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Wes Montgomery: Greatest Hits

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Originally released as a 10-song LP in 1970 and expanded to 20 songs in 1987, Greatest Hits covers Wes Montgomery’s partnership with A&M records, which took place during the last year of his life. Primarily a commercial enterprise, A&M was obviously after more of the lush pop confections that had made Montgomery a success at Verve in the mid-'60s. “California Nights,” “Windy” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” deliver on that expectation, but Wes had other tricks up his sleeve. His final year of recording found him honing the impeccable melodies of songs like “Yesterday,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Eleanor Rigby” but also exploring darker themes. His reading of Lennon-McCartney’s “A Day In the Life” is a career performance that articulates despair and unrest with the same clarity the guitarist typically applied to buoyant pop melodies. Those who think Montgomery turned to fluff during this period should check out his rendition of “My Favorite Things,” an affirmation of his searing technique. More poignantly, “Georgia On My Mind” stands as a last lament for an old soul who passed on when he was far too young.

Customer Reviews

BEFORE GEORGE BENSON, NORMAN BROWN, ETC.

This is a great CD to grab if you want an overview of the late great Wes Montgomery. Some of these songs are covers of many popular songs of his day and for that he really didn't get the wide recognition he is due. I'll keep this brief...it's nearly 40 years after his death and his music still inspires those who obviously listened to him and grabbed pieces of his style. Hey Beatles fans check out his rendition of Eleanor Rigby. Grab this, you won't be disappointed. Great for starters..if you like this then you can always go deeper.

Biography

Born: March 6, 1923 in Indianapolis, IN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Wes Montgomery was one of the great jazz guitarists, a natural extension of Charlie Christian, whose appealing use of octaves became influential and his trademark. He achieved great commercial...
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