среда, 25 декабря 2013 г.

Beaver & Krause - All Good Men (1972) 

Artist: Beaver & Krause
Album: All Good Men
Label: Collectors' Choice Music
Catalog#: CCM-642
Format: Limited Edition, Reissue
Country: US
Released: 2006
Genre: Electronic, Classical, Ambient
Format: FLAC (img+.cue)
Bitrate: lossless
Duration: 00:35:54

The final collaboration between Paul Beaver and Bernie Krause finds the pair floundering wildly in search of a distinctive voice. In fact, an unwary listener coming to the album blind might assume it was an early example of the mixtape, such is its haphazard collision of styles and genres chosen seemingly to demonstrate its compiler's catholic taste. Most disappointing of all, few traces remain of the pioneering spirit that at least partially justified Beaver & Krause's early reputation as sonic pioneers. The album does boast one small masterpiece, however. "Legend Days Are Over" is based on an elderly Native American's spoken lament for civilization's erosion of her people's way of life. Over a haunting blend of synths, wood flutes, and increasingly urgent tribal drums, her voice is electronically treated and looped to form rhythmic incantations in a way that predates sampling technology by at least a decade. Yet the boldness displayed here only serves to underline the milksop mediocrity that characterizes much of the rest. Worst of all are the vocal tracks, three of which were co-written by regular Bette Midler and Barry Manilow collaborator Adrienne Anderson. "Child of the Morning Sun," "Looking Back Now," and "Sweet William" are tremulous, dewy-eyed singer/songwriter fare of the kind that infested a hundred other albums in 1972. Of the instrumentals -- which provide the only sightings of the pair's trademark Moog -- "Loves of Col Evol" is bland cocktail jazz, "Bluebird Canyon Stomp" sounds like a Joe Meek castoff (made worse by its hideously dated wah-wah guitar and drum solos), "Prelude" is switched-on Bach five years too late, and "Between the Sun and the Moon" is ersatz Latin jazz over a sequenced synth riff. Most bizarrely of all, the album is top-and-tailed by a raucous choral version of the little-known Scott Joplin song "A Real Slow Drag," the result, Krause recently admitted, of a brainstorming session that went horribly awry. Before the reprise that concludes the album, there's a brief outbreak of free-form electronics called "Waltz Me Around Again Willie" -- a half-hearted attempt, perhaps, to persuade the listener that they've just been on some kind of crazy trip through a whole mind-blowing kaleidoscope of musical styles. Small wonder that Warner Bros. showed them the door shortly after. - Christopher Evans

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01. A Real Slow Drag 03:42
02. Legend Days Are Over 03:43
03. Loves Of Col. Evol 02:24
04. Sweet William 02:23
05. Bluebird Canyon Stomp 03:17
06. Looking Back Now 04:00
07. Prelude 02:58
08. Child Of The Morning Sun 02:38
09. Between The Sun And The Rain 03:37
10. All Good Men 03:26
11. Waltz Me Around Again Willie / Real Slow Drag 03:28

     Manufactured By – Rhino Entertainment Company
     Licensed From – Warner Bros. Records

Arranged By, Conductor – Bernard L. Krause, Jimmie Haskell, Paul Beaver
Guitar, Organ, Moog, Sonic V Synthesizer –
Bernard L. Krause
Organ, Piano, Moog, Sonic V Synthesizer –
Paul Beaver
Vocals –
Adrienne Anderson (tracks: B4),
Beaver And Krause Celestial Choir (tracks: A1, A6, B2, B5),
Cris Williamson (tracks: A4, B5),
Elizabeth Wilson (tracks: A2)

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3 комментария:

  1. Personnel:
    Jim Keltner, Vincent Lateano - drums
    Paul Beaver - Moog, Sonic V, piano, organ, producer
    Bernard L. Krause - Moog, Sonic V, organ, guitar, vocals, producer
    Adrienne Anderson, Cris Williamson, Elizabeth Wilson - vocals
    Frank Capp - drums, percussion
    Stephen Bushfield, Al Casey - guitar
    Howard Roberts - guitar, banjo
    Mel Graves, Ray Pohlman - bass
    Coke Escovedo - bells, tamburine, timbales
    Victor Feldman - percussion
    Mike Lang - piano
    Victor Pantoja - congas
    Jesse Ehrlich - cello
    James Getzoff, William Kurasch, Sidney Sharp, Tibor Zelig - violin
    Harry Hymas - viola
    James Decker, William Hinshaw - french horn
    Dick Hyde - trombone
    Mel Martin - soprano sax
    Ollie Mitchell - trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn
    Johnny Rotella - flute, sax
    Bud Shank - flute
    Vanetta Fields, Ron Lee Hicklin, Clydie King, Mellisa Mackay, Sherlie Matthews, Sally Stevens,
    Jackie Ward, Oren Water, Scottie Eva, David - background vocals

  2. Thank you very much for this Alex.
    I'm in a hurry will speak soon bye.