The Wizard of Is

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
San Francisco's Water Records has certainly done right by Tom Rapp and Pearls Before Swine. Not only has the label reissued its Warner Bros. recordings in their entirety individually and as a box set, it has now come up with this 44-track, two-disc collection of rarities and live recordings from 1967-1976. This is a mighty artifact indeed. The first disc contains all sorts of demos and strange little live recordings. Some were made at home by the first edition of the band with Elisabeth Rapp and Wayne Harley, some are solo including a stunningly beautiful original recording of "Butterflies", some are with later incarnations, some are with notable musicians like David ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
San Francisco's Water Records has certainly done right by Tom Rapp and Pearls Before Swine. Not only has the label reissued its Warner Bros. recordings in their entirety individually and as a box set, it has now come up with this 44-track, two-disc collection of rarities and live recordings from 1967-1976. This is a mighty artifact indeed. The first disc contains all sorts of demos and strange little live recordings. Some were made at home by the first edition of the band with Elisabeth Rapp and Wayne Harley, some are solo including a stunningly beautiful original recording of "Butterflies", some are with later incarnations, some are with notable musicians like David Bromberg "City of Gold" and "Mary, Mary", and some are Nashville session demos. There is also a slew of cover version demos, including highly original readings of Bob Dylan's "Oh Sister," Randy Newman's "Sail Away," Joni Mitchell's "Real Good for Free," the Spector and Bates classic "There's No Other Like My Baby," Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne," and even Jacques Brel's "Love, You're Not Alone," along with poems by Shakespeare, W.H. Auden, and Sara Teasdale that Rapp set to music. Disc two features live recordings from a Goddard College show featured in its entirety as well as a Netherlands Radio performance and a performance from the Choate School in 1972. There is also a cut -- "Lesson of the 60s" -- recorded at Terrastock in 1999. Fans will no doubt find a treasure trove of material here; some exists on bootlegs, but it's awesome to have the cleaned-up quality of the material available officially. The sound, given the wildly varying nature of the tapes, is surprisingly good and the music is truly inspired. Rapp gave listeners no dregs here; this is a fascinating and compelling collection of tapes from the catalog of a genuine musical enigma.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • Label: Water
  • UPC: 646315713626
  • Catalog Number: 136
  • Sales rank: 379,953

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Where Is Love (2:24)
  2. 2 Butterflies (2:48)
  3. 3 Love, You Are Not Alone (6:01)
  4. 4 Grace Street (3:44)
  5. 5 Translucent Carriages (3:30)
  6. 6 Space (3:36)
  7. 7 Sail Away (2:03)
  8. 8 City of Gold (2:39)
  9. 9 Song About a Rose (1:51)
  10. 10 For Free (3:08)
  11. 11 Roadside Hotel (1:48)
  12. 12 Prisoner of War (2:19)
  13. 13 Wizard of Is (3:10)
  14. 14 Oh, Sister (2:37)
  15. 15 The Lincoln Dream (0:51)
  16. 16 Can't Go Back (3:22)
  17. 17 Mary, Mary (1:24)
  18. 18 Going to the City (2:13)
  19. 19 Rocket Man (4:05)
  20. 20 Riegal (3:33)
  21. 21 Just Let the Grass Grow (1:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Everybody's Got Pain (2:39)
  2. 2 Amber Lady/I Saw the World (3:52)
  3. 3 Crawling Towards Bethlehem (1:34)
  4. 4 Translucent Carriages (3:21)
  5. 5 Miss Morse (1:54)
  6. 6 There's No Other (Like My Baby) (1:50)
  7. 7 Island Lady (3:47)
  8. 8 Frog in the Window (1:39)
  9. 9 Morning (2:53)
  10. 10 Riegal (2:47)
  11. 11 Full Fathom Five/I Shall Not Care (2:47)
  12. 12 Marshall (2:22)
  13. 13 Footnote/When War Began (5:26)
  14. 14 Jesus (1:19)
  15. 15 Anothertyme (2:54)
  16. 16 Rocket Man (2:53)
  17. 17 Crewman (1:39)
  18. 18 Suzanne (4:32)
  19. 19 Prayers of Action/Candle (3:54)
  20. 20 Lesson of the 60s (0:43)
  21. 21 Rocket Man (2:57)
  22. 22 The Jeweler (2:30)
  23. 23 If You Don't Want To (I Don't Mind) (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pearls Before Swine Primary Artist
Tom Rapp Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Morris Brown Bass, Group Member
Art Ellis Flute, Recorder, Stylophone, Group Member
Wayne Harley Harmony, Group Member
Gordon Hayes Bass, Clarinet, Group Member
Michael Krawitz Piano, Trombone, Group Member
Harry Orlove Banjo, Mandolin, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Group Member
Bill Rollins Bass, Cello, Group Member
Jon Tooker Bass, Guitar, Group Member
David Wolfert Guitar, Group Member
Robby Merkin Piano, Group Member
Elisabeth Harley Harmony, Group Member
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Joni Mitchell Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Jacques Brel Composer
Mort Shuman translation
Tom Rapp Composer, Liner Notes, Melody Arrangement
Phil Spector Composer
Roger Crissinger Composer
Gary Hobish Mastering
Patrick Roques Producer
Wystan Hugh Auden Poetry
Sara Teasdale Composer, Poetry
Leroy Bates Composer
Pat Thomas Producer
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