SONIC-RECREATION.COM high definition, high definition LP to Digital [FLAC] transfer services. A division of H8 Enterprises.

Home Catalog ***Rare & Collectible*** Order Information Contact Us About Us Site Map


Spyro Gyra

Read Spyro Gyra's biography



Spyro Gyra - Morning Dance [Infinity INF 9004] (1979)

Go to http://www.dynamicrange.de
for more information

LP to Digital [FLAC] transfer bundle $29.99
plus shipping

ITEM# SR-ININF9004
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=G+

Please allow two to three weeks for delivery.

Artist:

Spyro Gyra

Title:

Morning Dance

Released: 1979
Label: Infinity
Catalog: INF 9004
Genre: Jazz
NOTE: LP has a slight warp
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Morning Dance
02 Jubilee
03 Rasul
04 Song For Lorraine
05 Starburst
06 Heliopolis
07 It Doesn't Matter
08 Little Linda
09 End Of Romanticism
Submit a review.

Album Review

Morning Dance is Spyro Gyra's most commercially successful album, released in summer 1979. The song "Morning Dance" was a major hit (Billboard #24 pop, #1 adult contemporary) in summer 1979. The album cover of Morning Dance had concept origination, design and art direction by Peter Corriston. Illustration by David Heffernan. The package design was nominated for a Grammy award. [wikipedia]


Spyro Gyra - Incognito [MCA Records MCA-5368] (1982)

LP to Digital [FLAC] transfer bundle $39.99
plus shipping

ITEM# SR-MCMCA5368
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=NM-

Please allow two to three weeks for delivery.

Artist:

Spyro Gyra

Title:

Incognito

Released: 1982
Label: MCA Records
Catalog: MCA-5368
Genre: Jazz


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Last Exit
02 Old San Juan
03 Harbor Nights
04 Stripes
05 Oasis
06 Incognito
07 Sueno
08 Soho Mojo
Submit a review.

Album Review

Incognito is the sixth album by Spyro Gyra, released in 1982. At Billboard magazine, it reached No. 46 on the Top 200 Albums chart, and No. 2 on that magazine's Jazz Albums chart. [wikipedia.org]


Spyro Gyra - Breakout [MCA MCA-5753] (1986)

LP to Digital [FLAC] transfer bundle $39.99
plus shipping

ITEM# SR-MCMCA5753
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

Please allow two to three weeks for delivery.

Artist:

Spyro Gyra

Title:

Breakout

Released: 1986
Label: MCA
Catalog: MCA-5753
Genre: Fusion / Jazz


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Bob Goes To The Store
02 Freefall
03 Doubletake
04 Breakout
05 Body Wave
06 Whirlwind
07 Swept Away
08 Guiltless
Submit a review.

Album Review

Breakout is the tenth album by Spyro Gyra, released in 1986. It would be the last album co-produced by Richard Calandra who died of cancer in October 1986.

The band would produce an MTV video for ''Bob Goes To The Store'' shot partly from the point of view of a roaming dog (''Bob''). [wikipedia.org]

Spyro Gyra's Biography

Stephen Thomas Erlewine [allmusic.com]

Founded in 1974 by saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, Spyro Gyra have consistently been one of the commercially successfully pop-jazz groups of the past 30 years. The band became a full-time venture in 1976 and has been touring ever since. Critics love to attack this band's music, which combines R&B and elements of pop and Caribbean music with jazz, but its live performances are often stimulating -- unlike many of its records, which emphasize the danceable melodies.

The roots of Spyro Gyra lay in Buffalo, NY, in 1974. Beckenstein and his longtime friend, keyboardist Jeremy Wall, had been leading a group with a revolving membership; every one of the many members in the band were loosely involved in the local jazz and rock scenes. Around 1974, the group was beginning to gel and cultivate a following. A club owner who wanted to advertise an upcoming appearance by the band asked Beckenstein for the group's name. The saxophonist told him "Spirogyra," a word he learned in a college biology course. The owner misspelled the word as Spyro Gyra, and the band fell into place, featuring Beckenstein, Wall, Jim Kurzdorfer, and Tom Walsh. Not long afterward, the group added keyboardist Tom Schuman. Electric guitarist Chet Catallo, drummer Eli Konikoff, and percussionist Gerardo Velez all joined in 1978 (with Wall dropping out) and bassist David Wofford was added in 1980.

Spyro Gyra independently funded and recorded their debut album, releasing the record on the local independent label Amherst in 1976. The record slowly became a success and Amherst sold the rights to the band to Infinity Records, a division of MCA. Wall left the band in 1978, leaving Schuman as the group's main keyboardist. Morning Dance, their first album for Infinity, was released in 1979. The record became a major hit, spawning a Top 40 single with "Morning Dance" and going platinum. Morning Dance firmly placed Spyro Gyra as one of the most popular artists in contemporary jazz, and throughout the '80s, their popularity continued growing. Their albums were consistent best-sellers, and their concerts often sold out. In 1983, vibraphonist and marimba player Dave Samuels -- who had played on several of the group's albums -- became a full-fledged member of the band. Over the course of the '80s, the membership of Spyro Gyra fluctuated, but Beckenstein and Schuman remained at its core, keeping the group's signature sound intact.

In 1990, MCA's jazz roster was absorbed by GRP, so Spyro Gyra switched labels, releasing Fast Forward, their first album for GRP, later that year. In 1993, Samuels left the touring band, but he continued to play in the studio. By the late '90s, the band featured Beckenstein, Schuman, Julio Fernandez, Joel Rosenblatt, and Scott Ambush, and released Got the Magic in 1999. Two years later the band moved to the Telarc-affiliated Heads Up label and released In Modern Times in 2001, followed by Original Cinema in 2003. Drummer Rosenblatt left the band and was replaced by Ludwig Afonso for 2004's Deep End. A fourth Heads Up album, Good to Go-Go, was issued in 2007. The holiday album A Night Before Christmas followed in 2008.
Questions or comments? Send us E-mail.
Send us E-mail
    © Copyright 2011-2020 - SONIC-RECREATION.COM is solely owned and operated by John Haight. All Rights Reserved.