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Doc Chad in a collection of solo, duo, trio and ensemble performances from 2009, with studio, live, and radio performances, and 2 tracks from a large ensemble in Brussels.

Chadbourne, Eugene
The Island of Three Shreeves

Chadbourne, Eugene: The Island of Three Shreeves (Chadula)
Label: Chadula    
Released in: USA    

"The Island of Three Shreeves collects solo, duo, trio and ensemble performances from this year [2009]. While most of the material comes from a recent barnstorm through the midwest, including studio sessions with ace engineer Pink Bob (of Neil Innes fame), there are also fascinating performances involving a Belgian ensemble consisting entirely of musically inclined civil servants.

The CD is primarily Doc Chad originals with an ensemble cover of the Dueling Banjos theme thrown in for yucks. New songs include the incredible Bird Song" as well as "Pod", a vision for the future as well as a sad comment on today.

During the recent tour I revived some of my earliest jazz tunes first featured on the Volume One and Two solo albums, thus the CD title as there are three different versions of "The Shreeve" as well as new takes on "Marcella Bienvenue, "Amber, Misty I Know You're Misty" and the fabulous "Shreeve's Heaven"."-Eugene Chadbourne

"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: 3shreeves
Squidco Product Code: 12172

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: CDR in a cardstock sleeve with Dr. Chad's unique packaging
Solo tracks: 1, 9 on the radio in St. Louis; 4, 6, 11 live in Chicago; 5, 10 live in Cleveland; 8, 13, 14 on the radio in Greensboro. Track 3 live in Austin. Track 2 studio track from Lexington, IL. Tracks 7, 12 live in Brussells.


Eugene Chadbourne-guitars, banjo, voice


Walter Daniels-harmonica


Brian Reedy-drums

Pink Bob-keyboards


Eric Doyen-guitar, sax

Yves Dewulf-sampler

Marc Brisaer-tabla, ethnic flutes

Joeroen Collier-indian harmonium, ethnic flutes

Ivo Machiels-drums

Stefan "Gershenstein" Verstraeten-double bass

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Track Listing:

1. Bird Song 5:15

2. Pod 5:26

3. Red Bull Liquor Bar 5:20

4. Wrestling Woman 4:52

5. Amber Misty I Know You're the Shreeve 6:20

6. Amber Misty Cus You Missed the Shreeve 11:37

7. Heeve's (?) 4:27

8. Dueling Banjos 3:05

9. Election Song 3:04

10. City of Corruption 3:55

11. Pile Up all Architechture 3:02

12. Don't Happy Be Worry 5:09

13. The Bottle Labeled Losers 4:50

14. Happy New Year 4:21