Sunday, July 23, 2006

Larry Young - Love Cry Want [1972] @ 192 (heavy fusion)

"June 1972, Lafayette Park, Washington DC. Richard Nixon ordered aide, J.R. Haldeman, to pull the plug on the concert fearing that this strange music would 'levitate the White House.' This is that music." [Newjazz.com press release]

Love Cry Want is a monstrous piece of psych-jazz, sorta like the most zonked moments of Tony Williams' Emergency Mark I further extended into some unimaginably degenerate mutation. Over the course of an hour, Larry Young's space organ is repeatedly injected into a maelstrom of primitive guitar synths, spastic ring modulated moans and an abundance of percussion. Technically-speaking, it's probably closer to free rock than free jazz and in the end, it's one of those discs so dissociating that I wouldn't dare listen to it outside of sobriety. Heavy? No shit. That this group was never documented until 1997 only hints at how much of this genre has fallen through the cracks. So yeah, muchos gracias to Love Cry Want percussionist (also the mind behind Newjazz.com) Joe Gallivan for embracing his past work... and thereby allowing us other freaks to do the same. [DW]

Did manage to track down Love Cry Want & it is indeed all that & a bag of chips! This is some of the most whacked music ever made! The drummer & guitarist are both playing through prototype drum & guitar synthesizers, Larry Young's doin' his outer space organ thing-- sheer Nirvana! Each 10+ minute song has more musical ideas bubbling around (in a remarkably cohesive & flowing fashion) than you can shake a stick at! Moments of unholy beauty &
red-hot scree bumpin' right next to each other, never losing the flow. That this music was created & '72 & more importantly, that this music was *heard by* & *scared the shit out of* Tricky Dick Nixon brings a smile to my face a mile wide. Get it if you know what's good for you! [JW]

The above comments are enough I think, listen and be amazed.

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Keep listening !!!

5 comments:

micaus said...

The link is:

http://tinyurl.com/j5yee

Algarnas said...

Awesome Man, many thanks!

Anonymous said...

wow! this really is the mothership! You know Larry Young's jams with Jimi Hendrix from a couple years previously? Some of it is great, and the 'main' track is perfect. This is kind of a jazz extension.

sapien said...

Is this the guy that died in '78? What a loss. Really interestng organ stuff going on - the guitar's a bit aggressive and takes over at times... All around pretty great - I love that Nixon heard this somehow. I'd like to do the same today. Who would play?

Anonymous said...

amazing post by one of my favorites!

your blog just floors me sometimes!!

thanks!

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