The ever-innovative Bob Drake in a twisted album of studio and live recordings: 14 songs from Drake performing all instruments, and 11 of those songs rearranged and performed live with David Campbell, David Kerman and Kavus Torabi.
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Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: ReR CTA 17
Squidco Product Code: 15362
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Part 1 recorded between October 2010 and August 2011 at La Borde Basse, Caudeval, France. Part II recorded live on May 28th, 2011 at La Borde, Caudeval, France.
Bob Drake-guitar, bass, vocals, drums
David Kerman-drums, vocals
David Campbell-bass, vocals
Kavus Torabi-guitar, vocals
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1. Keep Light Away From This Product 2:17
2. Recreational Guide to the Solar System for Humans 2:38
3. Don't Ask a Cat 2:46
4. Pardon my Varmint 3:44
5. Sad And Indifferent Animals Wearing Scarve 2:19
6. Lesser-Known Explorers of the Arctic 4:38
7. Everybody Wants to Meet my Raccoon 1:45
8. Earthquake Light 2:09
9. Phantom Forerunner 2:54
10. A Sunny Day in Nairobi 2:58
11. Swimming Pool 2:01
12. Gone Gone Gone 1:45
13. Biting of Glory 3:26
14. Some Advice About Zombis 2:55
15. A Sunny Day in Nairobi -live 3:05
16. Earthquake Lights -live 2:06
17. Don't Ask a Cat -live 2:58
18. Lesser-Known Explorers of the Arctic -live 3:27
19. Some Advice About Zombis -live 2:15
20. Sad And Indifferent Animals Wearing Scarves -live 2:20
21. Pardon my Varmint -live 3:22
22. Everybody Wants to Meet my Raccoon -live 1:51
23. Keep Light Away From This Product -live 2:17
24. Recreational Guide to the Solar System for Humans -live 3:08
25. Biting of Glory -live 4:32
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"A set of twisty, forty-ideas-a-minute, niftily arranged, irredeemably eccentric, but strangely brilliant songs that skip blithely across genre borders - from Nashville through the Miskatonic by way of the Beach Boys... even the production values range across the history of recording, sometimes switching inside a single song; so - a high-information ride, but still engagingly listenable. Finished with his new CD, Bob sends the raw songs - just chords and melody - to Dave Kerman (ds), David Campbell (bs, vc) and Kavus Torabi (guit, vc) and, a few months later, they assemble at the Crumbling Tomes studio to work up the songs for a performance. Bob is in the band but the band is not being taught his interpretations and arrangements. It finds its own. After a week of rehearsals, there is a show for an invited audience, recorded live. So now we have a second great album - quite different from Bob's own. On the CD, both versions sit side-by-side, each very different, but still intimately linked to one another. "-ReR USA
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"Bob Drake was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 6, 1957, and spent his youth in Watseka, Illinois. There he taught himself how to play guitar and drums, but after hearing Yes's Fragile in 1972, Drake decided he wanted to be a bassist and bought himself a Rickenbacker 4001 bass guitar, which he still uses today. Henry Cow also had a big influence on him: "[T]hey were doing something I felt was a lot closer to what I was imagining I'd like to do - 'complex' intricate songs and arrangements, noisy things going on which fit organically in the music, and less emphasis on 'perfect' studio overcooked impersonal perfection."
Drake experimented with recording techniques and "warped rock", but soon found that no one was interested in "new and strange music" in his rural Midwestern home town. He moved to Denver, Colorado in 1978 where he worked for a while as a sound engineer on B horror movie sets. He also spent time recording local underground bands and playing bass guitar and drums with some of them. Drake put an advertisement at a local music store requesting a guitar player "into Henry Cow, Yes ...", and met up with experimental rock guitarist and composer Mike Johnson. Drake and Johnson played in a few cover bands before forming Thinking Plague in 1982. By 1990 Thinking Plague had recorded three albums and established a name for themselves in progressive circles.
In the late 1980s the Denver music scene "just evaporated" as musicians seeking "greener pastures" moved elsewhere. Drake, "flat broke" at the time, moved to Los Angeles where he found a job as a recording engineer. There he established a name for himself working with several mainstream artists like Ice Cube, Tina Turner and Engelbert Humperdinck. During this time he also formed an alternative rock group, Hail with ex-Thinking Plague's singer Susanne Lewis, and joined Dave Kerman's avant rock group, the 5uu's. Hunger's Teeth, the 5uu's' third album was praised for its "challenging music" and "production values", and made Drake a "sought-after engineer and collaborator".
Drake released his first solo album, What Day is It? in 1994. It was a limited edition (1,000 copies) self released record that Drake pressed himself. He later made five more solo albums, which were all released on ex-Henry Cow drummer Chris Cutler's UK independent record label, Recommended Records. In 1994 Drake and Kerman moved to an old farm house owned by Cutler and Henry Cow's sound engineer EM (Maggie) Thomas in Caudeval, southern France. They converted it into a studio which they called Studio Midi-Pyrenees. Later Drake worked closely with Cutler on a number of projects for Recommended Records, including the remastering of several albums and box sets, for example The Art Box (2004) and The 40th Anniversary Henry Cow Box Set (2009). He also joined Cutler's avant-rock band The Science Group in 1997, in which he played and engineered/produced the group's two albums.
Drake continued to work on and off in the 2000s with Thinking Plague and the 5uu's. In 2007 he formed his own group, Bob Drake's Cabinet of Curiosities to perform material from his solo albums live on stage. The group comprised Drake (guitar, vocals, violin, banjo), Kerman (drums), David Campbell (guitar, bass guitar, vocals) and Jason DuMars (soprano/alto saxophones, keyboards). They played at NEARfest in Pennsylvania in June 2007 with guests Olivier Tejedor (keyboards) and Lynnette Shelley (vocals)."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Drake_(musician))
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