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Geneva Tapes
     

The Geneva Tapes

by David Kubinec
 
David Kubinec released Some Things Never Change in 1978, an album on A&M produced by John Cale that brought him to the attention of Velvet Underground fans, but had these lost tapes from Mainhorse Airline had that kind of major distribution, perhaps history would be different. The Geneva Tapes

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David Kubinec released Some Things Never Change in 1978, an album on A&M produced by John Cale that brought him to the attention of Velvet Underground fans, but had these lost tapes from Mainhorse Airline had that kind of major distribution, perhaps history would be different. The Geneva Tapes feature ten performances from vocalist/songwriter Kubinec who, along with drummer Bryson Graham, were found by a young keyboard player and future member of the Moody Blues and Yes, Patrick Moraz, and his bassist/cellist friend Jean Ristori. If it sounds like a minor supergroup, well, it is, as Bryson Graham went on to play with Spooky Tooth and Gary Wright, and Ristori became a mastering engineer of note, working with many of the bands this music reflects. The unique combination of these musical gents generated some compelling and heady sounds that turn out to be a tremendous find. Though labeled "progressive rock", the truth is that on these lost tapes from 1969/1970, Mainhorse Airline prove a wonderfully psychedelic/progressive band with some heavy pop leanings. "What the Government Can Do for You" seems cut right out of '60s San Franciscan rock while "Blunt Needles" recalls the Blues Magoos seeking out the heavier sounds of the Amboy Dukes. A Kubinec/Moraz composition, "The Passing Years," is heavily influenced by early Deep Purple by way of Procol Harum, but it's the colors of British psychedelia that prove the frosting which makes the mix most engaging. "Pale Sky" is a paradox in a bit of a quandary. It could be the U.K. Kaleidoscope, the Small Faces, or the Electric Prunes, a delightful combination of '60s psychedelia swirling through the speakers with an adventurous Moraz building eerie sounds that complement Kubinec's vocals perfectly, perhaps Eddie Pumer and Peter Daltrey's U.K. band Kaleidoscope influencing the music within, their Brit rock-psychedelia edge added to this experimental progressive concoction. The extensive liner notes from Louise Campbell in the 12-page booklet make for fun and informative reading, like how Dutch millionaire Sam Miesegaes helped both Mainhorse Airline and Supertramp get their careers in order. Meanwhile a composition like "Directions for Use" spins one, way while opening track "Overture & Beginners," dives off into another. Pat Moraz released an album after this, Mainhorse, while David Kubinec joined/formed Rats, the evolution worth noting. On Rats' First Long Play Record there's a shorter, three-minute version of the uplifting "Very Small Child" (this rendition clocks it at a minute-and-a-half longer), and both are worth giving the blindfold test to. Exotic and very different from "Make It the Way You Are," the material here was heading in absolutely the right direction. It's too bad they didn't continue the journey together. John Cale and David Kubinec should go back and re-mix the Some Things Never Change LP with these ideas in mind, especially considering the Strawberry Alarm Clock feel of "The Daybreak of Eternity." The music on that A&M disc from 1978 went unrealized, and these great Geneva Tapes point the way towards how that can be corrected.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2007
Label:
Ork Records Uk
UPC:
5013929592322
catalogNumber:
3

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