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Marks, J & Shipen Lebzelter

Rock and Other Four Letter Words [VINYL] [Used Item]

Marks, J & Shipen Lebzelter: Rock and Other Four Letter Words [VINYL] <i>[Used Item]</i> (Paradigm)

Marks and Lebzelter's 1968 complex Columbia Masterworks LP is a mix of spoken word, electronics, experimental psychedelia, cut ups, tape loops and processed excerpts of interviews, with contributors including Alan Silva, Andrew Cyrille, Roswell Rudd, &c.

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product information:

UPC: 769791902886

Label: Paradigm
Catalog ID: PD 028LP
Squidco Product Code: 28820

Format: LP
Condition: VG
Released: 2012
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Vinyl 12" LP
Engineered by Fred Plaut, Art Kendy and Glen Kolotkin.

This is a USED (previously owned) item


J. Marks

Shipen Lebzelter

Greater Abyssynian Baptist Choir:

Alex Bradford-director

Nick Gefroh-drums, leader

Alan Silva-cello

Jake Jacobs-lead guitar

Bruce A. Johnson-bass guitar

Gerald Hayes-reeds

William Draper-reeds

Martin Alter-reeds

Andrew Cyrille-percussion

Laurence Cook-percussion

Warren Smith-percussion

Roswell Rudd-trombone

Michael Ripley-trumpet

Steve Furtado-trumpet

Jimmy Owens-trumpet

Larry Packer-electric fiddle

Jonathan Sachs-rhythm guitar I

Michael Berardi-rhythm guitar II

Bob Walker-rhythm guitar III

Carol Miller-solo alto saxophone

Hilda Harris-solo soprano saxophone

Alberta Bradford-gospel organ

Alex Bradford-gospel piano

Clarence Drayton-gospel guitar

Harley Tyler-gospel guitar

Cecil Garrett-gospel drums

Alex Bradford-gospel baritone guitar

Burton Greene-organ, piano, celeste

Blaine Farris-piano, organ, celeste

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track listing:


A1. Other Four Letter Words

A2. Essence of It's Own

A3. It's True

A4. Greatest Hits - Love Your Navel

A5. In the Middle of Nothing

A6. Baked Beans


B1. They're Through

B2. Today

B3. Eine Kleine Hayakawa

B4. Do You Understand What I'm Trying to Say?

B5. Trouble

B6. Poop for Soprano and Orchestra

B7. This Is the Word
descriptions, reviews, &c.
Previously played Squidco store copy, used for cataloging and samples, in excellent condition.

"This New York based duo released their one and only LP in 1968 on Columbia Masterworks, just months after Zappa released Lumpy Gravy in California. Although the 2 projects have some superficial similarity in structure, it would seem that this later LP must have been made (at least largely), without any knowledge of the Zappa masterpiece. Another reference point might be The United States Of America who also released their LP in 1968.Originally released simultaneously with Terry Riley's In C and Walter Carlos' Switched On Bach, this new edition of Marks and Lebzelter's complex 50 minute heady mix of spoken word, electronics and experimental psychedelia is taken from the master tapes and consists of a suite of 13 tracks. Where Lumpy Gravy uses orchestral settings, here we have a combination of theatrical text and sung vocals by the Gregg Smith Singers, and on one track a full baptist gospel choir praising the virtues of baked beans.

The core of this album though, stems from interviews conducted by J Marks for his book, also called Rock And Other Four Letter Words (essentially a book of photos by Linda Eastman, soon to be McCartney, with quotes from many of the leading US and UK rock bands of the time). Included on this LP are numerous cut up and processed excerpts of these interviews with many young rock stars including Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page, Brian Wilson, Grace Slick etc. Add to this concoction, dense arrangements of tape loops, psychedelic rock, electronics and a huge guest list of contributors including jazz players Alan Silva, Andrew Cyrille, Roswell Rudd and Burton Greene and the scope of this project begins to be seen.

It's hard to believe this is their first time in a studio, such is their confident musicality and bold handling of these varied talents. No doubt much of this is due to the helping hand of the in house engineers and John McClure who produced this, along with 100s of other recordings at CBS, including the Harry Partch records.After this album Lebzelter (1942 - 1986) went on to found The Trees Community, who released a legendary Christian folk album in 1975. Marks (c1930 - 2001) subsequently changed his name in the early 70s to Jamake Highwater, which is how he is best remembered; writing books, making documentaries and setting up his own foundation for Indian art and culture.

This long overdue reissue comes in a standard sleeve with a 4 page insert that includes all the original artwork and more."-Paradigm

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