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Pan Symphony in E Minor

  • 1. A Conjuration To Pan
    2. Flight From Morocco/Dionysus/Tales Of Joujouka/Conjuration To Pan/Dirigatur
    3. Rolling To Venus Interlude/Time To Cry/Heaven Help Us All/Soma/Burnt Offering/Pans Sleep/Sky Fire/Pans Return To The Mountains/Finale - Conjunction To Pan
    4. Tales of Joujouka
    5. Conjuration To Pan / Dirigatur
    6. Rolling To Venus Interlude
    7. Time To Cry
    8. Heaven Help Us All
    9. Soma
    10. Burnt Offering
    11. Pan's Sleep
    12. Sky Fire
    13. Pan's Return To the Mountains
    14. Finale - Conjuration To Pan
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 29

  • Credits
    ProducerWilliam Nowik
    EngineerMick Guzauski

    Liner Note Authors: Matthew Dewey; Jason Connoy.
    Recording information: P.C.I. Studios, Rochester, NY.
    Photographer: Wendy Tribelhorn.
    Pan Symphony in E Minor is the kind of album that hardcore vinyl collectors -- especially those whose specialty is esoteric psych-prog relics of the `60s and `70s -- talk about using terms like "holy grail." Such has been the rarity of the barely released 1974 recording that the few available copies floating around years later, after its legend had begun to grow, commanded high prices among serious record geeks. Fortunately, 36 years after its release, the music that upstate New Yorker William Nowik made during a brief recording session under spartan circumstances was made widely available on CD. Originally conceived as the possible soundtrack to a film whose projected theme was the Greek god Pan, the album was recorded mostly by multi-instrumentalist Nowik, who plays everything from guitar and violin to pump organ and kalimba, with some help from a cast of characters that includes Greg Walker (of AOR band Duke Jupiter) on guitar, Warren Cooper on sax, and Pete Genovese on percussion. An all-instrumental affair -- except for some chanting -- the album basically consists of two long suites, each of which is broken down into several smaller pieces that move through a dizzying array of sounds and styles. The first "movement," if you will, goes from meditative drones and spare, hypnotic guitar patterns to a driving, heavy psych-prog jam before ending on a blissed-out, spacy mood amid ambient tones and guitar harmonics. The second, considerably longer, is an even wilder ride that encompasses Eastern-sounding violin and acoustic guitar duets, Americana-sounding slide guitar, sax-led jazz-rock la early King Crimson, gentle percussive moments with vibes and kalimba, some John Fahey-esque guitar excursions, and more. What the whole thing has to do with Greek mythology is tough to say, considering that the film part of the project seems to have never materialized, but this monument to one man's musical vision is a fascinating document regardless. ~ J. Allen

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