rock recording."




complete lyrics to Twice Upon a Rhyme songs

scanned copy of a letter I wrote in September 1972 to a disk jockey in Syracuse, New York, about Twice Upon a Rhyme

more details about my music, with 4 complete songs...

***November 2008: Delighted to have signed a contract last week with Big Pink in Korea, for its reissue there of Twice Upon a Rhyme! Watch here for further details.

***December 2008: New Korean CD Reissue of my 1972 Twice Upon a Rhyme Now Available, with Three Bonus Tracks

Reviews of Twice Upon a Rhyme on Rate My Music

***March 2009: review of Twice Upon a Rhyme in The Strange Experience of Music - in French! ... (Can't read French? Here's the English translation.)

***April 2009: Twice Upon a Rhyme reissued in Japan by Vivid Records on April 21!

***May 2009: from review of Twice Upon a Rhyme, in Fuzz, Acid and Flowers: A Comprehensive Guide To American Garage, Psychedelic and Hippie-Rock (1964-1975) by Vernon Joynson
A local New York private pressing recorded between July 1969 and October 1971. At their best, Levinson and his crew produce dark, druggy pop music remindful of neighbors The Patron Saints or bayou obscuros Feather Da Gamba. Forever Friday, Looking For Sunsets and You Are Everywhere fit this profile. The Lama Will Be Late This Year is probably the most intriguing cut on the album, having as it does an oddly Syd Barrett-like delivery of the lyrics and some pretty unorthodox music with fuzz guitar leads.
***September 2009: Grand Panda in France loves "Today Is Just Like You" (from Twice Upon a Rhyme)

***October 2009: Evan LeVine (Swan Fungus blog) interviews me about Twice Upon a Rhyme and more about the City Diner in New York City ... this is a short note about the interview

***November 2009: Rockit Scientist Records on St. Marks Place, New York City, stocks several copies of original 1972 vinyl Twice Upon a Rhyme

***November 2009: Jack Hobbes interviews me about my music for 40-minute podcast Out of the Bubbling Dusk

***December 2009: Pretty much the complete, frank interview that Evan LeVine conducted with me about my music, science fiction, life, much more in October 2009 ... this is the transcript, published on the WFMU blog

***December 2009: All 13 tracks of Twice Upon a Rhyme available on iTunes and Amazon and eMusic ...

*** December 2010:  Whiplash/Salvation Records releases vinyl re-pressing of Twice Upon a Rhyme sold in record stores in New York City, Los Angeles, London, Manchester (UK), and Tokyo ...  re-issued in September 2011






60 minutes on WZBC Radio about Paul Levinson's music, with 14 complete songs


Spun Dreams - studio and home demos - most from the 1960s, right before Twice Upon a Rhyme - released January 2011 - details ...

Disoography

The New Outlook

1968

1. May My Heart Be Cast Into Stone (Randell-Linzer) Other Voices, Atlantic Records, Stu lead

2. No Olympian Height (Brute Force) Other Voices, Atlantic Records, Stu lead

3. Hung Up On Love (Levinson- Mikie Harris) Other Voices, Alantic Records, Rashkow lead

4. Evening's Evergreen Morning (Levinson-Nitekman) New Outlook, unreleased master, Stu lead


1967

5. If Leaves Fall Tomorrow (Levinson-Nitekman) New Outlook, studio demo, Stu lead

6. Just That Kind (Levinson-Nitekman) New Outlook, studio demo, Stu lead

7. Yesterday's Rain (Levinson-Nitekman) New Outlook, studio demo, Stu lead

8. Sunny Side of the Street (classic: Fields & McHugh) New Outlook, studio demo, Stu lead

9. The Winds of Change (Levinson-J.Krondes) Good News, Murbo Records, L. Carabalo lead


1966

10. Once Upon a Summer (Levinson-Nitekman) New Outlook, studio demo, Stu lead

11. Please Don't Cry Little Dove (Levinson-Nitekman) New Outlook, studio demo, Stu lead

12. Sunshine's Mine (Levinson-Nitekman) New Outlook, studio demo, Paul lead

13. Precious (and Golden) (Levinson-Nitekman) New Outlook, home demo, Stu lead

14. The Flavor of Spring (Levinson) New Outlook, home demo, Stu lead

15. Water Proof (Levinson) New Outlook, home demo, Paul lead

16. Two Minus One (Levinson-Nitekman) New Outlook, home demo, Stu lead

17. Time On My Hands (Nitekman) New Outlook, home demo, Stu lead

18. Late Afternoon (Levinson-Nitekman) New Outlook, home demo, Stu lead

19. Keep Off the Grass (Levinson-Nitekman) New Outlook, home demo, Stu lead

18. Happy Goodbye Baby (Levinson-Nitekman) New Outlook, home demo, Stu lead

19. Don't Blame It On Love (Levinson-Nitekman) New Outlook, home demo, Stu lead

20. The Outcast (Mark Goodman) New Outlook, studio demo, Stu lead

21. Down by the Magical Sea (Mark Goodman) New Outlook, studio demo, Stu lead


Notes:

The Other Voices produced by Ellie Greenwich & Mike Rashkow

The Other Voices = The New Outlook

all The New Outlook produced by Paul & Stu

The New Outlook sang harmony on "The Winds of Change"

The New Outlook = Paul Levinson, Stu Nitekman, Ira Margolis

Twice Upon A Rhyme

Paul Levinson
with Ed Fox and Peter Rosenthal

1. Today Is Just Like You
(P. Levinson)

2. Looking for Sunsets (in the Early Morning) (P. Levinson & E. Fox)

3. Gentle Blue Cherry Bell (P. Levinson & E. Fox)

4. I'm Seeing You in a Different Light
(P. Levinson & E. Fox)

5. Learn to Learn (P. Levinson & E. Fox)

6. Looks Like a Night (I Won't Catch Much Sleep In) (P. Levinson & E. Fox)

7. Raincheck (P. Levinson & E. Fox)

8. You Are Everywhere (P. Levinson & D. Kaley)

9. Forever Friday (P. Levinson & E. Fox)

10. The Soft of Your Eyes (P. Levinson)

11. Antique Shop (The Coming of Winter)
(P. Levinson & P. Rosenthal)

12. Not Yet Ready to Say Goodbye
(P. Levinson & L. Kaplan)

13. The Lama Will Be Late This Year
(P. Levinson & E. Fox)

Originally released in 1972 by Happysad Records

PAUL LEVINSON: vocals, keyboard, percussion

ED FOX: vocals, keyboard
PETER ROSENTHAL: guitars

Jay Sackett: bass; Cyril Penn: recorders; Mitch Greenberg, Jesse Stiller: drums;

Donny Frankel: organ; Joe Szalacsi: trumpet; Israel Esquenazi, Sasha Humek: violins;

Boris Midney: saxophone, drums

Produced & Arranged by
Paul Levinson & Ed Fox

Paul Levinson - other than Twice Upon a Rhyme and The New Outlook

2011
If I Traveled to the Past (Levinson - Anealio) John Anealio, home demo

2006
Lime Streets (Levinson) Paul Levinson, recorded live at WZBC Radio (2006)

2000

I Knew You By Heart (Levinson - Rosenthal) Peter Rosenthal, studio demo

Alpha Centauri (Levinson - Rosenthal) Peter Rosenthal, home demo

1972

Murray the K's Back in Town (Levinson) Paul Levinson, studio demo

1971

Merri-Goes-Round (Levinson - Ed Fox) Trousers, Paul harmony, Wizdom Records

Ring Around My Rosie (David Fox) Protozoa, Paul harmony, Buddah Records

1969

Sunshine Mind (Levinson) Donna Marie, Columbia Records

Teacups and Tapestry (Levinson - Boris Midney) studio demo

Snow Flurries (Levinson - Jimmy Krondes) Good News, Paul harmony, Murbo Records

Sunday Princess (Levinson - Ed Fox) Joey Ward & Paul Levinson, studio demo

Unbelievable (Inconceivable You) (Levinson) The Vogues, Reprise Records (unreleased)

1968

Picture Postcard World (Levinson) Definitive Rock Chorale, Philips Records

Lemons and Limes (Levinson) Fuzzy Bunnies, Decca Records

Love Colored Glasses (Levinson - Harris) Mikie Harris, studio demo

Mr. Kringle (Levinson - Harris) studio demo

Teardrops Make No Sound (Levinson - Jimmy Krondes) studio demo

Waking Up to Love (Levinson) studio demo

Skyscraper (Levinson - Kaplan) Linda Kaplan, studio demo

Cloudy Sunday (Levinson - Peter Rosenthal) Linda Kaplan, studio demo

A Piece of the Rainbow (Levinson - Kaplan) Linda Kaplan, studio demo

1963

The Park at Night (Levinson - Gorman) Paul Levinson (lead) & Paul Gorman, studio demo

Alphabet Baby (Gorman)  Paul Levinson (lead) & Paul Gorman, studio demo


Notes:

1. "Merri-Goes-Round" produced by Paul Levinson and Ed Fox

2. "Ring Around My Rosie" produced by Paul Levinson, Ed Fox, and Herb Abramson

3. "Sunshine Mind" produced by Jimmy "Wiz" Wisner

4. "Unbelievable" produced by Dick Glasser

5. "Picture Postcard World" and "Lemons and Limes" produced by Ellie Greenwich and Mike Rashkow
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