The Red Krayola Parable of Arable Land / God Bless the Red Krayola & All Who Sail with It [Snapper]

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CD Details

  • Released: January 30, 2007
  • Label: Snapper Uk


  • 1.Free Form Freak-Out
  • 2.Hurricane Fighter Plane
  • 3.Free Form Freak-Out
  • 4.Transparent Radiation
  • 5.Free Form Freak-Out
  • 6.War Sucks
  • 7.Free Form Freak-Out
  • 8.Free Form Freak-Out
  • 9.Pink Stainless Tail
  • 10.Free Form Freak-Out
  • 11.Parable of Arable Land
  • 12.Free Form Freak-Out
  • 13.Former Reflections - Enduring Doubt
  • 14.Say Hello to Jamie Jones
  • 15.Music
  • 16.The Shirt
  • 17.Listen to This
  • 18.Save the House
  • 19.Victory Garden
  • 20.Coconut Hotel
  • 21.Sheriff Jack
  • 22.Free Piece
  • 23.Ravi Shankar - Parachutist
  • 24.Piece for Piano and Electric Bass Guitar
  • 25.Dairymaids Lament
  • 26.Big
  • 27.Leejol
  • 28.Sherlock Holmes
  • 29.Dirth of Tilth
  • 30.Tina's Gone to Have a Baby
  • 31.The Jewels of the Madonna
  • 32.Green of My Pants
  • 33.Night Song

Product Description:

Liner Note Author: Jon "Mojo" Mills.
These two albums, recorded in 1967 and 1968, are the cornerstone of the Red Krayola legend and two of the most famous records in avant-garde '60s rock. Originally released on Lelan Rogers' fabled International Artists label (home to the 13th Floor Elevators and Bubble Puppy, among others), these albums are uncompromisingly weird artifacts that move right beyond psychedelic into "freakishly strange." Parable of Arable Land is the better-known of the two, having been recorded in a legendary one-day session where the core band (including singer/guitarist Mayo Thompson, bassist Steve Cunningham, and drummer Rick Barthelme, who would later gain considerably more fame as novelist Frederick Barthelme) invited a group of fellow travelers, including the Elevators' Roky Erickson, into the studio to record the "Freeform Freakouts" which appear between the proper songs. Of those songs, the almost punky "Hurricane Fighter Plane," with a squalling organ solo by Erickson, and the plain freaky "Pink Stainless Tail" are the highlights, but the whole thing is a sonic onslaught that makes Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica, its nearest point of comparison, sound downright normal. God Bless the Red Krayola and All Who Sail With It, recorded as a simple trio with new drummer Tommy Smith, is a much more straightforward album, and it's actually better than its more renowned predecessor. The 20 tracks, ranging from the four second (no kidding) "Listen to This" to the comparatively expansive "Green of My Pants," which just barely breaks the three-minute barrier, are simple enough that the utter weirdness of Thompson's lyrics really shines through. Surprisingly enough, some of the songs are downright catchy; the opening "Say Hello to Jamie Jones" moves along on a hushed Thompson vocal and a perky Cunningham bassline, sounding for all the world like a post-punk experiment from late-'70s London. This double CD, with better sound than the later Collectables single discs, is the best way to discover the Red Krayola; the merely curious may want to end their search here as well. ~ Stewart Mason

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  • UPC: 803415127726
  • Shipping Weight: 0.18/lbs (approx)
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