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Visions of Excess

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  • Audio CD (2 Feb. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Movieplay Gold
  • ASIN: B00000DBHK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,668,309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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MPG 74050; MUSICK PENGUIN GROUP - USA;

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Well, have you got any better ideas? The Golden Palominos started as a gnarly avant-funk-punk band, very much part of the NY downtown, and their eponymous first album was bespattered by the somewhat in-yo-face talents of Arto Lindsay on scratchy guitar and yowling vocals plus John Zorn on demented sub-aqua duck calls. There was a lot of fine playing going on (not just from Lindsay and Zorn but also from Anton Fier, the bandleader, on ferocious drums, Bill Laswell on bass, Fred Frith on guitar, Christian Marclay on turntables) but on the strength of that album, this was a band that could always be assured of an audience inside the greater Manhattan area. The one clue to Fier's ambition was that this was already an all-star band.

'Visions of Excess', therefore, came not quite out of the blue. I don't know how he did it, but Fier enlisted exactly the right cast of players and singers for the follow-up. Richard Thompson dropped in to lend some of his sharpest guitar to various tracks. Jody Harris and Nicky Skopelitis add extra texture. Funkadelic's Mike Hampton does some fantastic stunt-metal guitar, and Henry Kaiser adds an unforgettably insane solo to a cover of a Moby Grape song. And that's just the guitar players. Vocally, the crew are spot-on; Michael Stipe, who was then only on the third REM album but already an alternative star, sings two originals and the Moby Grape song; Jack Bruce gives 'Silver Bullet' fantastic Scottish soul; John Lydon makes Robert Kidney's 'The Animal Speaks' entirely his own, but the real discovery was Syd Straw, whose multi-overdubbed vocal textures make '(Kind of) True' and 'Buenos Aires' into feasts for the ears.

And yet, that'd be all very well, but if the songs weren't any good it would all have been a waste of time.
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HASH(0x9c121dbc) out of 5 stars The first Indy "Supergroup" 10 Jan. 2001
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Format: Audio CD
Visions of Excess hovered just below the mainstream in 1985 when college radio got a hold of this exciting collection of songs from the Golden Palominos. Michael Stipe had not reached the masses yet but had managed to release several stellar records with R.E.M on I.R.S. records. Boy (Go), Clustering Train, and Omaha gave Stipe a little breathing room to spread his wings outside of the R.E.M. mold. The other surprise star on Visions of Excess is vocalist/rocker/actor Syd Straw. Although commercial success still alludes her to this day, her contributions on this album were an indication of what was to come - possibly America's most exciting female singer. Buenos Aires shows just how Straw can shine with the right musicians behind her. Richard Thompson delivers the goods with several firey electric guitar solos weaving in and out of Straw's vocals. An electric tour followed the album's release to rave reviews across the US and Europe. This version's artwork is lacking in design and creativity but the same music is preserved as a document of one of the U.S.'s most exciting underground supergroups. For an even broader journey into the Golden Palomino's offerings, check out the follow up to this one: "Blast of Silence" - Syd Straw and Matthew Sweet's introduction to many fans. Who says the 1980's were lacking good rock and roll?
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HASH(0x9c3add68) out of 5 stars The Golden Palominos, Mach II 29 Aug. 2004
By Alan Caylow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
1985's "Visions Of Excess" is the 2nd album for the Golden Palominos, the New York studio collective led by drummer Anton Fier, and it represents the first of many changes in musical direction for the group (they *never* deliver the same kind of album twice). The first time around, on their self-titled debut disc, the Palominos were a very out-there, avant-garde fusion group. For "Visions Of Excess," the group goes for a much more accessible, college-radio rock sound. The line-up this time includes not only Fier on drums but also Michael Stipe of REM, John Lydon of the Sex Pistols, Jack Bruce, Syd Straw, Richard Thompson, Bernie Worrell, and Carla Bley. Of the albums eight songs, standouts include the very catchy "Boy (Go)," with funky basslines by Bill Laswell and a great vocal by Stipe, the rockin' "Clustering Train," the punkish "The Animal Speaks" (with a classic punk vocal by Lydon---who else?), and the excellent songs "(Kind Of) True" and "Buenos Aires," both richly sung by Straw. But the Palominos haven't completely forgotten their original incarnation: the album concludes with the avant-garde "Only One Party," with guitar & lead vocals by Arto Lindsay, who was also featured on the first Palominos album. "Visions Of Excess" is a solid, excellent album for the ever-changing Golden Palominos.
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