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No-Neck Blues Band

Meets the Clear People with Mystery Gypped...

Label: LOCUST MUSIC

Format: CDx2 digipack

Genre: Experimental

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Last copies from a dead stock, out of print... Technically the full title is No Neck Blues Band Meets The Clear People with Mystery Gypped Live At Ken’s Electric Lake, but that seems unnecessarily long to me. In short, it’s NNCK with members of Sunburned Hand Of The Man.  Over the course of the two discs the few inevitable moments of dullness are obscured by glorious passages of spiraling rhythm, spaced hypnotics and trance grooves. Woods evoke a primal sense of refuge and sanctuary which the band coveys very well. If some sections are as arid as James Chance’s dead funk, overall this is a fluid orgiastic masterpiece of free-jazz and folk-drone that is flecked with raga and juju.
"Nearly ten years of swimming up stream through the sonic flotsam & jetsam, the folks have gotten freaky, noise is the 'new noise,' the chin scratchers have joined the metal circus and the No Neck Blues Band remain as relevant today as ever. Their indoor /outdoor audio assaults in upper & lower Manhattan are the stuff of legend but on 1998's Live at Ken's Electric Lake the band took a distinct turn, crossed the Canadian border, hooked up w/ some Sunburned folks and made a sudden diaspora to a rural retreat in the country for a full day's session of acid-head tribal percussion clatter that is utterly different than anything the band had put on the public record up to that time. Looser, groovier & more in that communal state of mind than ever, NNCK's long out-of-print fifth release from 1998 is a classic testament to the urban dwellers' gone wild & ranks as among their finest displays of tribal churn and choogle in the band's 14 year history. Neo-Dada attacks were swapped out for psychedelic vibrations, midrange mystery for outdoor atmospherics. Ken's is a peak communal moment for New York's most enigmatic, longest running experimental collective." --Dawson Prater

"A trance masterpiece" The Wire
Details
Cat. number: Locust 98 CD
Year: 1970
Notes:
Live at Ken's Electric Lake on July 21, 1998.