The Insect Trust CD, Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Import
Combining elements of rock, jazz, bluegrass, soul, Dixieland, folk, ragga, blues and practically every genre there is, The Insect Trust's classic debut (recorded in 1968) reveals one major difference between them and almost all other U.S. psych bands of the time -- while the majority were in thrall to Eastern sounds, they sound resolutely homegrown. Despite featuring banjos, fiddles and bottleneck guitars, the band still sounded absolutely contemporary, with superb tunes, gorgeous vocals and some mindblowing freakout passages. Tuneful, intelligent and highly musical, they truly forged something new out of the past, and this is one of the most beguilingly strange and original rock albums ever recorded. Housed in a unique gatefold card-wallet format in a numbered edition of 1000.
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ヴォーカリストは後にElektraの役員に就任したらしい、サックスプレイヤーはNew York Timesのライターになったらしい。興味深い。
The music more than met my expectations, and suddenly I had a new favourite album, which, along with Mad River, same label, same bargain bin, I never saw again in its original form.
This is a gem of an album, stands well the test of time, is a rarity rather than an oddity, and should be much better known and enjoyed. I can't quibble with the comments already made on this site, so I'll just confirm their opinions.
And if this is record's good, what about their second album, Hoboken Saturday Night, released a couple of years later on Atco? Wonderful stuff indeed, and needing urgent attention from Rhino, please.
Insect Trust also warrants attention from people interested in the work of Thomas Pynchon. There was a connection, and they set to music his lyric Eyes of a New York Woman, from V (second album).
Bob Parker, as noted below, metamorphosed into critic, etc., Robert Parker, while vocalist Nancy Barth (reminiscent to me more of Judy Henske in her remarkable vocal and emotional range than St Joan of the Bay) became one of the doyennes of the music industry and has had a hand as a big record exec in shaping dozens of significant acts.
Hell, just buy the album, woncha? This is something that has been missing from the catalogues too long.
It should be a mess-- in fact, it is shear insanity. Yet, on the other hand, this is the best album you have probably never heard. Buy it now, and then get the equally grand follow up, Hoboken Saturday Night.