Gary Lucas Cinefantastique
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- Released: October 1, 2013
- Originally Released: 2013
- Label: Northern Spy Records
- 1.Mon Oncle
- 2.Monsieur Hulot's Holiday
- 3.Casino Royale
- 4.The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence
- 5.Bali Ha'i
- 8.Our Love is Here to Stay
- 9.Vertigo / Psycho
- 10.Fellini's Casanova / Rosemary's Baby
- 11.Spanish Dracula
- 12.Aguirre, the Wrath of God
- 13.Sex and Lucia
- 14.Howdy Doody Time
- 16.Charlie Brown
- 17.Around the World in 80 Days
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Personnel: Gary Lucas (guitar).
Liner Note Author: Richard Porton.
Recording information: Loho Studios, NYC (2009); Sound Dimensions, NYC (2009); The Maid's Room, NYC (2009); The World Financial Center, NYC (2009).
Arranger: Gary Lucas .
Gary Lucas' Cinefantastique could be described as a collection of film music performed on solo guitar, but while not inaccurate, it really doesn't tell the whole story, either. Lucas can (and does) play the sort of fingerpicked acoustic guitar that probably comes to mind when most people think of "solo guitar" but he also plays an elaborate electric setup that allows him to accompany himself. Either way, he's got a knack for sounding like he's always playing at the very edge of his own prodigious technique.
Lucas is no newcomer to film music, either. He's been performing live with silent films for decades and, in fact, two of these performances actually appear on his first solo album, the long out of print Skeleton at the Feast. And while some of these tunes are well-known film themes, others are more obscure, and still others were written or improvised by Lucas. He gets some help on violin on one track, but other than that it's all solo guitar with no overdubs. Cinefantastique is a nice collection that's likely to redefine "solo guitar" for the listener who isn't familiar with Lucas' work. ~ Sean Westergaard
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