Τρίτη, 14 Οκτωβρίου 2008

BOA CONSTRICTOR AND NATURAL VINE (Vanguard 65111) 1968 US FOLK PSYCH DUO FROM BALTIMORE 68.

Boa Constrictor and Natural Vine were a psych-folk duo who recorded this, their sole record, for Vanguard Apostolic. Given the current vogue for acid-folk I'm suprised this one is not better known. It has all the elements one looks for in that genre and few others as well. There are some really deranged, acid-drenched compositions like Devil & the Ace of Spades (with its backward tape loops, mornful sax, and downer guitar strumming) as well as dissonant, freaky, rocking, blues numbers like Time is Money. Their music, while it owes something to other folk-experimentalists from the late 60s is also inspired by classic, country blues and at times they come off as a sort of hippie ancestor of garage-blues-rock duos like the Bassholes or Black Keys. The artist who did the cover, Phoebe Stone, went on to some success as a children's book author & illustrator. Unfortunately I don't know what happened to George & Ben, who recorded this masterpiece.Side A  1. Little David  2. Pig Quick-Finger  3. Devil & the Ace of Spades  4. Son of Kong  5. Down Child 

 Side B  6. Time is Money  7. Alligator Man  8. Sundown Stick  9. Don't Try To Hide from the Lighting  10. Build Your Wall (http://www.douban.com/)
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