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Buzzard – Exercises & Transmutations of the Applicable Techniques for the Chrome-Plated Mystical Squeegie of Destiny (1998)
OK, this Buzzard album is even more rare and obscure than Churp!!! I have heard many of these songs live at shows and at their practices and hearing the studio versions for the first time today is absolutely making my brain hurt. Patrick Walsh & Co. deliver another fine prog-metal-jazz-science fiction teenage crap album that really should get a proper release on CD and not just around the blogosphere.
The songs on here are all very short but transition into each other a lot like they did on Churp!!! It’s an album that certainly needs to be heard from beginning to end. I hear some things on hear that I didn’t really hear on the previous album…Goblin! You know Goblin, right? Italian prog rock band whose music was used for a ton of classic Italian horror flicks? Maybe it’s just me, but I can hear some of that in there.
If you’re into odd timed, whacked out, progressive jazz, fusion, metal etc, then this album may even appeal to you more than Churp!!! does.
- The return of the Son of the 35-8Solution
- Blind daughters of Polyphemus
- Harvestors of Cust
- Cranial fist stench
- The dreaded deep doodoo motif
- The 35-8 solution
- The coronation of King eggplanthead
- Exile for the house of flounderface
- The sun of flounderface as the rightful heir
- Full brown exile
- The Lament of simon Magus
- Quantum flux bedris field
- Probe M 87
- Pungent crust metaphor
- Circus Plantia – I. Watched them fall from the sky
- Circus Plantia – II. Time is like water to him
- Circus Plantia – III. The Corinthian picks his teeth
- Circus Plantia – IV. Light still bends to him
- Sweet grey Chitterlings
- Blind daughter of Polyphemus
- Mr.Spocks ancient vulcan secrets
- I. ChicknFingrFuckr
- II. ChicknFingrFugato
- III. The stuccato Fugato Mulato
- The potato wedgie Mulato
- Mr Spocks Fragant Vulcan secret
Guitars – Patrick Walsh
Drums – Mark Henry
Bass – Kevin Anderson
Thanks to hofee (Germany) for getting these in my hands.
Written by The Metal Files
January 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged with 1998, allan holdsworth, buzzard, churp!!!, doom, Excercises & Transmutations of the Applicable Techniques for the Chrome-Plated Mystical Squeegie of Destiny, goblin, king crimson, king's head inn, mahavishnu orchesta, norfolk, patrick walsh, prog metal, progressive rock, science fiction, virginia
I remember back in the early 90s going to see these guys at Kings Head Inn (RIP) on Hampton Blvd in Norfolk, VA. A buddy of mine said, “Dude you have to see this band. They are insane. Their drummer is phenomenal and he’s only got one leg!” So I went. I was completely floored by everything that this band was doing. They were tight. They were erratic. They were brilliant. They were ugly. Dudes that looked like street urchin gutter punks with beards and dreads. Never got close enough to see if they smelled badly. Didn’t matter. They were a machine. A force to be reckoned with. I went to see them whenever I knew that they had a show. With that original era of the band I think I saw them 4 or 5 times within a year or 2. Every time I was blown away. Never really tried to speak to the guys as they all pretty much looked like they didn’t wan to be spoken to.
Buzzard was on Hellhound Records which was primarily a doom metal label…but Buzzard was anything but a doom band. They mixed metal with jazz, punk, Miles Davis, Zappa, Yes, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever…
Their live show was pretty mind-numbing. Odd times signatures, stops and starts, no real cues given to each other. They all knew what they had to do and when. At that time they consisted of Patrick Walsh (Guitars), AJ Long (Vocals), John Finney (Horns), Andy Brown (Bass) and Joey Rudacil (Drums). Just insane I tell you.
Several years later I am hanging out with some friends and see Patrick Walsh from Buzzard come in the bar I was in. I was there with his sister and didn’t realize that they were related. Buzzard was reformed at this point as a 3-piece with Kevin Anderson on bass and Mark Henry on Drums. Patrick and I quickly connected and started hanging out a lot. Ultimately he became one of my best friends. Brilliant guy. Phenomenal guitarist. Helluva a nice guy. We jammed together briefly with Joey Rudacil and Todd Owens. It only lasted about 3 or 4 practices but it was fun. I ended up in another band with Joey a few months later and had a blast but we could never secure a singer.
Anyway, I was working the door at the Taphouse in Norfolk and Buzzard was scheduled to play their first show in 7 years. I was fortunate enough to get to sit in on several of their practices and was blown away even more by how much their sound had progressed. It went from the Mahavishnu-esque psychojazz to a math metal thing like Watchtower on meth. people came from up and down the east coast for this show and the place was over capacity with a line of people out the door and wrapped around the building trying to get in. It was an incredible show. They have done some subsequent shows but I think the last one may have been in 2007. It’s time for more!
I keep praying that they put out a new record with the newer songs on it. They recorded a 2nd album several years ago that never really saw the light of day. You can listen to some of it on their website.
Churp!!! is one of the toughest releases of Hellhound’s to find nowadays. I fortunately have 2 copies that I cherish. The album is an incredible piece of music…of art…an experience. AJ’s vocals are simply incredible. If you download this, please listen to the album as a whole. Don’t skip any of the 16 tracks. You’d be doing yourself a great disservice.
|2.||Shadows Without Substance||03:03|
|3.||The Fellowship (varieties)||04:45|
|4.||The Given/Grinding Wheel (including, but not limited to the following)||08:38|
|5.||Ear To The Ground||03:44|
|8.||Fluorescent Orange Bag O’Goodness||02:09|
|9.||Thirteen o’clock (frumpy smokes a fattie)||05:21|
|10.||Escape From The Island Of Misfit Toys||06:01|
|11.||The Secret Doctrine According To Simon||03:36|
|13.||The Return Of Frumpy And The Scrubby Jazz Hippies||01:55|
|14.||Musica d’Apocryphonica (no. I adagio)||00:48|
|15.||Savage Paisley Vortex (part I)||00:59|
|16.||Savage Paisley Vortex (pert II) The Ritual Dance And Initiation Of Chicky Boy||07:01|
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Right about the time that Riot released Privilege of Power (which I still love), I was reading the credits in the cassette’s liner notes. Remember cassettes? Anyhoo, I went to the mall record store and looked DiMeola up on their database and purchased Elegant Gyspy (on tape). At that time it was a name that I was unfamiliar with as I really wasn’t listening to any jazz/fusion at the time. Mahavishnu Orchestra was really the only band I was familiar with from that genre. I remember popping the tape in my car’s cassette player (1982 Pontiac Trans Am!) and just sitting in the parking lot with my mouth wide open. I was completely blown away. All I could think was “This dude is a badass! Holy shit. Listen to that drummer!”
I had a full time job with VDOT at the time but was also working a few hours a week at a local drum shop, helping the owner build his new store. I brought the tape in one evening and said, “What do you know about Lenny White?” He was already sitting behind a drum set and started playing some of the amazingly fast paradiddles and other licks from this album. Again…mouth wide open. Drew was a fantastic drummer.
I listened to this tape incessantly and even practiced drums to it…as much as my abilities let me anyway. I was no Lenny White.
It’s easily in my top 10-15 albums of all time. Al’s playing on this is so fluid. It’s jazz, it’s a little rock, it’s a little metal, it’s flamenco…it’s everything. The album flows so smoothly from beginning to end. I usually listen to it at least twice every time.
A few years ago (2006?), Patrick (Buzzard) and I got tickets to see DiMeola in downtown Norfolk. We were both pretty excited to see the show as we were both big fans. We parked near the venue a while before the show so we could grab some food and a beer or 2 prior to going in. We had some NY style pizza and a few beers and walked over to the theater. As we got closer I could see that something was taped to the door. “CANCELED” My heart sunk. What a total letdown. We were both pretty annoyed. Apparently Al’s drummer quit that day or something. Damn! So we ended up going back to our neighborhood and barhopped.
Last year it was announced that Return to Forever was reuniting and that their first 2 shows would be in Austin at the Paramount Theater. Doug Morrison and I scored 2nd row center seats on the balcony. $125ea and worth every penny. The view and the sound were perfect. You could hear Al’s footswitch when he changed channels on his amp. Everyone was quiet and attentive while RTF played. It was pretty impressive. It was doubly special for me because I finally got to see Lenny White play drums live.
Of all of Al’s other solo works, I really only liked Land of the Midnight Sun and Casino. The others got a little too modern sounding for me…But Elegant Gypsy is the cream of the crop.
So Mark Reale, if you’re reading this, thanks for turning me on to DiMeola. I owe you bigtime! :)