Although former New Christy Minstrels singer Barry McGuire scored a fluke novelty hit with the Bob Dylan-styled folk-rock protest anthem "Eve of Destruction" in the summer of 1965, neither he nor producer Lou Adler's startup label Dunhill Records seems to have had a long-term plan for his solo career beyond trying to score another hit single. Naturally, Dunhill quickly issued an Eve of Destruction LP, filling the tracks with McGuire covers of recent folk hits and more originals by P.F. Sloan, who'd penned the hit. Sloan also wrote the follow-up singles "Child of Our Times" and "This Precious Time," neither of which made the Top 40. By the end of the year, Dunhill had another McGuire LP, This Precious Time, again mixing Sloan songs with other people's hits like "Do You Believe in Magic" and "Yesterday." That is the first of two McGuire albums combined on this two-fer CD reissue.
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.
Although admittedly a posthumous release, I was very surprised at the rather dismissive tenor of many of the reviews of this album to date. Hopefully this record will be reappraised soon as being a release worthy of anyone's consideration as I feel it does enhance an already rich legacy left behind by this very fine and innovative band. (So what if Charisma wanted to ride the slipstream of the lucrative ELP juggernaut?)
In this sequel to their 2009 recording, Jordi Savall and Andrew Lawrence-King are joined by Frank McGuire, bodhrán (Irish frame drum) maker and player. The repertoire is a mixture of traditional Irish and Scottish folk music with some tunes published or dating from the 18th to 20th centuries. Savall has grouped them into sets, each a suite of dances and character pieces, and each performed in a single key at modern pitch.
This collection of exquisite French, Japanese and Australian compositions played on shakuhachi and harp takes us into the realm of a mystical imagination. Works featured are by Faure, Satie, Ravel, Debussy, Tournier, Fukuda, Kozu and Australian composer Anny Boyd. This is a very special album ideal for relaxation, meditation or simply for pure enjoyment.amazon.com
Barry McGuire has never deserved his "one hit wonder" status. The problem obviously is that his most memorable hit EVE OF DESTRUCTION so totally overwhelmed an unexpecting audience that it left listeners stunned. Although he had previously recorded several albums with The New Christy Minstrels, scoring a hit with GREEN, GREEN (featuring Barry McGuire), the world of 1965 was completely unprepared for the depth of emotion, both raw and plaintive, in EVE.