All four albums are available for full length listening, and can be purchased in high quality download formats including MP3, FLAC, and more. Factory sealed CD's are also available for "The Road Goes On" album. To learn more, please visit alanmunson.bandcamp.com.
A feature article/artist interview was published in the European-based "It's Psychedelic Baby" music magazine. The article provides a comprehensive view of Alan's music work and album releases over the years. View the interview here.
Bill Cooley and Alan Munson played in rock bands together in California during the '70's, and eventually formed the "Cooley - Munson Duo". Between them, they have recorded and released seven (7) record albums over the years, and together they recorded the very popular Cooley-Munson "IN DEBT" album.
In March of this year, Bill and Alan decided to re-form the Cooley-Munson Duo, and they are already working on a new album project, with 10 original songs. Recording sessions start in early June and a new Cooley - Munson album is targeted for market release this coming August. Expect some magic from this renewed collaboration! Please check back for further details and updates on the upcoming album release.
Alan Munson albums have recently been released on the Yoga Records label, as digital downloads in MP3 and FLAC formats. Album download releases are now available from Bandcamp and other popular sales locations. Please visit his page at Yoga Records for album reviews, photos and more info.
Alan Munson's discography, album reviews and artist interview have been included in a recent book entitled "PSYCHEDELIC MOODS - A Young Person's Guide to Psychedelic Music", described as the "first ever" Psychedelic Rock Guide published in Japan.
Book description from the author, Akira Yamanaka:
12 MARCH 2008 - When we first contacted Alan Munson to license the reissue of the LP "In Debt" from the duo COOLEY & MUNSON, we could not have foreseen that we would end up releasing all of his records, including his solo LP albums "First Light" and "Good Morning World". This latter album was originally released solely on cassette. We, at Guerssen, remained with our mouths wide open while we listened to it!!! Now we can offer our customers these three wonderful re-mastered discs in all luxury from Guerssen. All three albums are now available in CD format. The "In Debt" and "Good Morning World" albums are also being released as vinyl LP's, and are available worldwide. For worldwide record sales and ordering locations, see Where to Buy.
The "First light" album doesn't easily fit into a music category box. The songs range from psych rock, to some fairly "laid back" folk-rock, and even a song with a country rock feel. Instruments played on the record include electric and acoustic guitars, electric bass and drums. Lead solos are all played on electric guitar; a "clean" sound on the acoustic based songs and guitar effects were used on the psych rock songs. Strong lead vocals and background harmony vocals, making this another excellent album as a result. Also one unreleased bonus track is added, all remastered from the original tapes. First time ever reissue as well, the CD comes with a booklet, and outer carton slimcase.
Alan Munson, the songwriter of Cooley-Munson duo, continued the folk-rock way. It took him some time, but in 1975 he was ready for what is (for him, and for me too), his best 70's work. We. at Guerssen, think "Good Morning World" is a killer album!
Incredibly, "Good Morning World" was only released in cassette, and in a limited run. Under these circumstances, I'm so glad to put this out at last the way it should be. "Good Morning World" includes nine original, acoustic based songs with a mellow psych and folk rock sound across this album. Meaningful and understandable lyrics, delivered by "close-up" lead vocals, and background harmony vocals. Instruments played on the album include 6 string acoustic guitar, 12 string acoustic guitar, electric bass and percussion.
Vinyl pressing comes with an insert with liner notes and unseen photos. CD version with nice booklet with the same info and notes, as well as the outer carton slimcase.
"In Debt" is a major collectable item with the folk-rock and psychedelic rock listeners and collectors. Today, original copies of this record fetch quite interesting sums when changing hands in record fairs or internet auctions.
All tracks are original compositions, and the style is very personal. It's folk-rock, but many tracks are quite psychedelic too. But don't look close for influences, they will not come to mind that easily. Bill and Alan had their own psychedelic folk-rock style.
Never reissued before in any format, now here we come with a splendid reissue. Remastered sound taken from the original mastertapes, and including an insert with linernotes and unseen pictures. A must!! CD version comes with booklet and outer slimcase.
An overview and reviews of the Cooley-Munson "In Debt" and Alan Munson "First Light" albums have been included in a book entitled "The Acid Archives" (by Lundborg/Milenski/Moore). This book publication is described as "the first ever comprehensive guide to the vintage musical underground of North America".