Gary McFarland: On This Site Shall Be Erected . . .


Gary McFarland: On This Site Shall Be Erected . . .


Gary McFarland (leader)


America the Beautiful: An Account of Its Disappearance (Passport 1054 [2006 reissue])

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Gary McFarland (leader),

Bernie Glow, Ernie Royal, Snooky Young, Marvin Stamm (trumpets), Garnett Brown (trombone), Jim Buffington, Ray Alonge (French horns), Harvey Phillips (tuba), Jerome Richardson, Romeo Penque, Joe Farrell, Wally Kane, Danny Bank (reeds), George Ricci (cello), Warren Bernhardt (piano), Eric Gale (guitar), Jerry Jemmott (electric bass), Bill Lavorgna (drums), Warren Smith (percussion)


Composed, arranged & conducted by Gary McFarland


Recorded: New York, October 16, 18, 21 or 22, 1968


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

Following The Gary McFarland Orchestra – Special Guest Soloist: Bill Evans and The October Suite, the third of Gary McFarland's recorded masterpieces, America the Beautiful: An Account of Its Disappearance, is a series of musical portraits of a country in the midst of vulgarization—as meaningful a statement now as it was when recorded 40 years ago. It's at times elegiac, at other times satiric, and always deeply felt. "On This Site Shall Be Erected …" captures these varied moods perfectly.

Reviewer: Bill Kirchner


  • 1 Marc Berner // Mar 09, 2009 at 05:55 AM
    This is a beautiful record! Thank you, Gary McFarland.