Sundazed Records has compiled a groovy CD and 180 gram vinyl of composer Tandyn Almer's songs. Almer is best remembered as the composer of "Along Comes Mary" for The Association. He co-authored "Sail On, Sailor" and "Marcella" for the Beach Boys. Tandyn also co-wrote two songs with Curt Boettcher, the producer for The Association. The musical compositions on this Sundazed disc are performed by various artists and were recorded as demos for Davon Music in 1965 and 1966.
The CD includes extensive liner notes by Parke Puterbaugh, who tracked down Tandyn for this project before Tandyn's untimely demise. Almer became fascinated with jazz in his youth when he attended a music conservatory in Minnesota. After "Along Comes Mary" was a hit on the charts, Almer was featured alongside Frank Zappa, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn, and Brian Wilson on 'Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution,' a 1967 CBS TV News feature presented by Leonard Bernstein.
“He’s one of the lost and hidden voices of the 60's, and he left behind a body of work that’s ripe for rediscovery,” said Parke Puterbaugh, a former senior editor of Rolling Stone who wrote the liner notes. “There’s a whole catalog of incredible songs that he wrote that no one’s ever heard.”
Tandyn stated that he and Brian Wilson used to go play double Steinway pianos together at UCLA. Almer also hung out at The Troubadour and befriended Mason Williams. He ended up playing bass guitar in his band for a year.
Mason said, "Tandyn was more sophisticated than I was musically. He was always encouraging me to stretch out my arrangements. Because of him, I undertook playing complicated music that I didn't tackle as a folk singer. I like the fact that he was always pushing me to experiment and enlarge what I was willing to do musically."
Songs such as "About Where Love Is" and "I Get High" show what a brilliant songwriter Tandyn was in his prime. His song "Alice Designs" was also recorded by Mr. Lucky and His Gamblers and the Sugarbeats. Psychedelia abounds in the lyrical head trips that Tandyn penned.