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Paul Parrish – The Forest of My Mind

Paul Parrish
The Forest of My Mind
Style: Folk, Rock
Label: Music Factory
Catalog Number: MFS-12,001
Released: 1968, 60's
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A record that we’d instantly pick out of the stacks based on cover alone, Paul Parrish’s The Forest of My Mind is a wonderful trip through mellow, psychedelic folk that had largely gone unnoticed before being reissued in recent years by Now Sounds and Mapache Records. The album had all the right ingredients for success – it was recorded in Detroit with future Motown producer Clay McMurray, features veteran Motown session players, and was arranged by talented duo Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore, who would later work on another reissued classic Rodriguez’s Cold Fact. Pastoral imagery is featured throughout the album, adding to the magical and somewhat haunting quality to Parrish’s voice. Our cut here is the gentle, folk-rock “Something Of A Love Song” that features an excellent arrangement with piano interludes and lightly driving rhythm section that perfectly complement Parrish’s melancholic love-laced verses.

– Phil Cho

Recommended – Full Listen, B3 Something Of A Love Song

Tags: Acid Folk / Detroit / Folk-Rock / Pastoral / Psychedelic
Tracklist:

A1 English Sparrows
A2 Suzanne
A3 Walking In The Forest (Of My Mind)
A4 The Painter (Who Lives In The Cellar)
A5 Dialogue Of Wind And Lover
A6 You’ve Got To Hide (Your Love Away)
B1 Tiny Alice
B2 Morning Train
B3 Something Of A Love Song
B4 The White Birds (Return To Warm Seas)
B5 Flowers In The Park
B6 I Can’t Help Myself

Credits:

Arranged By – Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore
Art Direction – Dick Smith (9)
Artwork [Cover] – Victor Atkins (2)
Engineer [Director Of Engineering] – Val Valentin
Producer – Clay McMurray

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