Mark Eric is a Louisiana wedding photographer who is centrally located and loves shooting both Louisiana weddings and Natchez weddings. Travel outside these areas is available upon request.
Every so often, there is an album recorded so out of touch with the times that there is nothing for it to do but die on the vine, even if that album is a masterpiece. Mark Eric's album A Midsummer's Day Dream is just such an album. Released the same month as the Woodstock festival in the summer of 1969, there could not be an album as far removed from the music that summer as A Midsummer's Day Dream. Disregarding the warnings set forth by Hendrix when he proclaimed that we would never hear surf music again, Mark Eric took the Californian music of the Beach Boys' and the Sunrays into the nether regions of the late 1960s. Sadly, an album of luscious beauty and elegant arrangements was lost in the heyday of "".
Mark Eric was not about rocking out and maybe that is one reason his album was not adequately promoted by his record label at the time it was released. He was more about group harmonies inspired by the Four Freshmen, personal songs with a laid-back Californian attitude, and jazzy arrangements. So while the entire album does have a hazy late summer feel to it, that summer in 1969 left Mark Eric miles away from recognition. Left alone with a lost platter and no one to share it with, Mark Eric and his only album A Midsummer's Day Dream drifted into obscurity.
Produced by Norman Ratner, 1969's "A Midsummer's Day Dream" is probably the best Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys album they never released. Now, if you weren't a Beach Boys fan that description didn't do much for you. On the other hand, anyone who was an admirer of Brian Wilson's catalog would find this set to be a 'must own' addition to their collection. That also neatly captured the strengths and weaknesses of this release. If you were looking for originality, there wasn't much to be found here. None of the dozen selections reflected a unique Mark Eric 'sound'. What you did get was someone who managed to nail that unique mid-1960s Southern California vibe that mixed Beach Boys and sunshine pop. Interestingly, Eric and his collaborator/arranger former Animals guitarist Vic Briggs apparently wrote these twelve tracks intending to place them with other acts. The sessions were apparently only intended to demo the material, but the results were so impressive that Revue decided to release it as a Marc Eric effort.