Hollywood Maverick: The Gary Paxton Story / Various [Import]
Brian Wilson admired him and in the roll-call of 1960s Hollywood record men, quixotic producer Gary S Paxton was one of the most remarkable. Hollywood Maverick documents the oddball genius of Paxton's glory years, as he confounded a skeptical record industry by scoring major hits in the most unusual manner. It's the yin to the yang of Ace's recent anthology of Paxton's one-time partner, Kim Fowley. A large quota of the tracks on Hollywood Maverick appear on CD for the first time, having previously only been available on tiny labels that the workaholic Paxton seemed to form every other week. The packed booklet features a definitive history of the era with lengthy quotes not just from the man himself but a wide range of his associates in those years. Loaded with photos and memorabilia that really give a feel for the pioneering spirit of Hollywood in the early 1960s, Hollywood Maverick is a document of a never-to-be repeated time in music history, and pays tribute to one of rock 'n' roll's most colorful characters. ACE. 2006.
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