String Alchemy: From Eclectic to Electric

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
What do Larry Coryell, Oregon, Sandy Bull, John Fahey, and Mimi & Richard Farina all have in common? Aside from playing stringed instruments and sharing a certain "eclecticism," not an enormous amount. They did all record for Vanguard Records between 1963 and 1996, the time span covered by this anthology, though. So this 68-minute, 18-song compilation -- which also has tracks by the more obscure Peter Walker and John McEuen -- is really an excuse to gather some instrumental odds and ends from the Vanguard catalog together. The premise is slight, and even the title is kind of a faux pas in that just one of the numbers Coryell's "You Don't Know What Love Is" is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
What do Larry Coryell, Oregon, Sandy Bull, John Fahey, and Mimi & Richard Farina all have in common? Aside from playing stringed instruments and sharing a certain "eclecticism," not an enormous amount. They did all record for Vanguard Records between 1963 and 1996, the time span covered by this anthology, though. So this 68-minute, 18-song compilation -- which also has tracks by the more obscure Peter Walker and John McEuen -- is really an excuse to gather some instrumental odds and ends from the Vanguard catalog together. The premise is slight, and even the title is kind of a faux pas in that just one of the numbers Coryell's "You Don't Know What Love Is" is completely electric. This doesn't mean, however, that it's not a decent disc for what it is; indeed, as instrumental mood music albums go, it's definitely up there. Devoted fans of the specific artists are better off investing in their proper albums, but for those who just want a taster, there are three Appalachian-flavored instrumentals by the Farinas from their mid-1960s albums; laid-back jazz guitar virtuosity from Coryell; uncategorizable folk-jazz-ethnic exercises by the innovative Bull; just one cut by Fahey, 1968's "Dance of the Inhabitants of the Invisible City of Bladensburg," an unusual one for him in that it has some full electric band instrumentation; and raga-based 1966 drone-folk from Walker's little-known 1966 album Rainy Day Raga. You'll have to really stretch your ears to recognize Walker's version of "Norwegian Wood" as a Beatles cover without looking at the track listing first. There are no previously unreleased items, but Bull's "Non Nobis Domine" and Coryell's "Ann Arbor" make their CD debuts here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2000
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707956321
  • Catalog Number: 79563
  • Sales rank: 260,276

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Don't Know What Love Is - Larry Coryell (2:37)
  2. 2 The Restful Mind - Glen Moore (3:14)
  3. 3 Rene's Theme (3:54)
  4. 4 Improvistation on Vila-Lobos (Prelude No. 4 in E Minor] - Larry Coryell & Eleventh House (3:19)
  5. 5 Ann Arbor - Glen Moore (5:05)
  6. 6 Serenade - Oregon (2:11)
  7. 7 Manha de Carnaval - Sandy Bull (13:04)
  8. 8 Non Nobis Domine - Sandy Bull (1:41)
  9. 9 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) - Peter Walker (4:16)
  10. 10 Bianca - Peter Walker (3:06)
  11. 11 April in Cambridge - Peter Walker (3:12)
  12. 12 Miles - Richard & Mimi Fariña (2:57)
  13. 13 Tommy Makem Fantasy - Richard & Mimi Fariña (1:34)
  14. 14 Dopico - Richard & Mimi Fariña (3:59)
  15. 15 Andante - John McEuen (2:01)
  16. 16 Keep Walikng - John McEuen (3:59)
  17. 17 Moonlight Dancing - John McEuen (4:03)
  18. 18 Dance of the Inhabitants of the Invisible City of Bladensburg - John Fahey (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sandy Bull Track Performer
Larry Coryell Track Performer
The Eleventh House Track Performer
Oregon Track Performer
Ralph Towner Track Performer
Collin Walcott Track Performer
Glen Moore Track Performer
John McEuen Track Performer
Peter Walker Track Performer
John Fahey Track Performer
Technical Credits
Larry Coryell Composer
René Thomas Composer
Ralph Towner Composer
Peter Walker Composer
Richard Fariña Composer
Antônio Maria Composer
Tom Vickers Producer
Sam Graham Liner Notes
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