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Dr. Mary's Monkey - Velvet Dreams (CD)

Dr. Mary's Monkey - Velvet Dreams (CD)

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UPC: 803341558427

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Condition: N

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Dr. Mary’s Monkey is a mod/punk/power-pop/soul movement from New Orleans, Louisiana based around the songs of singer-songwriter Shawn Gwin, nicknamed “The Sage” by his band and producers. The four-piece band is Sage, guitar, vocals; Robin Sherman, bass, vocals; Yano, keys, vocals; and David Shirley drums, vocals; plus special studio guests. Combining a love of music from Motown, Memphis, London and New Orleans with Sage’s distinctive songwriting craft and lead vocals, their unique synthesis of styles makes for rock music that catches the ear, engages the mind and never forgets it’s got to roll. Velvet Dreams was tracked in legendary New Orleans studio, Neutral Sound Studio; produced by Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated record producer and mixing engineer “Bassy” Bob Brockmann (Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Prince); and features an A-list of New Orleans sidemen.

Velvet Dreams is bookended by the trippy and transporting “Intro (Up From The Dream)” and “Outro (Return To Dream).” Between these two dramatic tracks are a thrilling and diverse counter cultural-themed collection of songs. Highlights along the trip include “Energy,” “Ocean Rider,” “Velvet Dreams,” and “This Modern Nightmare.” The organ-dosed “Energy” is a lysergic fight-song about staving off the soul-sapping machine. “Ocean Rider” is an imaginatively-arranged 1960s-style rave up that recalls the Yardbirds with its elegant moodiness and dramatic sense of urgency. The song offers a view beyond the world we’re presented with; beyond the velvet dream state we all stumble around in. "This Modern Nightmare,” is a jarring entry in the Velvet Dreams narrative, one last reality check before dipping back into the slumber of everyday living. This vibe here alchemizes the canonical psychedelic and garage records of the ’60s and ’70s into a visceral anti-establishment anthem. The single, “(She Said) This Girl Is Free,” is unabashed Motown-meets-Beatles pop-rock. It features a whistled melodic motif, a slowly simmering groove, and a sweetly sincere musical sentimentality that recalls classic soul. 


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Yellow Racket assigns condition based on the Goldmine Standard for grading records.
New (N) (Not typically included in the Goldmine Standard)
New records are purchased directly from the label, distributor, or registered wholesaler. Records are still sealed. Jackets may have slight shelf wear, but media has never been played.
Mint (M)
Still sealed. Never played. No observable flaws.  Items have been purchased secondhand.
Near Mint (NM)
A Near Mint (NM) record will play perfectly, with no imperfections during playback. The record should show no obvious signs of wear.
The cover (and any additional packaging) has no creases, folds, seam splits, cut-out holes, or other noticeable defects.
Very Good Plus (VG+)
A Very Good Plus (VG+) record will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
Defects should be more of a cosmetic nature, not affecting the actual playback as a whole. Record surfaces may show some signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches.
The disc and LP cover may have slight signs of wear, and may be gently marred by spindle marks, paper scuffs, wrinkled corners, etc.
Very Good (VG)
Many of the defects found in a VG+ record will be more pronounced in a VG disc. Surface noise will be evident, but will not overpower the music. Disc may have light scratches (deep enough to feel with a fingernail) that will affect the sound.
Labels, jackets, and inserts will have visible cosmetic flaws such as wrinkles, cut-outs, slight splitting, etc. However, it will usually have less than a dozen minor flaws.
Good (G)
A record in Good condition can be played through without skipping. But it will have significant surface noise, scratches, and visible groove wear. A cover or sleeve will have seam splits, especially at the bottom or on the spine. Tape, writing, ring wear, or other defects will be present.
While the record will be playable without skipping, noticeable surface noise and "ticks" will almost certainly accompany the playback. 
Poor (P), Fair (F)
The record may be cracked, badly warped, or won't play through without skipping or repeating. The picture sleeve may be water damaged, split, or heavily marred by wear and writing.
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