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First this L.A. psych-pop quartet returns from a decade between proper LPs on 2010's excellent Bananas Foster; now they hit back with this more baroque rock masterpiece -- even more ambitiously, supremely crafted. The theme of Jonathan Lea and Dennis Davison's songs, extolling the icy season, might seem puzzling from a place where it's 75 degrees every January -- you'd expect "Winterland" to refer instead to the demolished San Francisco hall of Jimi Hendrix/Last Waltz/Sex Pistols renown -- but those who miss something most, value it most. So in the spirit of Angelinos Wednesday Week's "Christmas Here" from 1984 Kristi Callan sings a backing vocal here, "Snow Angels of Pigtown" and "Winterland's Gone" feel that ache. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
First this L.A. psych-pop quartet returns from a decade between proper LPs on 2010's excellent Bananas Foster; now they hit back with this more baroque rock masterpiece -- even more ambitiously, supremely crafted. The theme of Jonathan Lea and Dennis Davison's songs, extolling the icy season, might seem puzzling from a place where it's 75 degrees every January -- you'd expect "Winterland" to refer instead to the demolished San Francisco hall of Jimi Hendrix/Last Waltz/Sex Pistols renown -- but those who miss something most, value it most. So in the spirit of Angelinos Wednesday Week's "Christmas Here" from 1984 Kristi Callan sings a backing vocal here, "Snow Angels of Pigtown" and "Winterland's Gone" feel that ache. Greater than an audacious, interesting concept LP, though, is the beguiling pop-art-psych beauty that fills this wondrous work. References? Pretty Things' Parachute, Bee Gees' Odessa, Moody Blues' Days of Future Past, Love's Forever Changes, Syd Barrett's The Madcap Laughs, Hollies' For Certain Because..., Beach Boys' 20/20, and lately, Baby Lemonade and Darker My Love. Also dig Kinks legend Dave Davies guesting on a 1974 Sundown Gordon Lightfoot cover, paying back Lea for playing in his tour band. Prettier and more opaquely polished than Bananas, the group goes for it, adding sweeteners to the '60s-esque stew -- bottomless acoustic guitars, McCartney-esque basslines the standout "Candy Cane", oldie organs, Mellotron, sleigh bells, and woodwinds -- enriching an album impossible to dismiss once you discover it. ~ Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2011
  • Label: Vibrophonic Records
  • UPC: 663281202527
  • Catalog Number: 12025
  • Sales rank: 212,718

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Jigsaw Seen Primary Artist
Dave Davies Vocal Harmony
Morley Bartnoff Organ
David Nolte Piano
Dennis Davison Group Member
Teddy Freese Group Member
Jonathan Lea Group Member
Kristi Callan Background Vocals
Kira Vollman Bass Clarinet
Lisa Jenio Flute
Tom Currier Group Member
Theresa O'Donoghue Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Gordon Lightfoot Composer
Pete Magdaleno Engineer
David Nolte Engineer, Layout
Joe Berardi Engineer
Dennis Davison Composer, Producer, Engineer
Jonathan Lea Composer, Producer, Engineer, Sleeve Design
Steve Rooke Mastering
James Bennett Engineer
Rob Martin Engineer
Mark Longo Graphic Consultant
Rudi Eckstein Engineer
Basher Black Engineer
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