Thursday, December 28, 2006

"The Tree People" 1979

Aquarius Records:
Not to be confused with Doug Martsch's amazing nineties outfit, the Treepeople, -these- Tree People are equally amazing, but are a whole different proposition.
This disc was originally released as a super limited lp way back in 1979 and managed to quietly disappear. Now, here we are nearly three decades later, and whattaya know? There's a whole movement of modern free folk, 'freak' folk and the like, and if you didn't know better, pretty sure we could pass this off as some strange super limited cd-r by some modern folk revivalists. But keen ears would certainly be able to tell. This is so entirely original (especially for the time) and genuine sounding. Mostly acoustic guitars, flute and vocals, the Tree People had two distinct sounds, the first, a lilting melancholy moonlit folk, like Cat Stevens or Van Morrison, a gorgeous lazy drawl, rich and lustrous, over simple folk and fluttering flutes, dreamy and gorgeous, sounding like some lost folk classic one minute, a strange "Girl From Ipanema" style shuffle the next. But even at it's sweetest and softest, the record seems to always have a hint of melancholy, sometimes even a trace of ominous foreboding. Which definitely gives the songs a subtly dark undercurrent. The majority of the record however is spent in full on hippy jam mode. Very Comus-like at times (especially on track two, "Sliding"), wild steel string excursions, dense tangles of fingerpicked melodies and aggressive strummed riffs, with a definite raga like vibe, all over a smattering of hand drums and tablas, a glorious drifting buzzing steel string dronefolk, that just sounds so incredibly timeless. Elsewhere, the same jams evolve into more tranquil acoustic dreaminess, with the flutes floating over sweet lilting melodies, but even then, the songs will be peppered with sudden bursts of buzzing slide guitar, or brief squalls of atonal fingerpicking. SO cool. And considering the current love of all things freaky and folky, it's sort of amazing that stuff like this was already being made 27 years ago!
Obviously, fans of the current crop of modern folk troubadours will find this absolutely essential, Devandra, Vetiver, Espers, Newsom, whatever your particular poison, the Tree People will fit in frighteningly well. Hard to say whether it speaks to the prescience of the Tree People, or just to how much these modern bands have actually been 'borrowing'. Either way, this is absolutely essential.
Packaged in a super deluxe Japanese miniature gatefold style cd sleeve, with a printed obi, and extensive liner notes in English and Japanese!

Stephen Cohen: guitar, voice
Jeff Stier: percussion, recorder
Rachel Lademan: flute
James Thornbury: bass

For more about The Tree People, check Stephen Cohen's own blog:
"The Tree People chronicles"

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice blog!

Here are some good albums I uploaded for other folks, many of them very rare:

Lennie Tristano - Descent into the Maelstrom
http://rapidshare.com/files/3995749/Descent_into_the_Maelstrom.zip

Don Cherry - Eternal Rhythm
http://rapidshare.com/files/4035086/Eternal_Rhythm.zip

Sun Ra - Outer Spaceways Incorporated
http://rapidshare.com/files/4038475/Outer_Spaceways_Incorporated.zip

Sun Ra - Strange Strings
http://rapidshare.com/files/4039784/Strange_Strings.zip

Jon Hassell - Vernal Equinox
http://rapidshare.com/files/4044120/Vernal_Equinox.zip

Jon Hassell - Aka-Dabari-Java
http://rapidshare.com/files/4047649/Aka_Dabari_Java.zip

Jon Hassell - Dream Theory in Malaya
http://rapidshare.com/files/4007549/Dream_Theory_In_Malaya.zip

Hash Jar Tempo - Well Oiled
http://rapidshare.com/files/4046215/Well_Oiled.zip

Hash Jar Tempo - Under Glass
http://rapidshare.com/files/4042352/Under_Glass.zip

Amon Duul II - Phallus Dei
http://rapidshare.com/files/4048886/Phallus_Dei.zip

David Thomas - Monster Walks the Winter Lake
http://rapidshare.com/files/4049685/Monster_Walks_the_Winter_Lake.zip

David Thomas - The Sound of Sand
http://rapidshare.com/files/4051291/The_Sound_of_Sand.zip

David Thomas - Variations on a Theme
http://rapidshare.com/files/4052849/Variations_on_a_Theme.zip

Dirty Three - Dirty Three
http://rapidshare.com/files/4053738/Dirty_Three.zip

Dirty Three - Ocean Songs
http://rapidshare.com/files/4055429/Ocean_Songs.zip

Dirty Three - Whatever You Love You Are
http://rapidshare.com/files/4056475/Whatever_You_Love_You_Are.zip

Dirty Three - Horse Stories
http://rapidshare.com/files/4061846/Horse_Stories.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/4062401/Horse_Stories.part2.rar

Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die
http://rapidshare.com/files/4058349/Millions_Now_Living_Will_Never_Die.zip

Tortoise - TNT
http://rapidshare.com/files/4060422/Tnt.zip

Unrest - Imperial f.f.r.r.
http://rapidshare.com/files/8567033/Imperial_f.f.r.r.zip

Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come
http://rapidshare.com/files/8568845/Kingdom_Come.zip

Vampire Rodents - Lullaby Land
http://rapidshare.com/files/8571204/Lullaby_Land.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/8572678/Lullaby_Land.part2.rar

Rip Rig & Panic - God
http://rapidshare.com/files/8573804/rip_rig___panic_God.zip

Arvo Part - Tabula Rasa
http://rapidshare.com/files/8575635/Tabula_Rasa.zip

This Heat - This Heat
http://rapidshare.com/files/8577390/This_Heat.zip

Mission of Burma - Vs.
http://rapidshare.com/files/8578334/Vs.zip

Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
http://rapidshare.com/files/8579284/You_re_Living_All_Over_Me.zip

Minutemen - Double Nickels on a Dime
http://rapidshare.com/files/8580798/Double_Nickels_On_The_Dime.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/8580996/Double_Nickels_On_The_Dime.part2.rar

Philip Glass - Einstein on the Beach
http://rapidshare.com/files/8582872/Einstein_On_The_Beach.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/8584595/Einstein_On_The_Beach.part2.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/8586143/Einstein_On_The_Beach.part3.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/8587834/Einstein_On_The_Beach.part4.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/8588927/Einstein_On_The_Beach.part5.rar

Henry Cow - Concerts
http://rapidshare.com/files/8593293/Concerts.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/8591793/Concerts.part2.rar

Robert Wyatt - The End of an Ear
http://rapidshare.com/files/8594014/The_End_of_an_Ear.zip

Robert Wyatt - Shleep
http://rapidshare.com/files/8594780/Shleep.zip

Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom
http://rapidshare.com/files/8595567/Rock_Bottom.zip

Robert Wyatt - Dondestan (Revisited)
http://rapidshare.com/files/8596349/Dondestan__Revisited_.zip

Diamanda Galas - The Litanies of Satan
http://rapidshare.com/files/8624763/The_Litanies_of_Satan.zip

Faust - Faust Wakes Nosferatu
http://rapidshare.com/files/8629706/Faust_Wakes_Nosferatu.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/8630150/Faust_Wakes_Nosferatu.part2.rar

Gomorrha - I Turned to See Whose Voice It Was
http://rapidshare.com/files/8631533/I_Turned_To_See_Whose_Voice_It_Was.zip

Epsilon - Epsilon
http://rapidshare.com/files/8632199/Epsilon.zip

German Oak - German Oak
http://rapidshare.com/files/8633390/German_Oak.zip

LA Dusseldorf - LA Dusseldorf
http://rapidshare.com/files/8634307/LA_Dusseldorf.zip

LA Dusseldorf - Viva
http://rapidshare.com/files/8635527/Viva.zip

Nektar - A Tab In The Ocean
http://rapidshare.com/files/8636754/A_Tab_In_The_Ocean.zip

Nirvana - Bleach
http://rapidshare.com/files/8638667/Bleach.zip

Popol Vuh - Hosianna Mantra
http://rapidshare.com/files/8640532/Hosianna_Mantra.zip

Klaus Schulze - Cyborg
http://rapidshare.com/files/8642412/Cyborg.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/8643157/Cyborg.part2.rar

Klaus Schulze - In Blue
http://rapidshare.com/files/8645106/In_Blue.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/8646659/In_Blue.part2.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/8647020/In_Blue.part3.rar

M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
http://rapidshare.com/files/8735022/Dead_Cities__Red_Seas___Lost_Ghosts.zip

Orbital - Brown Album
http://rapidshare.com/files/8735488/Untitled_Ii__Brown_Album_.zip

Ministry - The Land of Rape and Honey
http://rapidshare.com/files/8735810/The_Land_of_Rape_and_Honey.zip

Bob Dylan - Modern Times
http://rapidshare.com/files/8736508/Modern_Times.zip

Faust - Faust
http://rapidshare.com/files/8802700/Faust.zip

Killing Joke - Killing Joke
http://rapidshare.com/files/8804062/Killing_Joke.zip

The Last Poets - The Last Poets
http://rapidshare.com/files/8804544/The_Last_Poets.zip

Soft Machine - Third
http://rapidshare.com/files/8806929/Third.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/8807982/Third.part2.rar

The United States of America - The United States of America
http://rapidshare.com/files/8809269/The_United_States_Of_America.zip

Karlheinz Stockhausen - Aus Den Sieben Tagen (7 CD, 320kbps!)
http://rapidshare.com/files/9076012/Aus_den_Sieben_Tagen.part01.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/9078161/Aus_den_Sieben_Tagen.part02.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/9080511/Aus_den_Sieben_Tagen.part03.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/9082634/Aus_den_Sieben_Tagen.part04.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/9092094/Aus_den_Sieben_Tagen.part05.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/9085157/Aus_den_Sieben_Tagen.part06.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/9086610/Aus_den_Sieben_Tagen.part07.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/9088209/Aus_den_Sieben_Tagen.part08.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/9089765/Aus_den_Sieben_Tagen.part09.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/9091018/Aus_den_Sieben_Tagen.part10.rar

Keiji Haino - New Rap
http://rapidshare.com/files/9174308/New_Rap.zip

Keiji Haino - Ama No Gawa (Milky Way)
http://rapidshare.com/files/9175335/Ama_No_Gawa.zip

Keiji Haino - C'est Parfait
http://rapidshare.com/files/9177824/C_est_Parfait.zip

Lost Aaraaff - Lost Aaraaff
http://rapidshare.com/files/9180890/Lost_Aaraaff.zip

Sigur Ros - ()
http://rapidshare.com/files/9227282/__.zip

Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
http://rapidshare.com/files/9227900/Are_You_Experienced.zip

Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
http://rapidshare.com/files/9228839/Electric_Ladyland.part1.rar

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire
http://rapidshare.com/files/9228235/Birds_of_Fire.zip

King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
http://rapidshare.com/files/9229516/In_The_Court_Of_The_Crimson_King.zip

King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black
http://rapidshare.com/files/9230234/Starless_And_Bible_Black.zip

Explosions in the Sky - The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place
http://rapidshare.com/files/9230735/The_Earth_Is_Not_A_Cold_Dead_Place.zip

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
http://rapidshare.com/files/9231158/Unknown_Pleasures.zip

Spring Heel Jack - Amassed
http://rapidshare.com/files/9232326/Amassed.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/9232509/Amassed.part2.rar

Spring Heel Jack - Disappeared
http://rapidshare.com/files/9233406/Disappeared.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/9233684/Disappeared.part2.rar

Ghost - Hypnotic Underworld
http://rapidshare.com/files/9234683/Hypnotic_Underworld.zip

Ghost - Lama Rabi Rabi
http://rapidshare.com/files/9235355/Lama_Rabi_Rabi.zip

28 December, 2006 16:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow
What a wondefull, Beautiful LP.
This Blog seems to keep on finding awesome Lp's that i never would of known if not for this blog.

Thank You Thank You

Doors97426

29 December, 2006 05:06  
Anonymous streaker said...

Lizardson,

Thanks for this one. It is great. Sounds so fresh and modern. Really great music....

How did you find out about these guys?

16 July, 2007 03:14  
Anonymous streaker said...

Dear Lizardson,

Any possible chance to put up the other Tree People album HUMAN VOICES ?

Sure would love to hear that!

These guys sound better each time I listen....

Thanks

16 July, 2007 03:33  
Blogger Tobias said...

beautiful.. thank you!!

26 September, 2007 19:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can the person who uploaded all those albums please re-upload the dirty three ones? Particularly the self titled. Or someone. I don't mind. My email is borisyeltsin11@aol.com, if anyone decides to upload them. Thanks.

26 June, 2008 00:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Extremely good. Will buy the reissue!!

02 December, 2008 10:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WONDERFUL POST!!BUT ALL EXPIRED..
SOMENE CAN RE UP SPRING HEEL JACK PLZ^?

24 August, 2009 21:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you repost david thomas monster walks the winter lake link please? thanks

13 September, 2012 17:44  

Post a Comment

<< Home

2006 - - - - - - 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2007 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2008 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
LET'S GO TO "ANOTHER" BLOG