William R. Strickland Is Only the Name

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
One of the most unusual signings by the legendary Deram label, not least of all because he was American, poet/singer/songwriter William R. Strickland was paired with keyboardist/synthesizer player Philip Springer and placed under the direction of Buddy Kaye for one of the most the unique albums of the age, William R. Strickland Is Only the Name. Well will listeners of a certain age recall their first exposure to it, courtesy of the label's budget-priced compilation Wowie Zowie: The World of Progressive Music. Skittering electronics pinged and pongs across "Computer Lover," a sci-fi romance that absolutely predicted later electronic music not least of all great swathes of ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
One of the most unusual signings by the legendary Deram label, not least of all because he was American, poet/singer/songwriter William R. Strickland was paired with keyboardist/synthesizer player Philip Springer and placed under the direction of Buddy Kaye for one of the most the unique albums of the age, William R. Strickland Is Only the Name. Well will listeners of a certain age recall their first exposure to it, courtesy of the label's budget-priced compilation Wowie Zowie: The World of Progressive Music. Skittering electronics pinged and pongs across "Computer Lover," a sci-fi romance that absolutely predicted later electronic music not least of all great swathes of ELP's "Karn Evil 9 Third Impression". And then you ventured into the LP to discover a quite astonishing collision between beat-styled poetry and progressive rock, with Strickland's acoustic guitar playing off Springer's sympathetic and versatile backings. Hammond organ sweeps across "Romeo De La Route," sax jazzes up "You Know My Body," while pastoral flute ripples through "Touch." All the while, Strickland strums his guitar and riffs on the themes of life and love. "World War 3 1/2," however, is his piece de resistance. Imagine Arlo Guthrie eagerly joining the army instead of successfully dodging the draft, and going off to boot camp and then a futuristic war. It's a witheringly sardonic look at the military mentality that leaves the rest of the songs lyrically in the shade. It's an adventurous and bold album, that has remained little more than a collector's item in the years since its release. But it was certainly worthy of resurrection and reissue.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • Label: Esoteric
  • EAN: 5013929721524
  • Catalog Number: 2115

Album Credits

Performance Credits
William R. Strickland Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Technical Credits
William R. Strickland Composer, Cover Painting
Gershon Kingsley Synthesizer Arrangements
Douglas Botnick Engineer
Terry Johnson Engineer
Buddy Kaye Producer, Concept
Harvey Siders Liner Notes
Philip Springer Arranger, Composer, Director, Synthesizer Arrangements
Mark Powell Liner Notes
Paschal Byrne Remastering
Terry Johnson Engineer
William Strickland Composer
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