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The Stark Reality - ...Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop (3xLP - Reissue + Digital Booklet + Download Card)

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The Stark Reality’s legendary album, ...Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop, is a funky, jazzy, fuzz-toned cult classic, consists of very original interpretations of a children’s album written by Hoagy Carmichael and was originally released on Ahmad Jamal’s boutique label, AJP Records.

For years, the album made the rounds in underground hip-hop circles (being sampled along the way by the likes of Large Professor, J-Live, Madlib, and Black Eyed Peas), trading hands for ridiculous sums on the second-hand market -- even after it saw a reissue on Now Again as part of the Acting, Thinking, Feeling 6xLP boxset which gathered other recently discovered, previously unreleased material from the band’s career.

Now, ...Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop is available on vinyl for the very first time since its initial 1970 release in a deluxe 3-LP release including 56 page booklet with never before seen photos, extensive liner notes by Egon of Now Again Records with commentary by AJP founder Ahmad Jamal and annotation and an interview with Monty Stark, the band’s frontman.

“The music of the Stark Reality is as playful as it is wild... as fantastic as it is frazzled.” - Rolling Stone
“One of the most prized ‘funk’ artifacts of all time, Stark’s project allies Hendrix-stoned guitars, heavily-fuzzed vibraphone and Bitches Brew rhythms...” - Mojo Magazine

Junkman’s Song

Thirty Days Hath September



Grandfather Clock

Shooting Stars

Rocket Ship

Bustin’ Out Of Doors


All You Need To Make Music

Merry Go Round

The Whale

The Old Prospector



Swing High

Blue Pillow