UNIVERSAL AVE. – 1986 – DOUBLE FANTASY

EXPERIENCE RSYCHEDELECTRAGLIDE SOUNDS!

DOUBLE FANTASY – UNIVERSAL AVENUE – 1986

Here’s a sublimely mysterious and otherworldly guitar ‘n’ synth album that rocks from another time, another place from start to finish.
And the best part?  All the tracks but one are over 6 minutes – nice long psychedelectraglide sounds!

I may have first heard cuts from this spellbinding album on Pat Murphy’s Alien Air program on KXLU back in the mid -‘80s. Double Fantasy were two German musicians; led by Robert Schroeder (Dreamstar), keyboards compositions and Charley McLion, guitar.

This is exceptional music that flows from soulful spacey liquid guitar to blissed-out ambient-techno-rock.
“Heartbreaker” the stand-out track sounds like the soundtrack to some hip sci-fi spaghetti western of the future.
The ominous beginning to “Universal Ave.” evolves into a wailing guitar landscape that relents to a semi steady funk groove which then relents back to the wailing echoing guitar and then grooves out.
“Endless Running” takes you on a dreamy guitar-led journey that is propelled by a great rhythm engine – the guitar turns, bends and seductively levitates you along through another cool landscape.
“Food For Fantasy” is Blade Runner supreme, taken to a level of sophisticated funk-space with a righteous underlying hook..
“Lost Control” the only song with lyrics, as it were, and while a nice tune, it is the only one that does not really “fit” on this LP.
“Children of the Universe” ends the album with a spacey piece of soundtrack psychedelia – a really solid liquid.

An impressive part of these compositions is the feeling of power beneath the subdued presentation – hip Alien music for Hip Aliens.

Side One:
1             Heartbreaker                           7:59
2             Universal Avenue                     6:01
3             Endless Running                       8:13
Side Two:
4             Food For Fantasy                     7:56
5             Lost Control                              8:19
6             Children Of The Universe      4:26

Many times when the stars are aligned we get a spark of genius, wit, creativity or an epiphany and something good comes from it.  “Universal Ave.” has that spark and is another album that has an addicting melancholy that gets into your system and becomes a part of you.

I’m a sucker for guitar ‘n’ synth and this is album is an absolute perfect example.

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GANDHARVA 1971 ———- BEAVER and KRAUSE

EXPERIENCE PSYCHEDELECTRAGLIDE SOUNDS!

BEAVER & KRAUSE – 1971

Psychedelectraglide indeed! In 1971, with this album, “Gandharva”, Paul Beaver & Bernard Krause literally created the Ambient and New Age genres and were early leaders in electronic jazz – simultaneously!
Truly a landmark LP that virtually slipped under the radar at the time, (but not by 00individual) this iconic album is now recognized for its incredible visionary style that spawned highly-successful genres for musicians in the decades to come.

Side One: Beaver’s moog and style influence on the “Performance” soundtrack is evident with “Nine Moons in Alaska” and Walkin’.
1             Soft / White                                    0:52
2             Saga Of The Blue Beaver              4:19
3             Nine Moons In Alaska                    3:04
4             Walkin’                                             2:42
5             Walkin’ By The River                      2:39

Side Two: Recorded at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, February 10-11, 1971 is their “soundtrack to a non-existent film” – only this rich sound easily demands images that become a film in your mind.
1             Gandharva                                      1:12
2             By Your Grace                                5:13
3             Good Places                                    3:37
4             Short Film For David                      5:23
5             Bright Shadows                             4:53

The talent:
Alto Saxophone, Flute – Bud Shank, Baritone Saxophone – Gerry Mulligan,
Bass – Ray Brown, Rod Ellicott, Drums – George Marsh, Lee Charlton
Engineer – Ed Peterson, John Payne (5), Phil Edwards, Robert De Sousa,
Robert Orban, Rudy Hill (2), Sol Weiss
Guitar – Howard Roberts, Mike Bloomfield, Rik Elswit, Ronnie Montrose,
Harp – Gail Laughton, Mixed By – Robert Orban,
Piano – LaMont Johnson (2), Mike Lang,
Producer – Bernard L. Krause*, Paul Beaver,
Synthesizer [Moog] – Bernard L. Krause*,
Synthesizer [Moog], Organ [Hammond, Pipe] – Paul Beaver
Voice – Bernard L. Krause*, Bill King (2), Edna Wright, Evangeline Carmichael, Lewis Morford, Ron Lee Hicklin*, Vanetta Fields*
Voice [Lead] – Clydie King, Patrice Holloway

Many a dreamy evening was further mystified by the sounds of side two of “Gandharva”. The smokey wisps of weed and hash intertwined with Gerry Mulligan’s sax filled the room and spilled-out into the ethers for everyone to enjoy.  Spiritually Cool Shit!

Ironically, in a synchronistic juxtapositionary aspect, the counter to this “Psychedelectraglide” Blue Pill site is that the Red Pill site’s first post is a soundtrack review that also shares the spirit of electro-funk sublime which proves to have transcended both ways in the early ‘70s!

To fully appreciate the true quality of this recording; analog vinyl is highly recommended.  –  00individual