Marc Emory - Listening Music / Anfang Music (1974) LP


LP in edition of 200
This is a very rare folk record made by Marc Emory in 1974-75. Marc played all guitars and did all of the vocals (but most tracks are instrumental). The original record was a private pressing of 200 copies, most he gave to friends and family. This album is a rare gem in solo guitar and we're happy to share it with the world. Marc has been living in Germany with his wife for many years. He's still making music, just not as the lonely college student he once was.

Ready to slide into autumn? If so, this should help: Marc Emory’s Listening Music / Anfang. Originally self-released in 1974, and resurrected last month via Scissor Tail Records, the mostly instrumental affair finds Emory handling all the guitars/vox. An obvious grip for devotees of William Ackerman’s Windham Hill and the greater Takoma family, the reissue is being limited to 200 copies in keeping with the spirit of the amount pressed for the original ’74 release. The skilled 12-string fingerpicking is perhaps the main draw, but don’t skip the vocal numbers, with Emory finding a fully-hazed If I Could Only Remember My Name / Gary Higgins sweet spot.  - Aquarium Drunkard



Scissor Tail has long been quietly releasing some of the best folk, psych, and country to hit the turntable. From early offerings from Rosali, Sarah Louise, Scott Hirsch, and Joseph Allred, through last year’s indispensable Tobacco City LP. They’ve not often dipped into reissues, though, but they’ve hit on something magical with a new edition of a lost private press gem from Marc Emory. Recorded as a college student in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania in 1974, the record is split between folk instrumentals that certainly have a familiarity with the Takoma family, and a few vocal tracks that add a loner charm to the record. The slide blues of “All Gaul” have a dose of Fahey in their DNA, but Emory gives the familiar feel his own kind of overcast glee.

Elsewhere, Listening Music/Anfang, finds itself slipping through more trad folk territory, the second side practically opening in a communal pub dance feeling. There’s a bluegrass spirit bubbling under the record, with shades of Anglican folk and country blues trading off when it subsides. When Emory’s vocal surface his weariness hides his age, an already aching spirit barely out of his school days. The original record was pressed in a run of 200 and mostly given to friends and family. There were even some originals left over that Scissor Tail made available in their shop. The new edition follows suit and also comes in a run of 200. The well of private press records that haven’t been found and freed at this point seems to be dwindling, its best to pounce when you find one this good. - Raven Sings The Blues