Tuesday 15 July 2014

October Country's Open Window from 1969 (Peter Schickele, Stanley Walden, Robert Dennis) + multiple reups (Concept, Chameleon, Changes, Romantic Warrior, Dugrenot Boomerang, Berlin Fusion)

By permission from October Country...

"Well my friend, 
here's a sweet summer treat that I'm very happy to finally share with everyone 
(and a significant upgrade to the tired old crappy-sounding rip that's been recycled everywhere)

by The Open Window (Peter Schickele, Stanley Walden & Robert Dennis)
1969 on Vanguard ...and still never released on cd anywhere
Ripped from my excellent condition LP and Strongly Recommended to all!

1. Wild Bill Hickock Rides Again
2. At the Wedding
3. 4:00 A.M., June; The Sky Was Green
4. Soldier's Song, From The Last War, For The Next
5. The Girl From Tarentum
6. Italian Symphony
7. Piece By The New Guy
8. Piano Concerto No.1 In G Major
9. The Priests Of The Raven Of Dawn
10. Curtain Call ("Circus")

...from the back cover:

Happily, the boundaries are shifting.

The Open Window has been described by reviewers as a chamber-rock-jazz trio, a pop-classical ensemble, and a folk-rock-raga group, and all the names fit, except that they leave out the honky-tonk piano rolls and Russian chants. 

These three musicians take it all apart, and when they put it back together again, it's something new: a batch of songs, non-songs, and sort-of-songs ----- music that will engage your mind and your toe and anything else you leave exposed to it.

...some of the songs have footnotes in parentheses, here's the important ones:

2. At The Wedding (A large one, with all the relatives, some of whom come from as far away as Odessa and Brest-Litovsk)
4. Soldier's Song, From The Last War, For The Next
(The words were made up by German soldiers retreating from Russia during World War II)
[lyrics translated: It's all over, It's all gone, Three years in Russia, And nothing makes any sense.]
5. The Girl From Tarentum (Lyrics by Gaiuss Naeveus, translated by Jack Lindsay)
9. The Priests Of The Raven Of Dawn (William Blake's poem "London" was written in the 1790's, but there's no need to update it, or to pretend that its not about, say, New York. The refrain is taken from "The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell")

Our warmest thanks to the friends and acquaintances of 
Wild Bill Hickock. 

Enjoy my friends! 
Happy summer good vibrations to you :) "

My personal favourite track and the most progressive composition, the Italian Symphony:

Many thanks to October Country for introducing me to this insanely creative piece of music, from the far-back year of 1969, a lifetime ago for me.

"It truly is one of my favorites. Love those Juilliard renegades mixed with the real West Coast freak scene, how can it get any better?! "


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    (WAV files - sounds completely Killer - this is the one!)

    (320 mp3)

    Some fresh reups requested:

    Joel Dugrenot Boomerang

    VA Berlin Fusion:

    Romantic Warrior:

    Some More Changes:

    Changes Home Again:

    Chameleon one

    Chameleon two

    Concept 2

    Incidentally I upgraded to a paying account on sendspace so now the links shouldn't expire-- hopefully

  2. Not really my cup of tea but thanks for the reups and rock on!

  3. Love this blog. Any chance of a reup of "The Open Window"?

    1. new reup of open window

  4. great material, thanks! any chance to re-up the album at WAV quality?? B: