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String Alchemy: From Eclectic to Electric
1. You Don't Know What Love Is - Larry Coryell
2. Restful Mind, The - Collin Walcott/Glen Moore/Larry Coryell/Ralph Towner
3. Rene's Theme - John McLaughlin/Larry Coryell
4. Improvistation on Vila-Lobos (Prelude No. 4 in E Minor] - The Eleventh House/Larry Coryell
5. Ann Arbor - Collin Walcott/Glen Moore/Larry Coryell/Ralph Towner
6. Serenade - Oregon
7. Manha de Carnaval - Sandy Bull
8. Non Nobis Domine - Sandy Bull
9. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) - Peter Walker
10. Bianca - Peter Walker
11. April in Cambridge - Peter Walker
12. Miles - Richard & Mimi Faria
13. Tommy Makem Fantasy - Richard & Mimi Faria
14. Dopico - Richard & Mimi Faria
15. Andante - John McEuen
16. Keep Walikng - John McEuen
17. Moonlight Dancing - John McEuen
18. Dance of the Inhabitants of the Invisible City of Bladensburg - John Fahey
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 79563
Tom Vickers; Tom Vickers (Compilation)
Includes liner notes by Sam Graham.
This is part of Vanguard's Sessions series.
Liner Note Author: Sam Graham.
What do Larry Coryell, Oregon, Sandy Bull, John Fahey, and Mimi & Richard Farina all have in common? Aside from playing stringed instruments and sharing a certain "eclecticism," not an enormous amount. They did all record for Vanguard Records between 1963 and 1996, the time span covered by this anthology, though. So this 68-minute, 18-song compilation -- which also has tracks by the more obscure Peter Walker and John McEuen -- is really an excuse to gather some instrumental odds and ends from the Vanguard catalog together. The premise is slight, and even the title is kind of a faux pas in that just one of the numbers (Coryell's "You Don't Know What Love Is") is completely electric. This doesn't mean, however, that it's not a decent disc for what it is; indeed, as instrumental mood music albums go, it's definitely up there. Devoted fans of the specific artists are better off investing in their proper albums, but for those who just want a taster, there are three Appalachian-flavored instrumentals by the Farinas from their mid-1960s albums; laid-back jazz guitar virtuosity from Coryell; uncategorizable folk-jazz-ethnic exercises by the innovative Bull; just one cut by Fahey, 1968's "Dance of the Inhabitants of the Invisible City of Bladensburg," an unusual one for him in that it has some full electric band instrumentation; and raga-based 1966 drone-folk from Walker's little-known 1966 album Rainy Day Raga. You'll have to really stretch your ears to recognize Walker's version of "Norwegian Wood" as a Beatles cover without looking at the track listing first. There are no previously unreleased items, but Bull's "Non Nobis Domine" and Coryell's "Ann Arbor" make their CD debuts here. ~ Richie Unterberger
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