Never Mind The Dead, Here's The Frond
K. McQueen | 01/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Probably the most intense slab of 60's psychedelia. Challenged only by the Frond's successive albums and anything by Jimi Hendrix. The kicker is that it was released in 1986.
Fiercly intense...Hendrix style guitars...majestic organs...and lot's echo unit fun, this is no surrealistic pillow, but something far more... Why settle for the banality of the Dead? You seek the Bevis Frond. Nick can do for you in one solo what it takes a "Jam Band" 20 odd minutes of noodling to work out.
This re-release contains out-takes that Nick, the Bevis Frond hisself, down plays as not very good. If that's the case, then at his worst he's incredible.
Check out the re-release of Inner Marshland as well."
This is where it all began...
Scott Richardson | Chicago, IL USA | 05/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In 1986, Nick Saloman recorded an album in his bedroom with the intent that he would press a few copies and give them away to his friends. The album quickly became a sought-after item by those in the know, and the rest is history.15 years later, Miasma still holds up as an excellent psychedelic rock album. There are a few clunkers ("Wild Mind" and "Wild Afterthought" never did anything for me), but the rest of the album is so fantastic, I can't give it anything less than a 5.The album has been digitally re-mastered, and sounds much better than the original Reckless issue. There are extensive liner notes by Nick Saloman (AKA Bevis Frond) detailing how he got to where he is today.Probably the coolest thing about this new issue of the album, though, is the 7 previously-unissued bonus tracks which replace the original bonus tracks which were found on the Reckless issue (not to worry - those were from "Through the Looking Glass," which will soon get its own CD issue).I can't say enough about how great this album is. On it, Saloman sets out the blueprint for what he continues to prove on every subsequent release - that he is a great songwriter. What works in his favor is that, unlike most of the latter-day "psychedelic" groups, who act like no music was released after 1970, the Frond draws not only on psychedelic rock, but on punk as well (don't be fooled - this isn't a punk rock album in any way shape or form, but as Nick explains in the liner notes, the attitude is there).In conclusion - a great record. Do yourself a favor and buy it!"
Great Lo-Fi Psych
JOHN SPOKUS | BALTIMORE, MARYLAND United States | 05/13/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Nick Saloman is both a great musician and songwriter,with a keen sense for psychedelic pop.This newer remaster contains some songs that are not on the original Reckless label CD release.Be warned,this is a truly homemade record warts and all tracked probably on an inexpensive,early Tascam 4 track.For fans of low fidelity psychedelic freakouts like this ,also check out George Brigman who was making similar records back in the 70's."