In a time when most of us are carrying around devices in our pockets that can pull up and play just about any song from music history, there is something exhilarating about the fuzzed-out wheel of fortune that is an FM radio dial. To take a break from the constant onslaught of information and decisions and hand the steering wheel over to someone else for a while feels both nostalgic and liberating. Remember when that’s all there was? The sweet static-filled unpredictability of the radio and a stack of carefully chosen records that you listened to over and over and over again?
As soon as the first track begins on this wide-ranging record, that familiar sound emerges like a beacon: the squeal and squalor of a radio dial, tuned by André Cymone himself, inviting us to step back in time. For the next 51 minutes, he’s got this. All we have to do is sit back, open up our minds, and listen.
And back we go, back before André Cymone became a revered studio musician and producer, before he toured the world alongside his best friend; before he had even met Prince and they started playing in their first band together, Grand Central. André is taking us back to 1969, when he was only 11 years old, sifting through his older siblings’ records and listening to their heated discussions about politics. Back to a pivotal moment in U.S. history that was reverberating throughout his neighborhood in North Minneapolis, and an explosive moment in rock music history that shook a young André to the core.
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