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Intro to (The SOON Tapes)
These are the only surviving recordings of SOON that I am aware of, these recordings were made at the Pilgrimage Theater in Los Angeles (Actually Hollywood) California in the first days (or nights ) of November of 1972. Both Robert Greenwald (The Director) and I had been fired and barred from the SOON production in New York City, in January of 1971 when we rejected the Producers demands that we turn SOON into an entertainment for the sweet little blue haired ladies that made up the bulk of the Broadway audiences of that time.
a gig at the Center Theatre Group in LA and arranged for Gordon Davidson
(then head of the Center Theatre Group) and I to meet in a New York Hotel
room where I sang some of the tunes for him with my guitar.
I flew out in July or August of 1972 and we opened in late October for a two-week limited run . Although we all tried valiantly to get Music Business folks to attend the production, it turned out that not a single one would come. I was disappointed, but not completely surprised.
Many in the
Music Business saw my partner Joe and I as anti Music Business
we saw ourselves as anti B.S. in the music business. We were true believers
and could see that the emphasis inside the business was shifting away
from the real to the superficial, from content to process
or, from the music, to the business.
However, we in the L.A. Cast sang our hearts out.. still believing that we had a chance to make a statement and a record that could make a difference in and outside of the music business.
Our L.A Cast was much smaller than the one we had put together for Broadway, as was our Band. The Band was an Honest to God Garage Band from El Monte called Woodbury, led by Will Rusty Graham. Will doubled on Guitar, Saxophone, Piano and Flute, Claude Alexander was the percussionist, Wills Ex Wife, Nell Graham played the unbelievable bowed electric Bass, while Mike Kelley played the electric Twelve string, Rhythm guitars and the Violin.
Beautiful Indira Danks played Annie, I played Kelly, David Talisman played Henry, Gar MacRae and Alan Martin played Wilson and Zak. The Groupies (Faith, Hope and Charity) were played by the Beautiful Susan McAneny, Freda Walker and Robin Tapp.
We were much less formal than the Broadway production; still we knew that we had a difficult and demanding, big piece of music to do. We had no concern what so ever for the Critics It was 1972, and it had already been shown that the establishment critics wouldnt get it (but rather than confessing that they didnt get it, would dismiss the work) and we knew that the critics that got it would be excited. We had no control over who did or did not come to SOON so we just sang.
We had much
fun doing SOON and were well received by the L.A audiences, However as
Ive said, not a soul from the Music Business came, and not a soul
was interested in talking about recording SOON. Consequently, we arranged
for an intern to set up a fairly good Wollensack (a kind of reel to reel
tape recorder) to catch the last night on tape, so that we could have
a good demo for the future. Unfortunately the intern exaggerated his ability
with Wollensacks and we wound up with a tape that has been un-listenable
for 36 years.
(An American Opera)
Adaptation of original Broadway playbill
Link To Script:
ACT ONE (Entirety)
The LA Tapes Act One
ACT TWO (Entirety)
The LA Tapes Act Two
Many Sunny Places
remarkable Virgin Islands recording artist has somehow sustained a freedom
and freshness in his music, while persevering against unbelievable odds
for over 40 years. This degree of determination and commitment, extraordinary
in this, or any age, is another trait that he acknowledges as having come
from his Virgin Islands upbringing.
"Giving up is simply out of the question. There is a point on the charts towards the west end of St. Thomas called 'Pull or be Damned.' That says it all for me" If you love great singing and great songs, and great characters with great hearts, and if you love them that come back against all odds, then you will love Scott Fagan.
In this world of gray on gray, here is an artist of the rainbow day. One who bends but will not break, like the spirit of the beautiful Virgin Islands themselves. What a story untold
Also look for "Buried Treasures" (The V.I. Songs Vol. l) and Scott's wonderful little Christmas Operetta "Sandy The Blue Nosed Reindeer."
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INDEPENDENT RECORDING ARTISTS"
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