A few years back I was out driving around the hinterlands of upstate New York with my father-in-law, perusing antique stores and the like and happened upon one of the most isolated record stores I’ve ever been to.
The place was one of those big old buildings that looked like it used to be a feed store, but all of the oats and hay had been replaced by well worn cardboard boxes full of records.
Things were not optimally organized or placed for easy browsing, but I couldn’t very well walk away from a mountain of vinyl like that, so dig I did.
One of the armload of records I picked up that day was the album you see before you by Fargo.
Fargo, basically the duo of Dean Wilden and Tony Decker seem to have hailed from Utah, and if a few of the songs on the album (along with scraps of information on the interwebs) are to be believed, they were dabbling in Christian rock.
Don’t let that out you off, because while they were dabbling in Jesus, they were fully involved in making high quality folk/pop/popsike, packed to the rafters with hooks and tight harmonies.
Recorded in 1969, with assistance from Rick Cunha (of Hearts and Flowers) and producer/songwriter Marty Cooper, ‘I See It Now’ is – if not a genuine lost classic – orbiting in the vicinity thereof.
Cooper is an interesting touchpoint, because he helped write a few of the songs and is the link between Fargo and Jennifer Warnes, who recorded their song ‘Places Everyone’ and the Cooper-penned ‘Sunny Day Blue’ which appeared as a Fargo b-side.
The track I bring you today is my fave from the album, ‘Talks We used To Have’.
The song is a blissful piece of folk rock bordering on sunshine pop, with an absolutely beautiful chorus. I’m a little shocked that it wasn’t released as a 45, but all signs seem to point to the fact that Fargo were an artistic success and a commercial failure.
I don’t think Wilden or Decker did anything else, which is a shame since they clearly had a lot of talent.
‘I See It Now’ was reissued on CD by Lion records in 2017. The original album isn’t terribly expensive, hovering between 10 and 20 dollars, and worth every penny.
I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you all next week.
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