LINER NOTES & ESSAYS

As a writer and music lover, fewer endeavors bring me more gratification than writing liner notes or essays that document the history of an album. Since 2010, I've penned more than 160 liner notes for CD re-issues of classic soul, R&B, pop, jazz, and disco by a number of labels, including Big Break Records (BBR), Cherry Red, Gold Legion, Demon Music Group, among others. For each essay, I interview the artist (when available), plus key personnel, including songwriters, producers, and musicians. I tell the story through their words and point of view. Below is just a sample of some of the re-issues that include my essays. Click on the cover and you'll see who I interviewed for the re-issue and when the album was re-released. Underneath the description, I've provided a link where you can find more information about where to get the re-issue.  Click here to hear/view Qool DJ Marv's musical mix of my liner notes portfolio.

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CARLY SIMON: Spoiled Girl

original label: Epic (1985) re-issue label: Hot Shot (2012) interviews with Carly Simon, Don Was, Phil Ramone, Frank Filipetti, Andy Goldmark Carly Simon's first album for Epic was also her last. It's a fascinating behind-the-scenes story about what happened when Epic teamed Carly with 9 different producers. Carly was admirably candid about her feelings recording an album that was such a departure for her. I was thrilled to interview some of the producers who worked on the album.

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