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Live 1967 [Double CD, Live]

The Red Krayola Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Jan 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Live
  • Label: Pias Uk Ltd
  • ASIN: B00000DTAT
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Angry Arts Festival: Venice Pavillion Concert, Afternoon
2. Angry Arts Festival: Venice Motel, Evening: Piece One
3. Angry Arts Festival: Venice Motel, Evening: Piece Two
Disc: 2
1. Berkeley Folk Music Festival: 7/2, Evening: 'Dust'
2. Berkeley Folk Music Festival: 7/3, Afternoon: Red Crayola
3. Berkeley Folk Music Festival: 7/4, Afternoon: Jubilee Concert At Hearst Greek Theatre/Radio...

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When the Red Crayola visited the Berkeley Folk Music Festival in July 1967, the San Francisco Bay area was hippie central. But judging from the surly reviews reproduced on the tray card of this two- disc live set, the trio did not go over with the people who wore flowers in their hair. Instead of the trippy but well-structured pop songs of their debut album, The Parable of Arable Land, the Crayola played lengthy feedback assaults that terrorized the audience. Nowadays such abrasive sounds aren't just the province of the underground--consider Sonic Youth's Silver Session and Neil Young's Weld. The approach has been perfected by ensembles such as the Dead C and Rain, who have all wielded the materials employed here to greater effect. But this is a historical document that Crayola fanatics won't want to miss. --Bill Meyer

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating glimpse.... 25 Mar 2009
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You often read about bands in the sixties going wild, sonically speaking, on stage and playing long freeform noise and, in my case, always end up wondering and frustrated at what they actually did (the Move doing 40 minute long freeform sets at the UFO club, or John's Children in Cologne). Well, here you go ! A satisfying chunk of the Red Crayola playing live in liberal and tolerant Berkeley, bang in the middle of the so-called Summer of Love. And what a performance ! We are talking completely freeform soundscapes, some extraordinarily minimal using a skipping needle on a record player as 'backing' for all sorts of guitar tweakings and feedback. Though we don't get to see the performance you can hear moments where the band, obviously being mischievious and deliberately pushing this liberal and tolerant audience to extremes, break the slightly awkward atmosphere with some sort of visual gag. Brilliant moments include the classic introduction by your typical american radio presenter announcing the performance for listeners back in Texas (that must have gone down well!) and informs them the band is still tuning up when in fact the performance has started. Also hearing them setting up and being told they can't do this or that and kids in the background responding to what's happening. One of the performances includes John Fahey participating in the sonic assault.
This is obviously not for casual listening and requires the listener to really WANT to listen to it and immerse themselves in the soundscapes. The sound quality is extremely good for a live recording of the period, apart from slight glitches here and there.
Two of the pieces included on one of the two discs are hotel room recordings of random jams in the vein of Coconut Motel which are also of interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Freaks Only! Half superb, half so-so. 3 Feb 2003
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Maybe this isn't like the other Crayola records but it's not like it came out of nowhere. It's outside-music, you know, like Sun Ra, John Cage, Albert Ayler, etc. The Red Crayola wasn't the first nor were they the last to make this kind of music, since it's still thriving and multi-faceted. It has good and bad practitioners, just like any other kind of music. Someone who isn't even a little familiar with the genre has no business reviewing something from it. [This paragraph was in response to some earlier ignoramus reviews, now deleted]
That said, this double-disc is uneven, but when it's good, it's excellent. The first, long track of the second disc is a fantastic live-set from Berkeley. Completely inspired. The next piece with John Fahey - at his most outside in that decade - is also very good. Fans of his late material will want to check this out.
The first disc from Angry Arts is not as good really. The live set falls flat, and the material recorded in the hotel only has moments. For one thing the singing is annoying. Oddly, there's no singing on the 2nd disc.
The historical value of this recording is considerable, since there weren't many Americans doing free music in a rock setting in 1967. But maybe just the second disc would have been enough.
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