Monday, October 30, 2006

"Appaloosa" (US Folk-Rock 1969)

By Richie Unterberger:
Although the term somehow didn't stick as part of standard rock criticism vocabulary, for a while in the late 1960s, there was a vogue of sorts for music that was described in the press as "folk-baroque." Artists such as Judy Collins, Donovan, Tim Hardin, and Tom Rush were all arranging folk-oriented material with classical-influenced orchestration. While there weren't many others who dipped as heavily into the folk-baroque bag, the mating of rock with classical could be heard at times in the work of many significant groups and singer-songwriters, including Tim Buckley, Phil Ochs, the Bee Gees, the Beatles, and even the Rolling Stones. Others unveiled a knack for a style without, unfortunately, reaching nearly as wide an audience.

One of the most talented such acts was Appaloosa, whose self-titled 1969 LP matched singer/acoustic guitarist John Parker Compton's thoughtful, melodic compositions to sympathetic arrangements featuring fellow band members Robin Batteau on violin, Eugene Rosov on cello, and David Reiser on electric bass. In both its combination of instruments and the absence of a drummer, it was a most unusual instrumental lineup for a rock band, even at a time when boundaries and restrictions were routinely bent. The core quartet were bolstered by top session players (including members of Blood, Sweat & Tears) and, above all, producer Al Kooper, who also added a lot of his own keyboards and guitar to the album.
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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

By my request!
Thank you sooooooo... much

30 October, 2006 22:35  
Anonymous frumious bandersnatch said...

I strongly recommend this one. I discovered it a few months ago & it has become one of my all-time favourite.
It's a wonder, beautiful from beginning to end !
Thanks for spreading the word ! & thanks for your superb blog !

01 November, 2006 19:10  
Anonymous Ed said...

Lizardson,
I lost this album and finally found it again about 7 years ago.
It's as brilliant as when I 1st heard it 40 years ago.
Thank you!

A must hear...

17 February, 2007 15:32  
Anonymous relayer said...

I can´t believe my ears!!! what a jewel, what a precious album!!!

To find you, Lizardson, it´s for collectors like me the best reward after more than 35 years of music search.

Warm regards from Barcelona, Spain.

20 January, 2008 21:19  
Anonymous John said...

Forgive a frequent fly-by forager, but I can't seem to find the link to this album. Are we supposed to suppose on its greatness? Very keen on hearing it. Please haalp!

03 December, 2009 17:58  

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