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  • Audio CD (21 Jun 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Inertia
  • ASIN: B0002IE4GQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 529,021 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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‘Altamont Diary’, a concept album about the fateful ‘Stones concert at Altamont in Dec. 1969 is their first full length recording. Released in July 2004, the album has received significant Australian national airplay and wide critical and commercial acclaim for its dark vision of the death of the Summer of Love. Altamont Diary was inspired by the notorious Rolling Stones free concert held at the Altamont Speedway in December 1969, as captured in the heralded 1970 film Gimme Shelter. At Altamont the Hells Angels beat a swathe through the dazed remnants of the Summer of Love as the Rolling Stones played on… Altamont Diary’s beer soaked programming and walls of electric and acoustic guitars, sitars, maracas and monstrous live & programmed drums delve through time to that fateful day at Altamont. Like the evil, bastard son of The Who's 'Tommy', Altamont Diary is unashamedly a concept album.

Review

'A superb blend of electronica and rock...dramatic without being pretentious, intelligent but not humorless' -- Chris Wormesley, The Sunday Age Sept. 12th 2004

'With bloodied-fuzz guitars, hellish electronics … this Australian duo has created a riveting memorial to the fatal folly of Altamont.' -- David Fricke, Rolling Stone April 2005

'Wonderful, idiosyncratic and remarkably ambitious... succeeds in capturing an exceptional range of moods, building to a heightened sense of dread...' -- Jeff Glorfeld, The Age EG, July 2nd 2004

'… a perfect evocation of a huge, drugged-up, out-of-control crowd.' -- Kelsey Munro, Sydney Morning Herald October 2004

**** A superb blend of electronica and rock...dramatic without being pretentious, intelligent but not humourles. -- Chris Wormesley, The Sunday Age Sept. 12th 2004

... a psychedelic journey full of raw guitars, early '70s styled drums, plus eerie electronic and industrial audio treatments. -- The Album Show, FBI 94.5FM Sydney July 2004

A ludicrously impressive achievement... an eerie soundtrack to an explosive time. -- Anton fasterlouder.com.au Aug 2004

Altamont Diary is simply amazing… -- Mary, Beat Magazine Aug 2004

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Oct 2004
Format: Audio CD
Wonderful, idiosyncratic and remarkably ambitious... A concept album based on the events at Altamont in Dec. 1969. The set succeeds in capturing an exceptional range of moods, building to a heightened sense of dread with Angels Arrive and Hey People, and the explosive finale of the 10 minute epic, 1970. The musicianship is exemplary - Lee is amazing, his layers of guitars always underpinning tape effects, keyboard washes and Coates' chanting vocals. The spirit of the Grateful Dead is all over the record - check their Cab's splendid version of New Speedway Boogie.
'So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark - that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back...'
- Hunter S. Thompson describing Altamont, 1972
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 5 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Already a few years old (Black Cab. are due to release a new album later this year), 'Altamont Diary' has been getting some critical acclaim from a few critics discovering this on import. For those disturbed by news that Primal Scream are returning back to the 'Give Out But Don't Give Up' sound wondering what to buy instead...how about 'Altamont Diary'?
Black Cab. are something of a supergroup based around former Foil-member Andrew Coates and Registered Nurse guitarist James Lee - assisted by Richard Andrew (Registered Nurse), Anthony Paine (High Pass Filter), Steve Law (Zen Paradox), Alex Jarvis & sitar-player Glenn Sharpe.' The album is a concept album regarding the notorous free concert at Altamont (see 'Gimme Shelter') headlined by the Rolling Stones (support included the Flying Burrito Brothers & Ike and Tina Turner) - who unfortunately opted to have the Hell's Angels as security (recommended by one Jerry Garcia - who the album is deadicated to).
Largely instrumental, 'Altamont Diary' sounds like the meeting point of 'Vanishing Point/Xtrmntr'-Prml Scrm, late period Death in Vegas (especially the live drums), Secret Machines, the more psychedelic side of the Chemical Brothers (e.g. 'Surrender', 'The Private Psychedelic Reel'), & reminders of bands like Depeche Mode ('1970') and the Jesus & Mary Chain ('Angels Arrive' is like 'Sidewalking' remixed by DJ Shadow circa 'High Noon').
'Altamont Diary' is a trip into rock'n'roll mythology and already feels like a classic for the 21st Century - here's hoping it finds its deserved audience and that the follow-up is as great/better. I wonder if that'll be a concept album about the SLA or Waco? ; one to file next to Luke Haines' masterpiece 'baader meinhof' and a copy of Hunter S. Thompson's 'Hell's Angels'.
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Already a few years old (Black Cab. are due to release a new album later this year), 'Altamont Diary' has been getting some critical acclaim from a few critics discovering this on import. For those disturbed by news that Primal Scream are returning back to the 'Give Out But Don't Give Up' sound wondering what to buy instead...how about 'Altamont Diary'?

Black Cab. are something of a supergroup based around former Foil-member Andrew Coates and Registered Nurse guitarist James Lee - assisted by Richard Andrew (Registered Nurse), Anthony Paine (High Pass Filter), Steve Law (Zen Paradox), Alex Jarvis & sitar-player Glenn Sharpe.' The album is a concept album regarding the notorous free concert at Altamont (see 'Gimme Shelter') headlined by the Rolling Stones (support included the Flying Burrito Brothers & Ike and Tina Turner) - who unfortunately opted to have the Hell's Angels as security (recommended by one Jerry Garcia - who the album is deadicated to).

Largely instrumental, 'Altamont Diary' sounds like the meeting point of 'Vanishing Point/Xtrmntr'-Prml Scrm, late period Death in Vegas (especially the live drums), Secret Machines, the more psychedelic side of the Chemical Brothers (e.g. 'Surrender', 'The Private Psychedelic Reel'), & reminders of bands like Depeche Mode ('1970') and the Jesus & Mary Chain ('Angels Arrive' is like 'Sidewalking' remixed by DJ Shadow circa 'High Noon').

'Altamont Diary' is a trip into rock'n'roll mythology and already feels like a classic for the 21st Century - here's hoping it finds its deserved audience and that the follow-up is as great/better. I wonder if that'll be a concept album about the SLA or Waco? ; one to file next to Luke Haines' masterpiece 'baader meinhof' and a copy of Hunter S. Thompson's 'Hell's Angels'. The new album 'Jesus East' is an excellent, if less conceptual, album...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
If you are reading this, trust me, go out and buy this album 14 July 2005
By Neil Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
2 guys from little known indie bands in Melbourne, get together, write and play a concept album dedicated to an event which most likely occurred before either of them were born and create what in my eyes was one of the top 5 albums of 2004. Increadibly lush soundscapes, great riffs and poignant lyrics almost elevate you to 1969 as the house of innocence and love that was 1969 starts to crumble at its foundations.

The opening track 'The Summer of Love' invites you into the dreamy psychedelic era and before you know it, you are locked into a mesmerising chronology of the days events which get heavier and heavier by each song. Highlights are It's ok (it is not ok) with the catchiest opening riff of the year and the powerful awakening of 1970, the stark reminder of the hangover that was the 1960's and the horror of lost innocence about to unfold.

Amazing stuff
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic hard trippy rock 8 Jun 2005
By Big Daz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
These guys are a fantastic two piece from Melbourne, Australia. The album is a concept album regarding the events surrounding the Rolling Stones gig at Altamont, San Fransisco December 6th 1969. It includes sound bytes from the era to tie the songs together. It is dedicated to Jerry Garcia and features a cover of the Dead song New Speedway Boogie.

There is some great trippy guitar work on this album, fantastic to listen to through head phones. The album has a nice heavy feel even though a lot of it is acoustic. Some (OK most) parts of the album you actually feel like you're there, watching the Stones play as events unfold.

Great stuff
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'll just add my hear hear to the other reviews 31 Jan 2012
By Sebastian Gerber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Amazing album.
So tight, concise and entertaining that, like all good things, you are left with the juxstaposition of satisfaction and desire.
One of the desires I am left with is to recommend 'Black Cab' for all those who might hear and enjoy and yet not be exposed to this band due to their relative anonymity; relatively anonymous when weighed against their musical achievements, but it wouldn't be the first time that that's happened, would it?!
Definitely a special concept album about the Altamont free concert from a special Australian band.
Five Stars 14 Sep 2014
By Antonio Pla Bou - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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