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Danny Long

She’s Here At Last

(Riverman; US: 13 Sep 2011; UK: 13 Sep 2011)

Chicagoan Danny Long has been called “one of Chicago’s most important experts in the world of music” and this 1971 privately-pressed release has been dubbed “exciting” with “magical material”. Not to these ears. It is schmaltz—and dated schmaltz, at that. With a mix that seems to have been designed specifically to be blasted through department store and elevator speakers, She’s Here at Last doesn’t stand much of a chance outside of a small cult market. The listener doesn’t stand much of chance staying awake beyond the second or third track. Some things may be best left lost and this is one of them.

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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