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Wright, Gary – The Light Of Smiles


Gary Wright (vocals, keyboards)
Steve Porcaro (keyboards)
David Foster (keyboards)
Peter Reilich (keyboards)
Jim Kelner (drums )
Art Wood (drums)

Produced by: Gary Wright
Engineered by: Jay lewis
Mixed by : tbd
Remastered by: Jon Astley

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Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition – Fully Remastered Audio. 16 page full colour booklet – 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork with previously unseen Photos and new interview with Gary Wright.. “GARY WRIGHTS’ PLACE in musical history was undoubtedly secured by the huge international hit single ‘Dream Weaver’, a recording that still has an afterlife to this day. But that wasn’t the first time Wright had generated interest in his musical career. Back in the late 60’s this New Jersey born musician relocated to the UK and, on the encouragement of Island Records boss Chris Blackwell, joined forces with Spooky Tooth, one of the most respected acts of the time. When Spooky Tooth broke up, Wright moved back to America and secured a prestigious solo deal with the Warner Brothers label, recording ‘The Dream Weaver’ album which proved to be an unexpected success, selling close to a million copies. Refocusing his attention, he quickly set about recording the follow up album, once again recorded in Los Angeles, and building on the minimalist, layered keyboard style that he had become known for. It also featured a few of his highly regarded touring musicians such as drummer Jim Keltner, keyboardist David Foster and future Toto bassist Steve Porcaro. Partly spiritual in nature the tracks appear to conjoin both lyrically and musically. There is a decidedly progressive rock feel to the presentation, partly driven by precision musicianship and expansive arrangements. Tracks such as ‘Watersign’, ‘Time Machine’ and ‘Phantom Writer’ are impressive slices of prog with a defined AOR edge, bringing to mind Supertramp, Procol Harum and the Alan Parson’s Project.”

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