If you have ever speculated about John Agar’ singing talents and wanted to hear him sing, then I have a tape for you! It’s entitled, “John Agar Collectors Edition” (the first in a series of “John Agar Classics”), and is, in fact, a collection of demos which the actor recorded several decades ago. The music itself is minimalistic, but this doesn’t necessarily detract from the experience. Rather, it makes the listener wonder about how much richer it would have sounded had it been recorded with a full orchestra. The sound quality of only one or two pieces are less than clear. The packaging too, is simple with a homemade look and feel.
As far as Agar himself goes, he is quite proficient and has a somewhat Johnny Cash feel to his voice. He also speaks through some of his selections, “Hollywood Heaven” is an ode to long lost movie icons and legends. “America, Where Are We Going,” and “City of the Angels,” have political overtones.
Overall, this tape is directed towards John Agar fans and is probably more fit for such. However, this tape would also make an interesting selection for curiosity seekers. The tape is released through: Bradley Brothers Records & Tapes, P.O. Box 2144, Winnetka, CA. 91306