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Altamont Diary
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2004
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
#1 HALL OF FAMEon 5 February 2006
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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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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