there are some bands that have made music so far ahead of their time i often wonder if their groupies were fortune tellers, tarot readers or whoever can forsee things. bands like the velvet underground and can come to mind. with red krayola it appears mayo thompson stuck his head into the future to the 80s post-punk and beyond for a small moment and came back and tried to interpret it. because of this i can only really compare it to pere ubu, early sonic youth, wire, swell maps and the pop group. the first record 'the parable of arable land' consists of "songs" puntured by "free form freakout" which as you guess is complete, (but structured), noise, which i think easily beats velvet underground for any experimental racket. the second record is more a structured song layout, but still miles from the norm. maybe i haven't explored enough 60's music, but for a record/s to come out in 67/68 and sound 15-20yrs ahead of its time is rare especially as it sound as uncomprimising as post punk.
I have these great albums on record and thought it would be good to have both on one CD. Both cool albums but these are recorded straight from vinyl and the sound quality is awful with loads of crackles and poor stereo effects. Real shame as the packaging is really good, so pay the extra few quid and get the "hurricane fighter plane" compilation rather than waste your cash on this piece of plop.
I have no problems with the actual music on here, but the cd has obviously been copied directly from a scratchy vinyl source. The sound is harshly distorted ( maybe due to the vinyl it came from or intentionally ) and there are pops and clicks throughout. Apparently earlier versions sound better, but this does not sound remastered or from original tapes. There are also many artifacts from a poor vinyl source throughout. Shame the music sounds good beneath the surface. Behold!!!!! Hurricane Fighter Planes cd, just below this in the listings for Red Krayola. Remastered in 24 bit ( it says) and containing both the cds on this release, but in wonderful clear sound.....and at half the price..bargain...go get before it disappears!!!!!!!!!