Indian War Whoop

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • Label: Esp Disk Ltd.
  • UPC: 825481010689
  • Catalog Number: 1068
  • Sales rank: 85,350

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Holy Modal Rounders Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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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