Stark Reality was an American jazz/rock fusion band most famous for their 1970 album The Stark Reality Discovers Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop, a heavily-improvised reinvention of a 1958 children's album by songwriter Hoagy Carmichael, to be used for the show Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop which aired on PBS and has been sampled by many hip-hop artists like Large Professor or J-Live. The album was re-released in 2003 by the Stones Throw label with the addition of previously unreleased songs under the name Now. 6 previously unreleased songs have been released by Stones Throw as a compilation called 1969. Formed in Boston, Massachusetts, most of the band's members attended the Berklee College of Music.
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