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Polytown Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (30 July 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Cmp
  • ASIN: B00004C4HZ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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If it was groundbreaking guitarist David Torn's idea to combine the unique talents of these extraordinary musicians, it was an act of genius! I am surprised no one else reviewed this recording because it is quite simply a Masterpiece. This recording expands and transforms the way we think about music - indeed, it is impossible to find the genre best suited for this new and innovative sound. Such music is difficult to review, so forgive me if I "ramble" on a bit!

If you have never heard any of David Torn's music, he is very much into experimentation and this album continues with that trend. His style of guitar playing is unique, in that he seems adept at creating the most atmospheric sounds. The actual tone of his guitar is also distinctive - containing that warm and earthy tone, I would normally associate with Allan Holdsworth's legato sound. Yet, there is far more to Torn than these qualities alone - these are the trademarks of a consummate genius composer, who always provides the listener with adventurous and very "different" music.

While his earlier works are more ethereal and ambient - this album does have a much harder edge, but still keeping that surreal, and sometimes disturbing atmosphere Torn is renowned for within this genre. His solos are wonderfully crafted and full of emotion - demonstrating yet again his ability to say so much simply using that unique guitar tone, in concert with playing exactly the "right notes". (As well as guitar, Torn also plays some keyboards and harmonica). The inclusion of Terry Bozzio (ex "Zappa") and Mick Karn (ex "Japan") in this particular recording is a masterstroke - indeed, they compliment Torn's surreal atmospherics perfectly by adding their own distinctive input.
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The reviewer before me has said everything that could be said except... I've been listening to theses three musicians for years and this album since it came out is an absolute master peice in my collection. If only there was more of it. And sadly Mr Karn we miss you!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91105108) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
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HASH(0x92380b88) out of 5 stars In The Studio 19 Jan. 2005
By Todd R. Lockwood - Published on Amazon.com
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I had the unique pleasure of being on hand for the birth of this masterpiece. I owned the recording studio (White Crow) where it was recorded in Vermont. In the studio's twelve year life, this project took the cake as the most creative we experienced. (Others included Phish and Alice Cooper) The album was completely conceived in the studio, melodies and rhythms being invented in the lounge over lunch without instruments. When something began to cook, these three mad scientists sprinted into the studio and began putting it down.

Torn's guitar collection for the session was only to be outdone by Bozzio's "drum kit" which arrived in a 24-foot truck and took up most of the main studio. Among other things, Bozzio set up two octaves of roto toms so that he could trade melodies with Torn. That's the level these guys were operating on.

Polytown continues to be one of my favorite recordings.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x922fddec) out of 5 stars A One Off Tour de Force 11 May 2000
By Joseph E. Arruda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What happens when you take Zappa alum Terry Bozzio, former Japan bassist Mick Karn, and avante-god David Torn? A wild sonic ride through something that has pieces of jazz, pan-ethnic fusion, and instrumental prowess that few can touch. The compositions are sharp and well produced, with ample space to hear Karns fluid Middle Eastern style fretless work, as well as Bozzio doing some phenomenal orchestration for percussion.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91c0c204) out of 5 stars Beyond description. 12 April 2005
By Michael Stack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Polytown" is one of those projects that you sort of hope would evolve into something more-- this trio, guitarist David Torn, bassist Mick Karn, and drummer Terry Bozzio, produced such a superb record of instrumental music that you couldn't help but wish there was a followup, but this is all we got.

And its quite a statement-- the three of them play together fantastically-- not a surprise given they'd worked together extensively-- the music has an improvised feel to it, even in obviously composed passages, the music has a nice looseness and spaciousness to it-- Bozzio in particular seem really open with his playing-- whereas most "rock" drummers (although calling this music that) tend to play themselves into a wall, space is critical on this record-- check out the brilliant "Snail Hair Dune" for a good example of this-- Torn and Karn largely play single note lines while Bozzio implies as well as states.

With this looseness, the album covers a number of sounds and feels-- the playing is superb, and there's really not a bad track on here, but some stand out-- the great "Honey Sweating", with Torn's guitar blasts, the slow, funky "Bandaged by Dreams" (with one of my favorite Karn basslines), percussion driven "Warrior Horsemen of the Spirit Thundering Over Hills of Doubt to a Place of Hope" and the simply brilliant "Red Sleep" all come to mind.

Any fan of either of these three gentlemen will love this album-- its certainly amongst the best work by each of them, but I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys improvised music and great musicianship.
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HASH(0x91c0c2a0) out of 5 stars Proto-BLUE 28 Sept. 2000
By Robert Carlberg - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this in search of other material like Bruford Levin's Upper Extremities, and it comes close. Damn close.
Karn's fretless electric bass is Jaco-with-attitude, and Bozzio plays some mighty big drums. All of his heads are damped down so they hit with (to coin a phrase) an "ominous thud." And of course Torn is the guitar that does not sleep.
This is Group 87 brought into the 90's, or King Crimson if Fripp still had integrity. This is music of such ferocity and determination that it might just cause the rest of your collection to whither in shame.
Grapple with it.
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HASH(0x915dc690) out of 5 stars I love it - Instrumental music for the Head, Heart and Gut 13 Oct. 2012
By applewood - Published on Amazon.com
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Polytown is the eclectic rock/jazz/world/ambient fusion creation of the trio Torn, Karn and Bozzio from 1993. And while it isn't much of an easy listening experience due to it's relentlessly creative and experimental nature, it does have plenty of grooves where you can forget what and where you are doing, and just let the music take you...

I'm relatively new to guitarist David Torn's music (having only heard his earlier Cloud About Mercury previously), and had never heard of fretless bassist Mick Karn before, but had heard (and seen) Terry Bozzio of Zappa renown with his amazing array of hittable things. All three contribute a strong presence here, and make a full and complete yet spacious sound for being a power trio. Karn's bass is funky and chunky (in a fretless way), Bozzio's drumming is nimble, hyper and aggressive, yet never overbearing, and Torn's guitar and loopy atmospheric treatment fills and ties it all together (or stretches and pulls it apart), and yet often seems in the background, a subtle ambient treatment floating just beyond noticeable.

The overall effect is unique, and although there are elements of Zappa (Bozzio's angular drumming perhaps), King Crimson (Torn sometimes sounds like a cross between Belew and Fripp, and Karn at times sounds like Levin), the funky world music collaborations of Laswell and Skopelitis, and the atmospheric looped guitar/percussion compositions of Steve Tibbetts or Michael Brook, what is distinct is that there is tremendous variety and creativity on display here. And they sound like they're having a great time doing it.
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