One Nation Undergroundby Pearls Before Swine
Psychedelic-folk debut from one of the most erudite, literate minds in rock, Thomas D. Rapp (and the first of his ever-changing Swine). Although the songs here lack some cohesion, this is still a stunning piece of work, from the nightmarish sleeve art -- the "Hell Panel" from Hieronymus Bosch's 15th century painting "Garden of Delights" -- to the strange yet powerful songs. "Another Time," the most memorable selection, is an understated acoustic song, the first that Rapp ever penned, based on his experience in a horrific car crash where he walked away unscathed. Of similar mood is the beautiful "Ballad of an Amber Lady." "Drop Out" is a straightforward song built around a popular credo of the '60s. "Uncle John" is one of the earliest protest songs about the Vietnam War. Strangest (and funniest) of all is "(Oh Dear) Miss Morse," where Rapp adopts a Victorian persona and sounds out the Morse code spelling of F-U-C-K, accompanied by banjo and Farfisa organ. Considering Rapp's fascination with history, it's not surprising that one of the songs here, "I Shall Not Care," features a co-writer credit to "Roman Tombs." The cryptic words that comprise this song's title were discovered on a tomb that dates to the final days of the Roman Empire.
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- Esp Disk Ltd.
Performance CreditsPearls Before Swine Primary Artist
Tom Rapp Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Roger Crissinger Organ,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Clavoline,Clavioline,Group Member
Wayne Harley Banjo,Mandolin,Autoharp,Harp,Vocals,Vibes,Oscillator,Harmony,Group Member
Lane Lederer Bass,Guitar,Celeste,Cymbals,Bass Guitar,Horn,English Horn,Vocals,Sarangui,finger cymbals,Group Member
Swine Chorus Background Vocals,Harmony
Warren Smith Percussion,Drums,Guest Appearance
Technical CreditsPearls Before Swine Arranger
Richard Alderson Director,Producer,Engineer,Direction,Assistant Arranger
Roger Crissinger Composer
Lane Lederer Composer
Hieronymus Bosch Cover Art
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First hubby picked this up back in the late 60's simply because of the cover art by Bosch--we had never actually heard, or even heard of, the group. What a wonderful surprise that it turned out to be such a great album! My reel-to-reel tapes from back then (he got the vinyl in the divorce) are starting to wear out, so I'm picking up the CD's at this time. It's hard to describe the music; I'll just say, particularly if you were around during those crazy 60's times, you will love this. One comment re: the review on here... Maybe the "I Shall Not Care" does appear on some Roman tomb, but I know for a fact that the lyrics are actually a Sara Teasdale poem, also called "I Shall Not Care". ("when I am dead and over me bright April shakes out her rain-drenched hair; though you may lean above me broken-hearted, I shall not care..." I just like to give credit where credit is due!