"The Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The junk heap in the mid-'70s was piled high with singer/songwriters who either never had the chops to sell many albums or were just victims of bad timing. Not this ex–Spooky Tooth man and pal to George Harrison. (Wright played on the ex-Beatle's All Things Must Pass and Living in the Material World.) For one thing, Dream Weaver is an early example of synths in rock music; it’s hard to imagine in the years before computers were common, but this album is all keyboards and drums (featuring great drummers Andy Newmark and Jim Keltner), except for Ronnie Montrose’s lone guitar on “Power of Love.” Wright wrenches surprising warmth from the instrumentation, and his lucid tenor doesn’t hurt things. From spare pop (the hit “Love Is Alive”) to spindly funk (“Let It Out”) to a haunting suburban love anthem (the international smash “Dream Weaver,” which Wright wrote, funnily enough, on an acoustic guitar) to a rocking wink to escapism (“Much Higher”), this album is exceptionally forward-gazing for the era, yet handily driven on classic singer/songwriter motifs.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The junk heap in the mid-'70s was piled high with singer/songwriters who either never had the chops to sell many albums or were just victims of bad timing. Not this ex–Spooky Tooth man and pal to George Harrison. (Wright played on the ex-Beatle's All Things Must Pass and Living in the Material World.) For one thing, Dream Weaver is an early example of synths in rock music; it’s hard to imagine in the years before computers were common, but this album is all keyboards and drums (featuring great drummers Andy Newmark and Jim Keltner), except for Ronnie Montrose’s lone guitar on “Power of Love.” Wright wrenches surprising warmth from the instrumentation, and his lucid tenor doesn’t hurt things. From spare pop (the hit “Love Is Alive”) to spindly funk (“Let It Out”) to a haunting suburban love anthem (the international smash “Dream Weaver,” which Wright wrote, funnily enough, on an acoustic guitar) to a rocking wink to escapism (“Much Higher”), this album is exceptionally forward-gazing for the era, yet handily driven on classic singer/songwriter motifs.

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4.6 out of 5

69 Ratings

best of gary wright the dream weaver

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About Gary Wright

Most closely associated with his atmospheric 1976 smash "Dream Weaver," singer Gary Wright was born April 26, 1943 in Creskill, NJ; a former child actor who appeared on Broadway in a production of Fanny, he fronted a number of local rock bands during his high school years before turning his attention to psychology, completing his studies in Berlin at Frei University. In 1967, Wright's band, the New York Times, opened for Traffic, bringing him to the attention of Island Records honcho Chris Blackwell, who in turn introduced the singer to the members of the band Art; relocating to London, Wright joined the band, soon renamed Spooky Tooth and later emerging among the UK's premier hard rock outfits. When Spooky Tooth temporarily disbanded in 1970, Wright jumped ship to form Wonderwheel, concurrently playing keyboards on George Harrison's All Things Must Pass; the two eventually became close friends and collaborators, together taking a trip to India which inspired the mystical themes of Wright's subsequent solo efforts. He returned to Spooky Tooth in 1973, but when the band again dissolved the following year he returned to his solo career, scoring his greatest success with 1975's The Dream Weaver; both the title track and "Love Is Alive" reached number two on the Billboard pop charts, and the album -- one of the first created solely via synthesizer technology -- achieved platinum status. Follow-ups including Light of Smiles, 1977's Touch and Gone, and 1979's Headin' Home failed to repeat The Dream Weaver's success, however, and in 1981 Wright notched his final chart hit with "Really Wanna Know You," from The Right Place. From there he composed a series of film scores, including 1985's Fire and Ice, which topped the German charts; Wright's first solo album in seven years, Who Am I, featured contributions from Indian classical greats Lakshmi Shankar and L. Subramanium. In 1991, he remade "Dream Weaver" for the soundtrack of the hit film comedy Wayne's World, and in 1995 issued his first world music effort, First Signs of Life. Human Love followed five years later. ~ Jason Ankeny

  • ORIGIN
    Creskill, NJ
  • BORN
    Apr 26, 1943

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