Friday, July 28, 2006

Recommended by Jon Mook
Perry Leopold "Experiment in Metaphysics" (US Folk 1970)













Experiment in Metaphysics is, simply put, one of the rarest and most sought-after artifacts from the hippie era. Recorded live in a five-hour session in the basement of a shoe repair shop in June of 1970, most of the 300 original copies of Experiment in Metaphysics were simply given away in one afternoon, yet, inexplicably, bootleg copies of the album have sprung up half-way around the world. The incomprehensibility of such an occurence arises from the complete lack of publicity afforded the album upon its release. The reason for the album's staying power, on the other hand, is apparent: the music is gorgeous, first-rate progressive folk. In fact, Side Two of the original LP's label was given the title "Acid-Folk" (the other side was called "Kommercial"), probably one of the very first uses of that term. Perry Leopold creates a proto-gothic ambience full of dark and brooding imagery that is much less cartoonish than most of what passes as "acid," while maintaining that music's visceral punch. Like much of the youth countercultural scene of the times, Leopold can occasionally give into mystical pretentiousness. Experiment in Metaphysics has moments -- namely the spoken word monologue in the middle of the mostly stellar opening cut, "The Absurd Paranoid" -- of philosophical meandering. Still, even those moments maintain a period charm. Mostly. Experiment in Metaphysics is exquisitely intelligent and forward-looking. Leopold's mood is much more pious than most music that came out of the psychedelic era, and, indeed, extreme piety tends to be a product of youth, yet there is something aged and wise about Leopold's music. The air of tangible experience rises from the album. The "Kommercial" side, cryptically subtitled "SMOKE," is conceptually bleak, and after "The Absurd Paranoid" takes on a much more palpable quality grounded in experience on songs such as "Cold in Philadelphia" and the gorgeous "The 35th of May." The "Acid-Folk" side (subtitled "DROP") opens with the stark, multi-part title track. Each of the three songs in this section is a virtual mini-suite, with the closing cut, "The U.S.S. Commercial," standing as the album's magnum opus. The bonus tracks on the 1999 Gear Fab CD reissue are perfect complements to the album proper, maintaining the same high standard of the rest of the album. Experiment in Metaphysics shows some truly progressive and experimental songwriting, even for the time period. Each song, even the instrumental cuts, feels like a story, with beginnings and endings and all kinds of interesting ideas and storylines sandwiched in between. The album is a relic that has not lost one iota of its power. ~ Stanton Swihart, All Music Guide

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Thank you very much, Jon Mook


In addition, you can download "Christian Lucifer" (1973) here:


Thanks again Jon!

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

all right! Jon Mook, you rock. Thanks for these!

29 July, 2006 00:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
Great stuff thanks a lot mate !!!
I'm gonna hunt down a reissue...

29 July, 2006 20:30  
Anonymous ohserena00 said...

i don't know this band but it seems quite nteresting. i'm gonna listen to it today
thx for all these bands.
¨-¨

31 July, 2006 16:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found your amazing site. Is it possible to repost this album? Thanks for the wonderful music.

01 February, 2007 11:55  
Anonymous arbor said...

2 great albums thank you very much!

13 February, 2007 02:10  
Blogger buck said...

Perry Leopold "Experiment in Metaphysics" link is down, complaint received... the review is so yummy, I really would love to taste this one, any chance you repost it? :)

10 April, 2007 01:32  
Blogger GeoX said...

Ouch--can I repeat the request to repost Metaphysics? Thanks.

30 July, 2007 13:18  
Blogger Lizardson said...

megaupload link is still available

30 July, 2007 21:07  
Blogger GeoX said...

Hmm. How did I miss that? I thought I'd tried them all. Oh well; it works now--thanks.

09 August, 2007 12:34  
Blogger sawanotsuru said...

bit late to the party on this but i just want to say thanks...!!

29 June, 2008 05:43  
Blogger zappahead said...

This is some real good stuff....never heard of him before but your write up makes it sound worth a try....thank you very much and you have a great blog.

22 March, 2009 08:52  
Blogger m said...

hi, the link to this is down, any chance of a repost ?

14 July, 2009 22:25  
Blogger marcelo said...

hey, thanks for the blog!!
the link is out! even megaupload's...
pleaase repost!

02 October, 2010 03:53  
Blogger Lizardson said...

http://gobacktogo.blogspot.com/2009/07/perry-leopold-experiment-in-metaphysics.html

02 October, 2010 08:42  

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