Pearls Before Swine Balaklava (1968)

Balaklava (1968)

Pearls Before Swine

Paru le 1 avril 2013 chez ESP-Disk

Artiste principal : Pearls Before Swine

Genre : Pop/Rock > Pop

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A record that virtually defies categorization, Pearls Before Swine's 1968 epic Balaklava is the near-brilliant follow-up to One Nation Underground. Intended as a defiant condemnation of the Vietnam War, it doesn't offer anthemic, fist-pounding protest songs. Instead, Rapp vented his anger through surrealist poetry, irony, and historical reference: Balaklava was the 1854 Crimean War battle that inspired Alfred, Lord Tennyson to write his epic The Charge of the Light Brigade; in reality, the "Charge" was a senseless military action that killed scores of British soldiers. Balaklava begins with "Trumpeter Landfrey," an 1880's recording of the actual voice and bugle charge of the man who sounded the charge at Balaklava. It makes the transition into "Translucent Carriages," a mix of acoustic guitars, a basic vocal, and ghostly narration ("Jesus raised the dead...but who will raise the living?"), all the more stunning. "Images of April" continues the mystical feel, combining flutes, cricket chirps, and frog croaks for a nether-worldly effect. Rapp virtually cries "I Saw the World," backed by a powerful string arrangement that makes the song even more impassioned. Like One Nation Underground, Balaklava is somewhat unfocused: "There Was a Man" is a little too Dylan-esque, and Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" detracts from Rapp's compositions. Unfortunately, the record closes with "Ring Thing," a morbid piece that refers to Tolkien's famous Lord of the Rings trilogy. Still, this is superb psychedelic music, successfully merging exotic instruments like marimba, clavinet, French horn, and swinehorn with Rapp's unique lisping vocals. But Balaklava isn't just acid-trip background music. It's probably the best example of what Rapp calls "constructive melancholy" (also the name of a recent CD collection of Pearls songs), a combination of the real with the surreal, and it's indispensable to any serious '60s rock collection. ~ Peter Kurtz
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    Trumpeter Landfrey
  1. 1 Trumpeter Landfrey

    Pearls Before Swine, Ensemble - Anonymous, Composer Copyright : 2013 ESP-Disk

  2. Translucent Carriages
  3. 2 Translucent Carriages

    Pearls Before Swine, Ensemble - Tom Rapp, Composer - Wayne Harley, Lyricist Copyright : 2013 ESP-Disk

  4. Images of April
  5. 3 Images of April

    Pearls Before Swine, Ensemble - Tom Rapp, Composer Copyright : 2013 ESP-Disk

  6. There Was a Man
  7. 4 There Was a Man

    Pearls Before Swine, Ensemble - Tom Rapp, Lyricist Copyright : 2013 ESP-Disk

  8. I Saw the World
  9. 5 I Saw the World

    Pearls Before Swine, Ensemble - Tom Rapp, Composer Copyright : 2013 ESP-Disk

  10. Guardian Angels
  11. 6 Guardian Angels

    Pearls Before Swine, Ensemble - Tom Rapp, Lyricist Copyright : 2013 ESP-Disk

  12. Suzanne
  13. 7 Suzanne

    Pearls Before Swine, Ensemble - Leonard Cohen, Composer Copyright : 2013 ESP-Disk

  14. Lepers and Roses
  15. 8 Lepers and Roses

    Pearls Before Swine, Ensemble - Tom Rapp, Composer Copyright : 2013 ESP-Disk

  16. Florence Nightingale
  17. 9 Florence Nightingale

    Pearls Before Swine, Ensemble - Anonymous, Lyricist Copyright : 2013 ESP-Disk

  18. Ring Thing
  19. 10 Ring Thing

    Pearls Before Swine, Ensemble - John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Lyricist - Tom Rapp, Composer Copyright : 2013 ESP-Disk

  • Descriptif de l'album
  • A record that virtually defies categorization, Pearls Before Swine's 1968 epic Balaklava is the near-brilliant follow-up to One Nation Underground. Intended as a defiant condemnation of the Vietnam War, it doesn't offer anthemic, fist-pounding protest songs. Instead, Rapp vented his anger through surrealist poetry, irony, and historical reference: Balaklava was the 1854 Crimean War battle that inspired Alfred, Lord Tennyson to write his epic The Charge of the Light Brigade; in reality, the "Charge" was a senseless military action that killed scores of British soldiers. Balaklava begins with "Trumpeter Landfrey," an 1880's recording of the actual voice and bugle charge of the man who sounded the charge at Balaklava. It makes the transition into "Translucent Carriages," a mix of acoustic guitars, a basic vocal, and ghostly narration ("Jesus raised the dead...but who will raise the living?"), all the more stunning. "Images of April" continues the mystical feel, combining flutes, cricket chirps, and frog croaks for a nether-worldly effect. Rapp virtually cries "I Saw the World," backed by a powerful string arrangement that makes the song even more impassioned. Like One Nation Underground, Balaklava is somewhat unfocused: "There Was a Man" is a little too Dylan-esque, and Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" detracts from Rapp's compositions. Unfortunately, the record closes with "Ring Thing," a morbid piece that refers to Tolkien's famous Lord of the Rings trilogy. Still, this is superb psychedelic music, successfully merging exotic instruments like marimba, clavinet, French horn, and swinehorn with Rapp's unique lisping vocals. But Balaklava isn't just acid-trip background music. It's probably the best example of what Rapp calls "constructive melancholy" (also the name of a recent CD collection of Pearls songs), a combination of the real with the surreal, and it's indispensable to any serious '60s rock collection. ~ Peter Kurtz

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