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Mark-Almond — The City
Album: The Best of Mark-Almond
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Released: 1971
Length: 10:11
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Well, I slept last night in the open
Down by a redwood tree
Yes, I slept last night in the open
Just to let, just to let, just to let my soul free
I don't want to know, I don't want to go,
I don't want to go back into the city.
It's just a long long long lonely taxi ride
Going nowhere.
Well, I slept last night in the open
(It gets so hot in the city)
Down by a redwood tree
(It gets so hot in the city)
Yes, I slept last night in the open
Just to let, just to let, just to let my soul free.
I don't want to know, I don't want to go,
I don't want to go back into the city.
It's just a long long long lonely taxi ride
Going nowhere.
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 k1j2cat wrote:
I have this on vinyl from 1971. I played it  over and over for a long time. Still very satisfying listening.
 
There are a few songs that make me want to spin up the turntable - this is one. Why? I don't know, maybe it's just that it's such a sonic treat. Clean and simple, but yet....
Want to hear it again, please.
 classicdrvr wrote:


That's funny, my dog was just waiting for something to pop out of the speaker port! I love it when they tilt their head to get a better listen.

Like the old RCA Victrola logo..."Nipper" sitting in front of the horn of the
Victrola and the words "His Master's Voice" printed across the bottom...

Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.
 

I agree....what a track! 
I have this on vinyl from 1971. I played it  over and over for a long time. Still very satisfying listening.
Wow! I've never heard this one before. Makes me want to turn on my amp and start jamming! Who's with me?
Wonderful groove. Thanks Bill!
letzte Woche John Mayall´s Turning Point, heute Mark-Almond mit eigener Band - klasse Auswahl - aber es gibt noch andere tolle Songs von denen außer diesem, der hier immer gespielt wird.
Groovy.
Love love love the Jazz vibes
Ahhhhh,

Seems like the definition of cool/cruising slow down the road/top down breeze blowing/sun and neon lightning the way/no glasses needed cuz no ones looking

awesome song
Back in my college days I went to see Mark-Almond play in a club in Denver. I had just turned 18 and my girlfriend who was 17 had a fake ID. We got to the club a little late. Arrived at the club a little nervous about the fake ID but at the door we were asked if we were the people from CBS... I guess I nodded in my jeans, slippers and Lahaina Yacht Club t-shirt. We were escorted to the front row, offered free drinks and saw an incredible show. Thanks for the song and bringing back the fond memories.
 ziggytrix wrote:

Every single time this plays the dogs go crazy and race outside thru their dog door to go find the squeaking thing.

The only other song they respond to like that is the end of Beck's Jackass.
 

That's funny, my dog was just waiting for something to pop out of the speaker port! I love it when they tilt their head to get a better listen.
I may have had this great album on 8-track tape... several lifetimes ago.
 xnavy wrote:
I saw the band play this song. Gee I'm old
 
I'd say more lucky than old.
 GypsyD wrote:
So, for 50- years, I thought Mark Almond was one guy. Thanks to RP for the Wiki. We live and we learn, no matter how late. Thanks, Bill! 
 
Ditto!
There's some very good tracks on the first vinyl.
 kcar wrote:
Oh PSD, you promise me 

Kashmir with Led Zep

but there is silence

and I am bereft

damn you PSD 

 
{#Roflol} {#Clap}
I remember hearing this originally on AM radio way back when. Hard to imagine hearing anything like it on any commercial radio now.
So, for 50- years, I thought Mark Almond was one guy. Thanks to RP for the Wiki. We live and we learn, no matter how late. Thanks, Bill! 
lil chill tune kicked my ass!
 Droidac wrote:
Ok, this song gets a 1 from me! The "squeaking" midway thru made think that my dog was killing a rabbit in the backyard, and I just pulled a header down the stairs as I was running to the back door!  I nearly broke my neck as I fell from the 6th step!

 
Every single time this plays the dogs go crazy and race outside thru their dog door to go find the squeaking thing.

The only other song they respond to like that is the end of Beck's Jackass.
I don't wanna hear, I don't wanna hear, I don't wanna hear, I don't wanna hear "The City."  The chorus is repetitive in an irritating way.
I had this on a small system a block from the beach in late 70s, along with Joni it was a cool Sunday morning with coffee and reading the paper.  Friend showed me the used record stores on Melrose in LA. Wasn't making much money at the time but life was great.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
He's almost as good as his brothers Gregg and Duane!
(sorry, couldn't resist)

 
Certainly much better than the other Marc Almond...

Marc Almond 
God, I just love that false ending and slinky return.  It gets me every time.

Diane Arbus photo of boy in park with toy hand grenade


Jesus, I am turning into ekin. Sorry, Bill. 
Please Please add these from the LP "To the Heart":

Medley: New York State Of Mind | Return To The City and Here Comes The Rain (parts 1 and 2)

SOFA KING KOOL!   Underground Radio Gold!
The piano and sax here are invasive to gray matter that is usually out of reach, and that earnest, honest, humble but subtly rumbling bass kicks all kinds of ass. I endlessly dig the way that the exquisite vocal arrangements trade expression so well with all the other instruments — the strings and drums kick butt, too! Wild, groovy ending! One of the best and most righteously casual Jazz tunes ever!
The piano and sax here are uniquely invasive to the gray matter that is usually out of reach, and the fact that they get so deep inside the Side That Wants to Feel So Good In Spite of The Other Side is due to the probably overlooked exertions of that earnest, honest, humble but subtly rumbling bass, which kicks all kinds of ass, and the way that the vocals trade duty of expression so well with all the other instruments — yeah the drums kick butt, too! — is WOW...perhaps beyond expression... One of the Best Jazz Tunes Ever, imo!
Wonderful relief from hearing constant drumming... Almost Jazz but not quite. Thank you, Bill.
I was turned on to Mark Almond band back around 1979, so nice to hear them again
Nice!
 On_The_Beach wrote:
He's almost as good as his brothers Gregg and Duane!
(sorry, couldn't resist)

 
I like it!
He's almost as good as his brothers Gregg and Duane!
(sorry, couldn't resist)
I will always stop whatever I am doing to savour this one. My vinyl copy has languished on a basement shelf with other Cheap Thrills-acquired discs. So pleased to have it served up afresh here on RP.
Deep and intense these days. By the late 70's it was elevator muzak they made. A pity.
Reminds me of the times I used to hear this highly-inspired and utterly captivating tune covered by a jazz-rock band called InnerCity that used to play Quinn's Pub down on Pearl Street. My buddy Kurt and I would get high outside in the alley between sets, and the beer flowed like nectar. The Pub's still there (Quinn sold it), and still cool, but --- no bands like these anymore!
I hear the Uber coming {#Motor}
This brings back fond memories of driving around the country in a VW camper, Mark and Almond playing....
My daughter now has the LP~ haven't heard this in forever....still magical, still cool.  {#Cool}
Oh PSD, you promise me 

Kashmir with Led Zep

but there is silence

and I am bereft

damn you PSD 
Mark Almond was certainly one of my favourite groups in the early 70:s,but until this very day, I have never heard anyone play them on the radio. I'm not surpised to hear them here on RP! Great! I'm happy now! 
Very nice! 
Damn special. 
Lovin' the coda!
They came  be known from John Mayalls 'Turning Point' album. 
                     Driver's Seat

           I never been to this part of town
   I think all the tourists knows me by my name.
 Highspirits wrote:

why, because you didn't know the name was from two guys, Jon Mark and Jonny Almond?    I think zillions of folks never got it either.  no worries.    They were so cool and maybe ahead of their time.

 
Yes, like me! {#Ask}
Every time my Cat Squeaky hears the seagull in this song he wakes up and looks around...
Loved this in the 70s and now adore it.  Could here it once a day.  Bliss!
I enjoy this. It's got a groove; a slight edge, even; but it's also tastefully mellow in all the right ways. Y'know, those were different times.
An oldie but a goodie.  Nice.
 Highspirits wrote:

why, because you didn't know the name was from two guys, Jon Mark and Jonny Almond?    I think zillions of folks never got it either.  no worries.    They were so cool and maybe ahead of their time.

 
Thanks, kind of you so say so. Good song isn't it! 
Wow....have not heard this in a looooong time.   Love it though....sounds great!
Thank you for this, never heard about it. It's simply amazing...
new one on me. groovy
yup, way cool man
 ScottishWillie wrote:

I heard this tune a few weeks ago and quickly looked at my phone to see who it was. When I saw Mark Almond my first thought was wow he really has found a brilliant new sound. I hadn’t realised he was so talented and versatile.

On hearing it a second time I’ve visited the website and now feel like a fool. 



 
why, because you didn't know the name was from two guys, Jon Mark and Jonny Almond?    I think zillions of folks never got it either.  no worries.    They were so cool and maybe ahead of their time.

I heard this tune a few weeks ago and quickly looked at my phone to see who it was. When I saw Mark Almond my first thought was wow he really has found a brilliant new sound. I hadn’t realised he was so talented and versatile.

On hearing it a second time I’ve visited the website and now feel like a fool. 


Wow Mark Almond is far more diverse than I thought!


 sans wrote:
Cool 70s porn, noodling around!

 
{#Roflol}{#Drool}

I made a similar comment about another song...and then found two more posters mentioning the same thing about two other songs...

With a nod to Arlo Guthrie, I don't think it's a revolution yet, but it sure feels like a movement.

As for this song...dunno if this would inspire me to the heights of performance, if ya know what I mean.  
 bam23 wrote:
The bird calls attracted my cat. She has pretty good taste, as I doubt she ever heard this piece before. Whereas I heard it lots on FM radio back when FM meant something.

 
I can picture your cat looking around. And I, too, loved those days of FM, like KSAN!!   and love this transporting music !
Normally i am not a fan of Jazz, but this is a very fine work, which i like a lot!

Great song. 

I've been on that long long lonely taxi ride for what seems like forever, and so far it does indeed go nowhere. 


One of the finest vinyl recordings ever. The sound quality gives you the "I am there feeling."
Gotta spin it when I get home.  
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
Who says jazz and rock can't get along?

 
I believe it was either Walt Whitman or Isaac Newton who said that; I think they were mistaken in that regard.
Lunch time listening ... 
{#Crown}
Who says jazz and rock can't get along?
Groovy. Thanks, RP.
I saw the band play this song. Gee I'm old
Of course, if you slept in the open by a redwood tree these days, you'd probably get shot by a weed grower...

This got a lot of turntable time back when. '78?  Wow, 1971.   Losing track...
Bill- Hearing these great old tunes, among so much stuff I otherwise would never hear, is what makes RP such a treasure. Had the good fortune of seeing these guys live back in Detroit in the day. RP makes my day! Day after day!!
Love these nuggets.  I owned this when I still had vinyl.  Great stuff.
You gotta love RP for playing musical gems like this, I know I do! What kind of radio station dares to play these rarley heart tunes nowadays?
The bird calls attracted my cat. She has pretty good taste, as I doubt she ever heard this piece before. Whereas I heard it lots on FM radio back when FM meant something.
Cool 70s porn, noodling around!

Great stuff. After hearing it for first time in years, clicked RP's link to Amazon and bought my own copy of CD. Thanks for the reintroduction to tunes long ago forgotten.


Holy crap, will it never end?!
never heard this before, sounds great, thanks.  I like repetitive trance etc etc however this sounds fresher to my ears than some contemporary stuff - like the fusion elements
 ziakut wrote:
I normally like jazz and experimental music. This is 70s porn, noodling around. Dull to me.
 
(Bad 70s porn dialogue floating in my head...)
It is a bit...relaxed...but I'm in a more tolerant mood tonight than the last time I heard this, when I invited a fellow listener to put his LP on the fire. 

Reminds me of "White Bird" by It's a Beautiful Day this time around...a temporary reprieve from the "3" I gave it. 
 ziakut wrote:
I normally like jazz and experimental music. This is 70s porn, noodling around. Dull to me.
 
I happen to like this, but I love your description of it!
I normally like jazz and experimental music. This is 70s porn, noodling around. Dull to me.
The Duke and now this.  This is why we Luuuurve RP.  Merry Christmas and thank you so much to you Bill and to Rebecca - you do one helluva job! {#Notworthy} {#Good-vibes}
Brings back exquisite memories. Yum.
 sportskid wrote:
Play Dave Cashew next!!!!!!!!!!!
 

or some Rob Hazelnut!
"Spread the Butter" by Pete Peanut!
this would appear to be one of those classic time and place songs.  i wasn't there, I wasn't alive and I hadn't dropped a few tabs either. 

so i'm sorry to those who "were and did" but to me it sounds like a rambling shambles of mediocrity.  as an aside it should be criminal to advocate any song which features seagulls
Man, those were definitely the days!
Desert Island song since it came out.   I LOVE IT.
Wow, taking me back to the early 70s. Reminds me to ask: do you have Gilbert Street by Sweet Thursday (same era)?
mark almond goes to heaven
 vanfan wrote:
Great tune. I would also give a vote for "What Am I Living For?"
 
I would certainly second that emotion.
Ah, yes. Wore this one out before I did my 9 month, never-comin-back, find-myself tour of Europe, Morocco & Israel. And yes, I'm rollin' another one right now...great to hear this awesome, all too forgotten classic!
Wowww, what a nice mellow trip. Never heard this song in all my years ... and I bet I never would've if not for Radio Paradise. Well done, RP. Well done.
Sublime.
I gotta give it a 10. It's a masterpiece. Granted it's 10 minutes long, but so many wonderful things going on there. Thanks for turning us on this lost gem.
let's march
around the office
although it's only february it's
4:30 on a thursday in the
almond city 
 oldsaxon wrote:

That's why I listen to this guy's radio station :)
 
me too ...

 Droidac wrote:
Ok, this song gets a 1 from me! The "squeaking" midway thru made think that my dog was killing a rabbit in the backyard, and I just pulled a header down the stairs as I was running to the back door!  I nearly broke my neck as I fell from the 6th step!
 
Oh ... and sorry about the "squeeking thing".

 PopKombo wrote:
I haven't heard this in years!  Who plays this? .... Radio Paradise, that's who.
 
That's why I listen to this guy's radio station :)
Buttah smooooooth...
I haven't heard this in years!  Who plays this? .... Radio Paradise, that's who.
Play Dave Cashew next!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok, this song gets a 1 from me! The "squeaking" midway thru made think that my dog was killing a rabbit in the backyard, and I just pulled a header down the stairs as I was running to the back door!  I nearly broke my neck as I fell from the 6th step!


This is great; first time I've heard it!
 

My fave stuff from these guys is from when they were playin' w/ John Mayall.

Thiz iz kewl 2!

Nice tune with a cool groove.  Great for a Sunday morning!
I love this song - thank you for playing it - it brings back some beautiful memories for me.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Just let me light my incense . . .    ; )
 
Feel free to torch all remaining copies of this album while you're at it. 


In my previous comment, I noted that I once had this on vinyl. Until my ex-roommate's new wife decided to use it for the blotter under a large potted plant - I had been transferred from Denver to LA and was returning for my stuff.....he was hanging on to my music for me. How's that working out for me? Since 1986, not so much. {#Arghhh}
 pomalley wrote:
Reminds me of Traffic a bit...
 
Traffic and obscure ELP . . . a great combination.
I've always enjoyed this one. Maybe Bill could choose another one from the album for us, since this is the only Mark-Almond song I've ever heard. It reminds me a bit of the stuff on John Mayall's Blues Breakers' "The Turning Point" record.


Hearing a lot of good stuff from the Way Back Machine today!{#Dancingbanana_2}
LONG TIME NO HEAR!!!!!!!!! Yes! thank you...
 jools wrote:
Just right for a sunny warm day in the City of Brighton & Hove
 
"City"? You're getting pretensions dahn there on the Sahf coast, mate ;)

Has that blasted taxi come yet? Can we have some Marc Almond instead, pretty please, with bells on?

Just right for a sunny warm day in the City of Brighton & Hove
Never heard this before. 7 for a first time listen..
Sublime, sublime. Such good stuff from this group!