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Poll: Which album is your favorite? Please listen to all ten before voting.
Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki by Yamasuki Singers
0%
 0%  [0]
Mistérios Da Amazônia by Carioca & Devas
11%
 11%  [1]
The October Suite by Steve Kuhn
11%
 11%  [1]
Continente Nero by Piero Umiliani
11%
 11%  [1]
Beguiled by Tim Story
11%
 11%  [1]
Per Nørgård: Symphony No. 6 'At The End Of The Day' / Terrains Vagues by Thomas Dausgaard / Danish National Symphony Orchestra
0%
 0%  [0]
UV by Frankenstein
0%
 0%  [0]
Queen Hygiene II / Rough Day At The Orifice by Arab On Radar
11%
 11%  [1]
Glide by Peter Davison
11%
 11%  [1]
Exploded View by Steve Tibbetts
33%
 33%  [3]
Total Votes : 9

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baystateoftheart
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#11 | Posted: 05/06/2019 23:56 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Tha1ChiefRocka wrote:

Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki by Yamasuki Singers

At first glance this may appear to be an album from Japan, but upon further inspection, one will find that the title is most definitely in French. Before Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel would become one of France's best known duo's, Daft Punk, Bangalter's father, Daniel Vangarde, and his own musical compatriot, Jean Kluger, collaborated to create this absolutely bizarre masterpiece. Apparently the majority of this album is complete gibberish, with only a few phrases being close to actual Japanese. This album is chock full of funky early 70's grooves, chiildren's choirs, and a screaming Japanese (?) man.


This is probably the most conflicted I've ever felt about an album. If the music existed in a vacuum devoid of cultural context, it'd be an easy 4/5. Simply great sounds. How many killer breaks came out of this?

But after I finished listening to it, I felt like I wanted to take a shower. It's less historically fraught than what I'm about to liken it to, but the closest analogy I can think of is a minstrel show without visuals and with the anti-blackness swapped out for orientalism... in the 1970s at that...

No, that screaming man is not Japanese. Everything about this is one giant caricature, and that could have been avoided if the composers did some actual research and actually cared, instead of wanting to make a buck off aural yellowface. Blech.

To be clear, I say this not to impugn the morals of anyone who enjoys this. It does sound fantastic after all. Just had to get these feelings off my chest.

[The edit was just fixing a typo.]
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#12 | Posted: 05/07/2019 00:50 | Post subject: Reply with quote
I can understand that Bay, and I've thought about it before. My view is that it's so over the top that it almost becomes a satire of the kind of album it hearkens back to. (Les Baxter and the others). If that makes any sense.
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#13 | Posted: 05/07/2019 00:55 | Post subject: Reply with quote
I knew I recognized it from somewhere!

https://www.whosampled.com/sample/6300/...ura%C3%AF/
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#14 | Posted: 05/07/2019 01:00 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Tha1ChiefRocka wrote:
I can understand that Bay, and I've thought about it before. My view is that it's so over the top that it almost becomes a satire of the kind of album it hearkens back to. (Les Baxter and the others). If that makes any sense.


That would be the best-case scenario. But I feel like if it were a satire of racism there'd be some quotes from them to indicate that, given they're both still alive and a lot of people have had similar reactions to mine since it was released. Also Occam's razor.
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baystateoftheart wrote:
That would be the best-case scenario. But I feel like if it were a satire of racism there'd be some quotes from them to indicate that, given they're both still alive and a lot of people have had similar reactions to mine since it was released. Also Occam's razor.


True.

Nice Erykah song BTW.
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#16 | Posted: 05/08/2019 01:40 | Post subject: Reply with quote
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The October Suite by Steve Kuhn

This is an interesting release for the Impulse label, as it doesn't really follow what any of the other artists were doing at the time. This is a trio of Kuhn, Ron Carter, and Marty Morrell that is accompanied by strings and woodwinds composed by Gary McFarland. Despite the kind of cheesy cover, I think this album may surprise a few people. It's not quite what it seems.


This is great! The third stream I've listened to has usually been more intense, so it was interesting to hear a blend of classical and cool jazz. Love the arrangements.
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Beguiled by Tim Story

Also sorry for getting ahead of you (because I'm listening to everything that's on streaming first), but this is gorgeous and sublime new age. I haven't heard much in the genre, but this is a contender for the best of what I have. Crafting such smooth, relaxing contours while keeping it this engaging is no mean feat. 4/5.
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#18 | Posted: 05/08/2019 03:48 | Post subject: Reply with quote
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Beguiled by Tim Story

Also sorry for getting ahead of you (because I'm listening to everything that's on streaming first), but this is gorgeous and sublime new age. I haven't heard much in the genre, but this is a contender for the best of what I have. Crafting such smooth, relaxing contours while keeping it this engaging is no mean feat. 4/5.


Nice. It's definitely been one that has grown with further listening, and I have found it suitable for a lot different moods. I'll have my complete thoughts later.
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#19 | Posted: 05/09/2019 04:17 | Post subject: Reply with quote
WOW!!!

I am positively stunned by The October Suite!
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Fischman wrote:
WOW!!!

I am positively stunned by The October Suite!


Awesome. Steve Kuhn kills it on the keys, and the nice little arrangements make a great background.
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