Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Nicholas and Gallivan with Larry Young (Levitate the White House!!!)

Nicholas and Gallivan with Larry Young
"Love Cry Want"

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June 1972, Lafayette Park, Washington DC. Richard Nixon ordered aide, J.R. Haldeman, to pull the plug on the concert fearing that this strange music would 'levitate the White House.' Here is that music."
Love Cry Want is a monstrous piece of psych-jazz, sorta like the most zonked moments of Tony Williams' Emergency Mark I further extended into some unimaginably degenerate mutation.? Over the course of an hour, Larry Young's space organ is repeatedly injected into a maelstrom of primitive guitar synths, spastic ring modulated moans and an abundance of percussion.? Technically-speaking, it's probably closer to free rock than free jazz and in the end, it's one of those discs so dissociating that I wouldn't dare listen to it outside of sobriety.? Heavy?? No shit. That this group was never documented until 1997 only hints at how much of this genre has fallen through the cracks.? So yeah, muchos gracias to Love Cry Want percussionist Joe Gallivan for embracing his past work... and thereby allowing us other freaks to do the same.
Did manage to track down Love Cry Want & it is indeed all that & a bag of chips!? This is some of the most whacked music ever made!? The drummer & guitarist are both playing through prototype drum & guitar synthesizers, Larry Young's doin' his outer space organ thing-- sheer Nirvana!? Each 10+ minute song has more musical ideas bubbling around (in a remarkably cohesive & flowing fashion) than you can shake a stick at!? Moments of unholy beauty & red-hot scree bumpin' right next to each other, never losing the flow.? That this music was created & '72 & more importantly, that this music was *heard by* & *scared the shit out of* Tricky Dick Nixon brings a smile to my face a mile wide.? Get it if you know what's good for you!

Prepare for something special and 'levitate the White House!!!'

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Love Cry Want

Thursday, November 20, 2008

CODE III - Planet Of Man, Germany 1974 (Krautrock Gem)

Code III - “Planet of Man”
Release on Delta Acoustic in 1974.

Another obscure release from Schulze’s little stable of cosmic electro-acousitc troubadours and a fine one at that. Taking as its pretext a concept as big as the formation of the cosmogony itself: this far-out piece of German-ness is in the same verin as Sand’s Golem, and The Vuh’s first two monoliths. A huge adam-and-eve-adelic experiment into sonic territories hitherto unexplored in 1974. This really was Delta-Acustic’s year wasn’t it.From the cover onwards the LP is a beautiful fusion of electronic and acoustic folkiness, the Sand LP is really the nearest comparison. Cosmic electronics of whistling and wind effects open up Side One and give the LP a very “Ligeti’s contributions to 2001 A Space Odyssey” feel, formless moog ululations and spectral robot voices speaking about primitive (wo)man. Thebrainchild of Manfred Schunke and Ed Key the LP them merges into a sublime acousitc ur-folk plainsong, picked acoustics and English vocals, the bird whistles bring us right into Granchester Meadows (its very Roger Waters in fact, a re-write of that track and Atom Heart’s If), flutes are added and we are in the krautrock Book of Genesis. Primitive atmospherics dominate, until 10 minutes of random drum sounds ruin it slightly (in that 5minutes would have sufficed).

Side Two and Aparna Shakravati adds tambura and chanting one-chord Indian wordless vocal, the whole thing morphing through more elctronic storms and tumult, and samples from American and German voices, into a sudden jump into early drum-machine motorik shuffle and trance-synths. Its very “Black Dance” and Klaus finally makes an appearance on Side Two - mid-way - on drums. The epic closer brings back the acoustics and it all builds into a spectatcular finale of choral oooohhhs and aaaaaaaaaaahhs that the Germans do so well, including (according to the liner notes) a Stone Age Choir and a Cosmos Choir. Fans of Sand, early Vuh and early Schulze will love this LP. - (Reviewed by Gogmagog From Head Heritage)

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