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Artist: DEEBANK, MAURICE
Title: Inner Thought Zone
Format: LP
Label: 1972
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"MAURICE DEEBANK recorded his instrumental solo debut for the seminal Cherry Red imprint in 1984 while still the guitarist in FELT, the pastoral English pop group led by the notorious eccentric Lawrence Hayward (best known simply as Lawrence). Felts early albums Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty, The Splendour of Fear and Ignite the Seven Cannons and Set Sail for the Sun were marked by melancholy guitar interplay and a lofty pop sensibility, but Inner Thought Zone illustrates how significant Deebanks role was in crafting Felts signature sound. Seven-minute album centerpiece "Silver Fountain of Paradise Square" and "Study No. 1" make beautiful use of supple arpeggios whimsically bent into cyclical structures in and around which Deebank weaves solos. His performance is nuanced and dynamic, undermining his own technical skill for the sake of expression, and its easy to hear Inner Thought Zone as an exposition of the increasing introspection that led to his departure from Felt. Glistening chords, synthesizer flourishes and breezy plateaus of exaltation collide with the sense of loss and isolation generally explored by Deebanks peers in the post-punk era, but rarely with as much impeccable grace and finesse. First-ever domestic release. Includes liner notes." - 1972.

Artist: SPECTRUM
Title: Forever Alien
Format: Double LP
Label: 1972
Country: USA
Price: $29.00
"When Spacemen 3 -- the seminal, drone-indulgent English psych duo comprised of Peter Kember and Jason Pierce -- split in 1991, Pierce shuffled off to acclaim in Spiritualized. Meanwhile, Kember charted a less predictable course. As Sonic Boom, he released Spectrum in 1990, then, after taking a liking to that handle, released Soul Kill (Glide Divide) as Spectrum in 1992. Kemper alternated between those monikers and Experimental Audio Research (E.A.R.) throughout the 1990s, building a rich, probing catalog of synth and electronic explorations of which 1997s Forever Alien is an undeniable high point. With theremin, vocoder, and an array of modular analog synthesizers (depicted lovingly in the cover art) Kemper, along with Alf Hardy and Pete Bassman, fused kosmische abstraction and the pulsation of minimalist composition to more traditional psych elements epitomized by early Pink Floyd. Landing between the unfettered experiments of E.A.R. and Spacemen 3s songcraft (How Does it Feel? is scarily reimagined), Kemper crafts unnerving atmosphere on the title track and an enduring catalog high point on the consummate opener, Feels Like Im Slipping Away. Forever Alien leaves no doubts about the reasons for Kempers sought-after production today (he played a vital role for Animal Collective and sculpted Panda Bears most recent album) -- nor the essential status of his post- Spacemen 3 output." - 1972.

Artist: ZORN, JOHN
Title: Naked City
Format: LP
Label: 1972
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"Regularly hailed as one the most important composers of the late 20th century, John Zorn is comfortable at the helm of an ensemble, as improviser on an array of instruments, and as a bold theorist of collaboration. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the New York artist and operator of the esteemed Tzadik label became known for assembling hardcore-inflected jazz ensembles and for devising game systems, or intricate musical conditions intended to force players into new territory. Released in 1990 on Nonesuch, Naked City bears a stark cover photograph by Weegee -- noted for his unsparing images of New York crime scenes -- and features one of the more staggering rock lineups ever assembled: Zorn on alto saxophone, guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Fred Frith, drummer Joey Baron, keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, and vocalist Yamatsuka Eye. Naked City is a maelstrom of styles, veering recklessly between country, noise, New Orleans R&B, polka, and grindcore, with overtures from detective shows and film noir. In other words, its a daring maelstrom of American musical vernacular. It also explodes the rock formats supposed limitation and retains a wildly intersectional listenership: devotees of punk, free jazz, and harsh noise celebrate Naked City. In short, as one writer put it, Naked City remains a pinnacle of avant coolness." - 1972.

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