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Apocalypse Now Sessions
     

The Apocalypse Now Sessions

by Rhythm Devils
 

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Marin County neighbors, percussionist Mickey Hart and filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola collaborated on the music and ethereal madness that sonically accompanied the groundbreaking and genre-defining Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now. This CD release is an upgrade to the vinyl/cassette version of The Rhythm Devils Play River Music (1980). While Hart was

Overview

Marin County neighbors, percussionist Mickey Hart and filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola collaborated on the music and ethereal madness that sonically accompanied the groundbreaking and genre-defining Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now. This CD release is an upgrade to the vinyl/cassette version of The Rhythm Devils Play River Music (1980). While Hart was definitely a centrifugal force in the creation and execution of the sounds on the Apocalypse Now Sessions (1989), the actual aggregate credited on the disc is the Rhythm Devils. Included are Hart's Grateful Dead bandmates Bill Kreutzmann and Phil Lesh as well as world musicians Airto Moreira and Flora Purim. Also joining the festivities is Hart's longtime associate Michael Hinton, who co-composed much of the material with Hart and Moreira. Likewise featured are Bay Area musicians Greg Errico -- whose credits include stints with Sly & the Family Stone, Santana, and the Jerry Garcia Band -- as well as Jim Loveless and Jordan Amarantha. They utilize their considerable talents to create some of the most intense sounds to resonate throughout a motion picture. The 11 tracks included here offer up a substantial range from the driving hypnotic jungle-esque rhythms of the opening "Compound" to the full-throttle percussive exorcism portrayed during the "Beast," "Trenches," and "Napalm for Breakfast." Aptly contrasting these are the equally concentrated, yet understated sounds of "Street Gang," "Tar," and the most extended work on the disc, "Cave." The subsequent cuts create an ambience that envelopes listeners as they are rhythmically sucked into the various themes and motifs -- which are no sooner created than decayed. The liner notes essay describes the undertaking, detailing the various contributions from the members of the Rhythm Devils. There are also a few lines that further describe the project from a decidedly technical vantage point. According to several unrelated statements by Coppola made since this release, there are literally hundreds of tapes from which the film's natural or incidental soundtrack was compiled. While his stated intentions are to create additional volumes of sounds documented for Apocalypse Now, there have been none issued.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Rykodisc
UPC:
0014431010927
catalogNumber:
10109

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rhythm Devils   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Mickey Hart   Composer,Producer
Airto Moreira   Composer,Contributor
Jordan Amarantha   Contributor
Betty Cantor-Jackson   Engineer
Brett Cohen   Engineer
Greg Errico   Contributor
Dan Healy   Engineer
Michael Hinton   Composer
Michael Hinton   Composer,Contributor
Bill Kreutzmann   Contributor
Phil Lesh   Contributor
Jim Loveless   Contributor
Bob Nichols   Engineer
Flora Purim   Contributor
Ramrod   Engineer
David Faust   Engineer
Willy Legate   Engineer
Stanley Mouse   Artwork,Cover Design
Billy Candelario   Engineer
Steve Parrish   Engineer

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