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We’re nonetheless ready for the rumored “misplaced” album Norma Tanega allegedly lower in England with one-time associate Dusty Springfield, however this (important) reissue of Walkin’ My Cat Named Canine is a welcome respite. Found by producer Herb Bernstein, whereas entertaining summer season campers within the Catskills, Tanega’s debut was recorded and launched in 1966. Twelve tracks in 29 minutes, the album stylistically scans a hybrid of folks and blues traditions, together with erstwhile doses of orchestral-pop balladry. Irrespective of the strategy, everything of Walkin’ is pushed by and framed by Tanega’s unorthodox vocals, uncommon lyrics, and atypical time signatures. Hardly typical in comparison with her friends, the album nonetheless managed to achieve #22 on the charts. Think about that in the present day…

Norma Tanega :: A Road That Rhymes At 6 A.M.

As recordings go, the trouble is singular in Tanega’s oeuvre. Upon her return to the states she went on to discover extra esoteric pursuits, together with portray, instrumental music and experimental jazz. In hindsight, Walkin’ comes off like a hermetically sealed sonic present.

“syncopate your life and transfer in opposition to the grain…”

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