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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Catalog ID: PD 028LP
Squidco Product Code: 28820
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Vinyl 12" LP
Engineered by Fred Plaut, Art Kendy and Glen Kolotkin.
This is a USED (previously owned) item
Greater Abyssynian Baptist Choir:
Nick Gefroh-drums, leader
Jake Jacobs-lead guitar
Bruce A. Johnson-bass guitar
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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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
B3. Eine Kleine Hayakawa
B4. Do You Understand What I'm Trying to Say?
B6. Poop for Soprano and Orchestra
B7. This Is the Word
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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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