Various Artists

Native American: Pow Wow Songs From Oklahoma, Vol. 1

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Not as much information is provided about the music here as on some of the other releases on this label, which will leave the listener a trifle in the dark about what exactly is going on or where and when it was produced. It is still a nice place to be with such exciting sounds, the ship anchored in place by the romping, thumping sound of Millard Clark's drums, mixed front and center as is the norm with his productions. He is credited along with five other singers as forming up the ensemble that performs this selection of 16 war dance songs from the 0-Ho-Mah Lodge, Cheyenne, Pawnee, and Ponca tribes. On the front cover the album is subtitled "Joe Bointy-Kiowa-Comanche Pow Wow Songs From Oklahoma, and since the name of Bointy does not show up amongst the vocalists, it can be assumed this is also an indication of a type of song that is being performed. Translations of at least the song titles often helps with forming a full appreciation of songs such as these, but on this production the listener is not even provided with the titles in the native language, let alone an English version. Listening to this should nonetheless be something of a thrill, except for the most jaded pow wow attendee, who might be able to claim they have heard it all before. An exception is made as well for anyone suffering from a severe hangover, who might not enjoy the heavy drumming, as Clark produces tones akin to a coffee table bouncing around inside one's head. The tracks are played with only brief pauses before the drum beat of the next song kicks if off, creating the impression of a kind of suite, which once again proves to be an effective device for drummer/vocalist/producer Clark. There is great singing from all involved, not just the individual voices, but the sensitivity in which they are blended.

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