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Wall Of Sound
1970 San Francisco private press avant orchestra
This is the very first LP on Elektra Records (1953). Cover has tape on back 1" wide running down left side at the jacket opening. Two small pieces of tape on front top right and bottom lower right. LP has scuffs and light scratchs.
This album is psychedelic like an LSD trip. The music is atonal, a mix of acoustic instruments such as trumpet, saxophone, double bass, voices, strings, and absolutely stunning electronic sounds, echo, reverb, underwater bubbling sounds, even grooves (the otherworldly opening track!). The whole music sits uniquely between Jazz – that is, Free Jazz – and avant-garde concert music. One would expect the first generation synthesizers to sound dated - not so, they would still be the right choice if the album had been recorded only recently. Tacet is futuristic, surreal, an ultimately indescribable musical experience, an essential album for anybody interested in new sonic worlds.