|Official Release Date||Oct 15, 2013|
|Artist||St. Jude, Frederick Michael|
track listing1. Poor Boy
2. About Yesterday
3. If I
4. Love You Anyway
5. One More Day
6. The Way It Is
7. Please Don't Take Your Love Away
8. Here Am I
descriptionVinyl LP repressing of this extremely rare privately pressed album. Here Am I isn't just the expression of a working-class hero's musical fantasy circa 1976: it's also a marvelous mashup of outsider-insider production styles, the best evidence of which is the synth-laden robot-rock of 'Love You Anyway'. While driving around Ft. Lauderdale in the summer of 1976, Freddy Dengler found SRS International Recording Studios. A few demos later, they were convinced to go all the way and cut a whole album with Freddy for their Soul Deep label. Inspired by Bowie and one of Bowie's own heroes, Anthony Newley, Freddy's own crooning occasionally has the reedy warble of Paul Williams, but with the backing of a moving, grooving southern house band that verges the material toward the sort of pop music of Scepterera B. J. Thomas. Freddy laid the tracks quickly; SRS personnel added strings and then, without his further input, overdubbed further, bringing an additional production edge with synthesizers.
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