Boomkat Product Review:
1970s jetsetter, art collector and party animal Earl McGrath stumbled into the record business almost by accident, accumulating a treasure trove of master tapes that have been unearthed by Light in the Attic. Includes unheard music from Hall and Oates, Norma Jean Bell, Ultra Violet and more.
Earl McGrath was a notorious Hollywood character; Harrison Ford was his handyman (and weed dealer), and McGrath counted Andy Warhol and Joan Didion among his close friends. Atlantic's Ahmet Ertegun offered McGrath his own imprint in 1970, while Mick Jagger asked him to manage the Rolling Stones' imprint in 1977. He was a larger than life character who left behind a larger than life collection of recordings when he died in 2016; when journalist Joe Hagan looked in McGrath's closet, the first box he pulled off the shelf was a master tape of the Rolling Stones' "Some Girls".
Described by the label as "a journey into the heart of an era", "Earl's Closet" gives an intimate portrait of a world that's long disappeared. Filled with rock, pop, folk, country, funk and R&B recordings that scream loudly of wild parties, free love and free-flowing substances, it's a vibrant, full-color narrative that's boosted by Hagan's expansive liner notes. It's giving "Boogie Nights".