CLEM COMSTOCK - Where Has the Music Gone? (Roger Klug)

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This is a Roger Klug side project from 1999 and has been out of print for at least 15 years. RARE! What I wrote back then:

I just raved hugely about the new Roger Klug project, "More Help For Your Nerves" But he has two other solo projects(not available right now) and this unusual solo project. A homage to the great sounds of the early/mid 60s. Klug/Comstock takes on all imaginable idioms and genres here and kicks their butt. "In the grand tradition of the Turtles` Battle of the Bands LP comes this goofy and inspired compilation of girl-group, teen idol, surf, frat-rock and psych-pop singles, all culled from the "vaults" of fictitious 1960s producer Clem Comstock. A mad genius in the Phil Spector/ Joe Meek mode, Clem never met a trend he didn`t like. " - Spectator Online.

"The story goes that Comstock was a Cincinnati-based producer/composer in the vein of Phil Spector or Brian Wilson, who experienced minimal regional success in the 60s and who has since disappeared from the face of the earth. With elaborate packaging, extensive liner notes and archival photos, this musically farcical cross between film concepts like Grace of My Heart, Spinal Tap and the upcoming Blair Witch Project is actually a wonderfully crafted re-creation by Klug. While Klug`s previous albums have always been rooted in classic Pop sounds and styles, Where Has The Music Gone? finds Klug mimicking everything from girl groups to white-bread Pop to catchy psychedelia to grandiose Wall-of-Sound quasi-epics, each credited to Comstock`s stable of entertainers. In lesser hands, Where Has The Music Gone? could have been disastrous. But Klug is a smart enough writer with such a clear grasp of the music he is emulating that it turns the project into a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Klug also captures the feel of the era with the production abilities, using analog home equipment to get a sound unattainable on modern equipment. Klug`s nod to the past is not just admirable in its ambition: The execution is flawless, a testament to the vision of one of Cincinnati`s great artists." City Beat.