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THOUGH WE'RE APART
Words and music by Eric Wrobbel
First recorded by Wrobbel in 1969, this is a trivial piece of fluff written for a girl he met at summer camp that year. In 1970, he re-recorded it as an instrumental and issued it on the flip side of what is probably his best early single, "West Mystic" (Distortion DS45-10).
Both recordings were made on Labor Day, a year apart. So, having established a tradition, Wrobbel recorded the song on the following two Labor Days, 1971 and 1972, making ever-stranger mockeries of the song and its lyrics, by then seen by Wrobbel to be something of an embarrassment. A more sober version from the late-1970s is thought to also have been recorded but has never been found. In the 2000s, Wrobbel, in an act that can only be chalked up to extreme sentimentalism, visited the song again, producing the version you hear here. The lyrics here have been--as he would put it--"repaired," and they are fairly respectable. Still rather artless, but then have you listened to pop radio lately? Or ever? But the news here, and the reason this is now worth a listen, is the fact that Wrobbel has re-imagined the thing with a Latin feel. All those Baja Marimba Band records he heard back in the '60s had, apparently, some effect.
About Eric Wrobbel
This songwriter, artist, musician and humorist has written and produced hundreds of interesting tracks for himself and others in his long, eclectic career. Rarely performing live, he has almost exclusively focused his musical efforts as a studio artist, working in a wide range of styles that have variously been described as rock, folk, country, psych, humor, and pop.
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