Today’s confection: Margo Guryan’s 1968 platter of orchestral pop, Take A Picture. We’ve waxed on Guryan’s excellent 25 Demos collection here in the past, but Take A Picture further succeeds in taking the singer-songwriter and placing her compositions within a smart pop context not dissimilar from the headspace Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks were working in around the same time. Think: sunshine pop meets vaguely psychedelic arrangements sans a good bit of the residual pap that tends to date and mar so much of the era’s work.
Below are a pair of tracks from the LP I chose for their dissimilarities. The first exemplifies the more “straightforward” tone of the album, whereas the second, “Love,” sounds as if it wants to blast off into the ether entirely; just barely holding on. Not surprisingly, much of the album tends to meld the two extremes.