Michael Farneti - Good Morning Kisses
The first licensed reissue of Michael Farneti's elusive Good Morning Kisses LP from 1976 is now available. This South Florida marvel has eluded collectors for eons and we are thrilled to get it back into circulation. 500 exact repro copies were pressed at RTI with crisp, vibrant, heavy jackets produced by Stoughton.
I can remember the day when Paul Major played me the Michael Farneti album for the first time. It was one of those AHA-art-experiences along the lines of the first time you hear the overture for Figaro’s Wedding, or Philosophy of the World by the Shaggs, or the first time you view Holbein’s Dance of Death; it is a visceral experience of such potency. By this point I had been collecting records quite frenetically for a decade or two, but nothing quite prepared me for the sounds I found myself immersed in.
Good Morning Kisses, in my opinion, is one of the true masterpieces of the self-released, self-produced LPs which were released in the 1970s and 80s. The range of this album is hard to grasp: Farneti’s straight-faced execution of songs in the outer reaches of Camus’ absurd man like “In The Jungle”, “Come To Europe” or “Movie Star” stand in counterpoint to the sublime beauty of “ESP Switch” or “The River”.
Over the years, words have reached me that Farneti saw this album as a disappointment in his life -- I hope this is no longer the case. Through Will Louviere and Troy Peters' labor of love, this pastoral slice of private press elegance will find its audience many moons after its original release along with new fans who will respond to it with a similar emotional vibrancy as the performances contained within.
– Johan Kugelberg, 2011