String Alchemy: From Eclectic to Electric

String Alchemy: From Eclectic to Electric

     
 

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 andSee more details below

Overview

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:
06/20/2000
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707956321
catalogNumber:
79563
Rank:
289510

Tracks

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

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sandy Bull   Track Performer
Larry Coryell   Track Performer
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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