Out Now: Wes Montgomery – A Day in the Life – Limited Edition 180 Gram Gatefold LP Reissue

Out Now: Wes Montgomery – A Day in the Life – Limited Edition 180 Gram Gatefold LP Reissue

WES MONTGOMERY- A DAY IN THE LIFE (Gatefold Edition):

From the early 1960s to the late ’80s, A&M was one of the most eclectic and powerful independent record labels in the world. The roster of artists who recorded there includes The Carpenters, Captain Beefheart, The Police, Joe Cocker, Suzanne Vega, Procol Harum and Janet Jackson, among others. Founded as an independent company by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss in 1962, soon the label garnered interest and success, and was acquired by PolyGram in 1989. Throughout its operations, A&M housed well-known acts such as Sting, Sergio Mendes, Supertramp, Bryan Adams, Burt Bacharach, Liza Minnelli, Paul Williams, Quincy Jones, Cat Stevens, Peter Frampton, Carole King, Extreme, Joan Baez, the Human League, Soundgarden, Duffy, and Sheryl Crow, among others.

 

Reissue of the debut album on A&M Records by jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, released in 1967. It reached #1 on the Billboard Jazz album chart and #2 on the R&B chart. Considered by far the best of his three albums on A&M (in partnership with Creed Taylor’s CTI Records), A Day in the Life features a plethora of star sidemen, such as Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Ray Barretto and Grady Tate, among others, as well as superb arrangements by Don Sebesky.

 

SIDE 1:

1. A DAY IN THE LIFE (Lennon-McCartney) 5:49
2. WATCH WHAT HAPPENS (M. Legrand-N. Gimbel) 2:44
3. WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN (Lewis-Wright) 2:54
4. CALIFORNIA NIGHTS (Hamlisch-Liebling) 2:32
5. ANGEL (Wes Montgomery) 2:49

SIDE 2:

1. ELEANOR RIGBY (Lennon-McCartney) 3:08
2. WILLOW WEEP FOR ME (Ann Ronnell) 4:34
3. WINDY (Ruthann Friedman) 2:22
4. TRUST IN ME (Weber-Schwartz-Ager) 4:28
5. THE JOKER (Newley-Bricusse) 3:25

Arranged and conducted by Don Sebesky
Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder, June 6, 7, 8, and 26, 1967
Produced by Creed Taylor
Cover photograph by Pete Turner