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Paul Parrish - The Forest of My Mind LP


Arranged by Mike Theodore and prolific guitarist Dennis Coffey—who later worked together on Rodriguez’s Cold Fact—1968’s The Forest of My Mind is a solid dose of soul-soothing mellow tunes, rich with captivating pastoral odes. The album is a unique synthesis of pop, folk and psychedelic sounds flecked with a touch of Donovan Leitch-like whimsy, all steered into righteous and refined waters by future Motown staff producer Clay McMurray (Gladys Knight & The Pips, David Ruffin, The Temptations, the Four Tops) and aided by the wizened influence of the Motor City’s R&B/soul session-men of the era.

Despite the awe-inspiring sounds this near-masterpiece is bursting with, the album didn’t receive the accolades it rightly deserved in its day (due to some unfortunate flightiness from the original issuing label). One listen to the grandeur of The Forest of My Mind will have you singing the same tune as project producer McMurray: that the world must see how “simply wonderful this hidden jewel is.”

English Sparrows
Walking In The Forest (Of My Mind)
The Painter (Who Lives In The Cellar)
Dialogue Of Wind And Lover
You've Got To Hide (Your Love Away)
Tiny Alice
Morning Train
Something Of A Love Song
The White Birds (Return To Warm Seas)
Flowers In The Park
I Can't Help Myself

Mapache Records