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The Roger Webb Sound - Moonshade LP

The Roger Webb Sound - Moonshade LP

Be With (BEWITH-152)/Music De Wolfe (DW LP-3212), 2023 (orig 1971), UK

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Kudos to Be With for reissuing one of my personal holy grails! Personally I was introduced to the wonders of library music at a tender young age by the magnificent first volume of Barry7's Connectors, which features (among many others) Sven Libaek, Stringtronics and The Johanna Group. Sometime during the MP3 blog era I happened upon Roger Webb's Vocal Patterns library album—thankfully also reissued for the first time in 2022—and soon tried to track down everything I could from Webb, albeit in digital form. His works never fail to astound and Moonshade is one of the best. Dig in.

"The Roger Webb Sound's Moonshade is one of the coolest records ever. Originally appearing via the legendary De Wolfe library in 1971, it's a sumptuous jazz-soul-funk instrumental set. Full of melodic, melancholic yet sun-drenched songs, rich with color and contrast, it was composed by self-taught jazz pianist Roger Webb and features vocal performances by Barbara Moore. It makes Moonshade the perfect precursor and accompaniment to Barbara Moore's eternal classic Vocal Shades and Tones

"Moonshade is a phenomenal showcase of Brit maestro Webb's own roots in jazz. Those roots are served up here with a plethora of fast-stepping rhythms that truly give flight to the vocals of Barbara Moore, as they soar in wonderful ways. Moore sings wordlessly throughout, allowing her voice to act like another instrument in concert with the horns and keyboards elevating the fine arrangements. This is a deeply beautiful record. 

"The audio for Moonshade has been brilliantly remastered by Be With regular Simon Francis, ensuring this release sounds better than ever. Cicely Balston's expert skills have made sure nothing is lost in the cut whilst the records have been pressed to the highest possible standard at Record Industry in Holland. The original, iconic sleeve has been restored here at Be With HQ as the finishing touch to this long overdue re-issue." — Be With

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