1/ Preface (Allen,Beinhorn) 1.28 2/ Much Too Old (Allen,Laswell) 2.43 3/ Black September (Allen,Cultreri) 4.03 4/ Materialism (Laswell,Cultreri) 3.12 5/ Strong Woman (Allen,Bacon) 4.30 6/ I Am a Freud (Allen) 1.46 7/ O My Photograph (Allen) 9.10 8/ Jungle Windo(w) (Allen) 6.19 9/ Hours Gone (Allen) 4.05 Recorded at B.M.O., Willow, New York 1979 Produced by Daevid AllenBill Laswell: bass guitar; Bill Bacon: drums (1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9); Fred Maher: drums (1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9); Cliff Cultreri: guitar solo (2,3,4,6,7); Gary Windo: tenorsax (8); Michael Beinhorn: synth (1); Don Davis: altosax (6); Mark Kramer: cheap organ (9); Daevid Allen: rhythm guitar, glissando guitar (4,5,7), vocals.
1979 - Charly (UK), CRL 5021 (Vinyl) 1980 - Oxford (Italy), OX/3228 (Vinyl) 1990 - Charly (UK), CD LIK 73 (CD) 1994 - Spalax Music (USA), 14832 (CD)
David Ross Smith (courtesy of the All Music Guide, via the Get Music website)
What a corking change of direction this record was after David's last few spacey and inconsistent records we suddenly get this. A new set of Musicians and a new city are the back drop for this studio LP. Right from the Greetings of the first track we are warned that a change is coming. Much Too Old , starts the proceedings properer with a great up tempo number and some of Davids best lyrics ever, nothing flippy or floppy here but the politics of ageism. Strong woman hints a little that David may not have been quite so happy about being with another woman and missing Gilli a bit. I am Freud I am not longer very young...carries the theme of ageing disgracefully into My photograph which is a disjointed riff in keeping with this deeply personal albums examination of self in middle age. This Lp is over far to quickly and leaves one ready the play it again. Possible David finest solo effort certainly a very up tempo and refreshing recording. Only good morning which is very different comes close in my personal Gong top ten. All in all this is a fine record with a good production a very up front sound. Excellent !!
4 out of 5 stars
Sean Trane (courtesy of the Prog Archives website)