Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|The Bevis Frond|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
"This was the second Frond album recorded and issued in 1987. I?d never really envisaged that anyone would be up for a second album. In fact, I was totally shocked that anyone was up for a first. There seemed to be ade... more »
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"This was the second Frond album recorded and issued in 1987. I?d never really envisaged that anyone would be up for a second album. In fact, I was totally shocked that anyone was up for a first. There seemed to be adequate enough demand to make another record more than just an ego trip. I started writing some new material, and learning how to get the best out of my trusty Porta One. I?ve never really found writing songs too difficult, and soon I had more than enough stuff for an album."-Nick Saloman
Brilliant as ten thousand micro-explosions across my retina
mptesteroni | Preparing to mount | 05/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The first time I heard the 1988 Reckless release of this album, my jaw dropped so low I had to dig a hole and fight off hordes of Mudmen to get it back. It set off a panic in me to hunt down all other Frond releases, no mean feat in the musical wastes of 1988 South "Welcome to Record Bar" Carolina. I wound up with Miasma, Triptych, A Gathering of Fronds, and The Auntie Winnie Album,as well as Scenes From the Dreams of Angels, from Bari Watts' Outskirts of Infinity (the most brilliantly executed yet somehow totally hollow and unimaginative Jimi Hendrix clone in existence. Sorry Bari, you amazing guitar inferno.) Unfortunately, those last three mentioned releases somewhat cooled my passion for this crazy Englishman's musical vision. I guess the lo-fi just finally got to me. I mean, I know musicians are limited by the real world considerations of rent and food, and I am very deeply impressed by the fact that Nick was the force of one behind everything in his catalog, but I was just getting kinda shell-shocked, kinda flattened out by the flat vocals and drums on each new record. I mean let's be honest-- psychedelia this good just SCREAMS for better production. You want to be able to turn out all the lights (the ones OUTSIDE your head, at least), lay back on a big pillow and hear each tiny microgram of color and sound rage loose around your skull. So, eventually, I lost track of the burning NEED for more Frond, I guess.....But I have never EVER stopped loving to this gorgeous record. I have hundreds of garage rock and psych albums, by bands from the 60's to present times, but Inner Marshland is one of the best. From the eerie cries of tiny and unseen yet possibly vicious little creatures lurking within the echoscapes of "Cries From..." and "Defoliation Pt. 1" to the whimsically lonely "Hey Mr. Undecided", sitting on his barbed-wire fence, to Sooty and Sweet rocking out in the attic playroom long after their bedtime in the intro to "Once More", everything on this disc SHINES as simply wonderful music from an incredibly gifted, prolific musical talent. And, this was the standard by which all those other releases were judged. Here, there's not really a notice of murky 8-track production, you're too amazed at the song to hear the making of it. THIS sounds GREAT, why didn't THOSE? AGOF and TAWA weren't BAD records, they just weren't THIS GOOD. So, I cast them away. I exiled myself from the Shrine! Oh no! What have I done?!? I have forsaken him, and I have been a fool. So only now, stuck a billion miles from home, and having alleviated my fears of internet commerce enough to shop often in the biggest damn record store I've ever seen, surrounded by Blink-O-matics and Creed-ins at every turn, I now know I must amend my ways and return to Saloman's flock. Pray for me no more, for I have ordered Vavona Burr and Valedictory Songs as my penance. I wonder, Mr. Irving-Poleridge, if they can top this one..."Listen, and you shall see...."
Hey, wait... this is re-mastered? must...add...to.......shopping...cart......"
Before you trip over your cape Batman, riddle me this???
t'amant | WA | 09/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One cat seems like four, but has no matches. How did he manage to smoke? Well, I think he smoked alot and smoked hard...on the instruments of course. Nick Saloman sounds like four, working out his instrument collection, and nobody matches the odd magic created on this album by this unusual fellow. This neo-psychedelic masterpiece ROCKS!
What is this Minsmere Sphagnum? It's like an "Are You Experienced" for the 80's...I felt instant kinship when I heard this experimental workout on a 4-track home recording (Hendrix/Floyd/Airplane/Gong/Richard Thompson come to mind spiced up with a little Punk & New Wave?). I aspire to create something interesting and ingenious like this (I play guitar, bass and drums but haven't made it into this psych master-class yet...someday maybe?). Some of you who like music more poppy, tight and spotlessly recorded might not get it, but this is high art in my opinion. Headphone music for an autumnal soltice party if nothing else.
There are few albums over the years that would be repeat all day players but this is that kind. The low-fi playful atmoshere only enhances the pleasure if you ask me. So many cool approaches and powerful, raging stream-of-consciousness energy makes this one float to the heavens. Guitar on here literally smokes! Many other newer prog bands are tight and impressive, but this is what I like - melodic, psychedelic soul music from the heart. AMAZING!
P.S. This IS a want them all once you've heard this guy trap, tread warily if your out of shelf space or don't want to wander into the Inner Marshland! Enjoy"
THEE KILLER Frond Album!!!!!
Barry P. Saranchuk | Moosic, PA United States | 07/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a mind-blasting album with all the right guitar moves,great songwriting,...and it even sounds like a lost relic of 1960's psychedelia!
Start here,then get BEVIS THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS,then TRYPTICH,or the AUNTIE WINNIE ALBUM!
You will be amazed at how great this all can be,and played by one person(most times) none the less!
If it all "clicks" just keep on buying their CDs....Bevis Frond always have something cool in store for you!
It's fantastic to have these back in print! Get 'em NOW you lucky dogs ya!"