A kind of psychedelic Love Unlimited Orchestra vibe, with sensual female vocals, a jazzy guitar solo and lots of strings.
In the 1970s, writer Hunter S Thompson covered the high-profile boxing match between Muhammad Ali, then decidedly on the wane, and a bruising newcomer called Leon Spinks. Everyone thought Ali’s aura and reputation would carry him through. Thompson describes the frenzy as the fight bookmakers slowly realize that Spinks might actually win the fight, the odds tumbling rapidly for the in-fight punters who had bet on Ali out of a kind of blindness to his approaching demise. “My friend, sitting in one of the 200 dollar seats with a bunch of high-rollers, lost at least $45,000 in 45 minutes, pleading “I was betting on a goddamned legend. I must have been out of my mind.”
The album title comes from an essay by Thompson, one of the 'Beat Generation' of American writers of the 1950s/60s which also included William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. The concept of the album is that it is located in the Mint Hotel and Casino on the Vegas Strip; to which every year come a horde of freaks, gamblers, whores and hangers-on for the 'Mint 400' desert road race.
Each song takes a character from a Beat Generation writer and brings them alive musically. Thus each song has its own individual story, which you can follow if you're interested on https://www.hakimjamalmusic.com/blog
Each song also has its own individual piece of artwork, created by the DALL_E Ai software from cutups of the lyrics or sentences from the writing. One of them is attached here.
We've put a lot of work in trying to get the right sound - it's 'Lo-Fi' and I wanted to make it match the vibe of the sleeve, which Paul Wheatcroft created based on an old Dave Brubeck album cover. What I mean by this is that we have invested in some technology which allows us to reproduce as near as possible the authentic 'analogue' sounds of the era. This includes tape hiss, crackle and reverb settings from Abbey Road studios where '20 Golden Greats' was mastered.more