пятница, 4 июля 2014 г.

Chunky, Novi & Ernie - Chunky, Novi & Ernie (1974) 

Artist: Chunky, Novi & Ernie
Album: Chunky, Novi & Ernie
Label: Reprise Records
Catalog#: MS-2148
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1974
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: Soft Rock, Post Rock
Duration: 00:40:41

The trio composed of singer/keyboardist Chunky (aka Ilene Rappaport, aka Lauren Woods), bassist Ernie Eremita and multi-instrumentalist Ilene 'Novi' Novgo had all been members of the obscure Rebecca and the Sunnybrook Farmers who recorded an entertaining late 1960s album for Musicor (see separate entry). (The trio's post-Rebecca LP was actually dedicated to former Rebecca singer/guitarist Mickey Kapner and vocalist Ki-Ki.)
Following Rebecca's collapse, the trio continued their musical collaboration, somehow gaining a mentor in the form of Frank Zappa (who at one time wanted Novgo to join his touring band). With Zappa's support the trio scored a contract with Reprise Records (coincidently Zappa's label at the time). Co-produced by Ted Templeman and John Cale (talk about a weird team), 1974's "Chunky, Novi & Ernie" proved an unexpectedly cool album. Largely penned by Chunky, a couple of tracks like the opener 'Underground' were surprisingly rock oriented (quite a pleasant surprise given the eclectic instrumental line-up). Not to give you the impression this was radio-friendly top-40. Material like 'Chicago Fog Lift', 'Antique' and 'Fruits And Vegetables' was tuneful, but in a weird, orchestrated fashion that would have fit someone like Kate Bush. On reflection the comparison with Bush is actually quite good - check out 'Atlantic Liner' and 'America / Chicago' if you doubt the comparison. Elsewhere drummer Richie Hayward and numerous members of The Mothers of Invention provided support. Zappa himself made a cameo providing backing vocals on 'Rosalie'. (badcatrecords.com).

 • Side One:
A1. Underground - 2:55
A2. Rosalie - 2:58
A3. Chicago Fog Lift - 4:06
A4. Antique - 3:00
A5. Fruits And Vegetables - 5:09
 • Side Two:
B1. Lola And The Boys - 3:06
B2. Italian Sea - 4:07
B3. Atlantic Liner - 3:42
B4. Rennaissance - 6:19
B5. America / Chicago - 4:51

      Producer by John Cale
      Co-producer: Ted Templeman

Chunky (aka Lauren Woods, aka Ilene Rappaport) - vocals, keyboards
Ernie Eremita - bass, backing vocals
Novi Novgo (aka Ilene Novog - viola, keyboards, backing vocals

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2 комментария:

  1. Many thanks! The contributing musicians alone make this worth a listen. Cal Schenkel did the cover.