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Chadbourne, Eugene
Solo Acoustic Guitar Volume One And Solo History

Chadbourne, Eugene: Solo Acoustic Guitar Volume One And Solo History (Chadula)
Label: Chadula    
Released in: USA    

Dr. Chad's debut album on the Parachute label, long out of print. Available for a while from an LP transfer, Chadbourne received a copy from the original master tape and released this updated edition. An important record in the massive Chadbourne catalog, it's great to see this back in print and available to fans. Three extra tracks from the same period fill out the production to CD length. Quite different and yet the same, Chadbourne is both thoughtful and energetic on this album, (mostly) without the humorous asides so characteristic of his later releases. This is a tremendous introduction to his music, reminding us that the ever-quirky doctor is also an open-minded, innovative and gifted musician.

"A seemingly endless -- and endlessly eclectic -- series of releases made the innovative guitarist Eugene Chadbourne one of the underground community's most well-known and well-regarded eccentrics. Born January 4, 1954 in Mount Vernon, NY, Chadbourne was raised in Boulder, CO, by his mother, a refugee of the Nazi death camps. At the age of 11, the Beatles inspired him to learn guitar; later exposure to Jimi Hendrix prompted him to begin experimenting with distortion pedals and fuzzboxes. Ultimately, however, he became dissatisfied with the conventions of rock and pop, and traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic one, on which he began to learn to play bottleneck blues.

Perhaps Chadbourne's most significant formative discovery was jazz; initially drawn to John Coltrane and Roland Kirk, he later became an acolyte of the avant excursions of Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton. Despite the huge influence music exerted over his life, however, Chadbourne first studied to become a journalist, but his career was derailed when he fled to Canada rather than fight in Vietnam; only President Jimmy Carter's declaration of amnesty for conscientious objectors allowed the vociferously left-wing Chadbourne to return to the U.S. in 1976, at which time he plunged headlong into the New York downtown music scene. After releasing his 1976 debut, Solo Acoustic Guitar, he began collaborating on purely improvisational music with the visionary saxophonist John Zorn and the acclaimed guitarist Henry Kaiser.

Quickly, Chadbourne carved out a singular style, comprised of equal parts protest music, free improvisation, and avant-garde jazz, topped off with his absurd, squeaky vocals. A complete list of Chadbourne's countless subsequent collaborations and genre workouts is far too lengthy and detailed to exhaustively document, although in the early '80s he garnered some of his first significant attention as the frontman of Shockabilly, a demented rockabilly revisionist outfit which also featured the well-known producer Kramer. Following the group's breakup, Chadbourne turned to his own idiosyncratic brand of country and folk, accurately dubbed LSD C&W on a 1987 release, the same year he joined the members of Camper Van Beethoven for a one-off covers project. In addition, he recorded with artists ranging from Fred Frith and Elliott Sharp to Evan Johns and Jimmy Carl Black, the original drummer in the Mothers of Invention; in between, he continued exploring unique styles inspired by music from the four corners of the globe, all the while issuing a seemingly innumerable string of records, most of them on his own Parachute label."

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Product Information:

Label: Chadula
Catalog ID: 1975A
Squidco Product Code: 5999

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: USA
Packaging: CDR in a cardboard sleeve with Dr. Chad's unique packaging
Original recordings 1975 Calgary, Alberta


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Track Listing:

1. Marcella Bienvenue

2. Twists

3. Preperation #3 [sic]

4. From the Dog Portraits:

  Amber/Misty I Know You're Misty

  'Cus You Miss Me When I'm Gone

5. Love

6. Music for Mr. Anthony Braxton:

  a. Introduction

  b. We Know/Folk Song

  c. We Forget

  d. Soap Opera

7. Strands #2


8. Love (recorded 1976 at Blue Dolphin, San Francisco

9. BB's Jazz Blues and Soups (St. Louis 1976)

10. Miss Ann (Eric Dolphy, St. Louis 1976)