Portraits ~ 1966 - 68 CD Sampler





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Published on Sep 18, 2011

My sincere thanks to Tony of PhunkyJunction for putting together this great video sampler.
I was a member of the Portraits from 1966-69 (and then again in the 70's) as well as the forerunner, the Mojo Men (of Milwaukee) from 1964-66. This CD from MusicGem spans our recorded output, which took place between 1966-68.
This disc includes 10 songs (four previously unreleased) and two Schaefer Beer commercials. Two of those songs charted in various areas and two were on movie soundtrack recordings, all recorded during the band's stint with Mike Curb's Sidewalk Productions. All 12 tracks have been digitally re-mastered. In addition to the performances of the band members, this music includes the talents of guitarists Tommy Tedesco, Davie Allan and Vinnie Bell, drummer Mel Lewis, and arrangers Don Peake and Peter Matz. The original recordings took place in Los Angeles and New York. Pick up a copy and see if you agree that the Portraits' version of "Over The Rainbow" should have been a hit!
MusicGem website: http://www.music-gem.com/index.html
More info on the Portraits and Gary Myers: http://www.music-gem.com/about-gary-m...
Track list for the CD: http://www.music-gem.com/music-availa...
To order: http://www.music-gem.com/order--conta...
Thank you for taking the time to read and listen.

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Gary E
Lead singer on the 1st 2 is Paul Stefan but then he got drafted, After that it's Jerry Tawney. We charted in a few areas - Salt Lake City, Dallas and a couple others, but not nationally. Our version of "Devil's Angels: closes the film. The biggest thing we did was actually the beer commercials.
.... and you guys did not really break? I am not sure why! Again very nice medley!
Gary, I am groovinwalrus-Cosette. 
Very Niceee. The first selection, I am listening to now! Who is the lead singer? Nice post!
Gary E
BTW Gary, as you probably recognized, that's Paul Stefan on "Hiding From Myself" (one of the movie songs).
Gary E
Thanks, Gary. I arranged the voc bg and always loved recording the 4-part stuff. The 2 movie songs used studio musicians (the tracks had already been done and Mike Curb had us come in and add vocals) and the beer commercials (done in NYC) used studio players because they had assumed we were a vocal group. The sweetening (strings, etc.) on a couple of the songs was arranged by Don Peake, the guy who was replaced by Sam McCue when Peake left the Everly's. And the connections never stop! :- )
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