On July 24 Seattle’s Light in the Attic Records is to reissue Misty Flats, the 1974 album from Minneapolis folk singer/songwriter Goldberg. The album will be available on deluxe LP and, for the first time ever, on CD and for digital download. The reissue will include an exclusive interview with Goldberg and never-before-seen photos. Misty Flats reflects on Goldberg’s childhood appreciation for cinema, dreams of Hollywood life, and the somber state of the nation at the end of the Vietnam War.
In 1974, 23-year-old Barry Thomas Goldberg’s Minneapolis band The Batch broke up and he abandoned their power-pop sound for folk. Misty Flats was originally recorded with friend and recording artist Michael Yonkers. The two recorded the entire album in only two days on an Ampex tape machine.
“I’d just left my band,” remembers Goldberg in a press release, “and I didn’t know where I was heading either. And that’s what Misty Flats represents: neither high road nor low, but somewhere in between.”
Goldberg has remained in Minneapolis to this day. Though few would hear the artistic folk album in its time, since only 500 copies were printed, this forgotten folk gem is finally seeing the Light in the Attic.
Sadie Bell, of Wayzata, is a Journalism + Design major at The New School in New York City.