Hall of Mirrors

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Some time in the making, Hall of Mirrors is the latest of the many compilations that have emerged over the past decade or so that try to make comprehensive sense of the ever-broadening world of 20th-into-21st century psych/freak/drone rock. Overseen by Mason Jones, whose own band SubArachnoid Space takes a bow on the second disc with "S. F. Eagle," it covers several years, a number of different continents, and approaches ranging from the extreme mind-melting to the calmer -- but with an emphasis on the former. There's no manifesto to the disc beyond a mention from Jones to share 'the quality of the music,' and it's no idle description -- from the start, with a marvelous ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Some time in the making, Hall of Mirrors is the latest of the many compilations that have emerged over the past decade or so that try to make comprehensive sense of the ever-broadening world of 20th-into-21st century psych/freak/drone rock. Overseen by Mason Jones, whose own band SubArachnoid Space takes a bow on the second disc with "S. F. Eagle," it covers several years, a number of different continents, and approaches ranging from the extreme mind-melting to the calmer -- but with an emphasis on the former. There's no manifesto to the disc beyond a mention from Jones to share 'the quality of the music,' and it's no idle description -- from the start, with a marvelous example of Kinski's extreme motorik style via "Teen Center," Hall of Mirrors aims for a high mark and generally meets it. As a potential introduction to a wide number of bands for unfamiliar listeners, it rivals the legendary Tokyo Invasion, Vol. 1: Cosmic Kurushi Monsters compilation of the mid-'90s, and indeed unsurprisingly, many of the high points come from Japanese bands, whose impact on these styles has only increased with time. Besides the almost inevitable Acid Mothers Temple, with a typically deranged song called "Fire Walk With Us," striking efforts come from compatriots Overhang Party, Uptight and DMBQ, whose "Small Hours" is particularly strong. Veterans of Terrastock festivals and similar gatherings are all over the place -- Abunai!, Bardo Pond, and ST 37 are just some of the more familiar names. Describing each of the highlights would take quite a while, but on the first disc special mention should go to the now-defunct Gravitar, whose "Maybe Ben Hur" is such an awesome display of three-piece feedback and drumming insanity it's almost shocking. On the second, the Primordial Undermind track "Non Servium Undermind" might be the sleeper hit, thanks to a dramatic start and a quick, propulsive core rhythm, but Rubble's utterly aggro but completely focused "Grey Baby" isn't far behind.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Emperor Jones (Rev)
  • UPC: 697410276929
  • Catalog Number: 69
  • Sales rank: 176,231

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Teen Center - Kinski (6:25)
  2. 2 Kuonopäivää - Circle (6:20)
  3. 3 Maybe Ben Hur (6:00)
  4. 4 Le Fantôme de la Liberté (5:56)
  5. 5 Excerpt from Live on KFJC (5:54)
  6. 6 Sweet Sister, Vol. 4 - Up-Tight (6:01)
  7. 7 They Time - ST 37 (5:57)
  8. 8 The Somnambulist Speaks (4:19)
  9. 9 These Clouds Are Solid (3:14)
  10. 10 I Got Yer Head (Chopped Off) - Speaker (5:31)
  11. 11 Small Hours - DMBQ (5:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 S.F. Eagle (4:44)
  2. 2 Remember the Avalon (6:08)
  3. 3 Someplace Left Out - Numinous (5:49)
  4. 4 4'33" - Escapade (4:35)
  5. 5 Fire Walk With Us - Acid Mothers Temple (5:29)
  6. 6 Our Wayward Fuel - Abunai! (4:02)
  7. 7 Do the Flood (6:25)
  8. 8 Non Servium (Undermind) (5:59)
  9. 9 Fall River Mills (6:05)
  10. 10 Grey Baby - Rubble (5:09)
  11. 11 Raja Gaj - Yeti (8:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kris Thompson Organ, Synthesizer
Dan Parmenter Bass
Mason Jones Guitar
Brendan Quinn Guitar
Joe Turner Drums
ST 37 Track Performer
Bardo Pond Track Performer
Gravitar Track Performer
Vocokesh Track Performer
Farflung Track Performer
SubArachnoid Space Track Performer
Abunai! Track Performer
Fuzzhead Track Performer
Primordial Undermind Track Performer
Rubble Track Performer
Yeti Track Performer
Escapade Track Performer
Uptight Track Performer
Kinski Track Performer
Acid Mothers Temple Track Performer
Tarantula Hawk Track Performer
Overhang Party Track Performer
DMBQ Track Performer
Numinous Track Performer
Transpacific Track Performer
Dave Cintron Synthesizer
Higashi Hiroshi Synthesizer
Atsushi Tsuyama Bass
Courtney Cater Bass
John Helwig Bass, Guitar
Richard Franecki Bass, Guitar, electronics
Eric Harris Guitar
Eric Arn Guitar
Rinji Fukuoka Guitar, Vocals
Mark Stone Guitar
Melynda Jackson Guitar
Kawabata Makoto Guitar
Paul Casanova Guitar
Jan Schober Percussion
Hadley Kahn Drums
Iwao Yamazaki Drums
Scott Pickering Drums
Matt Martinez Drums
Koizumi Hajime Drums
Otis Cleveland Horn
Doug Ferguson Keyboards
Cotton Casino Vocals
Tommy Grenas Track Performer
Stuart McLeod Track Performer
Michael Esther Track Performer
Kevin Goldsmith Track Performer
Yuka Yoshimura Track Performer
Ryan Kirk Track Performer
John Ortega electronics
S.L. Telles Synthesizer, Bass
Geoff Guitar, Vox Organ
Technical Credits
Mason Jones Producer
Hadley Kahn Producer
Jeramy Koepping Producer, Engineer
Kawabata Makoto Producer, Engineer
Len del Rio Engineer
Paul Snook Engineer
Lawrence Crane Engineer
Geoff Streadwick Engineer
Carlton Crutcher Engineer, Sequencers
Eric Dyba Engineer
Chris Forrest Engineer
Charles Newman Digital Editing
Vanessa Arn Sound Machine
Brian Nelson Engineer
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