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Merrill At Midnight

LP (Item 727733) EmArcy, 1957 — Condition: Very Good

Merrill At Midnight is a dark little set from Helen – one that more than lives up to its name with a wonderful set of late nite backings arranged by Hal Mooney! Mooney's style is slightly more string-laden than some of Helen Merrill's other records of the 50s – but not in a way that's ever sleepy or romantic – more in a sad-tinged, dreamy sort of mode – one that suits Helen's vocals wonderfully. Bits of single instruments sneak into the mix to augment the tunes – a piano here, a guitar there – usually used sparingly, but in ways that beautifully underscore the mood of the songs. Titles include "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair", "Soft As Spring", "Easy Come Easy Go", "I'll Be Around", "If You Go", "After You Who", and "The Things We Did Last Summer".  © 1996-2020, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Blue label drummer logo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging.)

Very Good

  • Vinyl can have some dirt, but nothing major.
  • May not shine under light, but should still be pretty clean, and not too dirty.
  • May have a number of marks (5 to 10 at most), and obvious signs of play, but never a big cluster of them, or any major mark that would be very deep. Most marks should still not click under a fingernail.
  • May not look near perfect, but should play fairly well, with slight surface noise, and the occasional click in part of a song, but never throughout a whole song or more.
  • This is clearly a copy that was played by someone a number of times, but which could also be a good "play copy" for someone new.

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