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Indian War Whoop
     

Indian War Whoop

by The Holy Modal Rounders
 
Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber obviously loved American folk music as much as any of the kids who had their head turned around by Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music in the 1950s, but unlike the many musicians who paid tribute to America's musical past by trying to re-create it as closely as possible, as The Holy Modal Rounders Stampfel and Weber

Overview

Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber obviously loved American folk music as much as any of the kids who had their head turned around by Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music in the 1950s, but unlike the many musicians who paid tribute to America's musical past by trying to re-create it as closely as possible, as The Holy Modal Rounders Stampfel and Weber opted to drag the music into the present, shrieking and giggling all the way. Even by the standards of The Holy Modal Rounders' first two albums, 1967's Indian War Whoop is a thoroughly bizarre listening experience; loosely structured around the between-song adventures of two seedy vagabonds named Jimmy and Crash, side one veers back and forth between neo-psychedelic fiddle-and-guitar freakouts and free-form (and often radically altered) interpretations of traditional folk tunes such as "Soldier's Joy" and "Sweet Apple Cider," while side two is devoted to like minded originals (including a couple songs from their friend Michael Hurley, who would later join the group). Most certainly a product of its time, Indian War Whoop sounds rather dated today, but its buoyant good humor and chemically-altered enthusiasm remains effective, even when the Rounders' reckless pursuit of inner space sounds like it was more fun to create than to observe on record. [The Calibre CD reissue features expanded liner notes, and while no bonus tracks have been added, the digital remastering sounds terrific.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
Label:
Esp Disk Ltd.
UPC:
0825481010689
catalogNumber:
1068
Rank:
81355

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Performance Credits

Holy Modal Rounders   Primary Artist
Peter Stampfel   Banjo,Fiddle,Violin,Vocals,Electric Fiddle
Antonia   Vocals
Theda Barbara   Vocals
Ken Crabtree   Keyboards
Lee Crabtree   Organ,Piano
Sam Shepard   Drums
Steve Weber   Guitar,Vocals
Wendy   Vocals
Barbara   Vocals
Sam Shephard   Drums

Technical Credits

Peter Stampfel   Arranger,Liner Notes
Richard Alderson   Engineer
Howard "Howie" Bernstein   Artwork,Cover Design,Cover Art
Steve Weber   Arranger
Bernard Stollman   Liner Notes
Urban Gwerder   Liner Notes
Hoyt "Floyd" Ming   Composer

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