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Ten Lovely Ambient Albums of 2017, For When You Want to Get Mellow

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 2, 2018 04:31pm | Post a Comment

10 Ambient Albums of 2017

By Michael Henning

Everybody needs to unwind at some point, whether it's at the end of a long week of work, a stressful day where things feel like they are getting out of control, or even just hearing about another frustrating development on the political front. When you start to feel the need to mellow out, these ten lovely ambient albums released in 2017 will help you to calm down and really relax. Or, if you're already pretty chill, they will help you to achieve ice cold status, like a polar bear eating an ice cream sandwich on top of a glacier.

Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society

10.  Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society - Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society (Six Degrees)

Lovely languid clouds of synthesizer melodies from this duo, which includes Bombay Dub Orchestra main man Garry Hughes. Where that project focuses on global fusion beats with eastern-influenced orchestral arrangements, this is simply two guys making simple ambient music with a large collection of synths. The mellow works on this CD are very nice for nighttime listening, or a pleasant way to start your day in a quiet introspective mode.
Secret Pyramid

9.  Secret Pyramid - Two Shadows Collide (Ba Da Bing)

A King's Ransom From Queens

Posted by Rick Frystak, July 9, 2012 03:04pm | Post a Comment
Virtuous vinyl votaries rejoice! Amoeba Music has just acquired a very choice collection of records from the Queens, NY area to resell in our Hollywood store and on Amoeba.com, a collection that is quite exhilarating to a record guy like myself, and very different from collections I've seen on the West coast or any coast. Beginning on July 21 at 10:30am, Amoeba will offer the first of these records for sale to the public at the Hollywood store, and right now some of them are online at Amoeba.com.

Eddie, the previous owner of the records, was a true record collector, but not in the sense of the must-own or traditional market-driven collectible pieces and sought-after titles. Instead he was a curator of alluring oddities, deviating from the mainstream and submersing himself in what he himself liked to listen to, always with the highest of ideals, a paradigm of good taste. He was able to keep his records in a condition that was exactly as he had bought them, and mantained the collection as if they were never played. Many of the records happen to be still sealed, as new!

Folks here in California will be awed by the breadth of the material and its integrity, consisting of mostly non-rock 'n roll genres, not-oft traded on this massive scale. Vocals, soundtracks, thousands of 20th-century classical and jazz titles, latin music and all locales of international artists are represented here, as well as folk, blues and spoken word. Rarely seen lounge sounds and easy listening cheesecake covers, great Amercan songwriters sitting right beside obscure new age and electronic music. Over 30,000 discs of very small and large labels, private pressings, boutique pressings and artist editions await inspection by Amoeba loyalists on the day these go on sale. As these discs were collected and maintained in the New York area, West Coast LP collectors will delight in perusing these platters just-in to Hollywood from 2,800 miles away!

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Private Pressings Go Public

Posted by Rick Frystak, January 31, 2012 02:05pm | Post a Comment
Anyone who wants to can make an LP record! Yes, anybody, and it’s always been like that. Why can’t the world hear your creativity? Break out of those bedroom studios and living rooms and lounges and let the people know of your greatness! Why work all your life on your axe and never be heard by the masses? Who needs to wait for a major label to sign you to a rip-off contact? Call ACME Records and they’ll make a short-run pressing for you if you have the dough.  

Vanity pressings and small labels have always floated just under the surface of the platters you’d see in Billboard. My friends made some back in those days. Faces filled of hope, fame and just plain good-old personal righteousness. Words like “Real People”, “Outsider”, “Loner Folk”, “Xain Psych”, and “Steakhouse pressing” are just some of the many tags tossed about now about this history. And they’re filled with samples galore if you dig that sort of thing. Who doesn’t need a 5-second turnaround out of a live version of “Raindrops Are Fallin’ On My Head”?

These are not the Holy-Grail garage records. These aren’t the $1000 regional soul records. Just “real people" doing hard work and craft, and they're all available on Amoeba’s site to the first-come! Just click the title and see if they’re still there.  
 
 

Steve Jolliffe

Journeys Out Of The Body
Nada Pulse Records U.K. 1983

The label’s logo is “Music For The Interior Life”.  Song titles like “Second Reality” and “Middle Dream State” describe the saga of this issue, co-produced by THE Jade Warrior. Calm but serious spatial, meditative, melodic improvising, usually in one key, with sitar effects, field recordings and electronic twitters. Steve very creatively plays a cache of instruments including the flutes, soprano sax, piano, synthesizer and samplers, and does a cosmic chanting style to further deepen the mystery of the lovely moods. Additional guitar and guitar synth players bubble above and below the “action” on this trippy droning jewel. The LP comes with a one-sheet insert describing Steve’s out-of-body and other-reality experiences. Steve’s still going strong as his web site reveals. http://www.stevejolliffe.net/
 

Original Soundtrack

Love Minus One
Margabi Music 1971

“Romantic” drama about an unwanted pregnancy and subsequent illegal Mexican abortion (uh…the “Minus One”part) between an innocent assault victim and a divorced man who hates the ex who’s taken him to the cleaners. This soundtrack composed by Denny Vaughn combines all the “edginess” of an Emmanuelle score,  with the compositional chops of a Franz Liszt ….lots of sweet, heartfelt strings.  They said, “Hey!  We ‘got a soundtrack record here!”.  A couple of groovers with harpsichord and electric bass later, some Paul Williams influence and an overall vibe of a late-afternoon ABC movie, and you know what I’m talking about. Very 1971. I hope there was a happy ending. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460495/
 

Ford & Angel

You Can’t Have Everything!
Montagne Records 1977

Featuring the twin-trumpet and vocals (but…gee…they forgot to credit the vocals on the sleeve) onslaught of Andy Angel and Frankie Ford (definitely not “Sea Cruise” F.F.), this schmear of cocktail lounge jazz ‘n pop lays it on heavy. With a tight mix by an un-credited engineer (who probably didn’t insist his name be on it), these cats can really sing and play and they hit all the heavies, like “Gonna Fly Now”, a heavy instro of “Cameleon” and “Feelings” along with seven other belters. Palm Springs watering holes don’t book acts of this caliber, so you have this LP to savor the vibe in your own home for a lifetime. Oh, and it’s signed!
 

Buddy Fry
Does It His Way
Mark Custom Records 1970

Hands down the swingin’est and grooviest steakhouse private press of its ilk.  Fry squawks his way through all the greats like “Who Am I”, “Dock Of The Bay”, ”My Way”, quite possibly the definitive version of “Both Sides Now”, and other icons of bottle boutiques around the globe.  Ably backed by some nice organ, drums, guitar and piano from his band called The Individuals, Buddy kills it on this live date from Speelmon’s Steakhouse in Iowa (pronounced SHPEEL-mon’s) with his mobile intonation, Irish-wake vibrato and deft knowledge of the lyrical spirit unto which these tomes have been resurrected. There’s even a drum break with clapping on “Ob-La-Di” egged on by Buddy. Nick The Lounge Singer worships at the feet of Buddy Fry, and the cover says it all: “No one else sings like Buddy Fry”.  I consider it an honor that half of my surname is “Fry”. Sealed copy!
 

Herb Pilhofer

Spaces

Sound 80 Digital 1979

Here’s my digital offering for this session…my old keyboard player’s teacher, Herb Pilhofer.  Abstract expressionist cover gatefolds open into a tight-as-a-crab’s-ass jazz funk session for the Aja set. Brassy, reedy charts (Dick Oatts) and strings support the Minimoog groovestate and Gadd-ish compressed snare of the quite chipper-looking Pilhofer’s sound, with always-hip first-call sessionist soloing and all the chops.  Don’t forget that these hip jazz cats hearts, and they’re a couple soul-jerking ballads here with Herb tickling the Bosendorfer 88’s and that impressive string writing, but it’s mostly plugged in avocado funk not from L.A., but from a Minneapolis Label, pre-Rykodisc 3M 32 track digital studio with wood walls and stuff. Clean (it’s digital) and warm (it’s still digital) recording that makes the instruments right in your face. Wait, is that a phased panflute? Who knows. Who cares! Hell, I want this one for myself!
“If I weren’t a musician, I’d be a painter, a photographer, an architect...ideally all of them”.-Herb Pilhofer
 

Bob Chance

It’s Broken

Morrhythm Records 1980

Bubbly synthesizers and chunky guitar color the hobbling disco beat Bob’s story of “The Van Man”, a hip dude with a tricked out van that preys on cute girls. “...lookout!” Then he warbles about girls making fun of him every time he turns around. Or get into the groove of “It’s Broken”,  a 9-and-a- half minute  dance track that I’m sure had the studio rocking, with it’s floating Arp Solina, mis-mixed drums and tenuous bass line. Then, Bob’s waaay ahead of the World Beat crowd with the taped-juingle-sounds erotic funk minor chord freakfest stoned on Shirley Temples. Soft psych syrup shapes the uber- special seriousness in Bob’s super Masonic Lodge date-night boogie extravaganza. Privately pressed to sell off the keyboard stand. A sought-after winner all around!
 
 

The Choice Bin's Choice-y-er Buy Counter Scores of 2011

Posted by Rick Frystak, December 18, 2011 07:08pm | Post a Comment
As the year 2011 flies to a close, I've gathered some of my favorite scores from the past year together to reflect upon how much great stuff gets traded in at our used buying counter. All this art came in over Amoeba's trade-in counter but didn't make it past my "gotta check this out" sensors-in-overdrive...lots of stuff maybe not have been released in 2011 but plucked from the ocean of "keepers" and brought ashore, as the relevance and quality make it so, and the joy of reconnecting with a reissue or another format.  Our "Insurance Return" policy keeps the good stuff coming in as well.  And I've forgotten more titles than I've remembered...

Vinyl
LPs


John Adams

Harmonium

ECM 1984

I've owned this on a compact disc for ages, and then I see the magnificent film, "I Am Love" with the great Tilda Swinton and I see a vinyl copy of it and my head goes, "BUY THIS"!  This record was cut up and used as the score in such a wonderful, effective way, swooning, tilting and fanfare-ing the scenes making the picture so much more intense and sentimental. Bravissimo. The wax sounds amazing, too, as is the ECM tradition.



Havergal Brian

Complete Piano Music
Cameo Classics 1981

Amazing moods and very sound writing for piano. Think Debussy, Copeland, Ravel, Mozart, Haydn, Bryars and Gershwin and all this rolled into one fellow born in the U.K. in 1876. The great sound on this disc makes it so enjoyable, and being a wonderfully produced U.K. pressing with a brilliant performance by Peter Hill seals the deal.



Forrest Fang

Migration
Ominus Thud 1986

Ambient textures, muti-sonic trips of electronic and real instrument sounds compostition taking me somewhere...there. Fang manufactures mucho sonance to capture and stamp his own sound and style into this rich, alluring pressing on very nice vinyl. Many listens await. Ominus Thud Records? WTF? Almost non-existent.



Hindemith 6

In Musica

EMI ODEON  1975

Chilean chamber-jazz with bassoon (!), flute, vibes, piano and a rhythm section perform sort of a Third Stream style from South America. How this came to into Hollywood is a mind-blower, but great music hath no boundary. The capitol-O-obscure funk monster "Descuadradito" is worth it's weight in gold, and the chops and sensitive playing on this is mesmerizing. Silver foil cover (with masking tape here) is so hip I couldn't believe it. A reissue of this is mandatory.



Jimmy Giuffre 4

Quasar
Soul Note 1985

Jimmy gets it again on this sensitive jazz/rock-'sorta-fusion...HIS fusion, as it's unique and appealing. Synths, electric bass and drums plus Jimmy on the licorice stick and flute deliver a cool, avant-melodic writing style that crosses genres and time periods. I guess this is a CD, as Soul Note stuff has been around digitally. Digitotally.



Aeoliah

Light Of Tao Thru Aeoliah
Narada 1984

2 side-long echo-y keyboard ambiences, with mood aplenty. Trippy motifs and haunted melody make it sound like treated synths, with backwards processing and reverb. Starts out like cheesy DX7 patches, but becomes enchanting soundspectacle as the spirit grabs this guy Aeoliah. Probably subliminal hypnosis and backmasking.



Sambrasa
Trio
En Som Maior
Disco Som Maior 1965

Airto and Hemeto Pascoal made this trio LP with bassist Humberto Clayber back in '65. These guys are great, this being no exception even as their careers were beginning, and I have acquired much of their musics elsewhere. Grooving, skittering bossa-jazz with sounds beyond. I've heard this on CD, but this vinyl reissue is terrifically punchy and present. I'm digging a lot of these Brazilian reissues. Which leads us to...



Milton Banana Trio

Milton Banana Trio
Odeon 1965

I think this is the original Brazilian issue of this amazing trio's LP, with a thin glossy cover and flipback package. 1965 seems to have been a great year for piano trios in Brasil, and this drummer Banana played with the best of the best musicians around... then and afterward. Awesome syncopation and natural feel always present, with his propellant energy infecting everybody, especially pianist Walter Wanderley.



Ghostwriters

No Mans Land
Zero Records 1980

Very nice synthesizer and concrete sounds LP from Philadelphia. Buchla electronics and creative composing/writing/improvising make this a top-drawer piece that's really hard to find. Really weird cover makes it hard to figure out what this is, but I took a long look and then the needle-drop did it.



Wavemaker

Where Are We Captain?
Polydor UK  1975

Heavy synthesizer orchestrations and sequenced electrohappenings from the British electronic duo. One of the fellas was in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and the chops here indicate righteous pedigree. Some moody sine waves and pompous riffrock that goes together nicely if you like this kind of thing. Unique gem in this style.



Phil Woods European Rhythm Machin
e
Chromatic Banana
Inner City 1970

Woods finally takes it over the top on this scorcher fom '70, playing electric sax with Gordon Beck's Rhodes and piano and Texier and Humair on bass and drums. Really great energy and chops on a disc I've never seen on CD. Real furious and gnarly most of the time and always grade-A blowing from the fellas. Inner City's 2nd release.



Raul Garcia

Ayacucho
Sono Radio Peru 1968

Self-taught guitarist, lawyer and cultural figure, Garcia manifests the Peruvian sound via his deeply expressive guitar style on this rare LP. With total command of hammer-ons, slides and finger picking, he can communicate the sound of his country's music as a one-man band, portraying the breath of the panflutes and the strumming of the charango simultaneously to establish a terrific individual sound that is truly fascinating. This scratchy, much treasured copy became mine before it could be sent to the clearance bins.



 Compact Discs


Lama Gyurme & Jean Phillipe Rykiel

The Lama's Chants

Narada 1994-2004

I love the sound of a Bhuddhist monk chanting over a good synthesizer patch. So I  like this compilation 2-CD set of these fella's timeless pieces. Airy, minimal and deeply felt music and sound from a very deep-voiced man transmitting some heavy vibrations. Speaking of vibrations...



Beach Boys

Smile Sessions Box Set
Capitol 1966/67

(sobbing)...I love this record, and the sessions that produced the tracks are here in supreme aural ecstasy. Wilson, Parks and the other willing participants elevated themselves beyond what they did with Pet Sounds or any other works to make one of the greatest "rock" records ever conceived (sobs). I'm overjoyed that this finally came out legally, and the sound engineers and art director did a magnificent job...(sobbing...sniffling).



Bendan Perry

Ark
The End Records 2011

Perry's voice has co-driven Dead Can Dance's music, and here is a really nice record he just did, with a similar vibe yet different. He kinda sounds like Sinatra sometimes, and his range here is much wider than I remember on DCD recordings. Synthetic symphony and drum patches envelop the vox. Timely themes and timeless charm.



Edgardo Canton

Musiques Electroacoustiques
Creel Pone 2011

Keith F Whitman's label does it again with this discovery, a great electronic and concrete sound CD-R lovingly put together for fans of this stuff. Canton wrote some of the best of this genre in 1962-70, and I really like his studio sounds and  exotic compositional style. Beauteous bloop-bleep and ecstatic echo combine for a fascinating journey not of this earth.




Tim Hecker

Mirages

Alien Records 2011

Tim releases another fine disc of minimal processed-sound pieces that vibrate deeply into the psyche. Inspiration comes and fades into other dimensions, and these records always make me reflect on my emotions, with a sort of nostalgia built-in to the resonant frequencies somehow conjuring up the past and the future. Psycho-acoustic.




Pat Zimmerli

Modern  Music
Nonesuch 2011

Wondrous new collection of modern music for 2 pianos played by Brad Meldau and Kevin Hayes, featuring a great new piece by Zimmerli, whom I'd never heard of before. Also featuring music by Reich, Glass and Ornette, the Zimmerli work is the real star here, standing shoulder to shoulder with the other more famous composers' pieces. Quite a mover and groover I daresay.



Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI

Lachrimae Caravaggio
Allavox 2007

My infinite love for Jordi and his clan is revived by this release, one I'd never seen before. A collection of superbly performed, enchanting and moving music from the 16th century with pieces written recently by Savall to complement and connect the music to make this an amazing and deep listening experience, quite unlike anything previous.



Chris Watson

El Tren Fantasma

Touch 2011

Ex-Throbbing Gristler Watson makes an elegant and mesmerizing sound piece from train trip recordings in Mexico. He's made many field recording pieces but this one takes him into Musique Concrete territory and is every bit as good as many concrete' pieces of any era. Groovy old train photos adorn the textured cover.




Stefano Battlaglia Trio

The River of Anyder
ECM 2011

Stefano delivers a modal style, like a mini-raga, on his piano as this trio pushes and pulls around him to create a glorious coming-together of emotions. The nuance and attention to each sound give this music a unique, spellbinding style. 5-star sound



Roger Eno

Flatlands
All Saints 1998

The younger Eno sibling put forth this piece in '98, but I just noticed it this month, and it's a pleasant surprise in terms of the growth Roger has made from the 80's to the late 90's in his composing prowess. It's an ensemble piece that features piano and strings, and comes up as the best work of his that I've been exposed to. Modern composition of the melodic and contrapuntal variety, with delicious chords and sweet string sweeps dictating the direction. Very pleasant stuff, and I've played it multiple times to great inspiration.



Fennesz&Sakamoto

Flumina
Touch 2-CD 2011

Without a doubt the best piano/electronics collaboration that Sakamoto-san has made to date. I loved his Comica disc which set the pace for this direction, and his stuff with Alva Noto is cool, too. The two he's made with Fennesz before this pale in comparison to this deep, lush and savory set of soundwaves. Much more pensive and exotic piano activity characterizes the definitive stature of this set, and the two guys seem to be very comfortable with each other as they've been playing together with YMO and touring. Nice fold-out package with oceanic photography.



Patrick O'Hearn

Transitions
Patrick O'Hearn Music 2011

I like all of O'Hearn's music, the simpler the better, so anything he does gets me listening. Patrick has been doing his thing for almost 27 years, making big, deep glacially-moving synthesizer music. This new one is made up of very simple modes and chords leading into other chords and modes, with thick synth pads and shimmering tones that carry the chords around on their shoulders. Post-new-age music for the enlightened.



Ricardo Villalobos/Max Loderbauer
Re:ECM
ECM 2-CD 2011

An amazing record. The guys took titles in the ECM catalog, and cut them up and
sliced and diced them into new pieces of their own with only said ECM catalog as their sound sources. One of the best ambient or electronica records I've ever heard.



Keith Jarrett

Rio
ECM 2-CD 2011

Keith's in love, and he calls his sigificant other each night before he steps on stage.
It shows, as this is one of his best solo piano records he's ever played. ECM rushed it out so we could dig it and I do very, very much.



Vince Mendoza

Night On Earth
Horizontal 2011

Mr. Mendoza does it again, with his emotion-drenched, sensitive jazz writing, arranging and playing. Lovely dissonances hand-in-glove with bluesy guitar and 20th century strings make this another great piece in Vince's discog. Contempo cool.



Gary Husband
Dirty & Beautiful Volume 1
Abstract Logix 2011

Fantastic shredder from drummer/keyboardist Husband. Players like Jerry Goodman, Jan Hammer, Allan Holdsworth and John McLaughlin perform some magnificent guest soloing to deem this CD a keeper of the highest order. This jazz-rock music is truly alive and vital in their hands.



Herbie Hancock

Mwandishi (Japanese 24bit Mini-Lp Gold Disc)
WMG Japan 2007

The great Mwandishi album remastered in high definititon, plucked from Amoeba's Japanese mini-LP section, and what a great sound on this disc. I loved this record when it came out in '71 along with Crossings, and the music he invented here generated a new genre copied by scores of folks. I'm still finding the audiophile-quality reissues of some favorites right out of the bins, so they're there, just waiting to be snagged and enjoyed...again.



More Journeys Off the Beaten Track

Posted by Rick Frystak, November 29, 2011 04:44pm | Post a Comment

Peter Michael Hamel
Hamel
Vertigo 6641 055, 1972

2-Lp set on German Vertigo circa 1972 brings us a spiritual journey of minimalism and creative spark, alone in the studio…tape running and overdubbing, often not listening to the previously recorded material. Hamel was doing multi-tracked organ, synths, piano and percussion in Germany at the same time as Riley, Glass and those guys were, quite forward-thinking. He worked with maestros Joseph Anton Reidl and Luc Ferrari, but never went in that conrete’ or collage direction as a style musically. Terry Riley is still doing live organ pieces just like these herein, and classical composers have struggled with this style for decades. Here in these discs we have 2 luscious sides of organ and synthesizer pieces with each instrument “beating” or modulating the other, simple rooted tones yet always moving with melody and logic; 1 side of prepared piano with a Cage influence, yet Hamel shows his prog/pop and Indonesian gamelan inclinations rhythmically and tonally. Nice! The last side is synthesizer overdubs with water and breath sounds, owing to Hamel’s heavy spiritual side and his immersion in this new minimalism. This record is still fresh now, and vibrates with a wonderful, contemporary accessibility and creative spark even after nearly 40 years. And this 2-disc set on Vertigo vinyl is rarer than a 2-dollar bill at this point.

 

Pat Martino

Strings!
 

Prestige 7547, 1968

Yes, the exclamation mark is in the title, as well it should be. Pat the jazz magician, folks saying “how (the hell) does he do that”?  Post-Wes Montgomerian bop-chops aplenty with a soaring, melodic style and body groove that shakes up the mind with every riff, the big sound is already here in the room, and he’s inspired on this gig. Joe Farrell plays reeds and flute here along with a burning rhythm section and piano (Walton), and his style compliments Pat’s guitar direction, his solos setting up the anticipation for the next guitar jaunt. Pat’s made many records, and these older straight-ahead titles tend to be overlooked, “Pat” being a name associated with guitar sainthood it would, wouldn’t it, with all the stuff out there. Shoudn't!  Blue label mono original, this one.  

 

Chico Hamilton

El Exigente (The Demanding One)
Flying Dutchman FDS-135 1970

A Chico live date with no information inside except the personnel, this one shimmers and shreds with live-gig improvisation and way-ahead-for-the-time sounds. Searing electric sax by Arnie Lawrence (never better), electric guitar by Bob Mann, and Steve Swallow on the electric bass. Lots of fuzz, and the horn sounds like a synth most of the time…maybe a Maestro attachment. As is Chico’s wont, the jams combine his tribal-like grooves with voodoo jazz vibe, and the soloists get to smoke away as Swallow does his usual thing with very melodic bass riffage. This begins to feel more like a monumental moment in time, as Chico and the men process Bitches Brew, White Room, A Love Supreme and Vaughn Williams all at once, gentle lyricism giving way to fire-y freakout. The guys are really listening to each other as well and the gig feels improvised and written out at the same time. Applause at the ends indicates immense satisfaction in the crowd. Never seen this on CD, either.

 

Jerry Goldsmith
Chinatown
 

ABC ABDP-848  1974

One of my favorite soundtracks and best themes of all time, Chinatown never ceases to enchant me. Echo-y strings, piano and trumpet vividly recall the imagery of the film, and no less make a musical journey of their own with each listen. Amazing arranging and color shaping of the musical pallette, with harps, zither and percussion guarding the narrative and supporting every emotion conveyed in the musical saga. Small descriptive segments of ecstasy and sympathetic sound brought together as a perfect whole. Goldsmith did this more than a few times in his career (Islands In The Stream comes to mind) but Chinatown remains an iconic piece of cinematic history, and continues to deliver the goods. John Huston must have flipped (in a good way) when he heard this.

 

Alvin Lucier

Music For Solo Performer (for enormously amplified brainwaves and percussion)
Lovely Music VR 1014  1982
 
2 people, Mr. Lucier and Pauline Oliveros, have electrodes attached to their scalps which are routed through amplifiers to loudspeakers, and solenoids controlling sticks and beaters. The speakers are placed on or near percussion instruments, and henceforth manipulated by the alpha waves of said performer, good bad and ugly. The sound manufactured is not composed or conceived. It is a result of the brian waves being transferred into sound by the near-by instruments beind vibrated by the speakers. A perennial party and sit-down dinner favorite, this record will  be your constant companion on road trips and beach parties. No, but yeah, but seriously, I’m “blown away” by the music that can be made just by thinking.  Sections of this piece are by turns calm and serene, and then popping with action and spirit, all in these performances sounded out percussively yet MUSICAL! What was Alvin thinking? Literally.
 


Timothy Leary Ph.D, Ralph Metzner Ph.D, Richard Alpert Ph.D

The Psychedelic Experience
Broadside Records BRX 601 1966 (Signed by Timothy Leary)

Fantastic document on LP record, of the principles and actions of the LSD experience, quite new in 1966. Recited by these 3 gents, this disc is the reading of portions of a text into the mind expansion and exploration of other states of consciousness via the cosmic voyage, in this case LSD, and the stages of change within the self and ego from the chemical and the "proper" way to attempt management of the ingestion of said drug and the results. It's a wonderful piece of spoken word and, the affecting delivery of each of the men’s tableaus on the quest for other forms of consciousness is hypnotizing and enthralling, especially Leary’s portions. Sound quality notwithstanding (as many Folkways pressings are sub-audiophile quality to say the least), the record is a compelling look at a time in our culture that changed history. This copy of the record was hastily signed by Leary, as related by the previous owner, whose father was an autograph collector.
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