Song of a Gypsy

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California psychedelic singer/songwriter Damon's privately pressed and much sought-after 1968 album Song of a Gypsy has seen several incarnations since vinyl collectors became obsessed with its scarcity -- and many were bootlegs. Few versions, however, including the original, were ever presented properly. As an album, Song of a Gypsy was overrated by fanatics who claimed it was a psych masterpiece with songs that eclipsed the recordings that influenced it. But heard properly, its period innocence, naiveté, and ambition -- not to mention Charlie Carey's killer guitar playing -- are more clearly articulated. [Reissue packages released by Now-Again up the ante considerably, with complete remastering from vinyl and acetate sources (since the master tapes weren't available), pitch correction, and additional material.]

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