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Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild

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 Pacific Northwest isolation mixed with wide-eyed ambition, a strong sense of family, and the gift of music proved to be quite the combination for teenage brothers Donnie and Joe Emerson. Originally released in 1979, Dreamin’ Wild is the sonic vision of the talented Emerson boys, recorded in a family-built home studio in rural Washington State. Situated in the unlikely blink-and-you-missed-it town of Fruitland and far removed from the late 1970s punk movement and the larger disco boom, Donnie and Joe tilled their own musical soil, channeling bedroom pop jams, raw funk, and yacht rock.

Spurred on by their high school’s music program, Donnie and Joe received a further push from their lifelong farmer father, who drew up a contract stating that he’d support his sons lofty ambitions with their very own recording studio as long as they focused on original material, sage advice for a man with zero experience in the music business. After taking out a second mortgage to help cover costs, Don Sr. also built his children a 300-capacity concert hall (dubbed Camp Jammin’) replete with ticket booth, stage, and fully functioning snack bar. The only problem was that the projected audience never quite materialized, despite a prime time TV profile entitled “The Rock And Roll Farmers” from nearby Spokane, Washington. Even the Emerson brothers' school pals were nonplussed at their privately pressed long player; hand distributed to local music stores, but not quite so far as Seattle, five hours away from their rural home. Somewhat dejected by the muted response but never surrendering, both Donnie and Joe continued down a musical path and are still active as performers today.

This rare slice of bedroom-funk gets the usual Light In The Attic treatment with newly remastered audio, detailed liner notes, and expanded original album art with loads of photos from the Emerson’s collection. Be sure to also check out the short documentary, The Rock-n-Roll Farmers: Donnie & Joe Emerson.


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A1 Good Time 4:20
A2 Give Me The Chance 2:50
A3 Baby
Vocals [Background] – Eldon Kemmerer
A4 Feels Like The Sun 6:30
B1 Love Is
Vocals [Background] – Duane Etue
B2 Don't Go Lovin' Nobody Else 5:30
B3 Dream Full Of Dreams 5:00
B4 My Heart 7:04

Artist: Donnie & Joe Emerson

GENRE:Classic Rock, Pop, Yacht Rock, Psych

Pressing Information: 40th Anniversary Edition "Baby" Blue Vinyl Limited to 1,000 Copies

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Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild

£19.00 Regular price £30.00