Les Paul

The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise

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The title of this 1974 reissue could be taken two ways: a sign that Les Paul was still as relevant as ever, or a doleful statement that the time for his resurrection had not yet come. As it happened, the release of this album helped trigger a new wave of recognition for Paul among young rockers who played his guitars, and he began to re-emerge as a performer. In any case, the album is a useful compendium of 12 tracks from Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol years, from the breakthrough 78 RPM disc "Lover," to the downcast "How Deep Is the Ocean" from Time to Dream. There are inevitable hits like "How High the Moon," "Vaya con Dios" and the title track, but Capitol also went digging through the albums and flip sides for more obscure material like "Walkin' and Whistlin' Blues" and "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles." The back liner is full of interesting factoids about Paul's adventures and inventions that no doubt added fuel to the legend that was building around him, even though this music was almost totally out of step with the rock scene of 1974. The sound, alas, is mild electronic stereo, somewhat pallid when compared to the stunning originals.