This time, I’m focus on the work of my favorite photographer Moshe Brakha who I introduced you in the last review.Among the AOR lovers, it is a regular tale “This jacket looks like Moche, right?” when they look how well the daylight and margin synchronized.
SILK DEGREES / BOZ SCAGGS 1976
It’s a masterpiece in masterpieces in the famous AOR board that is more famous than Ned Doheny’s “Hard Candy” that I introduced you last time. Like Ned, I was a child when I saw it for the first time, I used to imagine what kind of woman is this crossing her fingers.The margin in the jacket is beautifully expressed so I can imagine a lot and it seems to be linked to the act of imagining the sound as it is.
GLOW / AL JARREAU 1976
The second album released in 1976 by Al Jarreau, famous for its wide range and unique Scat.This album has 5 covered songs out of 9 songs, but the highlight is the cover of Leon Russell’s Rainbow In Your Eye after all. Besides, covers of Sly and James Taylor are also included.Since he is from Milwaukee, I can imagine if the city in this picture is Milwaukee.
THE END OF THE BEGINNING / RICHIE HAVENS 1976
Although Afro-American folk singer Ritchie Havens is known for his aggressive and folky performances at the opening act on Woodstock, this album is a fairly AOR-like album and includes Steely Dunn’s “Do It Again” and Duby Brothers’ “Long Train Runnnig” and so on.
I assume the location of this jacket photo was taken may be on a newly constructed highway. Just guessing though.
SEA LEVEL / SEA LEVEL 1977
The Sea Revel is a band formed around Chuck Revel who is a member after Allman Brothers the male of Southern Rock was disbanded. Since he’s from Southern Rock, so I guessed that the sound is also distinctive crude rock music from the south, but I was surprised by the super refreshing jazz and fusion sounds. The composition of the jacket is so wonderful. It is a mystery what he is doing but it seems like he believes in something. I just can’t stop imagining.
KISSIN’ IN THE CALIFORNIA SUN / KATY MOFFATT 1977
I bought it just because “This photo of the jacket looks taken by Moche.” about 15 years ago.
The sound is the West Coast sound of SSW, which was popular on the west coast at that time. It also has a cover song of Carroll King’s “Up On The Roof” and so on. Anyway, the back jacket, inner sleeves, and all the pictures represent the crisp California feel, the sound is normal but it’s a keeper for me.