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Wizard of Is
     

The Wizard of Is

by Pearls Before Swine
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2004
Label:
Water
UPC:
0646315713626
catalogNumber:
136

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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
Patrick Roques   Producer
Wystan Hugh Auden   Poetry
Sara Teasdale   Composer,Poetry
Leroy Bates   Composer
Pat Thomas   Producer

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