Eugene Chadbourne

I Talked to Death in Stereo

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Another wacko set from Dr. Chadbourne, who has collected assorted pieces recorded throughout the United States. There are several groups represented here, the most successful being the one on the opening track with Chadbourne on electric guitar, Eena Ballard on electric viola, Joee Conroy on electric guitar and acoustic strings, Steve Good on reeds, and Norman Minogue on theremin and drums. As with the remainder of the album, there are surprises galore, with noise, cute inserts, and fine improvisational shorts thrown into the pot. The same group takes a stab at a couple of Ayler pieces ("Prophecy" and "Change Has Come") as well as the Rodgers & Hart tune, "Glad to Be Unhappy." Chadbourne's atrocious vocals on "Don't Happy, Be Worry" and Gershwin's "I've Got a Crush on You" are part of the fun, but silliness has its limits.

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