Michael Farneti Good Morning Kisses CR6

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The first licensed reissue of Michael Farneti's elusive Good Morning Kisses LP from 1976 is now available. This South Florida marvel has eluded collectors for eons and we are thrilled to get it back into circulation. 500 exact repro copies were pressed at RTI with crisp, vibrant, heavy jackets produced by Stoughton.

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Michael Farneti

Rhinestone and sequin, disco balls, plastic palm trees and wide-lapelled, bell-bottom polyester suits flash by as Michael Farneti takes the stage to deliver his disco-and-salsa-informed singer-songwriter pop. The era this album represents has been thoroughly buried by time, perhaps out of embarrassment. But if one views the mid-to-late 1970s as a period of wide possibilities for a happy-go-lucky local singer, then this is a time machine with major entertainment potential.

It's all here - glitzy upscale Neil Diamond s-sw moves, Broadway musical drama, Carribean pop, afterhours whiskey & piano brooding, even a rootsy 'rock'n'roll' track. Although a rich studio production with lots of keyboard, brass arangements and echo-laden female vocal harmonies, there is a home-made feel that is vital to the special magic of Good Morning Kisses. The relationship lyrics are elaborate and occasionally a bit off-centre, while Farneti's voice handles enthusiastic pop and reflective ballads with equal pizazz. Barry Manilow's benign shadow looms large across this album.

Only a handful of copies are known, but then again, only a handful of people in the world want it. [Originally]Pressed in Costa Rica, where a large portion of the run was reportedly lost. Remember the Love Boat TV series? This could be its lost soundtrack.

-- Patrick Lundborg, Acid Archives

Only a handful of people have had the chance to hear this extraordinarily idiosyncratic album, mostly the rarified record collecting breed devoted to the pursuit of private press records, or so called ‘vanity pressings’. These self-released, often home-made recordings are sold by the artists as souvenirs after a show, distributed to people involved in the business of music (promoters, agents, A&R people etc.), or given away to friends and family. They are not often masterpieces, but when they are, they can strike you with a passionate immediacy and a sense of the human connect that more professionally polished recordings simply can’t.

Private press albums like this one have been avidly collected since the early 1980s. The thrift-store/flea-market gnosis which originated among collectors is that the merits of these vanity recordings (what Paul Major refers to as ‘Real People Music’) are where the route between the heart and the recording is a road less traveled but immensely more picturesque than a detour via slick professionalism.

I can remember the day when Paul Major played me the Michael Farneti album for the first time. It was one of those AHA-art-experiences along the lines of the first time you hear the overture for Figaro’s Wedding, or Philosophy of the World by the Shaggs, or the first time you view Holbein’s Dance of Death; it is a visceral experience of such potency. By this point I had been collecting records quite frenetically for a decade or two, but nothing quite prepared me for the sounds I found myself immersed in.

Good Morning Kisses, in my opinion, is one of the true masterpieces of the self-released, self-produced LPs which were released in the 1970s and 80s. The range of this album is hard to grasp: Farneti’s straight-faced execution of songs in the outer reaches of Camus’ absurd man like “In The Jungle”, “Come To Europe” or “Movie Star” stand in counterpoint to the sublime beauty of “ESP Switch” or “The River”.

Over the years, words have reached me that Farneti saw this album as a disappointment in his life -- I hope this is no longer the case. Through Will Louviere and Troy Peters' labor of love, this pastoral slice of private press elegance will find its audience many moons after its original release along with new fans who will respond to it with a similar emotional vibrancy as the performances contained within.

-- Johan Kugelberg, 2011

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