Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Evergreen State College Music Project in the 1980s, USA









When do we ever get such riches as these?  All these records are available in lossless and mp3 on the website of the school, plus more from later years:

http://blogs.evergreen.edu/esmp/category/1980s/

The first two records above, Collaborations and E = etc., are double-LPs so we are embarrassed by a total of 6 records to listen to!  Obviously since these are VA albums it's a mixed bag, with as usual folk, songwriter, reggae, new wave especially, but there are some true treasures of composition inside.  I've selected a few fantastic progressive numbers from the records, as follows, first from the 1980 LP,

Bob Majors'  wonderful RIO track, Music to Fold Towels To:





While Michael Land's (same guy as next album, despite database entry) Forest Fall clearly was Genesis-inspired:





On the second record (sides c and d in other words) we get experimental tracks (Imagine how it must feel), more wonderful progressive attempts with folk (Paul Prince's Tempest), etc. and even some RIO (NGC, the last track).  More detailed info on the discogs page.




Moving on to the best probably, the oddly named E = mc2 plus or minus 1 db, we have a knock-you-off-the-chair prog track from Michael Land (who contributed three tracks here!) Patterns of Doubt:





This is progressive rock at its finest, recalling perhaps Yezda Urfa, Mirthrandir, Yes, etc.
Quelle surprise!  Incidentally I read that he went on to compose music for video games.



As we get to the third one, Maze in Music, the pickings get slimmer as might be expected, particularly with the departure of Michael, though it is not without its moments, consider the following experimental piece called Dawn Prelude, by Carol Howell and Rich Green:





The last record, Fresh Tracks, has been utterly given over to new wave, reggae, and assorted garbage.  What a pity!  Here's the best track I could summon up for example, Illumination by Chris Bingham:





Now please go and gorge on this embarrassment of riches!

5 comments:

  1. http://blogs.evergreen.edu/esmp/category/1980s/
    all is on here

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    1. thanks for sharing julian and hope your wife is well from that post in the hospital

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  2. Thanks for these!...Drew Canulette, who was one of the producers of these went on to a career as the engineer/producer of choice for many artists, including the Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and other avant/prog bands, and also used his mobile to record Neil Yound, and Nirvana material! He still lives in Portland...great guy!

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