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    Help Me Remember What This Album Is

    Sorry, not much to go on - I have the CD but haven't seen it in a long time.

    The booklet has a mostly yellow cover. It's a guy who I think just sings and plays guitar, but I don't really remember the instrumentation that well. Very primitive, he just kind of wails away, mad lyrics. I seem to remember the word "taxi" or "car" being involved, but I could be wrong.

    The main point is that his delivery was very primitive and unadorned, so not someone well known. I think I got it used at Downtown Music Gallery or something.

    If anyone gets this I'll be surprised! I just can't remember the guy's name at all.

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    ^ Nope!

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    I feel like Steve F. or Ken G. will know what this guy's name is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    ^ Nope!
    1. The booklet has a mostly yellow cover. - Check

    2. It's a guy who I think just sings and plays guitar - Check

    3. Very primitive, he just kind of wails away - Check
    http://marijaplavsic.com/portfolio/film/love-hunters (play video after :50 seconds)

    4. mad lyrics. "I hope that no one stands me up, that no one kills my heart blah blah, no one kill me I as to seeeeee. I just left my heart blah, hope that it will find a treeeeee". - Check

    5. I seem to remember the word "taxi" or "car" being involved - Check

    6. The main point is that his delivery was very primitive and unadorned, so not someone well known. - Check (see above)

    7. I think I got it used at Downtown Music Gallery or something. It takes place in NYC, so - Check

    8. I just can't remember the guy's name at all. - Milan Mumin!


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    It wasn't a soundtrack, I can tell you that. The guy just went by his name, which was a pretty ordinary name. That's what makes it so hard to remember - it's like trying to remember an old co-worker's name.

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    Harry Chapin? Singer songwriter who just played acoustic guitar and who had a song called Taxi. I believe the album Heads and Tales had a yellow cover that looked like a...yellow cab. Ba Da Boom!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DocProgger View Post
    Harry Chapin? Singer songwriter who just played acoustic guitar and who had a song called Taxi. I believe the album Heads and Tales had a yellow cover that looked like a...yellow cab. Ba Da Boom!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    The booklet has a mostly yellow cover. It's a guy who I think just sings and plays guitar […]. Very primitive, he just kind of wails away, mad lyrics. […] unadorned, so not someone well known. I think I got it used at Downtown Music Gallery
    All of these points would fit Simon Finn's Pass the Distance from 1970, although I suppose it's not that one. But it garnered a new cult audience in the 2000s, with reissues pushing far more copies than the original release and certainly among a certain crowd who'd frequent DMG. I guess it was the "Vashti Bunyan effect" of things.

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    Keep in mind when the OP says someone is not very well known, you have to take that with a grain of salt. He didn't know who Adele, the Kardashians, Beyonce and Nick Faldo etc etc were. So "someone not well known" may mean "someone not well known to me"...

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    It's definitely not someone mainstream at all.

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    It's not Chapin?! Just about every aspect of your description fit that Chapin album. The only thing that didn't was the primitive and wailing away delivery, which some people might describe as Tom Waits....Oh well, gave it my best shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocProgger View Post
    It's not Chapin?! Just about every aspect of your description fit that Chapin album. The only thing that didn't was the primitive and wailing away delivery, which some people might describe as Tom Waits....Oh well, gave it my best shot.
    Chapin is well known. It was an older guy, a crackpot sort of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocProgger View Post
    It's not Chapin?! Just about every aspect of your description fit that Chapin album. The only thing that didn't was the primitive and wailing away delivery, which some people might describe as Tom Waits....Oh well, gave it my best shot.
    He'll realize at some point that it's Milan Mumin.

    FWIW, I came across that Chapin image when I searched as well lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisoned Youth View Post
    He'll realize at some point that it's Milan Mumin.

    FWIW, I came across that Chapin image when I searched as well lol.
    Never heard of Milan Mumin. No, again, I have a feeling that Ken G. will know. I might have bought the CD from him. But I really can't remember.

    It was almost like he was a cracked, American version of Roy Harper, but again more primitive. The lyrics seemed very stream of consciousness..

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Ken G. will know.
    Kenny G. never knows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisoned Youth View Post
    He'll realize at some point that it's Milan Mumin.

    FWIW, I came across that Chapin image when I searched as well lol.
    I came up with Chapin solely due to his description and the taxi reference. The only thing I checked on was the exact name of the album, as I could not remember that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    Kenny G. never knows.
    You are correct. I have no idea what he's talking about.

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    ^
    "Improvisation is not an excuse for musical laziness" - Fred Frith
    "[...] things that we never dreamed of doing in Crimson or in any band that I've been in," - Tony Levin speaking of SGM

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    I think the taxi thing was a red herring, it's just a car. Well, I'll have to take some mescaline and see if I can remember...

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    How important is it to remember an album where you can't remember the artist, the name of the album and not even one song from the album, lol? Obviously it didn't make much of an impression. Maybe it's buried underneath all those box sets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocProgger View Post
    Maybe it's buried underneath all those box sets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garyhead View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    All of these points would fit Simon Finn's Pass the Distance from 1970, although I suppose it's not that one. But it garnered a new cult audience in the 2000s, with reissues pushing far more copies than the original release and certainly among a certain crowd who'd frequent DMG. I guess it was the "Vashti Bunyan effect" of things.

    OT: I didn't know Simon Finn, but this cover looks a lot like 2nd Vision's First Steps (later released as John Etheridge and Ric Sanders):

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    The back-cover mentions: "courtesy of Start-Rite Shoes Ltd."

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