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Image: 1601527 Recorded Live in Hyattsville, MD 1975-2015. George really had no
interest in releasing this record. “Seeing Is believing, they don’t need
records, trust me I did that, today they getting it live.” So this record
is that, live tapes from the house, recorded on a government issued
cassette recorder from National Library Service for the Blind. George
calls these his practice tapes for songwriting, and performance
warm-up, and never beyond his ears were they intended to travel.
“You just got to see me live if you want to really see me.. so when
we get there just plug me in, and point me at that crowd” Last time I
saw George they had him wired to the club system. He unplugs his
Yamaha keyboard, licks the tip of the power cord and taps a beat
on it, finally plugging in, synth lights up, tones all at zero, beats at
zero. Then he builds from there, counting blind through a preset one
hunderd factory tones and rhythm patterns. “I gotta start off at zero,
and go from there.”
After the Marshmellow Band disperesed, he got this Yamaha
keyboard, same one he’s been playing since 1990, endless scrolling
over the same presets, trying to make them fit, tempo down, tapping
while telling the story and asking if that feels right to you. “This
always gonna be different live.” Some selections on this album are
original material from home sessions prior to George’s 1980 selfreleased
LP. The rest, just a sampling from the Smallwood mind’s
library of classic song writers.

- Andrew Morgan (Peoples Potential Unlimited)

1. Not Gonna Give You Up
2. Loser
3. Family Affair
4. Into Your Love
5. Do You Baby
6. Blues Man
7. Lady Disco
8. Off The Wall
9. Lady
10. Touching Is My Thing Available from 05.02.2016
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