Parable of Arable Land/God Bless the Red Krayola & All Who Sail with It [Snapper]

Parable of Arable Land/God Bless the Red Krayola & All Who Sail with It [Snapper]

by The Red Krayola
     
 

These two albums, recorded in 1967 and 1968, are the cornerstone of the Red Krayola legend and two of the most famous records in avant-garde '60s rock. Originally released on Lelan Rogers' fabled International Artists label (home to the 13th Floor Elevators and Bubble Puppy, among others), these albums areSee more details below

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These two albums, recorded in 1967 and 1968, are the cornerstone of the Red Krayola legend and two of the most famous records in avant-garde '60s rock. Originally released on Lelan Rogers' fabled International Artists label (home to the 13th Floor Elevators and Bubble Puppy, among others), these albums are uncompromisingly weird artifacts that move right beyond psychedelic into "freakishly strange." Parable of Arable Land is the better-known of the two, having been recorded in a legendary one-day session where the core band (including singer/guitarist Mayo Thompson, bassist Steve Cunningham, and drummer Rick Barthelme, who would later gain considerably more fame as novelist Frederick Barthelme) invited a group of fellow travelers, including the Elevators' Roky Erickson, into the studio to record the "Freeform Freakouts" which appear between the proper songs. Of those songs, the almost punky "Hurricane Fighter Plane," with a squalling organ solo by Erickson, and the plain freaky "Pink Stainless Tail" are the highlights, but the whole thing is a sonic onslaught that makes Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica, its nearest point of comparison, sound downright normal. God Bless the Red Krayola and All Who Sail With It, recorded as a simple trio with new drummer Tommy Smith, is a much more straightforward album, and it's actually better than its more renowned predecessor. The 20 tracks, ranging from the four second (no kidding) "Listen to This" to the comparatively expansive "Green of My Pants," which just barely breaks the three-minute barrier, are simple enough that the utter weirdness of Thompson's lyrics really shines through. Surprisingly enough, some of the songs are downright catchy; the opening "Say Hello to Jamie Jones" moves along on a hushed Thompson vocal and a perky Cunningham bassline, sounding for all the world like a post-punk experiment from late-'70s London. This double CD, with better sound than the later Collectables single discs, is the best way to discover the Red Krayola; the merely curious may want to end their search here as well.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
Label:
Snapper Uk
UPC:
0803415127726
catalogNumber:
277

Tracks

  1. Free Form Freak-Out
  2. Hurricane Fighter Plane
  3. Free Form Freak-Out
  4. Transparent Radiation
  5. Free Form Freak-Out
  6. War Sucks
  7. Free Form Freak-Out
  8. Free Form Freak-Out
  9. Pink Stainless Tail
  10. Free Form Freak-Out
  11. Parable of Arable Land
  12. Free Form Freak-Out
  13. Former Reflections - Enduring Doubt
  14. Say Hello to Jamie Jones
  15. Music
  16. The Shirt
  17. Listen to This
  18. Save the House
  19. Victory Garden
  20. Coconut Hotel
  21. Sheriff Jack
  22. Free Piece
  23. Ravi Shankar - Parachutist
  24. Piece for Piano and Electric Bass Guitar
  25. Dairymaids Lament
  26. Big
  27. Leejol
  28. Sherlock Holmes
  29. Dirth of Tilth
  30. Tina's Gone to Have a Baby
  31. The Jewels of the Madonna
  32. Green of My Pants
  33. Night Song

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