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Artist: CALE & TERRY RILEY, JOHN
Title: Church Of Anthrax
Format: LP
Label: Columbia
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
2015 repress. "Terry Riley (piano, organ, soprano saxophone) & John Cale (bass, harpsichord, piano, guitar, viola, organ) collaborated on this one-off album, released in 1970. At this time, rock music was a serious movement, removed from the joke it once was, quite unaware of the joke it would eventually become, and things like this sometimes happened. Cale, classically trained on the viola, must have been pretty pleased to get a shot to record with the 60s king of minimalist pulse, Terry Riley. The album features 4 collaborative tracks between the two; while maybe not earth-shattering, they are quite fine for horizontal home listening pleasure at just about any hour of the day. Instrumental jams, mixing the styles of the two players pretty evenly (if youre vaguely awake, you can imagine this easily). The fifth track is a psychedelic pop masterpiece by Cale, "The Soul of Patrick Lee." Exactly why this track is included here has never been adequately explained, but it is about as beautiful as music in song form can get. 180 gram exact repro reissue." - Columbia.

Artist: PARTCH, HARRY
Title: The World of Harry Partch
Format: LP
Label: Columbia
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
2015 repress; 180 gram exact repro reissue, originally released in 1969. "The World of Harry Partch collects three of his best short pieces. Daphne of the Dunes (1967) is a side-long update of Windsong written for dance. The melodic segments are given more emphasis than usual for a Partch piece, and harmonically this is one of his best with arpeggiated glides/cries of the Harmonic Canons evoking our sympathies. Meter changes almost measure by measure, with one section in 31/16 meter; another (polymetric) section consists of 4/4-7/4 over 4/8-7/8! Needless to say, while being very physical, Partchs music isnt something you can easily tap your foot to. Whats most important is that it works. Partch was not one to introduce musical complexity merely for its own sake, another factor that separated him from his contemporaries. Not only are the rhythms complex, but they are performed at a frantic pace unequaled by any music Ive hard (save perhaps the inhumanly fast player piano pieces of Conlon Nancarrow!). This is characteristic of most of Partchs works, though I think Daphne is one of the most successful and exhilarating. Barstow -- Eight Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California was composed in 1941 as part of The Wayward. It offers such statements as Go to 538 East Lemon Avenue for an easy handout and Looking for millionaire wife... This charismatic piece is successful due to the contrasting of Partchs intoning voice with others in the ensemble and to increased instrumental emphasis. Last is Castor and Pollux in a more modern performance than From the Music of Harry Partch, with greater vigor and fidelity. The World of Harry Partch is an excellent introduction to his works that comes highly recommended." - Surface Noise.

Artist: RILEY, TERRY
Title: In C
Format: LP
Label: Columbia
Country: USA
Price: $24.00
" Recorded at 30th Street Studio in New York City, 1968.Credited to Terry Riley and members of the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts in the State University of New York at Buffalo. This is a reissue of the first recording of In C ever released. Instrumentation includes saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, clarinet, flute, viola, trombone, vibraphone, and marimbaphone. 180 gram vinyl in a gatefold sleeve."

Artist: TREES
Title: On the Shore
Format: CD
Label: Columbia
Country: UK
Price: $13.50
"Formed in 1969, folk/rock quintet Trees used a similar blueprint to that pioneered by Fairport Convention, whose influence was unsurprisingly evident in the two Trees albums made for CBS and both released in 1970, The Garden of Jane Delawney , and On The Shore . The most obvious similarity to Fairport was that both groups had a female vocalist, Sandy Denny of Fairport and Celia Humphris. The other members of Trees on the two albums were Bias (short for Tobias) Boshell (bass guitar on the first album and also keyboard player on the second), lead guitarist Barry Clarke, David Costa (12 string and acoustic guitars, dulcimer, mandolin, etc.) and Unwin Brown (drums)"

Artist: UCHIDA & THE FLOWERS, YUYA
Title: Challenge!
Format: CD
Label: Columbia
Country: Japan
Price: $26.00
"Legit reissue with mini-LP style packaging; includes 5 bonus tracks. "First incarnation of the legendary Japanese hard prog psych rock act Flower Travellin Band. Debut album by Yuya Uchida & The Flowers which was started by Yuya Uchida (born on 17 November 1939) who already was making some rockabilly singles in the early 60s and was one of the opening performers when The Beatles came to Japan in 1966. But when he traveled to Europe in 1967, he was immediately inspired by Cream, Jimi Hendrix and The Who. When he returned to Japan, he started the band The Flowers with vocalist Remi Aso, and the band caused a sensation in the Japanese music scene. Most of the tracks on this album are covers of songs by Cream, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, and one original song." - Columbia.

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