Sunday, March 25, 2007
Music I Liked And Didn't - 3/25/07
IT'S A CHICO MAGNETIC BAND SONIC EXPLOSION!!!!!
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CHICO MAGNETIC BAND: S/T CD (Lizard) - The Chico Magnetic Band was a group of heavy French freaks who formed in the late 1960’s. This CD is a reissue of their only album, originally released on the tiny Disques Vogue subsidiary label Box Office in 1969. Chico is the vocalist/leader and he mumbles, speaks, sings, screams, laughs, moans, and generally freaks out vocally in every way imaginable. Guitarist Bernard Monneri provides the perfect accompaniment for Chico’s vocal histrionics with both funky and heavy chunks of riffage and shredding fuzz/wah leads. Chico and his crew synthesize almost every classic influence of late-60’s psychedelia and heavy rock (Hendrix, Zeppelin, Beefheart, and so on) and were aided and abetted by producer Jean-Pierre Rawson and electronics whiz Jean-Pierre Massiera (who employs every trick in the book - backwards tape loops, electronic exotica, and so on - to devastating effect!) to create these eight incredible tracks of loose, funky, heavy, over-the-top, psychedelic rock. Personal favorites include "Explosion", "Lot Of Things", and "To Where I Belong".
In this era when it seems as if every obscurity from the past is being reissued and inaccurately hyped as being the ultimate document, this is actually one album that delivers on its promise. Truly one of THE all time classics of underground freak out psych rock and I can’t believe that I hadn’t even known of its existence before now. Amazing!!!!!
CHICO MAGNETIC BAND: Disques 45 CDR (None) - This bootleg CDR (which uses source material of, unfortunately, poor quality) contains 10 tracks from four 7” releases by the Chico Magnetic Band. The first four tracks are relatively uninteresting, at least to me, covers of material by Chico's muse, Jimi Hendrix: “Spanish Castle Magic”, “Ain’t No Telling”, “Little Miss Lover”, and “If 6 Was 9“. The next two tracks (“Pop Or Not” and “Inverse Pop”) deliver some exploito-psych sounds, featuring sensual fem vox and miscellaneous electronic exotica common in that era. The seventh and eighth tracks (“My Sorrow” and “We All Come And Go”) are both from the album discussed above. The final two tracks, “Girls Of Ocean” and “Phantasm”, are also quite consistent with the heavy freak rock of their lone album and, therefore, are quite excellent. Overall, this is a pretty marginal release, but I was so intoxicated by their awesome self-titled full-length and material by the Chico Magnetic Band is so rare that I yielded to the forces of completism.
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