Label: Cotillion - SD 9901 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock
I Am 2. Look at the Day 4. Sometimes 5. Old Black Sweats - Slug Guts - Playin In Time With The Deadbeat Album 7.
Lady Grey 8. Family 9. Elysium's Butterfly Comes The Wanderer Total Time The Cohen brothers Peter and Paul, along with vocalist Jeff Lyons scored a record deal with Atlantic while barely out Elysiums Butterfly Comes - Guns & Butter - Guns & Butter high school, but it would take the addition of Federer, Ploss and drummer Peter Tucker to turn them into a true band.
Following a period of local gigs doing covers and derivative tunes the band managed to put together enough original music to fill an entire album. In the end it's as hard to describe as it is to classify, and therefore almost by definition too narrowly-defined to achieve mass appeal.
The Federer tunes are the easiest to identify, filled as they are with complex arrangements focused on carefully crafted chord sequences that leverage the orchestral instruments like flute, violin and keyboards that sound like a spinet much more than guitar, bass or even drums.
Boom Music (Vocal) - Quasimoto - Come On Feet nearly eight-minute "Sometimes" is the most obvious, while the opening "I Am" also throws in some saxophone and inflected, embellished Romance-era percussion and guitar flourishes.
On the other hand Paul Cohen seems to have preferred a more pop direction with the light and melodic "Look at the Day" as well as "Our Album", a song that sounds for all the world like it was recorded at the corner of Haight and Ashbury in late But Ploss is the most varied and interesting composer in the group, ranging from the British-folk inflected "It Can't Go on Like This" to "Lady Grey" which would pass for a California 70s soft-rock tune were it not for the jazzy saxophone solo that fills the middle of the tune.
And "Elysium's Butterfly Comes" though brief is one of the more haunting and arresting songs on the album with it's creepy, strident violin score and soothing, supportive acoustic guitar. This guy really should have stuck with it even when the band imploded. Unfortunately there is almost no information about this band following the release and immediate disappearance of this album.
Given the timesits not surprising such an eclectic fusion of folk, classical and progressive music would not take off. Still, too bad such an interesting and promising group couldn't have either formed five years sooner or somewhere besides New England; if so, they might have lasted long enough for at least one more try.
A solid three star effort for this one anyway, and a hearty recommendation to fans of folk, classically-inspired rock and any Elysiums Butterfly Comes - Guns & Butter - Guns & Butter a wide range of sounds that came out of the Boston area from the mid sixties pretty much all the way to today.
While dominated by 60's Psych and Pop leftovers, it has a demanding instrumental background, not easily found in American groups of the time. The omnipresent use of wind instruments and the Classical touches provided by Federer's impressive violin executions led to series of complicated and intricate arrangements with a rock attitude, but influenced by the principles of Jazz and Classical Music.
The vocals are like coming from a mid's Psych Pop album, clean, expressive, but not quite suitable to the irritating musicianship.
On the Elysiums Butterfly Comes - Guns & Butter - Guns & Butter hand the instrumenal passages are pretty fascinating, featuring endless interplays between sax, flute, guitar and violin, containing lots of unexpected breaks and often opening the doors for a more guitar-driven Psychedelic Rock style. The atmosphere is dominated by a rich palette with plenty of driving violin parts, jazzy sax solioing and some very good flute work.
I am surprised that Merry Walty - Mantovani And His Orchestra - > guys surpassed the standard bluesy values of US Rock and their style was rather ahead of its time.
They have dissapeared like falling in a black hole after this album. Many years later Jeff Lyons was detected in the line-up of a Power Pop band called Angry Young Bees, with whom he played in a sole single around Rich, emphatic and quite innovative early's mix of Jazz, Classical and Rock Music, showered consistently by psychedelic influences. Warmly recommended, especially taking the country and time of realease into consideration.
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