John Seng - Rediscovered
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23 previously unreleased tracks recorded in 1967 and 1970 on the Wurlitzer of the St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, IL. This was a great find by John’s longtime manager, Carolyn Collins: the tapes, which were made during John’s practice sessions by trusted friends using the equipment belonging to Dr. Clarence Close, lay dormant on Dr. Close’s shelves until a casual conversation revealed their existence.
The tracks were recorded ‘conventionally’ in the auditorium, unlike Seng’s other albums where the microphones were placed directly in front of the swell shades. This gives the listener some idea of the sound of the Mundelein Wurlitzer from an audience viewpoint.
The liner notes contain personal recollections of John Seng by Detroit organist, John Lauter, along with old photos not seen in many years.
“It is spine chilling to hear such dramatic and individual arrangements. Without doubt it puts all the previous releases of his into the shade. The recordist must have had some very high quality gear back then to have captured such a vast tonal range. I’ve heard professional releases that are nowhere as good as this is for quality.” Alan Ashton, Organ 1st Radio
Track Listing and Samples
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